NS. Red – Wine Review


“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” – Paulo Coelho, Brida

You know how we often think the grass is greener somewhere else or perhaps the wine is redder there too.  Well I decided to try out the local wine of Nova Scotia today after often thinking about it but generally snobbing it by drinking something from somewhere else.

Being this far north, this area is not renowned for reds as whites do better here but I tried the NS.Red from Domaine de Grand Pre in the Annapolis valley which is an area of lush farmland that creates a bounty of fresh produce and wonderful wine intertwined with lovely people and sweet views encompassed within a relaxed vibe.  This is the area dramatically described by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem Evangeline about the expulsion of the Acadians to Louisiana.

This wine describes itself as being a “medium body red wind with spicy, rustic notes and flavours of blackcurrant and blackberry.  It offers light, elegant tannins with a long finish of black cherry and dark chocolate.”

I may have vaguely tasted the dark chocolate but there definitely were berries.  Overall I felt the soft taste of red velvet massaging my tongue mixed with liquefied red candy but not in a sweet, syrupy way.  It is very easy to drink.  I would have it with light meats and maybe salmon.  It didn’t go so well with dark chocolate which I generally like to have with wine.  It would be overpowered by spices.

It is so light you could drink it while lying in a field of dandelions watching the clouds shape shift in the azure sky and not even notice you had finished the whole bottle even if you are normally more of a beer drinker.  It is only 12%.  There is a type of wine for every situation.  Take time to explore as many as possible.



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