Tidal Bay Takeover! June 1

May 26, 2017

tidal bay takeover

Each Spring Nova Scotia wineries release their Tidal Bay wines to the world. And they’re taking over our bar on June 1, 7-10pm!

Stop by and meet the winemakers, taste their 2016s, sample some food, and tap your toes to live Celtic tunes from Rankin MacInnis and Cassie & Maggie MacDonand!

AND help us with a very important mission: CHOOSE A TIDAL BAY FOR OUR LIST. That’s right, at the end of your tasting vote for your favourite Tidal Bay by private ballot. The Tidal Bay with the most votes goes on our list beginning June 5. There shall be prizes!

Come fresh, come focused, and come thirsty!

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2017 Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium!

May 24, 2017

IMG_0900Nothing gets the wine community buzzing like an exciting, new wine region and Atlantic Canada is fast becoming one of the newest darlings. Boasting unique terroir and exciting, individual wines to match, Atlantic Canada is just beginning its climb to wine stardom.

That’s why we’re super excited for the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium June 11-13. Now in it’s 5th year the conference feels more timely than ever. It’s aimed at anyone working in the wine industry (anywhere) who want the inside scoop on what’s going on wine-wise in Atlantic Canada – from growing grapes, to making wines, to teaching, serving, selling and talking about wine. Professionals and experts from across the wine world will be in attendance, speaking on the most pertinent topics facing the industry today, from organic and biodynamic farming, to minimalist winemaking, new-wave hospitality challenges and consumer education.

It’s sure to be a hotbed of insight, ideas and discussion. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Live Jazz: May 17!

May 16, 2017
willem obladee

credit: Topher & Rae Studios

This Wednesday May 17 8-11pm Willem Paynter is back at it w/ Donald MacLennan on fiddle, Mike Dalton on gee-tar & Graham on accordion! This will be Willem’s LAST GIG as a NON-MARRIED man! So, grab your friends and come wish him well ❤️
As always, we’ll have great food on offer and WINE DEALS up our sleeves! See you then!

Live Jazz May 3rd!

May 2, 2017

This Wed, May 3, 8-11pm guitarist Jake Hanlon joins Willem Paynter on the Obladee stage! NO COVER!

Jake has imprinted himself on the East Coast Canadian Jazz scene as a composer, performer and educator. Hanlon has studied and performed in Canada and the US and has has earned 2 nominations by the ECMA on projects for Jazz Recording of the Year for his albums as a leader, Follow in 2012 and Autumn Song in 2015.

Joining Jake and Will is fan favourite Martin Davidson on tenor sax!

FEATURED WINES: Domaine Magellan Pézenas – a natural fermented, organic Syrah/Grenache blend from the Pézanas region of the Languedoc; Loimer Langenlois Grüner – indigenous yeasts, certified biodynamic from Kamptal, Austria. Both $10/g tonight only!

FREE Live Jazz April 19!

April 17, 2017

Donald MacLennan. Cred:

Host Willem Paynter brings the best jazz musicians in Halifax and pairs them with the most knowledgeable staff and best wine list in town (Willem’s words – not ours! *blush*)

Wed, April 19, 8-11pm violin virtuoso Donald MacLennan will whisk you away with his Manouche hot jazz, accompanied by Willem Paynter (bass) and Mike Dalton (guitar). Featured later in the evening will be hot jazz trumpet master James Ervin!

Donald received an ECMA nomination for his debut manouche record “Belleville”, and the lads are giving audiences at Obladee a sneak peak to their showcase performance taking place at the ECMA’s later in the month.

Also this will be Obladee’s frontman Stefan Nielsen‘s last Jazz Night! Stefan has been the stalwart face of Obladee’s staff for many years and we will be very sad to see him go. Friendly, funny, extremely knowledgeable and always on the ball, Stefan was a large part of why the service at Obladee is always top shelf.

Featured Wines!
RED: Marqués de Longares Reserva – a unique Garnacha/Tempranillo Spanish blend that punches way above its weight! WHITE: Avondale Sky Siegfried – last chance to try this zingy, zany Nova Scotian white before it runs out! BOTH $8/g tonight only!

National Wine Awards of Canada

April 5, 2017

by Heather Rankin
I’m thrilled to be judging the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada with the Wine Align crew in June! And doubly excited these awards will be held in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley!

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our region to some of the country’s best wine writers, educators and critics. And demonstrate to the rest of the country how far our wines have come!

Registration for entries is now OPEN! And the folks at Wine Align are hoping ALL NS wineries will enter wines in the competition this year! This judge will be doing her best to sniff them out!

Live Jazz: April 5!

April 3, 2017


This Wednesday, April 5, 8-11pm we feature two of Halifax’s old guard: the juggernaut of drums Tom Roach, and The Educator Dave Staples on piano. Backed by host Willem Paynter on bass, this piano trio features a cumulative 75+ years of experience performing music. Dave and Tom have both received ECMA’s and other awards for their work!

The piano trio format offers a wide range of repertoire: from Oscar Peterson to Keith Jarret, Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock, the possibilities are endless.

Come see what all the fuss is about! 8-11pm, No Cover!


You may have seen the Guardian piece last week on how Music Changes The Taste of Wine? Well, our own (very scientific) research shows that Jazz most definitely improves the wine experience… Here’s two you can experiment with on Wednesday:

1) Domaine de Pouvray Vouvray Demi Sec – a very smashable Chenin from the Loire Valley; 2) Malivoire Gamay – This Niagara superstar red grape is making waves in the maritimes! Both $10/g tonight only!!

Live Jazz March 22 – Free!

March 19, 2017

Join us March 22nd for FREE Jazz Night 8-11pm featuring the Willem Paynter Trio. This week Martin Davidson (tenor sax) & Mike Carroll (drums) accompany Willem in the exploratory sax trio format.

Pioneered by Sonny Rollins in 1957, the Sax Trio has been explored by many of jazz’s great figures – Joshua Redman, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Melissa Aldana – to name a few.

Martin, Dave and Willem are some of Halifax’s most in-demand players and will have your foot tapping and your head bobbin’ with their music. Blues, Bebop, Broadway and a little hip hop for good measure.

WINE DEALS: These gems are $9/g tonight!

RED: Perrin Cairanne Peyre Blanche – a super (now Cru) southern Rhône blend from the famed brothers of Beaucastel;

WHITE: Blomidon Unoaked Chardonnay – a clean refreshing example of local Chardonnay from one of the early pioneers showing us that yes, vinifera WAS possible in NS!

Live Jazz March 8!

March 6, 2017


Our next jazz night features special guest appearance by Toronto based drummer extraordinaire Will Fisher! Join Will, James Ervin (Trumpet), Matt Myer (Keys) and Willem Paynter (Bass) for music from Ray Charles, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and everything in between. Wednesday, March 8, 8-11pm, NO COVER

Featured wines: Sequeira da Ecos, a juicy Touriga Nacional blend from the Douro, Portugal & Rolf Binder Highness Eden Valley Riesling from Eden Valley, Australia – a bone-dry Riesling from one of the great Riesling regions of the world – forget what you think you know about this grape, it will all change with this wine! Both $10/g tonight only!

Finer Points: Allegrini La Grola, Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre

February 18, 2017

by Heather Rankin

Every few weeks we feature two special bottles from the cellar and pour them by-the-glass. Here’s what’s currently open!

15 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre. Sancerre, Loire, France (100% Sauvignon Blanc) Sauvignon Blanc was born in France’s Loire Valley. And some would say that Sancerre is the benchmark style for the varietal. The Reverdy family has been making wine in the village of Verdigny since the 1500s. Michel Reverdy now farms the 14 hectares of vineyard and crafts the wines himself. The grapes are grown on 30 year old vines in Kimmeridgian Limestone soil comprised of ancient seashells deposited by seas which once covered the area. The vineyards are sustainably farmed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 2-3 months with battonage. A lively nose of chamomile tea, lemon, gravel and fresh herb. The palate is rich with lemon, chalk and peach flavours, bracing acidity and a dry finish.

12 Allegrini La Grola. Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy (90% Corvina, 10% Oseleta) Allegrini has been in Valpolicella since the 1500s. They are amoung a handful of top producers making independent, terroir-focused wines outside of the strict, often limiting Valpolicella DOC laws. Their La Grola vineyard is located in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella – a south-easterly facing majestic hill thought to be the very origins of the Corvina grape. This wine shows great character and complexity with fruity drinkability from Corvina and deep intensity from Oseleta. Aged 16 mos in oak, and another 10 mos in bottle. A dark wild berry-floral nose with blood orange, fig and espresso. The palate is medium-full and balanced with concentrated, juicy sour cherry notes, fresh herb and a pleasing bitterness. Tannins are soft and integrated.