The two wines that I'm really enjoying right now are l'Acadie Blanc and Mascaret. L'Acadie Blanc is a grape that grows very well from New Brunswick, and in some ways is becoming a flagship white wine for our region. It is light-medium bodied, fruity, tropical, crisp, with hints of minerality. The Mascaret is a beautiful red wine blend that is light bodied, also displaying strong fruit character and easy-to-drink.
Both wines can be found at most Superstore and Sobeys locations, and both will be a hit at your next happy hour or dinner party!
As the chilly Winter air nips at your nose, you may reminisce for the days when you could enjoy a cold beer on a patio on a hot summer day. Us too! But here at Uncorked Tours, we don't just hide inside or migrate south for the Fall and Winter months (not yet anyway!). No, we bundle up in our plaid and sweaters and continue to explore Saint Awesome. Today we're sharing our three favourite Uptown Saint John coffee shops.
1. Marjorie's Cafe - 45 Grannan St
Since 2015 Port City Royal has offered East Coast cuisine and artisan cocktails. Now it offers fine quality coffee, pastries, and breakfast foods as Marjorie's Cafe. The same food philosophy that made Port City Royal one of the top new restaurants in Canada when it first opened up, applies to the new Cafe by day concept. Expect fine quality pasties such as creton-filled croissants and a variety of fine coffee. Classic fresh-brewed coffee, pour over, french press, lattes and cappuccinos are just the beginning. Regardless of what you're after, Marjorie's will surely warm you up!
2. Rogue Coffee - 36 Grannan St
In case you haven't already heard, Grannan Alley or "Quality Block" is home to a pretty awesome coffee shop. Located in the alley off of Grannan sits Rogue Coffee. Opening up in September of 2017, Rogue Coffee utilizes the first Mod Bar in Atlantic Canada to make amazing use of their small space. Beyond some amazing brewed coffee, Rogue also offers, Kombucha and Prosecco on tap, as well as offering some amazing homemade, cakes and treats.
3. Java Moose - 84 Prince William St
A Saint John dynasty, Java Moose was the first true coffee enthusiast alternative to Tim Horton's here in Saint John. Starting as a small Coffee Kiosk at McAllister Place Mall in 1996, the original location still remains and has grown to include 3 others, two in the Uptown Core and one in Quispamsis. JavaMoose has always sought out the best coffee and roasted it to perfection. Their small batch roasting technology ensures that every cup is the most exquisite and flavourful coffee you will ever taste. Their commitment starts with sourcing the raw, green beans of only the very highest quality Arabica beans grown by farmers who take care of their product and who take great care of their land.
With more coffee spots popping up, café culture is definitely starting to take off in Saint John. Of notable mention are:
The Stone Soup Café (139 Prince Edward St), offering a java joint just a few blocks from the busy Uptown and near the up-and-come Waterloo Village neighbourhood, and;
BunkHaus Hostel, Café, and TapRoom (36 Water St), offering java, beer, and a place to rest your head. Check out last month's blog post about BunkHaus for more info.
Once you're warmed up consider joining us on an Uncork Saint John adventure, where you will discover the art, history, and people that make Saint Awesome awesome.
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