When your friends know you like wine, they will often tell you about their favourites. I have been hearing about Benjamin Bridge’s Nova 7 for over a year now - how vibrant and flavourful it is, how complex it is, but I had yet to try it (find it) for myself. That changed when my friend and business partner said she was coming over with a very special wine. I had a feeling it was the elusive Nova 7. I was right (I love it when I'm right).
The Wine: Nova 7
The Price: $24.95
The Grape: Muscat
The Location: Nova Scotia
Nova 7 is unlike anything I've had before. It is a lightly sparkling wine, similar to a Moscato (it's made from Muscat grapes) in texture, but closer to a lively Riesling in flavour. The grapes themselves are 100% grown and picked in Nova Scotia - yes, that Nova Scotia, and I can't tell you how proud it makes me to know that we have amazing wineries from coast to coast in Canada.
The flavours of this wine are beyond anything I've tasted. Best served very chilled, Nova 7 has aromas of fresh cut flowers, strawberries and citrus. The colour is gorgeous; it's a rich pinky-orange . On the palette, it tastes like rhubarb jam. There are tropical undertones that enhance every sip. It is on the sweeter side and bubbly, but not overly so. There’s exuberance to this wine; it’s so much fun to drink. Nova 7 is also confident but humble. This is a wine you want to be best friends with – it will make any party you through that much better.
I've heard that Nova 7 is only released once a year, in November or December; so it may be hard to locate, but I do have one coveted bottle left and I'm willing to share, if you bring me some really tasty cheese. And a bottle of your favourite wine.
Here's to great new discoveries and as always - here's to wine.