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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!

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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

Live Jazz – Dec 14th!

December 14, 2016

If you have only one night to visit Obladee, come on a Jazz night! It’s a magical time with atmosphere & music you won’t find anywhere else.

Wed, Dec 14 catch world-class Willem Paynter Trio (Willem, Martin + Brendan), 8-11pm.

Guaranteed to put even the grinchiest in a holiday mood w/ jazz-ed up holiday classics! Scrooge-friendly too (NO COVER)!

credit: Topher & Rae Studios

credit: Topher & Rae Studios

Live Jazz – Wise Guy CD Release!

November 28, 2016

Will Paynter & The Hardbop Collective CD Release Wed Nov 30 8-11PM! No Cover!

Wine deals: a festive Falanghina $8/g; a rip-roaring Rioja $9/g !

Featuring: Will Paynter on Bass; Martin Davidson on Sax; Matt Myer on Trumpet; Tony Genge on Fender Rhodes + Brendan Melchin on Drums! “Wise Guy explores the inner working of the Mafia – the characters and the crime – through a lens of jazz improvisation, with a band as tight as La Cosa Nostra itself. ”

Check out the band’s website for more details!

Jazz Happenings!

June 11, 2016

Starting June 15th, Willem Paynter will be partnering with Obladee to host our bi-weekly jazz nights!

Obladee and Willem go way back. Performing for us many times over the years, Willem is an easy favourite of staff and guests alike. We’re so thrilled that he will be taking a more central role – our jazz nights could not be in better hands.

Every second Wednesday, some of Atlantic Canada’s finest musicians will be joining Willem for an evening of music (and featured glasses of wine!)

So watch our Events Page for updates and listings!

The Tuesday Food Review

April 4, 2016

Is there a more hum-drum day of the week than TUESDAY?

At least people hate Mondays. Tuesdays? Barely registered. Ignored. Nothing’ed.

Here’s to giving Tuesdays their day in the Sun!

Introducing The Tuesday Food Review.

tuesday review

Every Tuesday we let Chef Brock loose in the kitchen to create 4 glorious snacks that we lovingly, meticulously pair with wine for $5 more. All snacks $6-8.

Take that, Friday.

Top Local Picks for NYE Bubbly!

December 31, 2015

With world-class sparklers being made in our own backyard, who needs expensive Champagne to ring in the new year?


Here are our top picks (in no particular order):

1. ’11 Blomidon Late Pick Chardonnay
2. ’12 Blomidon Crémant
3. ’11 Blomidon Cuvée L’Acadie
4. ’10 L’Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut Zero Dosage
5. ’12 L’Acadie Vineyards Cuvée Rosé
6. NV Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique
7. Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve (any vintage you can get your hands on, but we love ’05!)
8. ’12 Avondale Sky Blanc de Noir Brut

Most of the above are available at Bishops Cellar or the Port of Wines on Doyle Street in Halifax.

Happy New Year!