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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.

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.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Wine disguised as candy no fun

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Wine disguised as candy no fun

"Fun" is one way wine companies try to market their products to us. At face value, there's nothing wrong with that. What's wrong is when marketing wine as "fun" moves it into the realm of sugary treats in colourful wrappers, into the minds of children and young people.
Wines make New Brunswick a destination to savour

Wines make New Brunswick a destination to savour

I want to introduce to you the wine made by our neighbours to the north. Remember: you can now order New Brunswick wine or transport it home without fear of reprimand by Nova Scotia's liquour authorities.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Feelin' Chile?

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Feelin' Chile?

For too long, I let bias get in the way of the love I recently found for Chile's wines. Its combination of very-ripeness and complexity is exciting, especially in anticipation of harvest and Thanksgiving.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Hit the books and pop the cork: now is the time to learn about wine

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Hit the books and pop the cork: now is the time to learn about wine

By paying attention to your senses and articulating them in dialogue with others, you begin to uncover the patterns that link one place with another through wine.
Nova Scotia dessert wine finds sweet spot as wedding gift

Nova Scotia dessert wine finds sweet spot as wedding gift

It would be nice to give a wedding gift that's a little offbeat. Something that few people buy for themselves but that is enjoyed by most. Something that can be savoured over many sittings.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Corkage an affordable way to dine with wine

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Corkage an affordable way to dine with wine

Restaurants charge a hefty price for wine. If you can't afford the markup, there is another way to have your dinner and drink it too, a way that doesn't cheat your favourite dining establishment of its profit.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Castaway grape needs more shelf space

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: Castaway grape needs more shelf space

There have been a few casualties in the wake of the Tidal Bay movement that began in 2010. One, according to some of the region's sommeliers, is single varietal l'Acadie Blanc.
MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: When in doubt, think pink

MOIRA'S GLASS ACT: When in doubt, think pink

Rosé is wonderful wine; crisp and refreshing, substantial and good with a wide variety of foods. Those in the business of selling wine also try to take advantage of rosé's fun, feminine look — the wine that says "party!" every time it's poured into a glass.