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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.

GLASS ACT: Surviving the floods a matter of planning ahead for grapevines

GLASS ACT: Surviving the floods a matter of planning ahead for grapevines

Grapes don't like wet feet: this is one of the first things you learn about a vineyard. As news over the past few weeks told of flooding in some of Canada's most important wine regions, I wondered how grape growers across the country were dealing with the excess moisture.
GLASS ACT: Tidal Bay a Nova Scotia success story; possibilities abound for appellation wine

GLASS ACT: Tidal Bay a Nova Scotia success story; possibilities abound for appellation wine

Tidal Bay has a bright future in Nova Scotia; wineries can't keep up with local demand. On the national and international stage, our wine has also received blessings, so those markets are on the horizon. But is there room for growth in other ways?
GLASS ACT: Ancient wine superpower making a comeback with unique styles

GLASS ACT: Ancient wine superpower making a comeback with unique styles

One of the most interesting things about modern Greek wine is the range of indigenous grape varieties used. This is also one of the biggest challenges to an industry that wants to expand its export.
GLASS ACT: Get ready, this is going to be a big year for Nova Scotia wine

GLASS ACT: Get ready, this is going to be a big year for Nova Scotia wine

"People were saying, 'We were told to come try Nova Scotia wine.' It's one thing to hear that in Vancouver, it's another thing on the world stage," says Gillian Mainguy of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia.
GLASS ACT: Red wine in Nova Scotia, a study of four

GLASS ACT: 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.