Posts by Wine Column

Our grapes, our soil

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • February 21, 2013

In Luckett Vineyard, you can use this phone booth to call any loved one for free. (Jessica Emin photo)

Embracing the bounty of Nova Scotia wines

Chardonnay, the king of grapes

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • January 30, 2013

There are so many different ways that Chardonnays can awaken your senses. (Jessica Emin photo)

It is the Mac-daddy of all grapes, the most versatile and the most forgiving in a variety of climates. For years, Chardonnay has reigned …

Fun movies for wine lovers

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • January 23, 2013

Even when you're tired, your wine fix just won't go away. (Jessica Emin photo)

There are only so many events you can plan surrounding wine, if that’s your thing. You’ve got dinner parties for pairings, blind tastings and…drinking …

How to pair food and wine

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • January 16, 2013

The richness of the Chardonnay and the richness of the lobster make this pairing a winner. (Jessica Emin photo)

A few weeks back I met my boyfriend for a late meal at a lovely Italian restaurant on the Halifax waterfront. It was late …

Spread the holiday cheer

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • November 22, 2012

The discarded corks from bottles opened that evening. (Jessica Emin photo)

Friday night, I attended an evening tasting at Bishop’s Cellar in downtown Halifax. Bishop’s Cellar is a specialty wine store and has lots of …

Your very own wine tasting

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • November 14, 2012

A great DIY tasting is a fun test of your wine chops. (Photo from Windell Oskay via Flickr)

An at-home blind tasting can be an exciting new way to taste wine and socialize. It not only allows you to discover wine you wouldn’t …

Lush reds for the lushes

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • November 7, 2012

Red wines can pair well with earthier flavours. (Jessica Emin photo)

It is best known in Burgundy, France, but the Pinot Noir grape is now grown all over the world. It is a precarious grape …

Taking a look at Riesling

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • October 24, 2012

The Okanagan Valley is a ripe spot for Riesling. (Jessica Emin photo)

I fell in love with Riesling while I was living in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.  Well, I guess that’s when I fell …


By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • October 17, 2012

Sparkling wine isn't just for celebrations. (Jessica Emin photo)

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” – Dom Pérignon, after tasting Champagne for the first time 
Sparkling wine should be drunk more often. It’s …

Fall in love with Cabernet Sauvignon

By Jessica Emin, Wine Columnist • October 11, 2012

Cabernet Sauvignons are a great match for fall. (Jessica Emin photo)

We’ve turned the page on our calendar to October, and the month that in our collective mind ushers in fall is upon us. Things …