‘Burgeoning N.S. wine industry embraces cool temperatures, rocky soil to make award-winning wines’ – so went a headline in The Canadian Press (March 30, 2016) leading into a story by Melanie Patten1 about N.S. wines. Improbable? Not really.
Ms. Patten went on to state, perhaps a shade optimistically: ‘Past the rocky, ocean-battered coastline of Nova Scotia is an unlikely tale of success: a burgeoning wine industry producing palate-pleasers that connoisseurs say can rival what Champagne, France, has to offer.’ Our provincial government seems to share Ms. Patten’s enthusiasm.
Government invests in Wine Lab
Last June, agriculture minister Keith Colwell2 joined industry guests at a grand opening at Acadia University in Wolfville. He announced an additional investment of $916,750 for the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage – the so-called Wine Lab.