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Moira's Glass Act

Moira Peters studied wine in New York before moving home to Nova Scotia, where she started Unwined, a wine education and tasting party service. She lives and writes in Maitland, on the Bay of Fundy.

Red wine in Nova Scotia, a study of four

Red wine in Nova Scotia, a study of four

I can pick Nova Scotian wine out of a lineup, no problem. I am embarrassed to report, however, that my confidence ends there. I have a hard time identifying our grape varieties by smell and taste, especially reds.
GLASS ACT: B.C. wines complement and contrast Nova Scotia vino

GLASS ACT: B.C. wines complement and contrast Nova Scotia vino

The camaraderie of spirit between B.C. wine folk and Team N.S. could be chalked up to a common coastal attitude. It could be that Nova Scotia's first strong presence at the international fair made it our debut of sorts and B.C. played the gracious party host. It could be, too, that the parallels in our provincial wine industries were a delight for us to discover.
GLASS ACT: Ontario's 'white knights' raise the bar for Canadian wine

GLASS ACT: Ontario's 'white knights' raise the bar for Canadian wine

Riesling and Chardonnay show off the skill of Ontario's producers from grapes that fit Ontario's geoclimate, characterized by three L's: lakes, latitude and limestone.
GLASS ACT: Using moon and minerals, biodynamic wine finds balance

GLASS ACT: Using moon and minerals, biodynamic wine finds balance

Coming to understand the interconnectedness of all elements of the farm, the cows, the vines, the microscopic life in the soil, minerals and the moon, is the most interesting part of biodynamic farming.
GLASS ACT: Conditioned by extremes, Madeira an adventure worth tasting

GLASS ACT: Conditioned by extremes, Madeira an adventure worth tasting

Born on a volcanic island off the coast of Morocco, tossed on the rolling seas and cooked by the tropical sun aboard trading ships bound for China, India and South America, Madeira tells a dramatic story of coming-to-be.
GLASS ACT: In the name of moderation, spend more on wine

GLASS ACT: In the name of moderation, spend more on wine

My New Year's soul searching a couple of weeks ago revealed two deep but fairly standard desires: to be healthier and more thrifty. To that end, I have resolved in 2017 to spend more money on wine.
GLASS ACT: World's wine traditions add visions of community to our sugarplums

GLASS ACT: World's wine traditions add visions of community to our sugarplums

Glühwein is most quintessentially known as a Christmas treat to be sipped while strolling the streets of nighttime Christmas markets, a strong tradition in European countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Giving sparkle to holiday lunches is easy in Nova Scotia

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Giving sparkle to holiday lunches is easy in Nova Scotia

I know it is not the cultural norm in Nova Scotia to pop a bottle of bubbly with your burger. But trust me; there are many good reasons to make this your new holiday tradition.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Complexity and nuance to be found in local blends

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Complexity and nuance to be found in local blends

Blending grape varieties allows the vintner to play grapes off each other. Rough edges can be softened, aromas and flavors can be layered, and a new wine experience is discovered. As in making music, the combination of chords come together to make an entirely new harmony.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Get the harvest party started with Beaujolais Nouveau

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Get the harvest party started with Beaujolais Nouveau

Bottled six to eight weeks after its grapes are harvested, the early French wine is the first indication of the quality of the year's harvest. It is released, every year, at midnight on the third Thursday of November.