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Prince Edward County


In all our years in the business, we have met few more passionate and dedicated winemakers than Norman Hardie. His goal of producing terroir-driven, balanced and delicious wines from Prince Edward County and Niagara in Canada, has garnered him praise by some of the world's top wine journalists and wine professionals alike.

Canadian wine is not a novelty act, there are as complex of wines being produced there as anywhere in the United States. In fact, if you talk to Norm (and we have), he will tell you that outside of Burgundy, there is no other place in the world that he would rather make his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Outside of France, there are very few wine growing regions in the world that have the fractured limestone soil that Prince Edward County (P.E.C) has.  It is a mixture of young limestone and clay, with a very high active calcium content. These are the type of soils that you will sometimes find in Chablis, parts of the Côte d'Or, and parts of the Loire Valley.

So much work has to go into vineyard management at Norman Hardie Winery.  It is not uncommon for winter temperatures to reach -25 degrees Celsius.  These type of extreme temperatures will kill the vines.  Norman and his dedicated crew actually have to bury part of their vines in winter to prevent this frost damage.  With between 150,000 - 200,000 canes in the vineyards, this is an incredible amount of work.

Yet all of this work results in incredible fruit.  Norman is able to get physiological ripeness, yet with lower sugars and thus lower alcohol.

In the winery, his crew practices Old World traditions.  Only indigenous yeasts from the vineyards are used for fermentation.  There is no malolactic fermentation till the Spring, and they sit sulfur free on the lees, which in Norman's words really allow the wines to "blossom."

I know a lot of people will read this and think that we are talking about a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Canada more as a curiosity.  That is the furthest thing from the truth.  These are world class wines, that we personally love to drink, and would say are in our top 5 favorite North American wines.

If you find yourself a fan of cool climate expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, then these are definitely for you!


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In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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