Winemaker Kimball Lacey
Guest Blog by Hannah Stein
In 1982, the Lacey Estates property was originally purchased, by Charles and Mollie Lacey, as a summer retreat; thus, beginning the journey towards their winemaking future. Known as one of the best areas for grape growing in PEC, Hillier’s clay loam soil produces wines with profound tastes, textures and balance. After planting the first vines of the field in 2003 with pinot gris, pinot noir and chardonnay, the Lacey family continued to develop and expand both their vineyard and palates, later introducing riesling, gewurztraminer and baco noir vines to their soils, as well. Today, Lacey Estates continues to operate as a family-owned winery, located in the beautiful area of Prince Edward County.
We spoke to Liz Lacey about the highlights of Lacey Estates, her family-owned winery…
What sets your winery apart from others?
Lacey Estates Winery prides itself on producing small batches of hand-crafted, terroir-inspired wines. Each plant in our vineyard has been personally planted by hand by members of the Lacey family. Hard work and dedication to the craft is what makes our wines stand out among the best of the best. Our tasting bar was handcrafted by the family, using 120 year old maple flooring from the 1800’s farmhouse beside the winery. When visiting the winery, our staff will guide you through our wines and explain exactly how to pair and best enjoy the wines at home and with friends.
Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?
Choosing a favourite wine is always difficult because each one is unique in it’s own way and expresses true old and new world styles.
What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?
This year, we are offering Terroir runners the opportunity to visit us on Friday for a wine & cheese pairing during the day. They can drop by the winery throughout the weekend for a complimentary tasting, as well!
There is plenty to do in Prince Edward County! We encourage our runners to enjoy the balance of their weekend in PEC by taking a wine tour with Sandbanks Vacations, visit the many artists studios and galleries along the Arts Trail, and on Sunday, celebrate the 75th Apple Blossom Festival in Waupoos at the County Cider Company!
From 1-3pm on May 25th, the County Cider Company joins the St. John’s Anglican Church in celebrating all things apple. In addition to slices of apple pie (or buying a whole pie) topped with Black River Cheese, you can take part in a tutored cider tasting!
Ms Pinot and Ms Rose show our runners the true spirit of the Terroir Run!
We’re super excited to announce that our good friends at Zest Kitchen Shop have generously donated a prize to reward the runner with the best costume at our 2014 run! While we’ve had a few creative and courageous runners get into the costume spirit in the past (we’re looking at your Karin D and Petra KM) we’re encouraging ALL of our runners to add some ZEST to our run and come in costume this year.
Zest Kitchen Shop will be providing the winner of the ZEST costume award an awesome summer picnic basket. Inside the wicker picnic basket (that has an insulated/zipped waterproof lining to keep food inside warm or cool) the winner will find: two durable/reusable Ecologie plates (made of crushed bamboo and rice husks), two break resistant, BPA-free wine glasses, two sunflower drink covers from Charles Viancin that seal tightly on your glass to keep little critters like fruit flies out of your drink (works on all smooth rims including plastic), a marble cheese knife, double lever corkscrew, pack of 20 napkins and a hibiscus wine stopper. Our crew at the Terroir Run will top up the basket with a bottle of PEC #VQA wine and some delicious cheese from Black River Cheese Company.
Everything our ZEST costume winner gets to celebrate their success!
So get ready to go on a perfect PEC post run with your Zest Kitchen prize for the runner with ZEST!
Our lucky Terroir Run runners get a $10 (advance ticket purchase) discount if they want to make it a full weekend of wine and food in PEC! Wine not come to Terroir – A County Wine Celebration on Saturday, May 26th and enjoy an afternoon of spring wine releases from participating County wineries paired with delicious cheeses and other local fare? The event takes place from noon to 8pm at the Crystal Palace. Once you’ve registered with us we’ll send you information to access your discount.