The Round Table
The Initiation of a brand-new program...
The NOBLE KNIGHTS and DAMES
It was clear to us that there must be specific criteria to identify these Noble Knights and Dames. After considerable thought, the following criteria were adopted. All Noble Knights and Dames must demonstrate all 3 criteria, exhibiting “above and beyond” expected qualities and behaviours.
can encompass professional accomplishments and excellence, contributions to society through participation in charities, volunteer work, public service and any other noteworthy causes.
are those personal characteristics and qualities, reflected in our Culture statement, which stand out as an example to be emulated by others.
involves past and current support for Noble Ridge and exceptional promotion of its business and ideals.
Our Noble Knights and Dames will be recognized in several ways.
A personalized label on a unique wine will be created for the Noble Knight and Dame. Each wine’s back label will include a “noble quote”, reflecting the individual. This label program will take place over time, as unique wines are identified and produced.
Noble Knights and Dames will be recognized on our website and introduced to our Wine Club members.
Noble Knights and Dames will be celebrated at Noble Ridge events, when possible. Of note, there will be a celebration of our Noble Knights at our upcoming 20th Anniversary festivities in 2021.
We are very excited to introduce our inaugural Noble Knights and Dame.
Powers Vintage 2017 Chardonnay
Richard is constantly buying and promoting NR wine to his friends, business associates and family. He has assisted in expanding our Wine Club in Ontario. As Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, he has been awarded numerous teaching awards for excellence, in addition to his considerable volunteer contributions, e.g., with the Canadian Commonwealth Games, Rugby Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Quote on Powers Vintage Chardonnay 2017 back label:
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Drs. Jim & Pam Stone
Stone Vintage 2017 Cabernet
Both Jim and Pam are practicing physicians and have made significant professional and volunteer contributions in each of their fields, cardiology and pediatrics respectively. They have contributed their time and support out on site at NR on many occasions. In addition, they have held events and promoted NR wines, personally purchasing NR wines to send to their friends and colleagues.
Quote on Stone Vintage Cabernet 2017 back label:
“Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.”
Sheperd Vintage 2018 Pinot Noir
Barbara Shepard has been a kindred spirit to all those associated with Noble Ridge. She has an incredible number of interesting and varied life accomplishments. She has written a book, travelled the world and worked for several companies in the legal field, rising to the role of national Brand Manager for a large, internationaly recognized law firm. Today she spends most of her time living in rural Ontario, volunteering her time and expertise in the world of horse therapy for Hope haven, an organization working with kids with a range of abilities.
Quote on the Sheperd Vintage Pinot Noir 2018 back label:
"There isn't anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were"
(Ziad K. Abdelnour)
Bruce McFarlane & Janice Heard
McFarlane/Heard Vintage 2018 Chardonnay
Bruce McFarlane and Janice Heard have long been fans of great wines. Bruce has recently retired from the Alberta Oil and Gas sector and Janice continues to practise as a Pediatrician, specializing in the area of low income and disadvantaged families. Both are incredibly active in the charitable-giving world. Bruce serves a Chair of the board for Calgary's United Way campaign and also now sits permanently on the United Way Calgary's Indigenous Advisory Committee. Janice has volunteered for over 15 years overseas in Laos with small, rural communities to offer medical education, build schools, bring clean water to the classrooms as well as much need school supplies, sports uniforms and even internet to some communities.
Quote on the McFarlane/Heard Vintage Chardonnay 2018 back label:
"A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance"
Ouellet Vintage Block 13 Pinot Noir
Richard Ouellet is of those people you never forget. "Rico" has a huge heart and can usually be found doing something for someone else. Rico had a long distinguished career in public sevice as Alberta's Director of Child Welfare and for the past 5 years. He has served on the board of the Family Violence Health Center and now serves as it's Chair, along with the many charities and programs he supports and volunteers with. Richard's contributions to Noble Ridge family are extensive. He has Scaled trees, worked bottling lines, re-painted signage, fixed almost anything and almost single handedly set up the infrastructure for Pinot Noir Block 13, affectionately know as Rico's Block. The Ouellet Pinot Noir is comprissed of grapes chosen only from Block 13 - Rico's Block.
Quote on the Ouellet Vintage Pinot Noir 2018 back label:
"Do Things for people not because of who they are or what they can do in return, but because of who you are"
(Harold S. Kushner)
In this day and age where leadership and the characteristics of nobility are extremely rare commodities, these inductees are shining examples of what can be achieved as human beings. We are truly blessed to be associated with such Noble People; please join us in celebrating their new titles.
This is just the beginning, look for new Noble Knights and Dames in the future and expansion to the program. We are just getting started....