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Meet Richard Charnock - Norman Hardie Winery's Jack of all Trades

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is it folks - we are in the final countdown to Terroir Wine Festival!  Starting with today's blog we will feature three great guys who each represent a different part of the wine scene in Prince Edward County, starting with Richard Charnock who works alongside Norm Hardie doing anything and everything that Norm needs him to do.  Richard was saying to me that it is really ha...

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County in the City - Toronto's Sneak Peek to Terroir Wine Festival

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, May 25th 2013 – The Crystal Palace Fairgrounds located in the town of Picton in beautiful Prince Edward County will become home to over twenty of the regions wineries as they gather to showcase their greatest wines and newest releases at the annual Terroir Wine Festival.  This is the ninth year for Terroir and, for the past three years, the organizing committee has also put together a great preview event called County in the City to give people in Ottawa and Toronto the c...

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Meet Lia Spinosa of Exultet Estates - Looking for a change in atmosphere and a quiet way of life

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a recurring theme amongst a lot of the winery people in Prince Edward County.  A large number of them originally lived in the Toronto area and wanted a quieter way of life to raise their families in so when Prince Edward County came calling they made the jump, almost the leap of faith, bought land and became the latest transplants to the area.  Lia and her husband Gerar...

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Please Welcome Sherry Martin - Prince Edward County's biggest cheerleader

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (4)


PASSIONATE – There is no other word to describe how Sherry Martin from Karlo Estates presents the winery and the Prince Edward County region she has come to call her home.  If you have ever had a conversation with Sherry, you will leave wondering “where have these wines been all my life?” Sherry is a visual story teller and when you sit down at the...

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Meet JJ Syer - Rosehall Run's resident "grocer"

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Working in wine is a natural extension of where JJ started her career.  Her background prior to joining Rosehall Run was in the restaurant industry and included working with famed chef Michael Potter at Harvest Restaurant in Picton.  When the restaurant closed JJ had just become a mom and decided it was time to slightly shift focus in her career.  She wanted to stay closely tied...

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Meet Vida Zalnieriunas - one of Prince Edward County's female pioneers

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

To say that Vida and her husband come from a very different background than a lot of the other winery owners in Prince Edward County may be a bit of an understatement.  Originally from Toronto, Vida is a therapist who still has a practice here in Prince Edward County while Richard spent many years in the political game with positions ranging from actual politician to related jobs wit...

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Please Welcome Mary Macdonald - Our first female character of the series

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

You may have noticed a trend in the first four blogs we have done leading up to Terroir Wine Festival- they have all been guys.  That is not to say that there are no great female characters to our story but we wanted to wait to introduce you to them further into the series.  Today we meet our first female character - Mary Macdonald of Stanners Vineyard.  Mary, along with her husband Colin and Colin...

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Meet Glenn Symons - the man behind Lighthall Vineyards

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Up until now, our focus has been on the wineries in the west end of Prince Edward County. Today, we are going to shift that focus and take a look at our first winery from the south end of the region - Lighthall Vineyards.  Glenn purchased the winery from its previous owners back in 2008 who had simply been grape growers selling to some of the other wineries in The County.  When ...

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Introducing Brian Hanna - Huff Estates Sommelier

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Brian is not new to the wine industry having been trained as a sommelier, worked in the restaurants of Montreal and the Eastern Townships and then moving to Prince Edward County where he has spent almost 7 years working as Huff Estates Sommelier.  Brian has been in the wine industry for the last forty years and moved to Prince Edward County in 2006 after a weekend spent in Prince Edward County where he met Frederic Pica...

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Meet Lou Della Civita - One of Prince Edward County's original grape growers

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It all started 13 years ago when Lou's father in law bought a parcel of land with the sole intention of planting it with grapes.  Prince Edward County was just starting to create buzz about the possibility of being Ontario's next great wine region and, to continue on with family's Italian heritage, they wanted to be a part of the burgeoning wine region.  30,000 vines later on Cold Cr...

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