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New Atlantic Canada Frizzante Impresses Wine Pros

Any oenophiles attending events you’re planning? If your answer is yes, a new wine out of Nova Scotia might be of interest.

Selkie, a new release from Jost Vineyards and Atlantic Canada’s first frizzante, got the nod from global wine professionals at this year’s ProWein, a major wine and spirit trade show held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Selkie, Jost Vineyards, Malagash, Nova ScotiaAccording to Jost owner Carl Sparkes, people were incredulous. “They commented on how we were able to get these tropical notes in our cool climate, and really embraced it [Selkie]. Having those international palates confirming that this is a world-class frizzante was a real high note for us…we came away pretty pumped.”

Sparkes explains that Selkie, which is a blend of eight grapes, balances sweetness and delicate effervescence with tropical notes of kiwi, white peach, Bosc pear and Lily of the Valley. “Most people consider sparkling wines to be celebratory, but in European culture, frizzantes and proseccos and other off-sparkling wines are consumed more often than anything else,” he says.

“Selkie is definitely a world-class accomplishment,” says Peter Rockwell, category manager for local wines at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. “In fact, Nova Scotia’s climate and unique terroir are ideal for producing subtle, refreshing crisp wines—such as frizzantes—that more and more global wine consumers are drawn to nowadays.”

The wine’s name is drawn from Celtic mythology. A selkie is a sea creature that transforms from a seal into a beautiful seductress on land.

“Selkie really represents the way we feel about this wine,” says Sparkes. “It reflects Atlantic Canada’s cultural mix, our connection to the sea, and of course, the transformation of these grapes into something very beautiful, and a wine that can make an impact globally.”

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