Thanksgiving is the time to gather with family and toast to your blessings, why not support one of our amazing local businesses at the same time?
Over the last few years, Nova Scotia has made a name for itself when it comes to wine, craft beer, cider & spirit production. With a climate that rivals France’s Champagne region in The Gaspereau Valley, award winning Craft Brewers, and Canada's second Pommelier. No matter what your tastes, Nova Scotia has a beverage for you!
Some of our staff have provided their picks and recommendations for you to serve and enjoy this Thanksgiving.
David is a big fan of Big Spruce Brewing.
Located in the middle of Cape Breton facing the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bras D’Or Lake, Big Spruce Brewing has a certified organic hop yard and is focused on creating exceptional ingredient-driven beer.
Cereal Killer has deep notes of espresso, fresh coffee & dark chocolate, complemented by a robust roasted malt profile.
There is another version of this stout that was a limited edition, that was finished in Glenora Whisky Barrels, it was so dark, colour-wise, that if you held it up to the sun, you could not see thru it! Big Spruce also produces their Ra Ra Rasputin Imperial Stouts that are finished in various other types of wine, bourbon, cognac, and of course, Glenora barrels. While on the tad pricey side, they are 650ml bottles. Currently his favourite Nova Scotia Stouts (the last 18 months anyway!)
Sandra’s recommendations all come from the vineyards of the Valley!
Starting with Nova Scotia’s most popular wine, Nova 7 of Benjamin Bridge, this pick is perfect for pairing with charcuterie and festive enough to toast the holiday!
She also favours Nova Scotia’s Signature White Wines. In 2011, wine makers of Nova Scotia established the Tidal Bay Standards by which all wines must be made to receive the designation. Nova Scotia wines have been known for their fresh, firm, and bright style, and Tidal Bay is exactly that. To learn more about the Tidal Bay designation, wines, and more click here! Sandra’s Tidal Bay picks are from Luckett and Gasperau.
Shanea’s keeping it cozy with her recommendation.
Chill St Brewing has created Nova Scotia’s first Pumpkin Spice Cider, Hocus Pocus! This seasonal cider is everything you love about fall: apples, pumpkins, and just the right amount of Chill St’s special spice blend, it pairs perfectly just about everything you’ll have on your Thanksgiving table or keep it simple with Shanea’s suggestion: cozy sweaters by the fire!
Lauren says Slainte with Sparkling!
Close proximity to the Bay of Fundy and the world’s highest tides creates an incredibly unique growing environment with tremendous potential for the production of distinctive cool-climate wines and the sparkling wines at Lightfoot & Wolfville deliver! Their Bubbly Rosé is an excellent pairing for turkey and celebrations.
We hope these recommendations have inspired you to explore more of the producers in our region and add a taste of Nova Scotia to your Thanksgiving Feast!