sparkling sunday

Sarah’s birthday was in October and in true form, we celebrated a month late by running away from the city and joining a sparkling wine tour: Sparklings En Route Tour from Uncork Nova Scotia! (Go North Tours). DSC_0559 DSC_0579

Guys, this was fun! Who knew you could learn and drink? The drive down was a bit of a history lesson of our local wine industry including the scoop on our signature grape and the promising future of Nova Scotia’s wine industry. Go us!

I hadn’t been down to the valley since summer and it was a bit of the shock to the system to discover snow! There is something sad about naked grape vines in snowy fields however, despite the bitter temperature, the valley is still beautiful.

We pulled into Blomidon Estate Winery and were greeted by an off-road bike rally race happening in the vineyard. Odd, but fun Nova Scotian shenanigans – I was kind of jealous. Anyway our group of 9 (all girls, all under 40) went to the back and sampled five wines with cheese and crackers. This stop was the most visual, as we got to see a bit of the process while we sampled a variety of sparklings, plus a red, white and rosé. The first was my favourite but sadly in won’t be on the market until next year. TeaseDSC_0562 DSC_0565 DSC_0567 DSC_0571 DSC_0575 DSC_0577 DSC_0578 DSC_0580

The second stop was L’Acadie Vineyards and as much as I hate picking favourites, I have to say it won best in show. Honestly, the Prestige Brut was probably the best sparkling wine I’ve ever had. And to be clear, I am not the only one who thinks this. Check out what his grandfather (2007) won:

  • SILVER MEDAL: 2011 Effervescents du Monde, Best Sparkling Wines in the World, Dijon, France
  • GOLD MEDAL: 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL & TOP SCORING SPARKLING: 2010 Canadian Wine Awards
  • TOP SCORING SPARKLING: NSLC International Port of Wines Festival
  • BEST WHITE: 2011 Savour Food and Wine Show, Halifax

We sampled three more sparkling wines including a rosé and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked loved it. Quite possibly it was the talk of Christmas dinner while we drank, but I was totally convinced it was a must have for the holidays. To be honest, the word ROSÉ made me queasy up until this point because I am not a fan of sweet drinks but this gal proved me wrong.

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Our third and final stop was Domaine de Grand Pré. Crazy beautiful and the driveway alone convinced me I have to come back in the summer (cobblestone crush). Not gonna lie, during our third stop things got a little fuzzy (the photos below will attest to that) but we hung on and sampled on! At Grand Pré we had six samples including an ice wine to wrap things up. Their sparkling was also lovely and by now we clearly knew I prefer the drys, Amanda prefers the sweeter variety and Sarah was in the middle. It just goes to show, drink what you like but take the time try it all!DSC_0599 DSC_0601 DSC_0602 DSC_0603 DSC_0606

I came home with a bottle of L’Acadie Vineyards 2009 Prestige Brut Estate and L’Acadie Vineyards 2010 Sparkling Rosé for the holidays. I must be completely honest at this point by admitting I did not go in with great expectations. By no means am I a wine snob but I usually breeze past the Canadian and American wines at the LC. I think a lot of people have a misconception about local wines and often think of specific brand or taste they’ve had in the past (I call it wedding wine) and don’t want to go there unless it is free… at your table… So, with the being said, I am now going to be more open to trying local wines and would love to hear your favourites. Just keep it dry kids!

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bed bath and beyond

Lets daydream. Way back when we did our renovation, we got our dreamy open-space kitchen/dining/living combo plus a basement (which is still not being used to its full potential). It’s been great and we have no regrets buuuuuut…. we still have big plans for our home.

Let me start by giving you the details. We have four bedrooms upstairs:

  1. The ‘master’ bedroom: ~9 x 11 feet with no closet
  2. David’s bedroom: ~10 x 10 with an itty-bitty half closet
  3. The spare bedroom / our closet room: ~10 x 11 feet with an itty-bitty half closet, a futon, dresser and wardrobe
  4. My office: ~9 x 10 feet with a cubby closet

The bathroom is also small measuring in at a whopping ~7 x 6 feet

When we added the addition to the main floor we gained an extra 14 x 20 feet and due to architect and contractor mis-calculations, the new space has a flat roof. Although I would have preferred the look of a slopped roof from the outside, the benefit to a flat roof is that it was built like a floor – meaning, we could make it a patio or we could add an upstairs addition without needing to worry about changing the current structure. Easy but still pricy.

And, if we do decide to add an addition upstairs, the plan would be to make a real master bedroom with a closet and ensuite. Imagine that!

Here’s what it looks like now (approximate measurements as I did this in illustrator, not a house layout program)Print

And here is what we are thinking Print

  • We’d move the window in David’s room to the the other end and add another one on the side  of the house. Plus, we’d extend his room by two feet and expand his closet
  • We’d put our ensuite next to the current bathroom – making the plumbing all in one spot. I am really liking this layout:

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  • The front room (without a closet) will become a proper guest room
  • A roomy closet would be put in the master bedroom
  • A small patio would be built with a door from the master bedoom.

Of course, what’s a renovation without a bit of decor. After all, the only thing that got me through our long (long) ((long!!!)) seven months without a kitchen was the thought of decorating at the end. I’d like to keep things light and white with gold accents including this wallpaper i’ve been eying for a long time. Because I have the upmost appreciate for storage space, I would have a bed and bench with storage space too. I mean really, why not? bedroom

A. West Elm Round Capiz Chandelier / B. West Elm Terrace Side Table / C. Hygge & West Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper in gold / D. Lighthouz Monroe Low Back / E. 100 Layer Cake White Pouf / F. Wayfair Clifton Storage Bench / G. Pottery Barn Classic Single Wide Sink Console / H. Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Plug-in Sconces Brass / I. West Elm Gallery Frames, Gold Leaf / J. West Elm Chevron Wool Shag Rug / K. Anthropologie Luminous Dot Pillow / L. DIY Gold Vase / M. Anthropologie Tassel Trace Pillow / N. West Elm Molded Brass Side Table / O. Room&Board Pixo LED Table Lamp / P. Ikea Fjell Bed with Storage / Q. Ikea Fjell 4-Drawer Chest / R. Garnet Hill Floral Tapestry Nourmak Rug / S. Pottery Barn Vintage Tri-Fold Mirror / T. Anthropologie Spliced Linen Duvet / U. Max Wanger Talum print

Let me know what you think. Do you have any alternative layout ideas? What would you do with more space? As I mentioned, this is all a dream at this point but it’s still fun to think about the possibilities.

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