Murder charged laid in Niagara winemaker’s death after cottage incident in Selkirk, Ont.

Winemaker Paul Pender, identified for his deep involvement in Niagara’s wine neighborhood and as the maker of natural wines for Vineland’s Tawse winery, has died and a Hamilton guy has been charged with second-level murder.

Police said Pender died Thursday evening following an incident in Selkirk, Ont., close to Lake Erie, where he has a cottage. 

A resident of Grimsby, Ont., Pender was the smartly-known head winemaker for Tawse Wine and Spirits. He additionally roasted espresso for Hamilton’s Antique Coffee Roasters.

Ontario Provincial Police mentioned they spoke back to a 911 call at 8:09 p.m. ET Thursday. Pender, FIFTY FOUR, was once suggested dead at the scene. 

Bradley Area, 31, of Hamilton is about to appear in court docket on Tuesday, OPP Det.-Insp. Shawn Glassford told CBC Hamilton on Monday.

Police have launched few details of the occasions surrounding Pender’s death, but Glassford said investigators are probing greater than one crime scene, and the suspect and victim didn’t recognize each other. 

Award-winning champion of natural wine

News of Pender’s dying came as a shock to his family and buddies.

“it’s with deep disappointment and heavy hearts that we let you know of the death of our colleague and family member,” reads an announcement from Tawse Winery. “Paul died all of a sudden under tragic circumstances… we will be able to all miss him greater than words can categorical. He used to be not only our manager, however our buddy to boot.”

Many defined Pender as amusing, certain and giving together with his time, and any person who may just often be found with no shirt on. 

“There aren’t any blouse buttons in heaven,” wrote commenter Amanda Leduc on a Facebook page created in his reminiscence.

“Take off your clothes. And run around bare! It’s what Paul would wish you to do!” stated restaurateur and loved one Ryan Crawford in an editorial posted Friday on WinesInNiagara.com. 

Pender’s amusing aspect was in tandem with a willpower to his craft, say his colleagues at Tawse and throughout the trade.

A post at the winery’s web site mentioned he joined the trade in 2005 and have become head winemaker a year later, helping the business obtain natural and biodynamic certifications, and the Canadian Vineyard of the Year award 4 instances among 2010 and 2016. The Ontario Wine Awards named him winemaker of the yr in 2011.

“A former chippie, Paul was once within the second graduating class of Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture software,” Smyth wrote within the submit. “He adopted a ‘non-interventionist as far as possible’ philosophy and was a company believer that the start of each great wine begins within the winery.”

Tawse, recognized in the community for the rooster and goats that graze in its vineyards, has closed its retail save and eating place “until Wednesday subsequent week.”

Pender, proven within the winery, was head winemaker at Tawse Wine and Spirits, the place goats and chickens are used in keeping up the vines. (Photo courtesy of Fb)

In an e-mail change with CBC Hamilton, the winery’s gross sales and marketing director, Vicki Smyth, said, “Paul Pender was an excessively gifted winemaker and was so much respected within the Ontario wine industry. he will be very much neglected via all that knew him.”

Pender leaves behind a number of kids and grandchildren, and his wife Allison Findlay, the winemaker at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan Station.

“it’s with deep disappointment and heavy hearts we share the scoop that our winemaker Allison Findlay has tragically lost the love of her lifestyles,” wrote Flat Rock in a Fb put up. “The unexpected passing of her husband and business legend Paul Pender has shaken us to the core.”

‘Lots of plans and many of dreams’

To Hamilton industry owner Lisa Stanton, Pender used to be a colleague and family member. Stanton owns Antique Coffee Roasters on King Boulevard East, near Sherman Road North, and Pender was once her espresso roaster. 

“I by no means saw him no longer smiling,” says Stanton. “He could very easily consult any individual.”

She said Pender’s nostril for wine got here via in his espresso roasting besides, and “just having that wine historical past, it was once more straightforward for him to select out the subtleties of the bean. Timing is everything. He was once capable of at all times get a constant and lovely roast.”

While Pender’s workforce will continue his roasting business, Stanton mentioned she’s having a difficult time letting the inside track of his dying sink in. 

“once we first met to talk industry… he used to be so excited,” she recalled. “He had a real pastime for it and you couldn’t help but be desirous about his pleasure. in the 3 years we now have been running in combination, particularly all through COVID, he was simply in reality positive. He had his personal work to fret about to boot, but he all the time made certain issues had been going smartly with me.

“He had lots of plans and plenty of dreams.”

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