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Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019!

Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019! The name Wayfarers’ Ale is a tribute to an old custom in England where medieval travelers, ‘wayfarers’ as they were known, would stop at local churches, knock on the door, and be given a small horn of ale and a piece of bread to refresh them along their journey. Well, for two years now, the brewery located next to the historic Port Williams wharf has been welcoming visitors and making a name for itself far and wide. “A Wayfarer, like a seafarer, is a person who is…
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Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold!

Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold! Barrelling Tide Distillery, located in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, has again won ten medals in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, Canada’s only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for micro-distilleries. Sixty-nine distilleries from across the country participated in this year’s awards, held in Vancouver, BC. Each spirit goes through a blind tasting panel that is made up of judges from across the country. Medals won include Gold with Distinction and Best in Class for the distillery’s 5 Fathom Dark Rum and Gold with Distinction for their Tide Gin, Raspberry Liqueur, and Cherry Liqueur. “We…
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Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2019

Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2019 By Mike Butler Hi Everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 2018 Oscar Fever Uncorked article and predicted my Oscar picks. Last year, my picks did very well, and this year I have seen practically all the films in the running so I’m excited to see how I perform. The Academy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday February 24. Here are my predictions for this year’s Oscars. Best Supporting Actress: What a wonderful year for strong female roles. This category is always one of the most…
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Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD FEVER 2018

Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD FEVER 2018 By Mike Butler Hi Everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 2017 Oscar Fever Uncorked article. Last year, with Moonlight shining bright, I did really well with my picks. This year has been a great one for films of all genres and I’m very excited to share my picks with you. Want to do something fun on Oscar night? Well, you can have a comfy seat and watch the Oscars on the big screen at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. The Academy Awards ceremony…
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The 2017 Best of the Bunch Grapevine Results

The Grapevine’s 2017 ‘Best of the Bunch’ Results! We received a huge response to our second annual ‘Best of the Bunch’ survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! What a great selections of place to visit, things to do, and experiences not to miss in the Valley. While you are out and about, watch for The Grapevine’s ‘Best of the Bunch’ sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses. Food & Drink Best restaurant: Troy Runner up: The Naked Crepe Bistro Best fine dining restaurant: Blomidon Inn Restaurant Runner up: Le Caveau Best pub food: Paddy’s Pub Runner up: King’s…
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Best of the Bunch 2017 Survey

It’s that time again! We were excited to get so many responses to our inaugural Best of the Bunch survey last year – so we’re doing it again this year. We love getting suggestions from our readers, so this time you’ll notice a few new categories! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a Grapevine tote bag, a Kitchen Party Cookbook by Jenny Osburn and a box of tasty artisanal chocolates! Click here to enter the survey!

We Love the Valley: Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day We asked our readers to tell us their creative ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in the Valley. Here is what we heard back: Snowshoeing at Crystal Falls, followed by dinner at Pascalice’s Bistro in Greenwood. Cat cuddling at the Wolfville Animal Shelter. Have your own vintage fashion show at Retro Runway. Check out the tasting bar at the Annapolis Cider Company. Make it a yoga date! There are several studios and classes throughout the valley. Snowshoe Adventure! Rentals are available at We’re Outside in Wolfville,or at Valley Stove & Cycle in Kentville. Catch the Lone…
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The Best of the Bunch 2016 Results

Food & Drink Best Restaurant (fine dining) WINNER – Troy 12 Elm Avenue, Wolfville troyrestaurant.ca Runner Up – Blomidon Inn 195 Main Street, Wolfville blomidon.ns.ca Best restaurant (casual) WINNER – Union Street Café 183 Commercial Street, Berwick unionstreetcafe.ca Runner Up – Paddy’s Irish Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant 46 Aberdeen Street, Kentville 460 Main Street, Wolfville paddyspub.ca Best Venue for Drinks WINNER – The Library Pub & Merchant Wine Bar Tavern 472 Main Street, Wolfville thelibrarypub.ca Runner Up – The Spitfire Arms Alehouse 29 Water Street, Windsor spitfirearms.com Best Craft Beer WINNER– Schoolhouse Brewery 40 Water Street, Windsor schoolhousebrewery.ca Runner Up…
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Best of the Bunch Survey

We all know that this valley is filled with fantastic restaurants, great shops, beautiful places to visit, and friendly folks. Now we want you to spin through that rolodex in your mind of great experiences, pick your favourites, and have your say in who we shower with love, attention, and the glory of being: The Best of the Bunch! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a special Annapolis Valley Gift Basket Extraordinaire! Click here to enter the survey!