What's On Tap at Jost Vineyards?

Jamie Heap
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Wine tasting bar among burgeoning business’s newest add-ons

Jost Vineyards' owner Carl Sparkes utilized the wood from a large hundred-year-old cypress wine barrel to enhance the facility’s appearance on a multi-faceted level. The wine barrel, which doubles as a ground-level wine tasting bar, was first unveiled on September 21 during Jost Vineyards15th Annual Charity Grape Stomp that featured several Amherst teams. 

MALAGASH-Summer may be over, but it’s business as usual for the year-round north shore winery owned by Carl Sparkes. Sparkes, who purchased the aforementioned winery from Hans Christian Jost Jr. on May 7, 2012, recently transformed 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 back in May. “The stairs leading to the Vintage Loft will be quite a feature in and of itself; all of the metal and welding involved will be done locally,” he added.

In addition to the seeing the aforementioned renovations come to fruition, Sparkes utilized the wood from a large hundred-year-old cypress wine barrel to enhance the facility’s appearance on a multi-faceted level. The wine barrel, which doubles as a ground-level wine tasting bar, was first unveiled on September 21 during Jost Vineyards15th Annual Charity Grape Stomp that featured several Amherst teams.

“Several teams from the Cumberland Regional Health Authority took part, so Amherst was well-represented at the event,” stated Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell on Saturday while campaigning along the north shore.

Finally, a double-sided fireplace and some new windows have also been installed in order to provide visitors with a better view of the winery’s expansive vine yard.

“(Liberal leader) Stephen McNeil believes that the wine industry in Nova Scotia is ready to take off,” stated Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell. “The potential is definitely here for it to become an export business,” added Farrell.

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell visited Jost Vineyards last month during the month-long Nova Scotia Election campaign that wraps up on Monday.

As for Jost Vineyards, it has two events remaining this year: the 30th Annual Harvest Celebration, which takes places on Saturday, October 19, and its Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 17 in support of the Open Hamper Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable food items will be welcomed by Jost.

Jost Vineyards will be closed on Monday, November 11 to honour past and present military personnel. For more information, please visit http://www.jostwine.com/.

 

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Authority, Christmas Open House, Open Hamper Food Bank

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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