by Norm Hardie for Norman Hardie Wines, a ‘Certified Good Food Fighter

The vineyard crew has worked tirelessly during the few dry moments this spring to get the vineyard unburied and canes on the wire. Despite the rain, the vineyard looks healthier than ever and it appears we are past the time of any frost damage.

Our 2009 Pinot noirs and Chardonnays as well as the 2010 Riesling have been enthusiastically received by journalists, local restaurateurs and our two new export markets: Japan and New York. John Szabo, one of only 2 Canadian Master Sommeliers awarded us 92 points for our 2009 County Pinot noir “Unfiltered”, please click here for the full review. The 2010 Riesling is possibly the best ever. Numerous restaurants in the province are serving it by the glass as well as the Four Seasons in Tokyo starting mid-June. It is a bright fresh and very mineral driven dry Riesling with fantastic length, the ideal sipper for the “forecasted” hot and dry summer to come. To order please click here.

The summer event calendar is filling up quickly; I hope you will be able to join us at one or more of these events:

May 28th: Terroir Wine Festival
Prince Edward County’s annual wine festival. 20 plus wineries will be showcasing their new releases accompanied by market fresh offerings from County restaurants as well as local college culinary programs. Click here for tickets and details.

May 29th: Terroir Run
For the runners out there, a 10.7 km jog along the PEC wine route finishing at the winery with a feast of wine and Alsacian style Flammenkuchen. Click here for details.

June 4th: Ontario wine pouring at Cafe Taste
Cafe Taste’s fourth annual all Ontario tasting. Click here for more info.

June 10th: Toronto Wildlife Refuge fundraiser at Didier
The finest of Ontario’s culinary and wine talent cook in Didier’s Kitchen to help support this worthwhile cause. Incredible, truly one of a kind auction items will be auctioned off by Kevin Braunch (Thirsty traveller) and Ben Mulroney. Click here for details and tickets.

June 24th and June 25th: Six barrels for 6 chefs and 2009 Cuvee “L” Pinot noir release party
On the 24th, Closson Chase, Huff and myself will each be serving samples out of two of our 2010 barrels paired with dishes prepared by 5 of Ontario’s iconic chefs as well as Dennis Cotter from Cafe Paradiso in Cork, Ireland at the annual “Six Barrels for six Chefs. Click here for tickets and more details. On Saturday 25th June, we will be celebrating the release of our 2009 Cuvee “L” Pinot noir from 11 am-2pm. Our “L” release events are not to be missed. Email Johannes at to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you this summer and thank you for all your support.