Sunday, June 15, 2014

DAY ONE – PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY




On our first full day in Prince Edward County,  we had lunch in a bistro in Wellington, a town at the south-west corner of the county. A lovely town to
explore. We found two artists' galleries and studios here and had charming visits with them. We also found a beach on Lake Ontario and a strong wind, a sheltered marina tucked away, and a gorgeous garden filled with hostas and a huge variety of irises.

The chimney at left is the pizza 
oven at Norman Hardie




After that we went wine tasting to the top two vineyards here. The first, Norman Hardie, was a huge disappointment. we had only six wines to choose from to taste here, although we know they have much more to offer. Their two Chards tasted of paraffin and I was told it was the terroir. Somehow I doubt it. However, the outside patio was hopping because the wood-fired oven makes the best thin-crust pizza for miles.

Our last stop was Huff Estates Winery in the centre of the county. This was like night and day in comparison. It's a beautiful sprawling site with a restaurant, an inn, and an art gallery, which was too avant garde for our taste. We didn't try the food as it was mid-afternoon, but it is recommended. The modern tasting room was delightful with well-informed staff. I loved the Chards and the rosés, and James enjoyed the pinot noir very much. Huff's has a French wine maker and the wine was all Burgundy-style.

We bought a case for shipping of six Pinots, three each of the South Bay oaked Chard, and three 2012 rosés. The S&H only cost $20 – the general manager was so surprised we bought so much, he gave us a discount. Obviously customers usually buy only a couple of bottles at a time. The new federal and provincial laws now allow us to ship wine across provincial boundaries. Sweet!

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