It's been three months since I began offering winery tours, so I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect a little bit. At first I didn't really know how the concept would fly in Saint John. Sure, I had done the market research indicating a moderate interest in the subject. Sure, I had reached out to the wineries to get a feeling of their interest and what they knew about their customers. But I didn't know if anyone would actually GO on a winery tour.
I think all entrepreneurs come face-to-face with turning points throughout their careers. Mine was during a networking event, and most of the people there had heard about Uncorked Tours. I know there's still a long road ahead, and huge opportunities for wine tourism in New Brunswick, so I'm going to keep pounding the pavement and talking about NB wines to anyone who will listen :)
I'm excited for what the rest of the summer and fall will bring. Winery tours are being booked into October for cruise ship passengers sailing into Saint John. A wine tasting river cruise is scheduled for September 9 (GET TICKETS HERE), and private tastings are really taking off. I'm very grateful to the tourism operators who have taken me under their wing, there are many of you.
So while you take time to decide which Uncorked Tours option is the best for you, enjoy some photos of people who have already been Uncorked.
Yesterday's Uncorked River Cruise was a great event! We had three gorgeous hours on the water with 5 delicious NB beers. This post is going to be brief, since a picture is worth 1000 words.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out, I hope you had a good time! Telling by the smiles in the photos, there could definitely be another beer tasting cruise in the future.
We had five beers: Big Tide Blueberry Ale, Pump House Raspberry Wheat, Shiretown Blonde du quai, Picaroons 104th Regiment, and Big Tide Whistlepig Stout. I heard many comments from people who had "discovered" a new favourite beer.
The food was awesome too! Cheese from Armadale Farm, sturgeon from Acadian Sturgeon, homemade pico de gallo and tortilla chips, and lots of other snacks. The crew of the Voyageur II were fabulous, showing us bald eagle’s nests, covered bridges and the beautiful scenery along the Saint John River.
Hoping to see everyone out on the next tasting cruise scheduled for Saturday, September 7 at 1:30pm. This time we will be sampling NB wines!
The date is fast approaching for Uncorked Tours' first river cruise. A three-hour excursion on the Saint John River, while drinking some of the best beer NB has to offer.
This event is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. The samples are generous, the scenery is gorgeous, and the food is delicious.
Here's a little preview of what you can expect on board this beer tasting cruise. Most of our NB breweries produce small batches of beer. As such, the beer on the tasting cruise is subject to change based on product availability.
Get your tickets HERE
Big Tide Brewing - Blueberry Ale & Whistlepig Stout
Big Tide is located in Saint John on Princess St. They regularly brew small batches of beer of all different styles. After many requests, they've even released their Whistlepig Stout for a summer run, which we hope to have on the cruise.
Picaroons - 104th Regiment
Picaroons is one of the veterans of the micro-brewing scene in NB. With a creative flair usually reserved for artists, Picaroons is also heavily invested in the NB community. Last year it was Upstream Ale that benefited the Salmon Foundation, this year it is the 104th Regiment Brown Ale that is promoting our local history.
Pump House - Raspberry Wheat
Another veteran of NB micro-brewing, Pump House with its brewpub and wood-fired pizza oven located on Orange Lane, are a well known staple of the Moncton Food and Drink scene. Pump House beer is available in ANBL stores right across the province, and country-wide. We're excited to have them on board!
Shiretown - Blonde Du Quai
Shiretown is one of the newer NB breweries, and they are quickly breaking out from their home on the North Shore. Their beer can now be found in some liquor stores and bars across the province. Their Blonde Du Quai won Bronze at the Saint John Beer Fest earlier this year.
This year to celebrate Canada Day, Adam and I decided to head to Price Edward Island. A little emerald jewel off the coast of New Brunswick, and considered to be the birthplace of Canada.
It had been over 15 years since Adam had been on the Island, and probably close to 5 years for me. It was great to get back, and still a thrill to drive over the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in the world over ice-packed waters.
We spent three nights at a cute little B&B, the Cranford Inn, in downtown Charlottetown. PEI has had a very strong Eat Local movement and you see it in the food. In addition, Charlottetown is home to the Culinary Institute of Canada, and the restaurants truly benefit from having the wold-class chefs trained within its limits.
Of course it wouldn't be a vacation (or a working holiday) if we didn't visit at least a couple wineries or breweries. And here's the run-down of what we saw:
For all the foodies out there, PEI has put together a Culinary Route worth checking out and using to help plan your trip.
At Uncorked Tours we're all about sharing the fabulous food, wine, beer & spirits being produced in the Province of New Brunswick.
It is our pleasure to share some of the awesome experiences you can have while living or visiting the province.