Benjamin Bridge: The Nova Scotia Winery That Crossed the Country (Video)

What a terrific chat with Jean Benoit Deslauriers, Head Winemaker at Benjamin Bridge!

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Here’s a sampling of our lively discussion from our tasting…

Brenda Van VlietYes, given to us by good friends who live in NS. Toasted my retirement with it! They also took us as guests to a BB summer evening event. Excellent.
J Laurie Demmings
J Laurie Demmings56:42 Where do I join that Club?
Elaine Bruce
Elaine Bruce57:11 Fascinating info- thank you
J Laurie Demmings
J Laurie Demmings57:33 Wonderful session BB
Rachelle O'Connor
Rachelle O’Connor44:11 Hi Jean-Benoit! With all of your great talent and knowledge, where do you see the future for wineries in Nova Scotia? It is certainly an exciting time!
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne46:36 Jean Benoit if you were not doing this what do you think you would be doing? What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne55:13 The Nova 7 although has impressive acidity it doesn’t come off as acidic because of the other characteristics
Yo'av Kaplun
Yo’av Kaplun0:00 Yes!!! I have had their Moscato. Which is drier than most Italian iterations of that varietal. Yet it’s excellent and worthy of its premium price sticker.
Pam Hatton
Pam Hatton7:10 Having been to GR’s Restaurant and knowing the exacting standards, this is quite the coup! I served BB NV and Rose to French guests this summer while in NS (and squirrelled some away for later)! They loved it as much as we do. So proud to see your success!
Dave Head
Dave Head42:48 Paul, Garagiste is a online seller, they bring in small artisinal stuff.
Beverly Asleson
Beverly Asleson51:32 Which of your white wines has less acidity?
Ruth Blakely
Ruth Blakely57:57 We can buy BB in Edmonton now! Congrats on your success
Ruth Blakely
Ruth Blakely49:42 What challenges are you facing selling fine wines from a lesser known region?
Ruth Blakely
Ruth Blakely1:24 Hey Nat, I’ve had Benjamin Bridge at Color de Vino, an small wine shop in Edmonton
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne23:34 I have this area on my must visit list in the near future
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne59:08 Thank you il be looking into the BB club sante!
Dave Head
Dave Head39:06 JB, Garagiste is a good state side wine merchant
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne33:47 Dear God I love Nova 7! I’ve tanked a few bottles in my hottub in a toque!
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne27:14 What is the price point on this one?
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne21:21 I wish the LCBO carried more BB I like to stock up on the bubbly for hottub season
J Laurie Demmings
J Laurie Demmings50:47 I had BB Tidal Bay last night with Lobster Pasta Dish Delish
J Laurie Demmings
J Laurie Demmings41:16 Nova 7 has 2 spots in my Wine Rack ..The Gentle Sparkle is versatile & perfect for Guests & Dinner
Malcolm Lamont
Malcolm Lamont1:11 Toured Benjamin Bridge in 2016. Phenomenal wines:)
Brenda Van Vliet
Brenda Van Vliet0:00 Yes, given to us by good friends who live in NS. They also took us as guests to a BB summer evening event!
Yo'av Kaplun
Yo’av Kaplun0:00 Should have mentioned in Ontario as the LCBO stocks it in very limited quantities from time to time. As we speak there are only three bottles in stock of Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 (Vintages #256289)
Ruth Blakely
Ruth Blakely27:35 Love that style of sparkler
Dave Head
Dave Head21:40 Lise you can order direct
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne38:28 Riesling dry or sweet
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne17:08 Yes love BB
J Laurie Demmings
J Laurie Demmings42:45 Love Love ❤️Nova 7 Crisp taste

 

Jean-Benoit Deslauriers,

Head Winemaker at Benjamin Bridge

 

In 2008, Jean-Benoit joined the Benjamin Bridge winemaking team in time to release his first Canadian wine, Nova 7 by Benjamin Bridge. Since then he has crafted all of the winery’s classic method sparkling wines and its still wines, in consultation with Peter Gamble (the winery’s lead consultant) and the late Raphaël Brisbois (its sparkling wine specialist and former chef de cave of Piper-Heidseick).

Originally from Québec, Jean-Benoit began his winemaking apprenticeship at VOE (Vinedos Organicos Emiliana), a biodynamic vineyard/winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, which was created by one of Chile’s largest producers, Vina Santa Emilina, to produce exceptional wines.

Having mostly worked in California, he made wine at Casa Barranca (2004-2008), the first certified organic winery in Santa Barbara County. In California, his winemaking efforts garnered accolades and standout reviews from Robert Parker and Steven Tanzer (90+). Since 2008, Jean-Benoit’s winemaking has elevated Benjamin Bridge’s wine programs to new heights with consistent 90-95+ scores and unanimous high praise from the nation’s leading wine critics along with growing international recognition.

 

In little more than a decade, Benjamin Bridge has distinguished itself by its dedication to time proven techniques, expert guidance, and most importantly its acclaimed, distinctive wines.

The Benjamin Bridge vineyards are located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley on the Bay of Fundy, where the cool climate bears an uncanny affinity with the Champagne region of France. Our experienced winemakers work in collaboration with international experts to produce world-class Méthode Classique sparkling wines and limited edition luxury wines.

Our innovative sparkling wines display the hallmarks of classic prestige cuvées from Champagne, but with a Nova Scotia signature. “They are, without question, the best sparkling wines I have tasted in Canada,” says Tony Aspler, Canada’s most renowned wine authority.

Our collection of hand crafted fine wines, including perennial sell-out Nova 7, together with our sparkling wine program, have helped raise the profile of Nova Scotia terroir and its winemaking in Canada and internationally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2011
Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Non Vintage Brut
Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

Gordon Ramsay ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Restaurant​ ​Gordon Ramsay ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2016
Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Restaurant​ ​Gordon Ramsay ​

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Brut 2012
Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2016
Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Bridge Riesling 2015
Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Restaurant​ ​Gordon Ramsay ​

 

 

 

 

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