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The Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario!

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The 5th annual Prescott-Russell Wine & Food Show will take place this Saturday (September 21st) at The River Rock Inn in Rockland.  Billed as the ‘Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario’ is a fun evening to feast on wines, beers, coffee, port, sparkling wine & gourmet bites from around the world.

Why not make it a date night out or grab some friends & head to Rockland. This is a different kind of wine & food show. You can vote on your favorite foods, wines and beers for La Cité Collégiale’s Crush Awards. There’s a Chocolate Extravaganza & Bubbly Bar too…and be sure to stop by the Savvy Company booth to share your wine, beer & food tips!. We are delighted to be one of the partners of this year’s show offering the new Savvy Sip & Shop service. 

What is Savvy Sip & Shop you ask?

Find a new favorite wine or beer at the show? Savvy Sip & Shop can deliver a case of all of your favorites – an assortment of any wines & beers – to your home or office within a week. Simply visit the Savvy Team at the Savvy Sip & Shop booth located in the Lounge Area.  Alternatively order online – it is that easy to have your new found favorite wines & craft beers on hand.

FREE SHIPPING on 12 bottles or more!

Exclusive at this show you can order ANY combination of outstanding wines from ANY of the featured wineries & they will be delivered by courier to your home or office.  

Wines & Craft Beers you will find at the show…

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Lug Tread 4-pack $15.85 / 12-pack  $46.10
Night Marzen Single Bottle $4.35 / 12-pack  $52.20
Spruce Moose Single Bottle $7.85 / 4-pack  $31.40 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2011 Dea’s Cuvee Sparkling $18.95
2010 Chardonnay $15.95
2010 Pinot Gris $18.95
2010 Gamay $14.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95 

Cassel Brewery Company

Golden Rail Honey Brown Growler $16.00
Upper Canadian IPA Growler  $17.00 

Château des Charmes

2011 Generation Seven White $13.95
2011 Earth and Sky Riesling $14.95
2010 Generation Seven Red $13.95
2010 Earth and Sky Pinot Noir $15.95 

Domaine Perrault

2011 Pinot Grigio $14.00
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Sabrevois $20.00 

Harwood Estate Vineyard

2011 Gewurztraminer $20.00
2011 Chardonnay $32.00
2012 Pinot Gris $18.00
2011 Friends Rosé $18.00
2012 Gamay Noir $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $29.00
2010 Marquesa Red Port $29.00
2009 Just Desserts (Late Harvest) $25.00 

Huff Estates Winery

2011 Riesling Off Dry $18.00
2012 Rosé $18.00
2012 Pinot Gris $20.00
2010 South Bay Merlot $30.00 

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $11.95
2011 Pinot Blanc $11.95
2011 Pinot Noir $11.95
2012 Shiraz $12.95 

La Cava Vino del Mundo Imports

2011 Bagordi Blanco $16.80
2011 Tobelos Blanco $24.50
2011 Recoveco $18.70
2011 Betolaza Tinto $18.70
2008 Usoa de Bagordi $24.55
2009 Tobelos Garnacha $35.65
2008 Bagordi Graciano $34.75

Lighthall Vineyards

2012 Progression Sparkling $20.00
2009 Chardonnay $25.00
2011 Chardonnay $25.00
2012 Gewurztraminer $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $25.00
2011 Muté (500mL) $30.00 

Nickel Brook Brewery

Headstock IPA $2.75/can
Naughty Neighbour 6 pack $12.25
Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout $2.30/bottle
Saison Draft (750 mL bottle) $8.95
Gluten Free Beer $2.65/can
Babbling Brook Root Beer 24 bottles $33.60
Naughty Nick’s Ginger Beer 24 bottles $33.60 

Palatine Hills Winery

Juliet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling $18.95
1812 Chardonnay $11.95
2011 Quattro $14.95
1812 Cabernet Merlot $12.95
2011 Cabernet Franc $19.95 

Sandbanks Winery

Dunes White $12.80
2012 Shoreline White $14.95
2012 Riesling $14.95
Dunes Red $14.80
2012 Cabernet Franc $14.95
2012 Shoreline Red $14.95
2012 Baco Noir $14.95
2011 Baco Noir Réserve $19.95 

The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery

2011 Estate Pinot Gris $14.95
2011 Estate Chardonnay $15.80
2009 Estate Cab Franc $17.95
2009 Estate Pinot Noir $16.95

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amanda & the Savvy Team



Move over ‘Amazing Race’… Join The Great Canadian Wine Challenge

Posted by Debbie

Monday, August 26th, 2013

So what happens when two Canadian-wine-loving guys – Shawn McCormick of Uncork Ontario and Calvin Hanselmann (@TheEvilDoctorD) – lament the fact that Canadian Wine Day (June 28th) is only one day? Why, they end up challenging each other to go for a year without drinking anything but Canadian wine!   When we caught wind of this all Canadian endeavor, the Savvy Team wanted to take part too.

As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier!’

We invite Canadian wine lovers from coast to coast to coast to take part in the first annual The Great Canadian Wine Challenge (@TGCWC)!  The start line begins on September 1st…and it goes for a whole year.

Being a challenge of who-can-stick-to-the-drink-Canadian-wines-for-365-days, there are some basic rules & reds…err, I mean regs:

#1 – It is all about drinking great Canadian wine, but it is also about having fun along the way!

#2 – The duration of the Challenge is 12 calendar months, starting Sept 1, 2013

#3 – You may only purchase or open Canadian wine for the duration of the Challenge. This allows for a few exceptions like international wine events that may be attended, dinner parties where the host unwittingly opens something non-Canadian, wine-related courses you may be taking where other wines may be opened, and events like i4c2014 or The Riesling Experience where it would be terrible to miss the international wines on offer. With feedback, we decided to allow for international travel exemption as well, as we know how hard it is to get Canadian wine within Canada, let alone the rest of the world!

#4 – You must drink wine from at least three (3) provinces during the 12 month period, and at least 12 different wines during that time. Any Canadian wine counts – VQA, non-VQA, fruit wines, anything that involves fermenting fruit from this great country of ours.

#5 – Commit to a weekly update in one of these ways: via Twitter #TGCWC, a blog post, or an email Shawn & Calvin  and they will track updates from participants & feature in the TGCWC weekly updates.


Ready to take on the Challenge?

To join in the fun by emailing Shawn & Calvin or send a Tweet to #TGCWC.

If you are on Twitter, follow @TGCWC, @TheEvilDoctorD, @UncorkOntario and include #TGCWC of course!

“We also figured we should have some prizes for anyone who can complete The Great Canadian Wine Challenge @TGCWC“, explains Shawn (in red shirt at bottom).  “We’re putting our heads together on some outstanding Canadiana prizes, so stay tuned.  Until then, share on Twitter about the Canadian wines that you have discovered throughout the year.”

Nudge, nudge…
If you are a winery or wine-related business and would like to donate some swag & prizes, contact Shawn or Calvin at thegreatcanadianwinechallenge(at)gmail(dot)com or on Twitter @TGCWC.  They will be sure to praise you all over the interwebs and in a special blog post.

Happy Canadian Wine Year!

Calvin & Shawn


Join the growing list of Challengers…

Want to be famous?  All you have to do is sign up for the Challenge and send Savvy Company your photo and you will be included in our poster-board of Challengers. Take a look to see who have committed to enjoying ONLY Canadian wine this year…




A Special Double Header: Rare Wines & Recent Releases

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

 The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are returning to Ottawa to treat their ever-loyal fans to a double billed evening of a Rare Wines Tasting, followed by One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.  Hosted by Savvy Company, these back-to-back events will take place Tuesday May 28th in the new Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum located in the Central Experimental Farm, 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.

New this year, the Rare Wines Tasting will feature a selection of hard-to-find wines dating back to the early 1990s.  “Winemakers are dusting off bottles from their private cellars to showcase how their finest wines have evolved.  This is truly a unique experience for any Ontario wine enthusiast”, says Derek Barnett of Lailey Vineyard. Only 50 tickets will be available for this special first-of-its-kind event taking place from 5pm to 7pm, meeting winery owners and winemakers as guests enjoy the finest wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake.


The evening will continue with One Unforgettable Taste & Buy from 7pm to 9pm featuring wines from the 2012 vintage.  “2012 provided us with spectacular conditions for growing grapes”, explains Lailey’s Barnett .  “Ottawa will be the first to try these excellent wines.”

Returning to Ottawa for its 3rd year, One Unforgettable Taste & Buy provides the opportunity for guests to order any combination of their favorite wines.  The featured wines are not available at the LCBO or Vintages.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles or more.  This is a perfect opportunity to stock up for summer entertaining.

Wineries to be featured at both events:

Advance Tickets Only

$75 per person for the back-to-back events of Rare Wines Tasting and One Unforgettable Taste & Buy. Only 50 tickets are available.

Admission to One Unforgettable Taste & Buy only is $55 per person when purchased before May 20, 2013 (regular $65).

Ticket price includes HST.  Visit to purchase tickets and for event details.

What is a Taste & Buy event?

Event goers can sample featured wines and order directly from the winery.  None of the wines are available at the LCBO or Vintages.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be placed for ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier within a week.   Savvy Company’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

 About Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every day, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests into their Wine Country to savour the richness of the region and to experience the 27 distinct wineries, each with its own personality reflected in the wines they craft.  Visit Follow on Twitter @NiagaraWine or find on Facebook at

 About Savvy Company

Savvy Company,, specializes in creative social experiences –  making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer and discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events and shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Savvy Selections  is Ontario’s largest Wine of the Month Club featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Follow on Twitter @SavvyCompany or find on Facebook at


Media who are interested in attending the One Unforgettable Taste & Buy,  please contact Debbie Trenholm to be added to the guest list.

Media Contact

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785




The 3nd annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival gets bigger & better

Posted by Debbie

Friday, April 12th, 2013


Invitation to Media Launch in Ottawa

You are cordially invited to experience a taste of the upcoming Great Canadian Cheese Festival.   In its third year, the expanded Cheese Festival returns to historic Crystal Palace in Picton, in the heart of Prince Edward County, on June 1 & 2, 2013. This year there will be additional exhibitors, vendors and new features in the adjacent Prince Edward Curling Club.

The Cheese Festival is the only event in Canada to bring together cheesemakers from coast-to-coast. Cheese lovers, foodies and culinary tourists can meet to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan and farmstead cheese—as well as sample fine Ontario wine, craft beer and a cornucopia of artisan foods. 

Join us at the Ottawa Media Launch to meet Festival founder and director Georgs Kolesnikovs who will provide a preview of this year’s Festival offerings. Also meet an artisan cheesemaker and other artisan producers as you sample their creations. You will enjoy sipping on wine from Casa-Dea Estates Winery from Prince Edward County and craft beer from Ontario’s Creemore Springs Brewery.

One of the leading attractions at this year’s Cheese Festival will be A Taste of Ottawa pavilion featuring members of the Ottawa Specialty Food Association, small-batch food producers who make high quality and delicious creations ranging from cookies to unique smoked salt products.

New this year, long-time Festival partner Savvy Company will introduce “Savvy Sip ‘n Shop. Now, Festival-goers will have the convenience of ordering any Ontario wines and craft beers at the Festival for home delivery within a week.

Media Launch Details

DATE: Thursday May 2nd, 2013
TIME: 2pm reception, 2:30pm remarks & presentations
LOCATION: The new Canada Agriculture & Food Museum at the Experimental Farm 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa (free parking onsite)
RSVP: or


About The Great Canadian Cheese Festival:

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is produced by Cheese Lover Productions with the generous support of Celebrate Ontario. Dairy Farmers of Canada is Diamond Sponsor, Bay of Quinte Region is Gold Sponsor and Savvy Company is Presenting Partner.

Advance tickets are available online at


Festival contact:

Georgs Kolesnikovs, Festival Director
Cheese Lover Productions

Ottawa media contact:

Debbie Trenholm, President
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (728-8926)




Prince Edward County wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa will be the first to taste and buy wines made in Prince Edward County with grapes from the stellar 2012 harvest.  “2012 was remarkable, similar to the highly acclaimed 2007 and 2010 vintages in Ontario.  The 2012 grape growing season had an unusually early spring with a hot and dry summer with little rain during the harvest months.” explains Glenn Symons, winery owner and winemaker of Lighthall Vineyards.  “In fact, at several wineries across the province, grapes were harvested a record-breaking 3 to 5 weeks earlier than typical.  The result of this impressive vintage can now be tasted in the wines, as wine is made in the vineyard.”

Back by popular demand, Ottawa based business, Savvy Company, is hosting the 2nd annual County in the City Taste & Buy wine tasting on Thursday April 18th at 7pm in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.  This is the only event in Ottawa where a broad range of Prince Edward County red & white & sparkling wines can be sampled and purchased directly from the winemaker. 

Prince Edward County is Canada’s fastest growing wine region with over 30 family run and small boutique wineries.  Known as ‘The County’, the majority of the wines produced are not available at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).  Exclusively at this event, all of the feature wines will be available to order, providing event goers the opportunity to purchase any combination of wines from any of the County wineries.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles (a case) – a great way continue to enjoy the newly released wines from 2012 vintage.

County in the City Participating Wineries:

…and even more wineries will be announced.

Tickets are available in advance only and are $55.00 per person when purchased before April 12, 2013 and will be $65.00 after that date.  Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.  Click here to purchase tickets.


What is a Taste & Buy event?

Consumers can sample any number of the featured wines and order directly from the winery.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier to an Ontario address.   And Savvy Company’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.


Media Contact:
Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785



Winterlude glitters with Food & Fashion

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Get ready to kick off the beginning of Winterlude on Friday, February 1st at the Ottawa Convention Centre with a special event presented by American Express.  A Whirlwind of Taste & Style is an evening of delicious dining & fantastic fashion by Canadian stars –  chef Marc Lépine, owner of Atelier Restaurant and designer Lucian Matis.

Tickets are $165 per person
Includes a 5 course meal including wine from Château des Charmes Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Click here to order your tickets >>
or call on 613-599-FANS (3267)

 A 5 course meal you’ll never forget!

Your taste buds will be tantalized with a unique menu created by Ottawa’s renown award winning chef Marc Lépine, owner of Atelier Restaurant  who impressed the industry with his 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships win.  Marc has created this five-course menu to tantalize your taste buds!

The Catwalk
Togarashi-dusted tuna with nitro-smashed pomelo, gelled and raw beets, toasted hazelnut maltoclump, and atomized lemon

Berkshirepork belly cooked 36 hours sous-vide with root vegetable glass shards and shaved Perigord truffles

Yellow Snow
Coconut granite with golden pineapple syrup

Black trumpet mushroom crusted beef striploin with black garlic mayo, puffed wild rice, and vegetable coals

Winter solstice
White chocolate ganache rocks with tonka bean marshmallow and microwaved sponge cake, dehydrated lychee meringue crumbs, and menthol cotton candy


Be ready to be WOWed!

If you have not already been to Marc’s highly acclaimed Atelier Restaurant, then this evening will give you the opportunity you have been waiting for to experience his unique creations using molecular cuisine.   Marc has certainly WOWed many already with these accolades:

– named ‘Ottawa Chef of the Year’ by the Canadian Culinary Federation – twice!

– named one of Canada’s best new restaurants 2009 by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine

– named Canada’s 5th best restaurant for 2012 on the inaugural top 50 restaurants list

– won gold at the annual Gold Medal Plates competition in Ottawa for 2011

– won gold at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2012…the only chef from Ontario ever to do so

– won the 2012 International Shellfish Festival black box competition in PEI of 10 invited chefs from around the world


A star studded fashion show

During dessert you will have a feast for the eyes on the fashion run way!  Highly acclaimed Canadian designer Lucian Matis will shine the spotlight on his stunning 2012–2013 Black Label collection.

Lucian’s collections have graced the pages & covers of numerous publications including:

Already in his 10 year career, Lucian has received impressive industry awards including: The Fur Council of Canada Award (2002), Le Chateau’s Menswear Competition (2002), Peoples Choice Award for Best Sketch (2002), Semi-finalist for the International Young Designer Competition (2002) and Alfred Sung Award for great design talent (2003).

Tickets for this evening of Canadian food & fashion are selling fast!

$165 per person – Includes a 5 course meal including wine from Château des Charmes Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Click here to order your tickets >> or call on 613-599-FANS (3267)



Un tourbillon de saveurs et de styles!

Soirée gastronomie et mode du lancement du Bal de Neige avec American Express
Le vendredi 1er février au Centre de congrès d’Ottawa

Ne manquez pas cet évènement!

Le chef étoile  Marc Lépine, propriétaire du restaurant Atelier d’Ottawa, sacré meilleur chef lors du Championnat culinaire canadien 2012, signera un menu cinq services à vous dégeler les papilles! Au dessert, le designer torontois Lucian Matis vous emmènera hors des sentiers battus avec sa collection Black Label 2012–2013.

Un menu inoubliable

La passerelle
Thon saupoudré de Togarashi, pomélo nitrotransformé, betteraves crues et gélifiées, noisettes rôties maltoagglomérée et citron pulvérisé

Bedaine de porc Berkshire cuite 36 heures sous vide, légumes racines en tessons de verre et copeaux de truffes du Périgord

Neige jaune
Granité à la noix de coco et sirop d’ananas doré

Dans le noir
Contre-filet de boeuf en croûte de champignons trompettes noires, mayo à l’ail noir, riz sauvage soufflé et charbons de légumes

Solstice d’hiver
Cailloux de ganache au chocolat blanc, guimauve à la fève tonka et gâteau éponge au four à micro-ondes, chapelure de meringue au litchi déshydraté et barbe à papa mentholée
165$ par personne

Inclus un souper 5 services avec vin de Château des Charmes.




Posted by Debbie

Monday, October 1st, 2012

We are excited to offer you a new way to buy great Ontario wines. Introducing…. Savvy Bin Ends – great wines at discounted prices that our Savvy Sommeliers have found for you.

What does Bin Ends mean? It’s ‘winespeak’ for the last remaining cases of a wine that the winemaker has reduced the price for quick sale. And once the wine is gone, it is really gone!

Check out the special offer >>>

How does Savvy Bin Ends work?

Every 2 weeks, we will feature a discounted price on one particular Ontario wine – might be a red, white, sparkling or even a dessert wine. The wine on offer could be pre-released wines (not yet available to the general public…but available to you from Savvy Company), the last remaining bottles at the winery or ‘wines on sale’.

The special price is only available for a 2 week period . . . and the clock is counting down!  If a special price is not enough, Savvy Bin Ends are available to order in 6 or 12 bottles.  Make your order 12 bottles, there will be no charge for shipping by courier (the winery will pick up this cost – another savings of about $20!) It is a great deal!  Check out the current wine offer

Always want to b
e the first to know of each Savvy Bin Ends deal every 2 weeks?


Are you going to Harvest Noir?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 28th, 2012

When I met the event organizers for the 2nd annual Harvest Noir over a glass of wine, we we over the moon when they invited us to be the Sommeliers for Ottawa’s chic flash mob picnic.  Harvest Noir takes place on Sunday September 30 somewhere in Ottawa…the destination is the BIG secret!  Fashioned on a long standing event in Paris, this unique style of event is taking Ottawa by storm.

New this year, is a wine bar serving Ontario wines that we have selected to showcase. While the location of Sunday’s picnic & dance party is not known….we can tell you the Ontario wines on the list that will be served… only $5 per glass!

Want to join us at Harvest Noir?  Fantastic!  It is almost sold out, yet there is room at the Savvy Table!  And you can get a 25% discount by using a special promotional code: SavvyTable when you purchase your ticket online. Join us!
Book your place at the Savvy Table >>

~ Harvest Noir wine selection ~

Kick off the celebration with a Sparkling Wine!

Lighthall Vineyards Progression Sparkling Vidal VQA 2011, Prince Edward County

 There is no better way to set the party mood than with the pop of a cork of a bottle of bubbly! This bubbly is from the newest boutique winery in Prince Edward County & they are making a BIG impression with their wines. Made with Vidal grapes – often used to make icewines – yet this is far from being sweet!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Dry, crisp & refreshing with fine mousse (winespeak: bubbles) elegant aromas & tastes of citrus, pear & crunchy apple with a crisp finish. Delicious!


Featured White Wine

Rosehall Run Chardonnay Sur Lie VQA 2009, Prince Edward County

Rosehall Run’s winemaker & winery owner Dan Sullivan has been integral in putting Prince Edward County on the map! Their outstanding wines repeatedly win international wine awards. Be sure to visit Rosehall on your next getaway to ‘The County’ – it is only a 3 hour drive from Ottawa!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This unaoaked Chardonnay is a medium bodied wine that fills your glass with aromas of peach & tropical fruit (can you find banana, mango or pineapple?).  There’s a touch of toast & nuts on the smooth finish. An easy drinking wine that is a crowd pleaser as it is versatile enough to go with seafood, pasta with a cream sauce & grilled chicken.


The best picnic wine is Rosé!

Rosehall Run Sullyzwicker Rosé VQA 2009, Prince Edward County

Rosé is not just for summer….it can be enjoyed all year round.  Another gem from The County, the eye catching name is a blend of the name of Rosehall’s winemaker & owner – Dan Sullivan along with the word Edelzwicker – a German wine term used to describe white wine blends. This fun wine will become a party favorite once everyone discovers it!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This dry wine is all about wild strawberries – the colour, the aromas & the taste. The refreshing acidity of pink grapefruit makes this a delicious sipping wine.  Enjoy!


Fill your glass with this Red Wine!

Palatine Hills 1812 Merlot Cabernet VQA 2010, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Palatine Hills has been growing grapes for other wineries for 30+ years. Recently, they opened a small winery that is making BIG red wines!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This crowd pleasing medium bodied wine made with Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon grapes is loaded with aromas & tastes of raspberries, blackberries & plums with a touch of vanilla & chocolate with medium tannins.  The finish lingers forever! This easy drink wine will be delicious with homemade pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, burgers & shish kebabs.



Niagara’s 20 Valley wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, September 24th, 2012

We are at it again!  The Savvy Team is excited to announce…

Winemakers and winery owners from Niagara ‘s Twenty Valley wine region – located between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario – are coming to Ottawa to raise a glass to this year’s outstanding harvest and to pour their wines at their  first ever Taste & Buy event.

“This is the first time the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley have gone ‘on tour’ as a group to showcase their finely crafted wines”, said Twenty Valley Tourism Association President and winery owner Sue-Ann Staff.

“We are delighted to pour our elegant whites, robust reds and other specialty wines to the receptive Ottawa wine lovers. We are excited to work with the Savvy Company knowing their outstanding history, commitment to quality and extreme competence of putting together a fabulous tasting in Ottawa. Ottawa has a particular appeal to the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley.  We know the people in Ottawa love great wine.  And we happen to make some of the best wines in Ontario.  Bringing the two together can only provide for an evening of great success.”

Twenty Valley encompasses the rural towns of Beamsville, Vineland and Jordan. Their wines continue to be recognized and awarded around the world for outstanding quality and for the talent of their winemakers.  Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa have the opportunity to taste the Twenty Valley terroir when winemakers and winery owners come to the nation’s capital.

The Taste & Buy event hosted by Savvy Company is taking place on Friday October 19 at 7p.m. in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre.

Tickets are available in advance only

$55.00 per person if purchased before October 10, 2012 and will be $60.00 after.
Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.

To purchase tickets click here >>


All wine lovers are invited to sample over 50 wines while they meet grape growers, winemakers and winery owners.  Consumers will learn about the Twenty Valley wineries, their vineyards and may discover some favourite new wines.  At this Taste & Buy event, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available in the LCBO.  Free shipping by courier is available with the purchase of a case of wine.

The Valley comes to ‘The Hill’!

Participating wineries:

13th Street Winery


What is a Taste & Buy event?

Consumers can sample any number of the featured wines and order directly from the winery.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier to an Ontario address.   And Savvy Company Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.


The Twenty Valley Tourism Association hosts wine themed events year round including “Wrapped Up in the Valley”, “Winter WineFest” and “Get Fresh in the Valley”. Visit or follow @20Valley on Twitter.

Savvy Company specializes in creative social experiences – whether making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer or discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events, shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Their Savvy Selections wine of the month club is Ontario’s largest featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Visit or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter.


Media contacts:
JD Pachereva
Executive Director
Twenty Valley Tourism Association

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)




Make it a getaway – County Terroir Wine Fest on Saturday May 26

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 7th, 2012



It is back!  County Terroir is decanted once again in Prince Edward County for its 7th year to celebrate the end of Spring and to welcome Summer! This anticipated annual showcase for new County wines is presented by Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association returns to the beautiful Crystal Palace in Picton, on Saturday May 26th, 2012.

Come to experience wines made by over 30 different wineries – many will be introducing their new spring release of wines at County Terroir.

To add to the wine tasting, there’ll be delicious cheeses and other gourmet food tastings too. You will also have the opportunity to take part in seminars, demonstrations and meet the winemakers themselves.

Tickets are $35 in advance includes all wine samples and a special food pairing.  Additional food pairings are available for purchase.

Join us as wine lovers from across Ontario to discover all that ‘The County’ has to offer.

Stay tuned for an announcement of bus tours &  weekend packages from Toronto to Ottawa to make your day at Terroir to be easy to enjoy.


More about County Terroir Wine Festival
Saturday May 26th
noon to 8pm
Crystal Palace, Main Street Fairgrounds, Picton

 “Prince Edward County is the world’s least-known great wine zone” – Wine Spectator Magazine

“Burgundy of the North” & “Vineyard Haven” – Various Wine Bloggers

Festival media inquiries
In Toronto – Emma Brown

In Ottawa – Debbie Trenholm