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

Spring Wines / Bay of Quinte Tourism Site

Please visit my blog Spring Offerings at Prince Edward County Wineries at the Bay of Quinte Tourism website

Marquesa Port & Dark Chocolate Week #7

Valentine’s Day is past and I have a plethora of dark chocolate to take me through the cold nights of February,  perfect for pairing with red port. For several years, Karlo Estates‘ Van Alstine red was the signature Prince Edward County port-style wine  but,  these days, there is serious competition.

Marquesa

Marquesa

The Wine:  Harwood Marquesa 2011 $29
This is a port style wine made from a blend of Marquette and Cabernet Franc grapes, aged for 12 months in old  American and French oak barrels. 18% alc.

The WineryHarwood Estates
Opened in 2009 near Hillier, Harwood is a family business run by Don and Judy Harwood, John Rode and Kerry Wicks. The winery is off grid with solar, wood and propane providing their energy sources. Something that proved really beneficial with the power outages this winter. Continue reading

The Great Canadian Wine Match

Wine writer, Natalie MacLean, hosted The Great Canadian Wine Match recently asking for nominations and votes for the best Canadian wines to pair with Chicken, Beef, Pizza, Cheese, Seafood, and Dessert. The results are now in.

I heard about the contest soon after I got back from a wine tour in Nova Scotia and was delighted to see that many of the wineries I’d visited among those nominated. Sometimes I think no one west of New Brunswick has heard of Nova Scotia wines. However NS wine lovers came out of the wood work from across the country and kept most of them in the running.

I also write about Prince Edward County, Ontario wines as well so my loyalties were sorely divided. Surprisingly some of my favourite wines from both NS and PEC are in the top three and in my wine cellar. Continue reading