Friday's Wine Pick: Nova 7 by Benjamin Bridge

Tonight, I learned a valuable lesson in wine pairings.  Namely, that if a sparkling wine is being advertised as the perfect companion to a cheese and charcuterie board, then you should pair it with just that, and not do as I did and try to eat it with a homemade bacon burger.

Let's just say the floral notes in this wine did not exactly jive with my whopping hunk of meat.  But this Nova Scotian Moscato did seem a little less jarring after my meal was finished, when I was able to nip at it chilled without any distractions.  Since it was on the sweeter side, I just counted it as my dessert and told my tub of mint-chocolate ice cream it would have to wait for another day.

If you don't dig sweetness, you are not going to enjoy this wine.  To me, it almost tasted like honey without the stickiness of said substance (thank goodness).  So here's your lowdown on Nova 7:

Tasting notes:  It's got a floral taste, with just a hint of citrus.  Off-dry. Serve cold.

Pair with:  Sweets, cheese, charcuterie, pâté, anything but burger.

Cost:  $24.95 CDN

Extra perks:  It doubles as dessert, so you can totally rock it at your next wine and cheese night.

Cons:  This is not a one-size-fits-all kind of wine.  People will have strong reactions to it.  Some will find it too bubbly or too sweet.

Overall Glossless Rating (based on totally unscientific and arbitrary values): 6/10

On a random note, I picked up this wine because I thought Nova had something to do with stars, but now that I reflect on it, I think it has more to do with being a Maritime wine.