The Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards are operated by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers —Atlantic Chapter and managed on their behalf by With Zest, a wine and food tour and event management business based in Halifax.
The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is affiliated with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale .
They present he good news in the Atlantic wine industry following the bad news that a late frost had damged the Nova Scotia Vineyards.
The Annapolis Valley’s Lightfoot & Wolfville, which practices organic and biodynamic viticulture, took a number of the top awards including, Winery of the Year, Wine of the Year and Best of Class Sparkling Wine for their 2013 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut. The ambitious 100 per cent Chardonnay, made using the traditional method, was aged on its lees for three years. DeWolf describes it as “boasting an enviable balance of autolytic richness and snappy, flavour enlivening-acidity that defines the Nova Scotia TM style.”
This is the first year the event was not held in Halifax
Mark DeWolf, national president of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS), “our decision to move the annual competition from Halifax to wine country reflects our desire to remind ourselves that great wines are reflections of their place. Judging the wines, surrounded by vines and nearby views of the Minas Basin, part of the Bay of Fundy — the ecological key of Nova Scotia’s terroir — made this connection of the wines to their place more palpable.”
Winery of the Year — Lightfoot & Wolfville
Wine of the Year — 2013 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Late Disgorged
Best of Class White Wine — 2015 Lightfoot & Wolfville L’Ancienne Chardonnay
Best of Class Tidal Bay — 2017 Grand Pré Wines Tidal Bay
Best of Class Red Wine — 2017 Lightfoot & Wolfville Kekfrankos
Best of Class Sparkling Wine — 2013 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Late Disgorged
Best of Class Non-Traditional Sparkling — 2016 Planters RidgeElevation
Best of Class White Single Varietal, Vitis Vinifera — 2015 Lightfoot & Wolfville L'Ancienne Chardonnay
Best of Class White Single Varietal, Hybrid — 2017 Avondale Sky Winery and D'Vine Morsels Restaurant Muscat
Best of Class White Blend — 2017 Planters Ridge Quintessence White
Best of Class Rosé — 2017 Lightfoot & Wolfville Rosé
Best of Class Red Single Varietal, Vitis Vinifera — 2017 Lightfoot & Wolfville Kekfrankos
Best of Class Red Single Varietal, Hybrid — 2015 Domaine de Grand Pre Vintner's Reserve Leon Millot
Best of Class Fruit Wine — NV Lunenburg County Winery Birchtown Blackcurrant
Best of Class Dessert Wine — NV Avondale Sky Martock Late Harvest Vidal
For more information:
Cheryl Doherty, CAPS-Atlantic President