Here we go again. According to CTV’s “Canada AM” program Thursday, we should all celebrate Canada Day with wine and cheese parties. In the process, the program suggests we all raise a glass or two of Nova Scotia, Ontario or British Columbia wines.
There are two inferences here, in my view. One is that, like so often, Canada begins in Nova Scotia (likely Cape Breton). The other is that we have no wines of any distinction here on this “quaint little rock” in the North Atlantic.
We Newfoundlanders should demand more respect and insist that more attention to these national references be made with a view to having them stopped once and for all.
How often do national weather forecasters, particularly on CBC and CTV, refer to weather outlooks from “right across the country” while meteorology graphics on their computer-generated weather maps end at Nova Scotia. We should fire off emails and tweets in protest to these program producers and hosts.
Let’s remind Jeff Hutcheson and his “Canada AM” crew that despite the view of many mainlanders, we here in Newfoundland take pride in the production of some of the “finest wines” to be found anywhere in Canada, perhaps the world. Let’s remind our national broadcaster about famous Rodrigues wines, including blueberry and cranberry. Let’s introduce them to the specialties from Auk Island Winery with the distinction of “made with iceberg water” now a world-famous, unique feature in wine-making.
And finally there are the Flynn’s Winery products with over 45 varieties tested, including blueberry, rhubarb, butterscotch and maple liqueur.
Why not Newman’s Port?
Perhaps to appease our national broadcaster, CTV, some of us could stand on our rocky shores, hold a generous glass of famous St. John’s-
produced Newman’s Port and sing the famous Nova Scotian ballad “Out on the Myra.”
As for me, I’ll be reaching for our aged bottle of blueberry wine from Rodrigues Winery and toasting my Canada, our Canada, the greatest country in the world that stretches from the from the Arctic Circle to Vancouver Island, with Newfoundland and Labrador included.
God guard thee Newfoundland and Labrador.