Chillin’ at Nova Scotia’s Icewine Festival

Tick, tick, tick – it’s time for the Nova Scotia Icewine Festival. We get to show our hardiness by sitting around a bonfire, sipping this year’s ice wine. Or not. There’s inside tasting, noshing, dining, socializing and partying. Back outside, there’s a pig roast, daylight ghost walks in the vineyard, snowshoeing though a vineyard with a wine maker and more sipping.

The event is held over two weekends, Feb. 25 & 26, and March 4 & 5, 2017.

Seven Nova Scotian wineries come together at Domaine de Grand Pre in the Annapolis Valley for the event. Domaine de Grand Pre is near the National Historic Site in Grand Pre. Their vineyards overlook the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You need tickets, but in return the seven base wineries (Domaine de Grand Pre, Luckett, Blomidon Estate, L’Acadie, Saint Famille, Gaspereau and Planters Ridge) will be pouring from their vintages. Each pour is accompanied by a food pairing from a local chef or restaurant.

I say ‘base wineries’ because three more wineries (Avondale Sky, Benjamin Bridge, Lightfoot & Wolfville) are also participating, some on a casual basis, as well as the Annapolis Cider Company.

They’re tasty and active weekends in Nova Scotia’s wine country.

For information and tickets click on: http://www.nsicewinefest.com

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