Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Passing of a County Icon

I was very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ed Neuser founder of Waupoos Estate Winery. Back in 1998 when reading about the County, Ed's name was one of the first and foremost individuals mentioned that risked his money and efforts to make a go of growing grapes and producing wine in Prince Edward County. I recall visiting the County in 1999 on a Sunday and taking a picture of the Waupoos Winery Pavilion which was in a state of construction. His 2000 chardonnay which was one of his early public offerings is still the best vintage that I have tasted from him even until today. Larry Patterson introduced me to him at a viticulture association meeting in 2004 and he was very gracious when talking to him. He opened a winery restaurant on the grounds  and it proved to be an enjoyable experience when we went for lunch. He sold the venture a few years ago and the new owners have expanded the facilities, however they still operate it in a way where the patron still gets the same enjoyable experience.
I raise my wine glass to him.
Here is an article that goes over some more details of Ed's passing

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