In this video, we chat with two Gold Medal winners in The Great Canadian Wine Match: winemaker Norm Hardie and wine lover Joe Hache, who rallied thousands of votes for Norm’s pinot noir to be named Canada’s Best Wine with Pizza.

They join me from Norm’s winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Note: there’s a slight delay of a few seconds with their responses because they’re recording from Norm’s cellar.

- Joe describes the first time he tasted Norm’s pinot noir and why that occasion was so memorable

- Norm talks about what makes this pinot noir and others from the County so different from other regions

- Both men talk about why pinot noir can pair beautifully with pizza, which types, and why the simplest foods can be the best matches with complex wines

We’ll post part two of our conversation in the next day or two.

Norm and JoeNorm and Joe recording our video chat in Norm’s cellar … tough work, but they’re up for it. Photo courtesy of Joe Hache.

Norm Hardie beside his wood-burning open-air pizza oven on the winery grounds.

Here’s another post with Norm’s favourite pizza and wine pairings, plus more pictures of that beautiful wood-burning oven.