wine & dash

Brigadoon’s Wine & Dash… or as Alison called it, the Wine & Waddle was yesterday and we had a great time. Here is a photo recap of the day: 
IMG_2686The route was a very scenic and hilly ten mile loop starting and ending at Luckett Vineyard. IMG_2683 IMG_2684IMG_2687IMG_2690IMG_2691Our first stop was L’Acadie Vineyard about 5km down the road. I was excited because I am a big fan of their sparkling wines (read here) and it was nice to see the vineyard in the summer. IMG_2693 IMG_2694Becky and I stopped and enjoyed a drink before talking off agin to Gaspereau Vineyard, just 2km down the road.IMG_2696Unlike most race water stops, this event had cheese and crackers too!

The longest stretch of the race was about 7km to Domaine de Grand Pré where we had one final stop before the 3km trek back up the hill to Luckett’s where we enjoyed our final glass. IMG_2697 IMG_2698And of course, it’s always nice to bring home a souvenir from the gift store!
IMG_2703 IMG_2704After a tough run, we celebrated (aka stalled going home) with  a late lunch and beer at the Port Pub in Port Williams.IMG_2705Thanks Sarah, Alison, Becky, Tanya and Amy for a great day! IMG_2689IMG_2701

psst. Must find a running hat that does not make me look like a 12-year-old boy
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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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banner up

The third wedding shower post this week is all about the banner.

When we (the Bride and one of her bridesmaids) visited the venue in March, I noticed there was a great place to hang a banner along the beam that separates the raised platform from the rest of the pavilion. The head table will be up on the platform with the Bride and Groom at centre stage so I thought it be fun to hang a lovely message over their heads: CAYLUM LOVES AIMEE. And, to make things easy for the guests, it will be the official hashtag of the event.  #caylumlovesaimee

<My mom says what? A hashtag for an event is a basically a method of linking common communication through social media. If you want to post a remark or photo of the big day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use the selected hashtag so you can share your stuff with fellow wedding guests and their network.> 

Anyway… back to the banner.

Aimee and Caylum’s wedding is at a vineyard so imagine gold, cream, champagne, corks, burlap, barrels and wine. With this in mind, I decided to go with a burlap backing and printed letters on top. Here are the steps:

  • First, I found a roll of burlap at MichaelsDSC_0991
  • I cut the burlap into 4 x 5 inch squares
  • I printed and cut each letter to fit individually on a burlap squareDSC_0996
  • I rounded the corners of each letter with a rounded paper cutterDSC_0998
  • I used Mod Podge to glue the letters to the burlapDSC_1002
  • With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners of each letter
  • And finally, I weaved twine through the holes and separated the letters appropriatelyDSC_1014

Voilà! An easy banner!DSC_1016

Click here and here to read more about the shower.

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wedding inspiration : golden vineyard

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I love thinking about a great wedding palette and am going to start this new series (I Thee Wed) with a romantic vineyard setting for a mid-summer’s night wedding. A little bit of gold, pewter and blush combined with sparkles, lace and baby’s breath.

Let’s start with the colours:


And here is an inspiration board:

vineyard wedding

Voila! Wouldn’t this be a lovely day. xomeg

A. Mistletoe String Lights from Laura Ashley / B. Tashi-rose gold wedding hair comb / C. Oh Happy Day print / D. Skurar lantern (would spay paint gold) / E. Gold Mercury Votives / F. Starry lights / G. Champagne earrings / H. Lace and ribbon wedding Cake / I. Kate Spade Gardner Street pair of flutes / J. Decorative lace transparent tape / K. Tinsel Drink Stirrers (DIY) / L. Gold glitter LOVE script wedding cake topper / M. Fleur gold hair pin / N. Kate Spade Wedding Belles Alouette bag / O. Bouquet with grapes from the vineyard / P. Baby’s breath / Q. Charlotte Olympia Mae West woven and satin t-bar sandle / R. Gold feather / S. Oh Joy Petal Pusher wallpaper / T. Je T’aime banner / U. Fashionable strapless natural waist chiffon wedding dress

Psst… If you have an idea for another wedding theme let me know!