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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.
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 Winery: Harwood 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 wine: Broken Stone Pinot Noir ’10, ’11 and ’12
2010 was an extraordinary year for County wine and this wine was made from grapes already on the vineyard from the previous owners. Michael Pinkus’ review of the 2011 is mentioned below. The 2012 is still from the original vines but lightly oaked and very fruity.
The winery: Broken Stone Winery
Tim and Micheline Kuepfer of Toronto bought a small farm on the Closson Road in 2009 already planted with an acre and a half of Pinot Noir. In 2010 they added another 3.5 acres with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They opened the doors of their winery on Victoria Day weekend 2013.