Tasteful Women of the County

It’s a scientific fact that women have more taste buds than men. In fact 35% of women qualify as ‘super tasters’ and only 15% of men but most of us know good when we taste it. Winemakers are super tasters, or they wouldn’t be in business long. Another interesting fact: the majority of LCBO wine purchasers are women age 40 and older, Which might add to the success factor of women winemakers.

While researching a recent article for County and Quinte Living Women of the Grape I had the privilege of meeting fourteen of those Super Women Tasters  who work in winemaking in Prince Edward County. Not only do they make great wine but they have added significantly to the development of the County as a respected wine region.  The first five are part owners of the wineries as well as winemakers. Continue reading

Roll Out the Barrel

Canadian Oak and other wine barrels have been rolling across Prince Edward County, Ontario, this past year as Pete Bradford moved from his previous location next to  66 Gilead Distillery near Bloomfield to Black Prince Winery  in Picton. I first met Pete at Taste the County in 2010 when he was giving demonstrations on barrel making. At the time, he was still going through his apprenticeship with a well known Missouri barrel maker, Dale Kirby. I interviewed him and his partner Marla at his incredibly cold Carriage House Cooperage workshop in Wellington in December for a story for HornTrip magazine. It was so cold my digital recorder lost the entire interview (or maybe my hands were shaking so much that I pressed the wrong buttons.) Continue reading

Wine, Cheese & What a View!

Two weeks ago, I was invited to Fifth Town Artisan Cheese when owner, Patricia Bertossi, was partnering with fellow Italian Canadian, Pat Del-Gatto, to give a sampling of the new range of Fifth Town Cheeses paired with Del-Gatto wines.

Patricia’s grandfather had been a cheese maker in Parma Italy and Pat’s Italian forbears were winemakers so both of them were delighted to be carrying on the family tradition with Canadian modifications. Continue reading