Sandbanks Cabernet Franc 2011, $14.95
Established in 2004 by Catherine Langlois, this winery is named after the county’s stunning lakeside provincial park. Open on pizza night.
Ponce notes: “A fragrant nose of summer berries and flowers yields to a medium-bodied red with food-friendly acidity. It’s consistently one of the best values from PEC.”
Rosehall Run Cuvée County Chardonnay 2010, $21.95
Located just south of Hillier, Rosehall planted its first vineyards in 2001, and now produces 6,000 cases annually. Try with steamed lobster.
Ponce notes: “The whisky-esque oak is a bit dominant on the nose and palate, but it fades into the background once the wine shakes off the fridge’s chill. Expect a big, buttery Chard.”
Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2011, $35
An ebullient presence at most local wine events, Norm Hardie is the unofficial king of Prince Edward County. Pour with a Sunday roast chicken.
Ponce notes: “Aromas of cherries, raspberries, and violets make it a stunning Pinot, one of Norm’s best: bright, lively, and worth every damn penny.”