The tides of change at Jost Vineyards

Jamie Heap
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New vintage wine wins gold at nationals

MALAGASH-Music, local seafood and the launch of the award-winning Tidal Bay 2012 vintage wine created a festive atmosphere Saturday at Jost Vineyards.

“The Tidal Bay Weekend Bash coincides with the launch of our new Tidal Bay 2012 vintage wine,” stated Jost Vineyards co-owner Carl Sparkes on Saturday.

“We just learned today that this wine was named the best white wine blend in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Competition,” added Sparkes proudly.

Jost’s Gaspereau Muscat and one of its port wines won gold and silver respectively.

“We are very excited about today,” stated Jost Vineyards co-owner Donna Sparkes. “I was nervous this morning that the cool, damp weather might stop people from coming out.” she admitted. Just imagine how many people would have come if it was warm out?”

In spite of the below seasonal temperatures, a huge crowd congregated at Jost Vineyards to not only purchase and drink wine, but to enjoy music on the patio by Halifax Pier; lobsters and mussels from the Celtic Circle, a cultural centre and catering business owned and operated by Jannine Howell out of New Glasgow and oysters served by Malagash & Tatamagouche Bay Shell Fish, Bay Enterprises Ltd.

“The oysters taste really, really good,” stated Michel Doiron of New Brunswick.

Looking ahead, the Sparkes, who purchased Jost Vineyards from Hans Christian Jost Jr. on May 7, 2012, have several renovations planned in the coming months in order to transform Jost Vineyards’ interior into a more user-friendly environment.

“We’re going to build a private wine tasting room in the loft,” stated Carl Sparkes.

In addition, Sparkes plans on utilizing the wood from a large hundred-year-old cypress wine barrel to enhance the facility’s appearance on a multi-faceted level.

“The stairs leading to the Vintage Loft will be quite a feature in and of itself,” explained Sparkes. “All of the metal and welding involved will be done locally.”

On June 29, Jost Vineyards hosts its Coastal Vineyards’ vintage new release party.

Organizations: Tidal Bay Weekend Bash, Bay Enterprises Ltd.

Geographic location: Tidal Bay, Canada, New Glasgow New Brunswick

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