Great things are happening at wineries across the province. As the snow begins to melt, many wineries are using this time to bottle new vintages of your favourite NB wines. The amount of time from harvest to bottle varies based on a number of factors including, wine style, fruit selection, aging, and winemaker's preference, just to name a few.
Fruit wines have the shortest turnaround time, followed by white wines and then reds. Some local wineries age their red wine in barrels before bottling. This can add anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years to the length of time before the wine makes it into a bottle.
What can be sure, is that winemakers are always looking for the perfect time to bottle. They regularly sample wine from tanks and barrels to determine that best time. If you're lucky, and arrive at the right time, you may be invited to sample directly from the barrel or tank.
After bottling, wines usually require a few weeks to settle down in the bottle, then they're ready for you to drink. While it's true that many wines change and improve with age, the majority of wine being produced now is meant for immediate enjoyment. If you're looking for a wine to lie down for a few years, ask the winery for their suggestion.
For those of you lucky enough to live near a winery, spring and early summer is a great time to visit and sample new vintages. Most wineries in NB can also ship wine to your home, and Uncorked Tours offers daily tours this summer to many wineries in Southern NB.
A big part of a strong society is helping those in need. Food, wine and beer events have become a popular was to encourage the public to get out for a fun night of dining and drinks while raising money for an organization. There are so many worthy causes that I've been asked to help with or participate in so I wanted to share a few of these. I find that regularly, we fail to promote the wonderful work of these organizations.
I need to begin however, by giving a shout out to all the suppliers who participate in these events. They donate their product, their time, and their enthusiasm to these events and it's their support and participation that truly make these events such wonderful successes.
Fran Menton has orchestrated two wine tastings in support of the SPCA. The most recent in February raised over $2000 to help cover the shelter's expenses. This is becoming an annual event for wine and animal lovers.
The Saint John Wine Fair is one of only two fundraisers for the Canadian Red Cross in NB. All the funds, over $50000 this year, are kept here in the province and used in Emergency Relief efforts for everything from house fires to major flooding.
The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival just enjoyed its third year and is a fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association. In its first year it raised over $12000 for the association.
There are fundraisers coming up that still have tickets available. The Fredericton Wine Show on March 28th raises funds for the Arthritis Society, and The Saint John Beer Fest on April 11th raises funds for Ducks Unlimited. The Port City Beer Run in Saint John on May 30th raises fund for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Fundy Food Festival in May raises fund for the Boys and Girls Club. A great event, it features a live Chef auction in addition to delicious food from restaurants.
Get out there and raise your glass or your fork to the tastiest fundraisers in NB.
At Uncorked Tours we're all about sharing the fabulous wine, beer and spirits being produced in the Province of New Brunswick.
It is my pleasure to share with you the great food and drink being produced here in NB, as well as the awesome experiences you can have while living here or visiting the province.
May you always have good wine in your glass and friends to share it with.