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18. May 2010 10:19
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Yarn Candy Monday Returns.... With Cashmere!

18. May 2010 10:19 by Jobo | 0 Comments

HandMaidenCasbah

While visiting in Moncton Yesterday (hence the Yarn Candy Monday actually being a Yarn Candy Tuesday...)  I got to visit Cricket Cove - a great little yarn store.  Among my spoils for the day - Handmaiden Casbah - a super soft Merino Cashmere and Nylon Blend.  I patted it gently most of the way home :) all the while with that "Rock the Casbah" song by The Clash stuck in my head.

28. June 2009 13:12
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Winery Tour - Bay of Fundy / Moncton

28. June 2009 13:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

While we were on our honeymoon, we got the chance to tour a couple of New Brunswick Wineries - Wine made from Fruit not from Grapes!  Strawberries, Rhubarb, Raspberries, Blueberries! 


from the car.... love those big puffy clouds... and the enless forest

Just outside Moncton in Magnetic Hill we went to the Magnetic Hill Winery, housed in an awesome Mustard Colored period home that the owners are renovating.  The view from this hilltop house is really pretty!  The family who owns this winery have been fruit farmers for like 20 years, and recently began making fruit wines to help supplement their income and uses Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries and Blueberries in their wines.  One of them "Illusions" is made from Rhubarb, but totally tastes like a dry white wine!  I guess that's why they call it Illusions?!

The tourguide, and owner's son, also explained that the rolling hills on the property overlooking Moncton were being prepared for planting the farm's first Grapevines!  Someday I hope to return and perhaps taste some of their grape wines?


Marky with his tasting glass - and the selection of wines in the cellar!

Our favorite (we had to bring home a couple bottles) was their Strawberry wine... which tasted like fresh summer strawberries.  It was just sweet enough, and can still be served with food. We also picked up some Chocolate River Raspberry - a desert wine that is named after New Brunswick's Muddy Chocolate colored rivers... and apparently also compliments Chocolate :) I don't argue with anything that goes with Chocolate.  (is there anything that doesn't go well with Chocolate?  seriously!)


Entrance to the Wine Cellar at Magnetic Hill Winery

We also had the chance to Stop at another Fruit Winery near where we were staying in Alma (near Fundy National Park) - Waterside Winery



This winery had similar flavours, but had a wine made from Rhubarb that really tasted like Rhubarb!  (this one was Marky's Favorite) and various blueberry wines ranging from Dry to Sweet to Dessert wines.  Our favorite of the blueberries was a semi-sweet which really had a nice not-too-tart not-too-sweet blueberry flavour.

All in all, nice to have the chance to try new things, taste some great local wines, and spend the day with my new Hubby :)

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Links:

Waterside Winery (I couldn't get this to work in Firefox, but works fine in Internet Explorer)

Magnetic Hill Winery  (doesn't have much on here, but has contact information)

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