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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: Atlantic Canada's top sommelier to compete at nationals

GLASS ACT: Atlantic Canada's top sommelier to compete at nationals

Lesley Quinn is a sommelier. She tastes, evaluates, researches, promotes and sells wine for a living. For fun, she competes in the extreme sport version of wine stewardship.
GLASS ACT: Riesling’s a versatile wine with a clear sense of self

GLASS ACT: Riesling’s a versatile wine with a clear sense of self

There really is nothing to lose by trying Riesling on for size. Light and complex, it delivers fruit, earth, flowers and honey to your glass. Whether you like it sweet, dry or somewhere in between, Riesling will meet you at your sweet (or not) spot.
GLASS ACT: Cheerful and bubbly, Vinho Verde is the girl-next-door of summer wines

GLASS ACT: Cheerful and bubbly, Vinho Verde is the girl-next-door of summer wines

Every hot summer day calls for a cold beverage with a little sparkle. In Nova Scotia, we are blessed by local wines with beautiful bubbles, but last week's summery Sunday had me feeling international, so I decided to go Iberian, and bought a bottle of Vinho Verde.
GLASS ACT: Straight-up wine recommendations, in spite of myself

GLASS ACT: Straight-up wine recommendations, in spite of myself

People like all kinds of wine, good and bad, our preferences swinging in wacky and unpredictable directions, complicated by a corresponding struggle to put into words our inconsistent likes and dislikes. Why tell someone they should drop $28 on a well-made bottle when something that meets their needs equally well only costs $13-and-change?
GLASS ACT: What does a wine label do for you?

GLASS ACT: What does a wine label do for you?

As the demographic of wine lovers broadens, they demand more information: traditional information, nutritional information, nerdy information, ingredients and allergen alerts.
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.