Toronto Restaurants Cut Ties With Winemaker Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Joey chain, the Drake Hotel, and more will no longer sell Norman Hardie wines

Earlier this week, a Globe and Mail investigation revealed multiple accounts of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against winemaker Norman Hardie. More than 20 women claim Hardie, who opened his famed Prince Edward County winery in 2003, engaged in misconduct such as “requests for sex, lewd comments about sex acts or remarks about their bodies and clothing,” both on and off the job.

Numerous Toronto restaurants and Ontario chains have responded by distancing themselves from Hardie and his products. The Globe and Mail reports that restaurants such as the Joey chain, the Drake Hotel properties, Chase Hospitality Group, and Wilder and Rose have all severed ties with Hardie.

The LCBO will continue to stock Hardie’s wine products, saying “At this time, we leave the choice to purchase Norman Hardie products in the hands of our customers,” in a statement.

Hardie issued a statement addressing the claims against him on Wednesday.

Notable Toronto chefs such as Black Hoof, Rhum Corner, and Cocktail Bar owner Jen Agg and Matty Matheson took to Twitter to sound off on Hardie’s alleged behaviour. Claims against Hardie have not been proven in court.

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