Join Norman Hardie at Highlander Wine and Spirits in Marda Loop

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Date: Thursday May 17th 2012
Time: 4:30-7
Place: Highlander Wine and Spirits, Marda Loop Location (2112 33 Avenue SW)

On Thursday May 17th from 4:30-7:00PM, Norman Hardie will be pouring a selection of his wines in an open style tasting at Highlander Wine and Spirits in Marda Loop. This is a casual drop-in event and you can stop by anytime.

Norman has spent the last 15 years learning everything there is to know about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He began in 1996 with 4 vintages at Bouchard Finlayson in South Africa, interspersed with vintages in Burgundy at Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, Domaine de la Vougeraie, and Nicolas Potel. He followed this with a vintage in Central Otago and some time in Santa Barbera at Au Bon Climat. He has developed his own style, most closely matched to Burgundian. He is making wine in both the Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward Country Appellations.

The diversity of the wines grown in these two Appellations is outstanding. Although the Niagara and PEC Appellations both have a ribbon of limestone running through them and are separated only by Lake Ontario, the top soil in the PEC Appellation is also high in Calcareous limestone and imparts a very different flavour profile to the wines. We will be showcasing the 2008 Prince Edward County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Given the soil in the PEC vineyards, these wines most resemble Burgundy and exemplify Norm’s amazing skills as a wine maker. In blind tastings, Wine Experts and Wine Geeks alike have been fooled into thinking these wines come from the heart of Meursault.

Norman continuously receives accolades, awards and high scores for all of his wines. They are being poured at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City. The 2008 PEC Chardonnay, which we will have open for you to taste, was listed as one of Matt Kramer’s Wines of the Year for 2011 in Wine Spectator. If you love Burgundian wines but don’t love the cost, this is the perfect way to experience the style without paying the price. In addition, it gives you the opportunity to support one of Canada’s Top Wine Makers.

Drop by on your way home from work and experience this perfect example of the power of the terroir.