Riverview, New Brunswick
August 11, 2004
The winery store is open year-round, but in the summer, it is possible to participate in a free, guided tour at 12:00 noon or 3:00. I advise trying to make the tour… it will take you into the vineyards to see the grapes on the vine, then into the winery store for an explanation of the numerous blends and varietals offered for sale. The tour then goes downstairs to see the production level at the winery. The production process is explained, but it will be immediately obvious that most of the wine here is aged in stainless steel. This is a German winery and oaking is not part of the process, although there are a few wines stored in a relatively small number of French oak barrels. From there, the tour sees the bottling process… the day we visited; they were bottling a white with a screw-top bottle. Jost has a full range of wines and uses both screw-tops and corks.
After the tour, it is possible to participate in a tasting of a number of Jost’s wines, and of course there is lots of wine for sale by either the bottle or the case. We selected a Chablis and a Riesling Vidal, both on sale and remarkably cheap. The winery store also features a deli and it is possible to order wine on the patio by the glass or by the bottle… a nice spot for a picnic. There is also a selection of Jost-branded clothing and upstairs, there is The Vintage Loft, a gift shop featuring an eclectic collection of items ranging from upscale prints by local artists to glassware, oils, maple syrup, Maritime books, stuffed toys and jams and jellies.
Among the things that you may wish to consider: some of the reds here are very good and worth tasting or buying; the winery is known for its ice wine and the 1999 Vidal Icewine was named the Canadian Wine of the Year and was also selected as the Best Dessert Wine; from Monday to Wednesday, it is possible to take a course in wine-tasting from the sommelier ($5.00) at 1:30; a public beach, Blue Sea Beach Park is close-by, featuring the warm strait waters. In other words… something for everyone. A pleasant way to pass the time.
From journal The Neck of Nova Scotia