The Friday Files: News & Notes From Canada’s Wine Scene

While most wine lovers cringe at the thought of rosé being relegated to a seasonal drink, we're approaching the time of year where the masses drink the pink stuff en masse. In The Edmonton Journal, Gurvinder Bhatia shares his rosé picks, including the 2014 Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir blend from My Wine Canada member Tantalus Vineyards. At the CBC, wine legend Barb Philip recommends a few rosés with refreshment and seafood in mind, including the Pinot Noir Rosé from SpierHead Winery.

Wine writer Tony Aspler predicts big things for Nova Scotia's wines, specifically for Tidal Bay, the province's first appellation. The appellation dictates a set style of freshness, minerality, green fruit, and low alcohol. Can Tidal Bay put Nova Scotia on the world's wine map?

In The Globe and Mail, Beppi Crosariol adds Pinot Blanc to his Grape Glossary and follows its New World traction, including its rise in the vineyards of British Columbia.

In phonaesthetics, cellar door is often cited as being the most beautiful sounding phrase in the English language. Here's another reason to love it: Neal McLennan picks twelve great BC wines only available at the cellar door, including Moon Curser's Touriga Nacional. 

Next month will mark the first anniversary of farmers' markets being allowed to sell VQA wine in Ontario. Curious how things are going? Ontario's first Local Food Report finds the sales have topped $1 million. Keep in mind we were buried in snow for six of those months. 

NPR provides a brief history of Georgia's wine production, including the recent surge in the 8000-year tradition of fermenting and aging wine in qvervi. For more on qvervi and orange wine, check out this post I wrote a few months back.

Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose My Wine Canada

Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Black Hoof. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.

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