barn800A sunny spring day in 2005 Bruno and I left our life in Toronto and drove east 2 hours to embark on an unknown journey to plant a vineyard and build a winery in Prince Edward County. Interior Design had until now occupied my days so switching from designer loafers and dress pants to jeans and Wellies was quite thrilling. For me, born and raised in Sweden, moving to Canada brought a lot of new excitement to my life. A thrilling sense of feeling alive. Never really knowing what is to happen next.

Bruno, born and raised in Canada, with parents from Normandy and Paris, heard the land calling his name. The urge to ferment fruit juice was stronger than his chosen career in software. His grandfather, Alfred, made beautiful cider and calvados in the town of Yquelon, a small village on the western side of Normandy. The family history was too strong to ignore but although apples was their fruit of choice, Bruno wanted a bigger challenge. Pinot noir. Not only is it one of the ideal grapes for our terroir here at The Old Third, but it’s also one of the toughest grapes to grow. The most finicky, the most temperamental of them all. What a challenge.

We all know wine and food goes hand in hand. This blog is about just that. Wine and food. Bruno will talk about what’s happening in the vineyard and the winery. I will share my favourite recipes with you. Some of my own and some Swedish classics. We’ll also fill you in on the never ending stories of renovating our Crandall House.

What’s so special about the County then, you may ask? Well, simple vegetable stands on front lawns to larger farmer’s markets, selling everything fresh and everything local. Wonderful cheese from locally sourced milk, local chicken, beef, lamb, pork and sausages, honey and lavender, asparagus, bakeries, beautiful apple orchards, vineyards, wineries and breweries. The list goes on and on. There is so much here which inspires me to cook and enjoy life and I find it impossible not to share this with you! The earth is giving us plenty to be grateful for. Let’s enjoy it together!

Jens

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