Tidal Bay Resources
Discover more about Tidal Bay: News, Events and Recipes for the top-selling Tidal Bay wine: Jost Tidal Bay.
Recent News & Events
Head Winemaker, Gina Haverstock featured in Curated Magazine Spring 2023
In the summer of 2000, Gina Haverstock had just finished a degree in biochemistry. She was headed to medical school and needed somewhere distraction-free to study for entrance exams, so she went to her family cottage in Malagash. While there, she took a summer job at Jost Vineyards that would completely change her trajectory. Before starting at Jost, Haverstock had limited exposure to wine—a glass of Baby Duck at her family Christmas dinner. That summer, she fell in love with everything about wine, marvelling at how you could taste so much about the terroir in each bottle and savouring the tasting sessions that Hans Christian Jost would run to educate his team. Haverstock never did take those med school exams. Instead, she stayed on at Jost for a year, then went back to school to
Tidal Bay Bash with SheNova
Come celebrate the launch of our new Tidal Bay! Enjoy Tidal Bay wine tastings, locally-inspired food from Seagrape Café, live music on our open-air patio and more. SheNova’s live performance will have you stomping and reeling from 1-5pm. Doors open at noon. Admission is FREE! Alycia (fiddle, concertina, feet), Rob (guitar) and Kelly Putnam (bagpipes, whistle), and Laura Watson (fiddle, vocals) have teamed up to bring you the band, SheNova. Over the course of their solo music careers, they have amassed a deep repertoire of eclectic tunes, recorded a total of 7 albums, and have performed at thousands of events.Together, their sound is a unique blend of foot stompin’ Celtic, old-time fiddling, bagpiping, and singing. This East Coast group’s live show
Co-owner Donna Sparkes featured in AH Magazine Winter 2022
Sipping wine and strolling vineyards with the Jost Vineyards co-owner. Within the first 10 minutes of meeting Donna Sparkes, co-owner of Jost Vineyards, I knew this would be about as much fun as one could have on a Tuesday morning. Her Newfoundland roots, combined with an infectious ease, made me feel like we'd been friends for years. We sat slurping chowder and sipping an aromatic Mercator Tidal Bay in the Seagrape Café at the vineyard. I hear stories about her remarkable life, relayed in an easy cadence, and how she and her husband, Carl Sparkes, have amassed a portfolio of world-class wines from their corner of the world on the shores of the Northumberland Strait. I remark that, as far as I can tell, I've never seen an interview or profile piece written exclusively about her
Jost 2021 Tidal Bay Awarded Silver & Gold
More good news to share! We are so pleased to announce that our 2021 Jost Tidal Bay has been the recipient of gold and silver medals at Canadian wine competitions this summer. It was awarded both a gold medal at the 2022 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada and silver at 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Tidal Bay is not only Nova Scotia's signature wine but truly Canada's East Coast appellation. To have our Tidal Bay stand out in the judging of Canadian white wine blends is such a thrill—it means more and more Canadians as well as Nova Scotians are recognizing the appellation and loving the style. Jost Vineyards 2021 Tidal Bay expresses aromatics of apple and pear on the nose with hints of lemon, peach, and floral notes. Come sample it yourself as part of
Seafood Brochettes with Lemon & Lobster Butter
This elegant dish is surprisingly simple to prepare. Chef Wally captures all of the best of summer seafood and the perfect pairing for Tidal Bay. These delicious seafood brochettes with lemon and lobster butter are packed full of Atlantic seafood and embody Nova Scotia in each bite. This recipe is featured in the 2019 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide. Photography provided by: Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie
Bistro le Coq, in downtown Halifax, whips up some of the best traditional French fare in town and has just the right dish to pair with award-winning Gaspereau Tidal Bay. The ever so popular Salade Nicoise combines elements in the dish that makes it a slam-dunk paring for Gaspereau Tidal Bay. Fresh herbal greens, salty black olives, and tangy red onions are just a few components of the salad that make it work so well with this Tidal Bay. Both the food and wine play off each other, making them delightful as a duo, though both can stand on their own.
Chef Chris Kyprianou at The Little Fish Oyster Bar has the perfect match for Jost Tidal Bay—a lobster linguini that is aimed to please. The crisp acidity of the wine contrasts nicely with the creamy sauce and the natural sweetness of the lobster is complemented by the wine’s fruit elements. This isn’t just your typical lobster and white wine; this is the heart and soul of maritime food and wine—a pairing that will remind you of seaside sunshine.
Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut
Chef Shane Bauer at The Press Gang recommends pairing Gaspereau Tidal Bay with his Atlantic Halibut entrée served with local mussels, jumbo shrimp sauté, and a spicy chorizo cream. The acid in the wine balances the richness of the dish, and the exotic fruit element compliments the spice from the chorizo cream. Either way, be prepared to be blown away by this memorable combination.
Previous News & Events
LUVO Sparkling Rosé awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine
We couldn’t be more proud of our head winemaker Gina Haverstock and her winemaking team for receiving 3 of the 5 gold medals awarded this year - a hat trick for Gaspereau Riesling, Gaspereau Tidal Bay and LÜVO Sparking Rosé! The award, established by former Lieutenant Governor Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia's wine industry. "Every year, the winemakers in this province create outstanding wines that successfully compete on a national and international level,” said His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. We are proud to receive such prestigious accolades and we would like to
Both Gaspereau Vineyards' 2019 Tidal Bay and 2019 Riesling awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine
We are proud to announce that both our Gaspereau Tidal Bay and Gaspereau Riesling have been awarded The 2020 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine! We couldn’t be more proud of our head winemaker Gina Haverstock and her winemaking team for actually being awarded 3 gold medals this year - a hat trick when LÜVO Sparking Rosé is included in the tally! Our winery is very honoured to receive such prestigious accolades and we would like to congratulate our fellow award winners!
Jost Vineyards at "A Conversation with President Barack Obama"
We were truly honoured to have been chosen to represent Nova Scotia wine during "A Conversation with President Barack Obama" at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on November 13, 2019. Our Jost Vineyards 2018 Tidal Bay, recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine, and our GBFR were served to guests and delegates during the momentous evening. The 44th president of the United States addressed 9,000 guests, incluing 3,000 youth, at the sold-out event. CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Dianne Kelderman was moderator.
Jost Vineyards 2018 Tidal Bay awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine
We are very proud to announce that Jost Vineyards 2018 Tidal Bay has been awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine. Jerry White, executive director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia says "This award recognizes the great work of our winemakers who produce some of the best wines in Canada that are proudly served to discerning visitors and wine professionals around the world." We feel very honoured to receive this prestigious award! Thank you!
Fox Harb’r and Lessons from Starting a Vineyard in NS
Fox Harb'r, Nova Scotia's luxury resort, is sharing a glimpse into its ongoing learning process. Vineyard manager Aaron Little provides insight into this exciting new venture. “We’ve partnered with our Northumberland Shore neighbours Jost Vineyards to create our very own version of “Tidal Bay” wine, a signature Nova Scotia vintage that brilliantly reflects the terroir, coastal breezes and cooler climate of this place.” Read more here: Lessons from Starting a Vineyard in Nova Scotia
Jost Tidal Bay in the Sky
We're thrilled to have our Jost Tidal Bay recently welcomed to the distinctly Canadian menu at Sky Bistro in Banff, Alberta. Perched at the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain (7,486 ft), Sky Bistro is located on the third floor of the Banff Gondola. Along with the extraordinary view, the menu features the unique flavours of Canada through a handpicked selection of meats, produce and beverages. We're looking forward to sharing the flavour of Nova Scotia with guests from around the globe and to Jost Vineyards fans enjoying a taste of home as they raise a glass with friends and family in a truly spectacular Canadian landscape.
Watch chef Shane Robilliard from Fox Harb'r Resort bring his latest Taste of Nova Scotia winning chowder to CTV Morning Live Atlantic…paired with splashes of Jost Vineyards and Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay.
Tidal Bay Annual Release and Tasting Event
Get your tickets to the Wine Association of Nova Scotia’s 12 Tides – the official annual release event for The Tidal Bay Appellation. This is your chance to discover Nova Scotia’s signature white wine, and taste all twelve of the new 2017 vintage of Tidal Bay side by side. Challenge your palate at the blind tasting bar and enjoy award-winning Nova Scotia seafood while engaging with Nova Scotia wine producers and enjoying views of Halifax Harbour. Each winery will be pouring their 2017 Tidal Bay vintage, along with two other exciting new wines. Come taste why Nova Scotia is turning heads on the international stage with award winning wines that capture the essence of Nova Scotia terroir and enhance Nova Scotia cuisine. Date: Friday, May 11th, 2018 Time: 7 – 10pm Location: Halifax
GQ’s Stylish Road Trip
Last summer, DC-based GQ Insider Gary Williams embarked on a road trip with his wife, Dvon, to Eastern Canada: Nova Scotia’s first wine appellation, Tidal Bay, is a sign of how far the industry has come. This crisp, aromatic white wine reflects the region’s cool maritime climate and pairs beautifully with local seafood. “I wouldn’t have said, ‘Let’s go to a vineyard’—or even known vineyards existed here,” Williams admits. Luckily, he got wise at Jost Vineyards, a 25-minute drive away from Fox Harb’r. Jonathan Rodwell, the director of winemaking and viticulture, hosted a tasting and tour for Williams and Dvon, who then went off to explore the property by bike. From vines to vintage, lobster to lighthouses, this Nova Scotia road trip proved a hit. And especially for a
“The Capt'n Galleys” Serves up a Series of Seafood Recipes and Wine Pairings
Every Friday, Capt'n Kenny shares one of his easy recipes with clear and concise details on how to prepare them. Learn to prepare seafood appetizers, main courses, delicious desserts and then pair them with the best wine. Clams and Pan Seared Tuna Linguini in a Peppery, Salty Broth Paired with Tidal Bay Wine: Shrimp, Scallops and Mussels in Saffron Mashed Potatoes Recipe: Cheers! Cooking with Alcohol! Baked Salmon and Veggies Recipe: Shrimp Bisque with Mushrooms Bruschettas topped with Onion Crisps: Scallop Cakes with Tarragon Cream Sauce:
The Australian on Tidal Bay
“Since June 2012, winemakers in the region have been producing a version of what’s called Tidal Bay, the first wine appellation for Nova Scotia. The wines must be made from specific grape varieties, 100 per cent grown in Nova Scotia. Gaspereau Vineyards’s Tidal Bay 2014, for example, blends seyval, vidal, chardonnay and New York muscat, while Jost Vineyards’ take is a blend of L’Acadie pinot grigio, ortega and muscat.” Source: High lights By Susan Skelly | The Australian (November 11th, 2017)
Wine Assist on Jost 4 Skins and Tidal Bay
Wine Journalist and Director of Wine Assist, Dan Traucki on: Jost 4 Skins: “Wow! What a rare blend, but more importantly what does it taste like? This wine has massive purple colour with gentle, complex aromas of sweet ripe apples. On the palate it has tasty, interesting, grapey flavours, with hints of lemon that are quite different but appealing. A DELIGHTFUL WINE!” Jost Tidal Bay: “…this is an unusual but delightful wine! It has copious citrus aromas and flavours of Granny Smith apples and a hint of sweetness on the palate. There is a smidge of minerality on the mid-palate leading to a lingering, refreshing finish.” Source: This Weeks Wine Review (Friday, November 03, 2017)