Win a Goumet Winery tour for you and nine of your closest friends!

Make Your Winter SweeterLast chance to enter!!
Imagine spending an afternoon touring wineries and eating amazing food with you and nine of your closest friends in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it?

By entering The Make Your Winter Sweeter Contest during the 2011 Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival you will have the chance to experience the ultimate evening of wining and dining on the Perfect Pairings Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour with Go North Tours. Enjoy private winery tours at three Nova Scotia wineries in the Annapolis Valley. A three-course meal prepared by a talented chef, perfectly paired with Nova Scotia wines. Each course will take place at a different winery along the tour. (Prize valued at over $1100.)

Don’t forget to share with your friends! The more of you that enter the better chance you will all have of winning this amazing prize.

Start with Spice & End with Ice, Gaspereau Vineyards

Sunday’s February 6 & 13
Gaspereau Valley The Noodle Guy and Gaspereau Vineyards host Start with Spice & End with Ice: An Icewine Seminar. With front row seats in our cellar, you will be served spicy handmade pasta with our Gaspereau wine selection, followed by delicious dessert, paired with award-winning Icewine. Two Sunday seatings: 11am and 2pm. Limited space available. Reservations required. Tickets $25/person or Book a Table (group discount offered, call for details) 902-542-1455. www.gaspereauwine.com

Stars on Ice, L’Acadie Vineyards

icewineFebruary 5,6,12 &13
Gaspereau
Join award-winning winemaker Bruce Ewert in our geothermally heated winery for samples of Traditional Method sparkling wines and our unique rich dessert wine, Soleil, vinted from dried grapes in a reciotto-style, paired with chocolate and classic cheese fondue. Learn about these world famous wine styles that are new to Nova Scotia and have already begun to garner many awards and accolades. 12pm-5pm. $10 (includes tastings and food pairings). 902-542-8463(VINE) www.lacadievineyards.ca

Icewine Martini Creations, Five Fishermen

February 3-13
Halifax
Celebrate Icewine at the Five Fishermen with our Icewine Martinis. For 10 days, our martini list will be taken over by creations inspired and infused with the nectar of the frozen grape. The Ice Harvest features Jost Vineyards Vidal Icewine, Pear Vodka, Mandarin Vodka and Sour Grape. The Iced Cinnamon Heart is made with Jost Vineyards Vidal Icewine, Goldschlager, Citrus Vodka and Galiano These martinis are available anytime during the Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival.  Martinis will be featured in both the Five Fishermen Restaurant & Grill. Cheers! 1470 Argyle St. 902-422-4421 www.fivefishermen.com

Freeze your Ice Off, Library Pub & Wine Tavern

polar bear dipSaturday, February 12
Gaspereau River Wine-ing permitted! Join us for an invigorating 11am polar bear dip at the canal in Gaspereau, with local Icewine tasting, a fire pit as well as malt wine. Bring your favorite bathrobe. This year’s theme is “crazy hats”. $40/person, includes 6 Icewines and donation to Heart and Stroke Foundation. 902-542-4315. www.thelibrarypub.ca

Icewine Evening of Music, Lane’s Privateer Inn

Saturday, February 12

Liverpool Live jazz, three-course Icewine inspired menu by chef Jeromy Traynor, Icewine Tasting tableside with sommelier Corinne Maund, overnight accommodation and full breakfast. $145/person double occupancy. 1-800-794-3332 www.lanesprivateerinn.com

Borealis on the Deck, Tempest Restaurant

Saturday, February 12
Wolfville
Join winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers on the deck at Tempest . Snow or Shine, enjoy samples of Benjamin Bridge BOREALIS Icewine. Available also for purchase. 12pm to 3pm.  902-542-0588. www.tempest.ca

An Evening of Icewine and Romance, Jost Vineyards

JostSaturday, February 12
Malagash Spend a romantic evening at Jost Vineyards, ambiance, light music, learn the technique of a  waltz,  Icewine  cocktails, decadent chocolate fountain and more. 6pm – 8pm. $20.00/couple. 1-800-565-4567 www.jostwine.com

Diamonds and Ice Open House at Herbins’

Saturday, February 12
Wolfville T
ake shelter from the icy winter and treat yourself to delicious Grand Pre Icewine while you browse our sparkling specials on diamonds and jewellery. Wine, cheese and featured prices on jewellery make a perfect prelude to Valentine’s Day. Come celebrate the Icewine Festival at Herbin Jewellers! 1pm to 4pm. (902) 542-5705 www.herbinjewellers.com

Charity Paint Can Curling & Icewine and Chocolate Domaine de Grand Pré

February 12, Grand Pré

Join us for a fun afternoon of Paint Can Curling on our outdoor curling rink. No registration required. 1pm – 4pm. $5.00 per person (full amount going to Charity) 

After your time on the rink, enjoy Wine and Icewine paired with different Grand Pré chocolates, featuring Brigitte Linder from Out the Box Chocolate. 1pm – 4pm. $12.00/person. 902-542-1753 or 1-866-479-4637. www.grandprewines.com

Win Your Own Nova Scotia Wine Cellar!

If you attend one of the many winery events taking place during the 2010 Winter Icewine Festival, you will have an opportunity to fill out a ballot to win your very own Nova Scotia Wine Cellar. This amazing prize includes 50 bottles of wine, from wineries throughout the province.

Click here for a list of winery events.

Draw will take place March 1, 2010. No purchase necessary. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter.

Celebrate our Icewines

Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival
February 4 to 14, 2010

Celebrate Nova Scotia’s internationally award-winning Icewines. Sample Icewine paired with local cuisine, learn how Icewine is made, try your hand at pruning or book a Winter Icewine Experience Getaway. Nova Scotia winemakers and some of the province’s finest chefs come together to celebrate their passion for local food and wine during the Winter Icewine Festival.

Did You Know?

Most Icewine harvests happen at night because the sun starts to melt the grapes on the vine in the morning, diluting the flavor. Icewine grapes need to be harvested at -8C or colder to concentrate the sugars and flavours in the juice, leaving behind the frozen ice crystals. Even the pressing happens in a cold, uninsulated building in the middle of the vineyard.

Nova Scotia Icewines consistently win top honours in national and international competitions. Jost Vineyards 1999 Vidal Icewine was Canada’s Wine of The Year at the 2000 All Canadian Wine Championships.

Cold Enough For You?

Other than Nova Scotia ski hill operators hoping to make snow, John and Anne Warner were amongst the few people in Nova Scotia pleased about the cold temperatures last night.

The Warners are the largest producers of Icewine juice in Nova Scotia. From their vineyards on the edge of the north mountain, north of Kentville, their juice is sold to Blomidon Estate Winery, Jost Vineyards, Gaspereau Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pré. More »

All About Vidal Blanc, the Icewine Grape

Lively and versatile, Vidal Blanc’s fresh lemony flavours and vibrant acidity make it well suited to making dry, off-dry or impeccably balanced Icewines – the latter a must try Nova Scotia wine experience.

Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. The grape is well suited to cold climates, due to its mid-season ripening and its ability to produce good crops from secondary buds, in the event of late spring frosts.