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NEW Deck Party Packs! It’s getting HOT. It’s SUNNY. It’s ROSE wine season!

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s time to Clink & Drink Pink! Summer is finally here & at Savvy Company HQ…that means relaxing on the deck or dock with a glass of Rosé wine in hand. And like everything we do at Savvy Company…we make it easy to have your fridge full of refreshing Rosé wines all summer long.

Introducing
Deck Party Packs

Choosing & stocking up on Rosé wines to enjoy this summer shouldn’t be a chore.  So we’ve made it absolutely EASY & HASSLE free. Our Savvy Sommeliers have done the “tough work” – we have been sipping & sampling Ontario Rosé wines since the snow melted & have picked the most refreshing Rosé wines for our Deck Party Packs.

In July & August we will deliver different Deck Party Packs – either 6 bottles or a full case of 12 bottles of dry, crisp & delicious Rosé wines that will bust any heatwave & quench your thirst.

The COOLEST part… The Rosé wines we’ll send you AREN’T on the shelves at the LCBO.

Another COOL thing… You don’t have to get out of your lawn chair to buy them – just click here to order online. Your Deck Party Pack will be delivered to you for FREE. Zippo! Nada!

 

Different wines each month! Our Deck Party Packs change every month giving you the best Rosé wines to enjoy all summer long. Here’s the Rosé wines we are featuring in July:

July Deck Party Pack – 6 bottles

Casa-Dea Estates Cabernet Franc Rosé … from Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé … from Niagara
KIN Vineyards Rosé … from Ottawa
The Good Earth Rosé … from Niagara
Vieni Estates Alleria Rosé … from Niagara
Vieni Estates Bruce Trail Sparkling Rosé … from Niagara

Price: only $105!

 

July Deck Party Pack – 12 bottles

All of the Rosé wines above PLUS:

Casa-Dea Estates Sparkling Rosé … from The County
Huff Estates Rosé … from The County
Southbrook Seriously Cool Rosé … from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Southbrook Estate Rosé … from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Vieni Estates Momenti Rosé Sparkling … from Niagara
Westcott Delphine Rosé … from Niagara

Price: all of these wines for under $225!

 

Order by Sunday July 16 & shipping is FREE. Order online & we’ll ship your Deck Party Pack for FREE to your deck, dock…or desk. Summer is short – don’t miss out>> And in August we’ll have a completely different assortment.  Click to see what our Sommelier picked & place your order for August Deck Party Pack>>

 

100% PINK Magic

Stock up by ordering just July’s Deck Party Pack OR choose to auto-magically receive July AND August’s without lifting a finger. FREE shipping to addresses in major cities in Ontario.
Fine Print: if you don’t want sparkling wines in your Deck Party Pack, let us know & we will swap them out for a non-bubbly rosé wine – no problemo! Make room in your cooler! Place your order>

HOT PINK OFFER!

Order 12 & we’ll give you $50!
Order the July Deck Party Pack – 12 bottles and we’ll give you $50 off tickets to our next Taste & Buy event.

Pair like a Pro!

What summertime dishes to serve with Rosé? Our Sommeliers are posting easy-peasy recipes EVERY DAY – until the order deadline of July 16th. Each recipe is paired with an Ontario Rosé wine. Trust me…you’ll be craving for a glass of Rosé from our Deck Party Pack when you read our tasting notes & see the pix of the dishes we paired with Rosé wines. Yum!  Click to read our Rosé Report blog & check out the cool recipes >>

 

Enjoy your summer outside with our Deck Party Pack sharing a delicious glass of Rosé with friends!
-Debbie & the Savvy Team

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Got your tickets? BC, Ont, Quebec & NS wineries are coming to town!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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The countdown to Canada150 & Ottawa2017 celebrations is on!  We’re celebrating in a BIG way this year – by showcasing wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia at our upcoming event: Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White in Ottawa on Thursday, June 22 – next week!

100% Canadian wines.  You read that right…wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia will be available for you to Taste & Buy….then have your favorites delivered to your doorstep.

 

Don’t miss it!  Celebrate Red & White 

Corks will be popping at this all-Canadian Taste & Buy as we celebrate winemakers who have worked incredibly hard to put our country on the world wine map. Meet these Canadian wine rockstars, taste their wines that are WOWing the world…then order your favs to enjoy at home.

 

It’s THE event you have been waiting for…

The #1 question we get asked: Can you buy from BC, NS & Quebec wineries as well those in Ontario?  YES you can!  Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White Taste & Buy event is all about ordering wines from BC, NS, Quebec and Ontario…then have them delivered directly to your home or office to enjoy all summer long.

 

Show your colours!  Buy a $80 ticket & bring a friend for FREE OR $150 for a foursome of Canadian wine lovin’ friends

Canadian cheese too!

What goes best with Canadian wines?  Canadian artisan cheese of course! Cheesemakers & our Cheese Sommelier will be serving samples of award-winning cheeses that you can buy onsite too.

 

Look who is coming:

From British Columbia…

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Sperling Vineyards
Abeego

From Niagara…  

Legends Estates Winery
Reif Estate Winery
The Good Earth Food & Wine Co.
Two Sisters Vineyards
Westcott Vineyards
Vieni Estates 

From Prince Edward County…

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
Huff Estates
Karlo Estates
Keint-he Winery & Vineyards
Kinsip House of Fine Distillers
Trail Estate Winery

From other corners of Ontario & Ottawa…

Copper Tree Creative Studio
Mariposa Dairy
Pure Bread Bakery
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co.
St-Albert Cheese Co-op
The Merry Dairy
Top Shelf Preserves

From Quebec…

Ferme Guy Rivest
Fromagerie Montebello
Fromagerie Nouvelle-France
Fromagerie du Presbytere
Vignoble Carone Wines

From P.E.I…

COWS Creamery

From Nova Scotia…

Gaspereau Vineyards
Jost Wines

 

Wine Shopping Heaven! 

At this Taste & Buy event, EVERYTHING is 100% Canadian.

Create your own combo of Canadian wines to have delivered to your home after the event. You won’t find any of the featured wines at the LCBO – the wines will be delivered straight from the winery anywhere in Canada directly to you.  AND…there’s FREE shipping on 6 or more bottles of your top picks.

Bring a picnic basket & fill it up with artisan cheeses & gourmet treats too.

 

TIP: Be a V.I.T!

What’s a V.I.T? A Very Important Taster.  With 100+ wines, cheeses & goodies to try, purchase your tickets then upgrade each person for an additional $25 to get a V.I.T. Pass.   

You’ll enjoy red carpet treatment with advance access from 5 to 7pm to spend more time sipping & meeting the makers.  Stay as long as you like for the main event.

Buy your Ticket & V.I.T. Pass >>

 

Don’t miss this all-Canadian celebration! 

Buy your tickets >>   Event Deets

DATE: Thursday June 22 – next week!
VENUE: Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne Complex in Ottawa

TIMES:
V.I.T. Reception – 5 to 7pm ($25 upgrade pass per person is required)
Main Event – 7 to 9pm

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY: $80 + bring a friend FREE  OR  Group of 4 people for $150
IDEA: Take the bus.  OC Transpo is FREE – simply show a printout of your ticket.

 

Wear Red & White…Win $50

Be a proud Canadian  – come to this Taste & Buy event dressed head to toe in red & white and we’ll automatically give you $50 off your ticket to our next Savvy Event.

 

Unable to make it, but want to order?

Don’t sweat it!  The Savvy Team will help you stock up on featured wines showcased at this event. Call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us & we’ll send you the complete list of wines & online order form.  You too can get FREE shipping – your order needs to be received by midnight on Sunday June 25.

 

WIN TICKETS!  Go on the Savvy Scavenger Hunt…

Find this video on our Facebook or Instagram pages, then…LIKE it & POST the name of your favorite Canadian wine.  On Monday, we’ll pick 2 lucky people to receive a pair of tickets & V.I.T. Passes to join us at Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White.  It’s easy to win!  On your mark…Get Set…GO!!!

 

Psst…it’s Father’s Day weekend!

Yikes…totally forgot? Our #1 Father’s Day gift is a subscription to our Savvy Hip Hops beer-o-month club.

Click here to subscribe your Dad for 4 or 6 months & his fridge will auto-magically be filled with the best craft beers from a different Ontario brewery each month – bottles, growlers & cans not available at LCBO or The Beer Store.  100% guaranteed to make your Dad smile from beer to beer!

 

We’re hiring…

We have cool summer job opportunities for a high school or university students to work with the Savvy Team at Savvy HQ in Ottawa. We’re looking for creative & savvy students who are keen to learn about Canadian wine, artisan cheese, craft beer & cider.

Interested?  Contact us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or send your resume to cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

Happy Birthday Canada!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

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A Night to Remember!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, May 5th, 2017
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Dear Friends….To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are delighted to invite you to join us for an intimate and festive evening, in the company of Canadian singer and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. In partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, this exceptional concert, animated by the intensity and emotion of a brilliant artist, will raise funds for at-risk youth in the National Capital Region.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation has partnered with Amazing People – led by major Ottawa-based business leaders – to raise funds for youth in need. The group is graciously hosting three major charitable events, with all proceeds going to support at-risk youth, particularly those from indigenous communities, as they empower themselves and their peers to transform their lives and strengthen our society, through the power of the arts.

We invite you to join us on our first event, on Friday May 26, 2017, at the Shaw Centre with Chantal Kreviazuk, to celebrate “Red, White and Gold”…a nod to the 150th of Canada, in addition to the gold medal championship at Ottawa Race Weekend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Tickets now on sale – only 300 available
Buy Yours >>

 

An absolutely Amazing Evening Awaits!

At this special intimate concert with one of Canada’s homegrown talent, hors d’oeuvres, Amazing Wine and refreshments will be served all night long. Tickets are $201.70 each. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation will provide charitable receipts of $125 for each ticket purchased.

Event Details

DATE: Friday May 26, 2017
TIME: 8pm
VENUE: Trillium Ballroom, Shaw Centre, Ottawa
ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY: $201.70 plus ticket fees (A $125 tax receipt will be issued)

BUY ONLINE:  http://bit.ly/2nH9Fw1

 

Juno Award Winner & World Leader…

Chantal is a solo artist with numerous Juno awards, two double platinum albums with a track record of partnerships with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Drake, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kendrick Lamar and Pink. Besides her incredible talent, Chantal is an impressive humanitarian both in Canada and on the world stage. In 2014, Chantal and her husband, Raine Maida, of the highly acclaimed band Our Lady Peace were honoured as members of the Order of Canada.

 

Have a listen to some of her top songs including:

Feels Like Home, In this Life, I Will Be, and Leaving on a Jet Plane

 

 

 

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Savvy gifts guaranteed to WOW!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Santa’s elves & the Savvy Team are working around the clock arranging subscriptions to our of-the-month clubs & gift certificates for wine, craft beer & cheese lovers across the country! Our Holiday Hotline 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) is ringing off the hook & our web site is buzzing with last minute shopping.

Here’s our Top 3 Savvy Gifts….you can order with just one click!

 

CRAZY for Cheese!

Savvy Cool Curds is the new ‘whey’ to discover hard-to-find Canadian artisan cheeses. Each month, we deliver 4 to 5 wedges or rounds of ready-to-eat cheese from a featured cheesemaker. The assortment is always different – hard, soft, fresh & aged cheeses made using various milks – cow, goat, sheep….even buffalo!

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa introduces you to the cheesemaker in each issues of Curd on the Street Magazine along with cheese tasting 101 tips & cheese ladened recipes.

The 3 delicious wheys to order:
#1 – One time purchase: $60 + shipping
#2 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY month: $55/month + shipping
#3 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY OTHER month: $55/month + shipping

Special Subscription Promo
$55 per month (usually $60) & shipping>>

We’ll ship across Canada

 

PERFECT for craft beer fans

Give a subscription to our Savvy Hip Hops craft beer-o-month club featuring hard-to-find craft beers made across Ontario. Along with the beers, our Beer Backstory Magazine, will give you the skinny on the brewmaster, tasting tips & recipes with the featured beers.

There are 2 sizes of packages:
#1 – Quick Picks – a small assortment each month
#2 – Taste Case – the full selection from the featured brewery.

 

NEW! In addition to featuring a different brewery each month, we are including a Special Savvy Summer 2-4 in June & July AND back by popular demand our Hoppy Holidays Craft Beer Advent Calendar in Nov & Dec.

Wrap up a SUDS-cription for 4, 6 or 12 months>>

 

Wine lovers will LOVE this!

Our Savvy Selections wine-o-month club features an assortment of 3 Ontario wines that you won’t find at the LCBO – each handpicked by our Savvy Sommeliers.

Check out the 2017 line up of wineries we’re featuring >>

To further your enjoyment of the wines, you’ll receive our monthly online magazine with the inside scoop on the winery, neat stories about the people who make the wine, our Sommelier tasting notes & recipes paired with each wine.

Special Holiday Promo
Give a 3 month subscription>>

(regularly 4 month minimum)

 

Still can’t decide?

Here’s FREE Money!

You read that right! Buy a Savvy Gift Certificate to redeem for tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event & we’ll give you 25% more.

Order a $100 gift certificate & we’ll top it up to $125. Order $150, we’ll make it $190…you get the idea.

Give this gift >>

 

Savvy Elves are standing by…

The Savvy Team…errr…elves are at the ready to help you make your Christmas shopping a breeze. Call us each day leading up to Christmas on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

Ho-Ho-Ho & have a wonderful holiday.
Debbie & the Savvy Team

Debbie Trenholm
Sommelier & Founder
Savvy Company
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We’ll be enjoying the holidays to the fullest. Savvy Company will be closed from December 25 to January 11 all set & ready for an exciting 2017.

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Gotta give these gifts!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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I visited ‘the mall’ in hopes that I would find a long list of ‘must buy’ gifts for this article. After 2 fruitless hours, I am back at my screen now shopping online. What to get? What to give? This is the never ending question as the holiday season ramps up. Is it getting harder to find a gift for those hard-to-buy-for-people on your list? I agree!

Drumroll please…here are my top gifts for 2016. Hopefully by the time you read this they are not all sold out!

 

For the Foodie…

GIFT IDEA: Spice of the Month Club

spice-clubThe brainchild of Jodi Samis, owner of Cardamon and Cloves mails to you on the 15th of each month an assortment of three different freshly ground spice blends along with recipes using each spice. Each package includes recipes for the featured spices. Three month subscription ($8 per month), six months ($7.50 per month) and 12 months ($7 per month). http://cardamomandcloves.com/monthly-spice-subscription

 

ottawa-cooksFor the Cook…

GIFT IDEA: Ottawa Cooks

They may already have stacks of cookbooks, but the hottest new cookbook in town is Ottawa Cooks written by food writer and restaurant critic Ann DesBrisay. This stunning cookbook is a testament that Ottawa has talented chefs with varying styles of cuisine. Each of the 41 chefs provided two recipes that have been tested by Ann, her sisters and friends in their home kitchen to make sure that all secrets have been revealed.

This book is worth picking up to see how Supply & Demand Food & Raw Bar makes their famous Kale Salad that I always order! Purchase at the featured restaurants, book shops and online.

 

scotchFor any Whisky Lover …

GIFT IDEA: Lagavulin 8 year old Single Malt

To commemorate its 200th anniversary, Lagavulin has released a limited edition 8 year old single malt. Never been done before – look for it at the LCBO $99 for 750mL bottle.

This just-released whisky commemorates Alfred Barnard, the first ever whisky journalist back in the late 1800s. The lore is that he sampled an 8 year old Lagavulin during a visit to Islay, Scotland. He described it as ‘exceptionally fine’ and went on the declare Lagavulin to be ‘one of the rare distilleries that could produce single malt of quality.’

Remarkably a pale colour with easy drinking personality, soothing texture and well balanced. A combination of apricot with smoke, then hints of dark chocolate, mint & sea salt with each sip. Dry & light, it is a whisky that any beginner or collector would enjoy to receive as a gift under the tree.

 

december-vintagesFor the Wine Lover …

GIFT IDEA: Assortment of Sommelier taste tested wines.

The LCBO stocks their shelves extra high during the holiday season. Mesmerized by all of the bottles, it is far too easy to pick up a pre-made gift pack. Instead, buy wines recommended in our If I had a $100, I would buy at Vintages’ blog. This shopping list has our Savvy Sommeliers’ top picks after tasting countless bottles before they go on the shelves in Vintages. Grab a basket, cool tote or a wooden crate and pack up your picks. TIP: periodically Vintages has used wooden crates at the cash for $5 (that will be donated to a local charity).

The latest list of our top picks is at savvycompany.ca/category/if-i-only-had-100/

 

savvy_coolcurds_ColourFor the Cheese Lover…

GIFT IDEA: Cheese of the Month Club

This is a gift that is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face. Like wine and beer clubs, the monthly deliveries contain chunks, wedges and rounds of artisan cheeses that are not readily available at grocery stores. There are two cheese clubs to consider:

Jacobson’s Fine Foods features cheeses from around the world and delivers them to homes in Ottawa. www.jacobsons.ca/products/cheese-of-the-month Subscription is $60 per month plus delivery

Savvy Cool Curds offers monthly subscriptions or one-off shipments containing a variety of Canadian artisan cheeses. To be delivered to a home or work address across Canada. www.savvycoolcurds.ca  Holiday subscription special $55 per month plus delivery

 

For the Entire Family…

GIFT IDEA: Museum Membership

experimental-farm

Did you know that Ottawa has a museum all about food? Located on the Experimental Farm, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has neat exhibits, special events and family activities year round. In November they are hosting “For the Love of Cheese” with special programming for all ages. In addition, food themed events and exhibits include Baconpalooza, Taking Care of Beesness, A Piece of Cake & Food Preservation an countless hands on kids weekend programs, this museum is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Family membership starts at $90 & includes membership to Canada Science & Technology Museum as well as Canada Aviation & Space Museum!

 

Now let’s get shopping.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Savvy Company!

 

This article appears in the November – December 2016 issue of Ottawa Life Magazine

 

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It’s Pink Magic!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, June 10th, 2016
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Life just got EVEN better. Imagine, a Bouquet of Rosés – wines that is – hand delivered to you on a hot summer’s day. Trust me…this one-of-a-kind bouquet is BETTER than flowers!

Summer livin’ is easy

Our Savvy Sommeliers have sampled countless Rosé wines & hand picked a Bouquet of Rosés for you to enjoy. Each month during the summer, we will feature a different assortment of dry, crisp & refreshing Rosés from wineries across Ontario to arrive at your doorstep. Simply order a small bouquet or a large one…we’ll handle the rest.

Tick Tock!
Order by this Sunday & shipping is FREE

That’s right – deadline to order this month’s Bouquet of Rosés is Sunday June 12th

Be quick & order yours >>

 

What’s in June’s bouquet?

From Prince Edward County…

Traynor Family Vineyard Alta Rosé VQA 2015

From Beamsville Bench (Niagara)…

Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé VQA 2015
Redstone Winery Rosé VQA 2015

From Niagara-on-the-Lake…

Chateau des Charmes Rosé Sparkling
Chateau des Charmes Cuvée d’Andrée VQA 2015
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2015

These wines are so SPECIAL – they’re not available at the LCBO.

 

Stock up! The price is right…

Each month is a slightly different price based on the wines selected. For June, the price is:

SMALL Bouquet: $118

An assortment of 6 bottles – one of each wine listed above

LARGE Bouquet: $236

A bigger assortment 12 bottles – 2 of each wine listed above

That’s less than $20 per bottle! AND did we mention? FREE shipping to addresses in major cities.

Place your order >>

 

100% PINK Magic

Order just June’s Bouquet of Rosés OR choose to auto-magically receive a different parcel each month throughout the summer. It’s. That. Easy.

Don’t wait too long!

Deadline to order this month’s
Bouquet of Rosés is this Sunday – June 12th.
Delivery will be the week of June 20th …or sooner!

And last but not least…

As you unwind with a bottle of Rosé wine, get the inside scoop in our monthly Rosé Report. It’s chock full of our Savvy Sommeliers tasting notes for the featured wines as well as neat summertime recipes that are perfect for a picnic & for the BBQ too.

Life is good – isn’t it?!?
Debbie & the Savvy Team

Savvy Company
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Is your Ontario bubbly on ice?

Posted by Amanda

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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Love is in the air as we inch closer and closer to the day that embodies all that is romance. Valentine’s Day is when we share our passion with the one(s) we love with just a little more fervour and fanfare than the rest of the year.

Glass and bubblyI can’t think of anything more romantic to sip on Feb. 14 than a fine sparkling wine, those tiny and elegant bubbles that shout love with every pop and crackle as they tickle our tongue. If ever there was a time for Champagne, or as it is called anywhere but in Champagne, sparkling wine or simply bubbly, it is on Valentine’s Day with the one you love over a romantic dinner.

Sparkling wine has always been the poster girl for sexy, romantic, dreamy, love, emotion, celebration and excitement.

Who can forget Champagne house Moët & Chandon’s 2011 international advertising campaign featuring actress Scarlett Johansson? Developed by Paris-based Works Advertisement Agency and shot by renowned British photographer Tim Walker, the photo (below) and video show Scarlett Johansen Moet Chandonthe glamour and sexiness of Johansson enjoying Moet seductively at Trianon, an impressive residence built by Jean-Rémy’s Moët between 1805-1817 on the Moët & Chandon Estate in Epernay, France. (Photo credit: Tim Walker)

Champagne has always aligned itself with beauty, love, celebration and moments that capture our hearts. Johannson was the perfect choice for the campaign.

Here in Canada (and elsewhere in the world), Champagne is not a word that can used to describe domestic sparkling wines, but winemakers still employ the very same techniques as those in Champagne to make those magical bubbles come to life in a glass.

No matter what it’s called, no matter where you are, a nice, chilled bottle of bubbly can put the romance into whatever occasion you are celebrating.

For Valentine’s Day, why not try any one of these Ontario sparkling wines that can be found either at Vintages stores or directly from the winery? It is one of the styles Ontario is very good at.

Here’s our list (in alphabetical order):

chateau de charmes rose sparklingChateau des Charmes Rose Sparkling 2012 ($29, 91 points) — This is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a Pinot Noir dosage that was recently disgorged after 18 months on the lees and is made in the traditional method. It has a pretty nose of soft red fruits of raspberry, cranberry and cherry with subtle herbs. A gentle mousse leads to rich, ripe cherry and cranberry fruits that are elegant and lush on the palate. This is a nicely mature and poised rose with a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Chateau des Charmes Brut Sparkling NV ($23, 88 points) — The 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was recently disgorged after three years on the lees. It is made the traditional method. The nose shows lemon, toast and citrus that’s bright yet elegant. The tiny bubbles pop on the palate with creamy but fresh lemon, lime, pear, apple fruits all lifted by bright acidity. Great value sparkler.

Featherstone Cuvée Joy 2011 ($35, 92 points) — A traditionally-made sparkler made from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay. This is a delightful, yes, joyful, wine with a nose of brisk lemon, baked apple, toast, citrus and interesting yeasty-bready notes. Perfect tiny bubbles tickle the palate with a lovely melange of citrus, toast and creamy notes all lifted by wonderful, refreshing acidity.

Fielding sparkling roseFielding Estate Sparkling Rose ($30, 90 points) — The is a non-vintage Rose traditionally made from 84% Pinot Noir and the rest Chardonnay with the bulk of the fruit from the 2013 vintage. It’s quite toasty on the nose with fragrant red fruits, herbs, raspberry and leesy/floral notes. It has good acid lift on the palate with tart red fruits, lovely finesse, a lively mousse and a toasty note through the finish.

Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009 ($30, 91 points) — The base wine is 92% Chardonnay with a touch of Pinot Noir and spends four years on the lees before disgorging. The nose shows lovely and inviting brioche, toast, lemon-lime, grapefruit and apple notes. A soft but persistent mousse delivers an array of bright lime, green apple and creamy pear notes in this nicely aged and mature sparkling wine.

Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Estate Blanc de Blanc 2010 ($45, 92 points) — This top sparkling wine from HoP is made from 100% estate Chardonnay grown on the Short Hills Bench. About 20% of the fruit is barrel fermented and secondary fermentation in the bottle is followed by 54 months of aging on the lees. The nose is lemony with notes of biscuit, toasted vanilla, saline minerality and brioche. The palate reveals a lively bubble with lemon-citrus, toasty-yeasty notes, orange peel, and subtle earthiness on a luxurious, silky and vibrant finish. Such a beautiful and thought-provoking sparkling wine that can age gracefully in the cellar.

Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut ($30, 91 points) — A blend of about 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay made in the traditional bubbly method. The nose is lovely with biscuit, cherry, raspberry and subtle herb and rhubarb notes. On the palate it’s quite dry and refreshing with crisp red fruits, pomegranate, apple, citrus, bramble and toasty vanilla notes through a lively, bright finish.

Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2014 ($80 for 375 mL, 94 points) — What a sensational treat from winemaker Bruce Nicholson. Sparkling icewine is extremely difficult to make with few wineries attempting the style, but Nicholson has perfected it. The nose is a gorgeous mélange of orange marmalade, honeycomb, peach and mango. It has a rousing mousse on the palate to go with sweet, compoted fruits, fresh and delicate notes of pineapple, tangerine and peach and a luxurious texture that’s accentuated by the tiny bubbles that tickle the palate through the finish. A rich, exotic treat that is well worth the high price.

Tawse sparkTawse Limestone Ridge Vineyard Spark Riesling 2014 ($20, 88 points) — Organic and biodynamic farming, traditional method and aged 12 months on the lees, the nose shows creamy/toasty notes of citrus and lemon, ripe apple and some swirling mineral notes. It’s bright and juicy on the palate with a lively mousse and leans toward citrus fruit and minerals through a fresh finish.

13th Street Grand Cuvée Blanc de Noir Brut 0 2007 ($70,  94 points) — As mentioned, seven full years on the lees, zero dosage, disgorged in Oct., this adds complexity and freshness to the low-dosage Grand Cuvée regular bottling. The nose shows fresh baked bread, brioche, toast, lemon curd, wet stone, green apple and vanilla cream. There is a fine and dainty mousse to go with biting acidity that props up the wonderful smoky citrus, toast, vanilla, butter and mature apples on the palate with gorgeous complexity and mouthfeel through the finish. It’s highly recommended you grab a bottle or two of this fine sparkling wine.

13th Street Grand Cuvée Blanc de Noir 2007 ($59, 93 points) — A gorgeous and generous nose of lemon and brioche, green apple and fresh baked bread with creamy vanilla and toast accents. It’s built in an austere style, with very low dosage, chiselled acidity and a fine mousse that tickles the palate and gives way to fresh apple and lemon flavours that are just beginning to soften. Tertiary notes of warm toast, custard and tangy minerality add to the complexity of this well-built sparkler. Drinking rather well right now but can still cellar a wee bit longer to draw out further nuances.

13th Street Cuvée Rose NV ($25, 90 points) — This reasonably-priced staple from 13th Street is a Pinot Noir-driven blend with Chardonnay and a touch of Gamay added. It spends two years on the lees. The newest release is primarily from the 2012 vintage. The nose shows fresh red berries, lovely yeasty-toasty notes and a subtle anise accent. The colour is a rich pink hue that is luminous in the glass with an energetic mousse. The flavours range from rich cherries and raspberries to bolder cranberry and toasted vanilla. Showing more elegance than the previous version with a clean and fresh finish.

Redstone Sparkling 2013 ($26, 88 points) — Made in the traditional Champagne method with an untraditional blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, this sparkler spends up to 18 months on the lees. It’s a lively and spunky bubbly with a nose of fresh citrus, apple and creamy/toasty notes. It’s driven by racy acidity on the palate and combines lemon, lime and green apple flavours.

and from Prince Edward County…

Hinterland Les Etoiles 2012, Prince Edward County ($39, 92 points) —The 2012 version of Les Etoiles, made in the traditional method, is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir with a modest 6 g/l dosage. The nose shows grapefruit, pear, brioche, toast and smoky-flinty notes. It’s racy on the palate with a healthy, persistent stream of bubbles that accent flavours of fresh grapefruit, pear, citrus and that vein of flinty minerality. Beautiful bubbly here and worth laying down for a few years.

Hinterland les trois etoiles 2009Hinterland Les Etoiles 2009, Prince Edward County ($49, 93 points) — Only 80 cases of this aged Les Etoiles (on the lees for five years, disgorged in July) are available. It has a beautiful, engaging nose of brioche, yeast, baked bread, bright citrus, pear and apple. The soft, elegant mousse carries toasty, mature citrus notes with subtle green apple flavours and minerals with a creamy texture through the long, luxurious finish.

Hinterland Blanc de Blanc 2011 ($39, 92 points) — This is made from 100% Chardonnay aged in five-year-old oak barrels with zero dosage. The 2011 growing season was a little cooler and wetter than 2009 but it turned out to be a great vintage nonetheless, according to winemaker Jonas Newman. “The Chardonnay, which was destined for 2011 Les Etoiles, was so special that we diverted 3000L for our first Blanc de Blanc. It was bottle aged (sur lattes) for 40 months with only 80 cases produced.” It’s so fresh and perky on the nose with lemon, biscuit, apricot, lime, grapefruit and creamy pear with leesy-vanilla-mineral accents. It’s nicely aged but still bright and cheerful on the palate with citrus, brioche and pear flavours to go with a creamy, textured mouth feel.

 

This has been a special guest blog post by Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara

Rick is renowned wine critic & industry writer. In this blog he offers his ratings for recently reviewed sparkling wines using a 100 point system.

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Date Night – underground!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, February 1st, 2016
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Have you booked your night out for Valentine’s Day yet? Look no further, back by popular demand, we’re hosting our 2nd annual Wine, Craft Beer & Artisan Cheese Tasting at the Diefenbunker.  It’s a date night like no other!  Book your tickets & join us for a fun evening exploring the fascinating Cold War Museum while sipping & sampling hard-to-find Ontario wines, craft beers & artisan cheeses.

Tour & Taste Diefenbunker Blast Tunnel 72dpi

Take it all in! A complementary guided tour of the Diefenbunker will be offered before OR after the tasting event.

Then at 7pm the corks will start popping, the Bunker will be filled with music & Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier will serve a variety of Canadian artisan cheeses.  As you mix & mingle in the Bunker’s Cafeteria, our Savvy Sommeliers will lead you through a ‘TOP SECRET’ blind tasting where the bottles of sparkling, white & red wines along with craft beers will be disguised. There’ll be fun guessing the style of wine & craft beer before we unveil the truth.

What’s a blind tasting?

Each bottle – wine & craft beer – will be wrapped in foil so that you can’t see the label. Sip & sample then make your best guess to what it might be.  A Chardonnay? An IPA? Or possibly a Pinot Noir?  At the end of the evening our Savvy Sommeliers will peel back the foil & uncover the truth of each bottle.  Ooohs, ahhs and “I told you so” are guaranteed to be heard.

Book quickly – this unique  event will sell out

 

Event Details

DATE: Saturday February 13
TASTING EVENT: 7 to 9pm

BUNKER TOURS – FREE!Diefenbunker-logo
Pre-event: 6 to 7pm
Post event: 9 to 10pm
** Guided tours must be booked in advance **

Advance Tickets Only
$80 per person
$150
per couple
$60
Designated Driver (alcohol free)

10% off for Diefenbunker members & Inner Square cardholders.  Call the museum for your top secret discount code! 613-839-0007.

All ticket prices include wine, craft beer, cheese samples & good ol HST.

NEW: Order a ‘Care Package’

Fall in LOVE with the featured wines, craft beers & artisan cheeses? You won’t find them at the LCBO or grocery stores. We’ll make it easy for you to order ANY of your new found favorites to take home with you or to be delivered after the event. You can pre-order a ‘Care Package’ – your personal picks of the featured wines, craft beers & wedges of artisan cheeses & we will have your customized parcel will be ready for you to take home after the event – every Care Package will include a set of 4 tasting glasses too.

See you underground!

The Museum Team & our team of Savvy Sommeliers look forward to seeing you at this one-of-a-kind event.

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A Wine Lover’s Christmas

Posted by Debbie

Monday, December 21st, 2015
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The Christmas crunch is on now that folks are realizing that there are only 4 shopping days left.  Our phones are ringing off the hook at Savvy HQ.  Admist the mayhem of last minute purchases to our Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month subscriptions, here are some fun holiday wine photos that we have seen that have made our Savvy elves stop & say WOW.  Thought all of the wine lovers out there would like them too.

Ho-Ho-Ho!

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Amanda has added this to her email!

 

This cool card arrived in our mailbox!
This cool card arrived in our mailbox!

 

What a good giggle! Source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk
What a good giggle!
Source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk

 

 

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So…what to do with all of those corks?
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And what to do with all of the empties??
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Hoppy Holidays! Get your Beer Advent Calendar…only a dozen left

Posted by Debbie

Friday, December 4th, 2015
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Savvy HQ! To help craft beer lovers across Ontario get into the holiday spirit, we have created the first-ever Hoppy Holidays Advent Calendar featuring hard-to-find craft beers made locally in Ontario.Hoppy Holidays logo

Finally…it’s here!

Our Savvy Hip Hops subscribers have repeatedly requested (some have begged – LOL!) for this one-of-a-kind sudsy treat.  All of us in Savvy Brew Crew worked hard to make this happen in time for the holiday season.

What’s in the Advent Calendar?

Our Hoppy Holidays Advent Calendar is a 2-4 of delicious craft beers that we have curated from breweries from across the province.  Each box contains 19 cans (473 mL) & 5 bottles (650mL ) – no two beers are the same & there’s no duplications.  It’s an assortment like you have never tasted – there’s every style of beer you can imagine.

Beer lovers are snapping them up!  100 Advent Calendars were made…and there are only a dozen left. Want one?

Click to place your order >>

 

Check out the rock star list of featured breweries:

Calabogie Brewing Co. – Calabogie
Kichesippi Beer Co. – Ottawa
Left Field Brewery – Toronto
Niagara Teaching College Brewer – Niagara
Railway City Brewery – St Thomas
Stack Brewing – Sudbury
Whitewater Brewing Co. – Forrester Falls

What’s the price?

$88 & shipping is FREE.  The price for Hoppy Holiday Advent Calendar is the total combined cost of all of these delicious craft beers. Your credit card will be charged directly by the featured breweries for the retail cost of their beer in your Advent Calendar.

In the spirit of Christmas…shipping is FREE.

Hop to it & join the fun discovery.

Hop to it & order yours >>

 

Limited quantities left!
Once they’re gone…you’ll have to wait ’til next year

 

Psst...share this secret with a friend and we’ll send you $50 gift certificate that you can use for tickets to Savvy Events next year.  We have craft beer events in the works that we know you’ll love.  Simply have your friend mention your name on the order form where it asks: How did you hear about Hoppy Holidays Advent Calendar?

Ho! Ho! Ho!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

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