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Checking In From Nova Scotia

By Charles Olken

The whole idea of traveling up to Canada's Maritime Provinces was to get away from it all for a week or so And I suppose I have no complaints. Tomorrow, we travel out to fishing villages, galleries and a whale watching expedition, But tonight, having arrived without lunch and on a delayed flight, we settled for an early dinner. With the help of Yelp, we identified a couple of places and took the one that had parking available. It was a pleasant restaurant called The Five Fishermen.

Our first wine, a 2010 Villa Maria Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, was as expected, a totally reliable, likeable accompaniment to a platter of local oysters on the half shell. But, as luck would have it, the bottle ran out and there I was, the only one at the table in need of a refill. A quick glance at the wine list uncovered what I had missed the first time through--two pages of local wines, many of which were being served by the glass. I asked our waiter who in the house had the best knowledge of the list, and, lo and behold, he upped and fetched a real sommelier. This was no kid who was learning on the job. Avery Gavel was an experienced pro who would have been right at home in any restaurant anywhere. He knew each of the wines, could discuss fermentation techniques and wine styles for each wine, and even before I had had a chance to taste his selections of local efforts, I already had an education. That is what a good sommelier can do, but it takes time and experience to get to that point.

He chose three whites, including an unoaked Chardonnay, a rarity in this very cool clime, a proprietary winery blend and a wine that surprised the heck out of me. It was made by a winery named L'Acadie from a grape of the same name and was fragrant, vinous, dry and smooth. And while it might not have been a great choice for briny, unadorned, fresh-shucked oysters, it was perfect with a seafood salad with shrimp, scallops and maple-smoked salmon.

Now, I know that few of you are likely to find yourself in Nova Scotia or environs this summer, or any summer, but surely, there are some ones out there who, like me, are going to make a pilgrimage up this way to taste fresh fish and shellfish pulled from very cold waters. And if and when you do, L'Acadie is a winery to remember and L'Acadie is also a grape to remember. Their top bottling is called Star and it will be a pleasant surprise.


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by Alfonso
Posted on:8/8/2011 4:20:55 AM

We drank only local wines when we recently vacationed in British Columbia - really a nice experience and we learned a little more about the wine business.

by Chris
Posted on:8/8/2011 8:02:43 AM

Charlie and Alfonso:  After reading your posts I want to hit the road and eat cold water seafood and drink wine grown from the local vine.

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