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!

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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.

Live Jazz: Feb 22!

February 18, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb 22, 8-11pm we welcome back Donald Maclennan to Obladee!


So happy be coming back to Obladee for an evening of music with some good friends and great musicians. Come weather the weather for a night, drink some wine (or craft beer, wink) and relax. We’ll be playing a mix of Django Reinhardt classics, jazz standards and a few surprises. My first performance since winning a Music NS award AND being nominated for an ECMA, hope you can make it.

Donald MacLennan – violin & vocals
Michael Dalton – guitar
Will Paynter – double bass

Live Jazz: Miles Davis Tribute, Feb 8

February 6, 2017

Join us this Wednesday, February 8, 8-11pm for a special edition of Jazz Night at Obladee! Trumpet prodigy James Ervin will be fronting a Miles Davis Tribute edition, backed by bassist Willem Paynter, drummer Mike Carroll and pianist Trevor Wentzell. NO COVER!

One of the most acclaimed figures in jazz history, Miles was at the forefront of modern music his entire career. The band will be exploring his work from the late 1940’s to 1969.

FEATURED WINES: 1) Anselmi San Vincenzo – superstar Italian white from a man with uncompromising vision 2) Marqués de Longares Reserva – uncommon blend of Garnacha & Tempranillo from the “undiscovered” region of Cariñena, Spain. BOTH $8/g tonight ONLY!

Valentine’s Day at Obladee!

January 25, 2017

valentines day 2017 social

When we first opened Obladee we never imagined what a LOVE NEST it would become! Do you know how many lustful glances have passed thru this place? How many digits exchanged? Lips locked? Thousands!

It’s only fitting we mark Valentines Day with a love-fueled DINNER & Live Jazz with the Willem Paynter Trio!

3 courses, paired with wine: $40 without pairings, $70 with pairings. See below for sneak peek at menu!

Now taking reservations for 2 seatings: 6:30, 8:45. Call or email! 902.405.4505 | Kindly advise of any dietary allergies or sensitivities at time of booking!


herb, brown butter scallops OR
roasted root vegetable & chèvre tart

boeuf bourguignon with parsnip purée OR
cioppino (mussels, salmon, prawn) with fresh baguette

sticky toffee pudding OR
chocolate pots de crème

Live Jazz! Jan 25

January 23, 2017

trioJoin us this Wednesday, 8-11pm for Obladee’s FREE Jazz Night!

Host and bassman Willem Paynter is joined by his long-time partner in jazz crimes, tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Martin Davidson. Reining the boys in is the groove master Dave Burton on drums. One of the most experienced musicians in Canada, Dave has all the technique and chops of flashier players but grounds any band he plays in with taste, rhythm and groove. Expect songs by Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and other great sax legends.

Can this deal get ANY SWEETER? Yes it can! We’ll have 2 WINE specials . Both of these wines are $8/g tonight ONLY:

Painted Wolf Peloton – a rocking red Pinotage blend from South Africa
Avondale Sky Siegfried – delish white from Avondale’s excellent small-lots program