Wine & Food Shows
Cellars of the World Wine Competition
Since 2005, Debbie Trenholm has chaired the annual Cellars of the World Wine Competition associated with the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. Each year, more than 300 bottles of wine have been entered into this prestigious event. Behind closed doors, a panel of 25 plus judges—including representatives of the wine media, professional sommeliers and wine educators—judge the wine entries ‘blind’. Debbie and her Savvy team develop and manage all aspects of the competition leading up to the big day. This involves hours of logging all entries, liaising with wineries and agents, inviting judges and recruiting a team of more than 20 volunteers to make the competition run smoothly and professionally. Debbie oversees every aspect of the competition, leading to the announcement of the medal winners.
Chefs Charity Café
Since its inception in 2002, The Savvy Grapes have been on the organizing team and a lead sponsor for this annual event where executive chefs from Ottawa and Gatineau top hotels created delicious hors d’oeuvres & desserts before your eyes. Each hotel is elegantly paired with a Canadian winery or brewery for a delicious food and wine experience. This is one of Ottawa’s must attend events with over 500 people participating each year.
An Evening with Maximilian Riedel
This was quite a night! Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation Austrian crystal maker, whose family crafts the world’s most famous glassware, was in Ottawa to showcase how Riedel glasses enhances the aromas & tastes of wine. Mr. Riedel introduced their latest line “Vitis” glassware & shared the podium with renowned Sommeliers Véronique Rivest - Canada’s Best Sommelier 2006 & internationally acclaimed Wine Woman 2007, Debbie Trenholm - President & Founder of The Savvy Grapes, Stephen Beckta - Proprietor of Beckta dining & wine, James Bertrand - President of National Capital Sommelier Guild and Vic Haradine - co-author of Wine Current
Feast of Fields - Canadian Organic Growers Feast of Fields
Since 2006, The Savvy Grapes has been the Sommeliers and a sponsor of this fun Sunday afternoon wine and food event. While 500 plus ticket holders nibbled on appetizers made by top Ottawa chefs using local & organic produce, The Savvy Grapes Sommeliers presented food and wine pairings seminars featuring Ontario wines. Everyone savoured the year’s harvest fresh from the farm, creatively prepared by Ottawa ‘s top chefs.
Vines to Wine
In 2006, Paul Minaker, owner of Thirty Three Vines invited his more than 400 Founder’s Circle members to his vineyard to help with planting vines and see how the building of the winery was coming along. The Savvy team helped plan and execute this ‘by invitation only’ event, which allowed early supporters of Thirty Three Vines’ to connect to the winery and cement their loyalty. To top it all off, the visitors were invited to an exclusive and private concert featuring the Jim Cuddy Band. The day-long festivities required months of planning, project management, marketing, media profiling and special promotions. The Savvy Team delivered a memorable day with rave reviews. More than 300 people visited the winery and 500 attended the concert.
The BIG Art Event
An Evening of Fine Food, Fine Wine & Fine Art
For two consecutive years, The Savvy Grapes was a sponsor for the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Ottawa annual fundraising event. As Sommeliers for the corporate sponsorship wine tasting reception during the art preview and pairing the evening’s dinner with a variety of wines, this evening of fine food, wine and art was a sell out event.
The WBN President’s Holiday Event
The Savvy Grapes and the Women’s Business Network hosted a relaxed, interactive and a unique way to meet business women of Ottawa…over a glass of wine. During the evening, Accredited Sommelier, Debbie Trenholm, provided 300+ participants insight on the wine selection, wine tasting techniques, interesting stories about the winemaker and ‘rules of thumb’ for matching wines with foods.
Ottawa Home & Garden Show
Accredited Sommeliers of The Savvy Grapes hosted daily presentations on the Main Stage with chefs from Ottawa’s acclaimed catering companies to showcase Canadian wines and local cuisine.