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Rosé Report: Kacaba’s Rebecca Rosé VQA 2016

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
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To get to the tasting room where this delicious Rosé wine and other wines made by our friends at Kacaba Vineyard, you have to cross what’s known as a Bailey Bridge—a truss bridge invented by the British and first used by tanks to cross the treacherous terrain of battlefields during the Second World War. Ideas of battles disappear when you see the rolling hills of vineyards and the wrap around deck that awaits.

Kacaba Vineyards and Winery ‘Rebecca’ Rosé

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The 2016 Rebecca Rosé is a unique blend of Gamay Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Riesling. It glows with a brilliant raspberry-ruby hue in the glass, while aromas of strawberry jam and spring flowers swirl through your senses. Full bodied, it makes you hungry…and thirsty for a picnic.

 

Complete Wine Deets:
Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca’ Rosé VQA 2016

$18.15
Ontario Wine Region: Twenty Valley (Niagara)

 

Suggested Food Pairing: Croque Monsieur with grainy mustard, or straight-up grilled cheese.  But go gourmet with some creamy Brie or a nutty Gouda.  For something really neat, here is a Whipped Feta, Watermelon & Radish Salad recipe.

 

Feta and watermelon is a winning salty-sweet combo. Be sure to rinse and press your feta before whipping otherwise your feta will liquefy—the finished whipped cheese should have a deli cream-cheese-like consistency.

 

Ingredients

Whipped Feta:

8 oz (250 g) good-quality feta
2 tbsp (30 mL) whipping cream or plain yogurt
4 to 6 tbsp (60 to 90 mL) olive oil

1½ cups (375 mL) daikon radish cut into matchsticks
⅓ cup (80 mL) olive oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1½ tsp (7 mL) dried oregano
1 tsp (5 mL) coarsely ground black pepper
Salt to taste
3 slices mini seedless watermelon, each 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick, rind removed
1 red cayenne or finger chili, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
Fresh oregano leaves to garnish

 

Directions

Drain feta from brine if necessary and rinse under cool running water. Line a plate with several layers of paper towel, top with feta and weigh down with another plate topped with a can. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Crumble and combine in a food processor with cream and 4 tbsp (60 mL) olive oil; process until smooth. Add up to 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil, if necessary, to achieve a thick spreadable consistency.

Soak daikon in a bowl of ice water while preparing the remaining ingredients. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano and pepper. Lightly season with salt (feta is salty). Cut watermelon into irregular 1 to 1½-inch (2.5 to 4-cm) chunks.

Spread an equal amount of feta out in a scant ½-inch-thick (1 cm) layer on six small plates. Divide watermelon between plates. Drain radish and pat dry with paper towels; toss with half the dressing and top watermelon portions with an equal amount of radish. Divide remaining dressing between plates and garnish each with chili and oregano leaves.

Pack in a picnic & enjoy!

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Rosé Report: Legends Pinot Gris

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
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Not labeled as a Rosé, but this white wine has a pink tinge – on purpose!  Pinot Gris grapes are naturally cooper coloured when fully ripened and the winemaker at Legends Estate Winery in Niagara kept the grape skins in contact with the juice after the crush and magically the colouring happened to give it a lovely copper colour in the finished product.  So it looks like a Rosé, but it is a white wine.  Confused?  Trust us…you’ll like it!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A well balanced wine with aromas of freshly baked bread on the nose, hint of Earl Grey tea & reminders of clotted cream & fresh strawberries. Can you find any of this when you swirl & sip on this dry wine?

We discovered this wine last year and were so excited that there is still more available so we can enjoy it this summer too. Another Savvy discovery!

 

Complete Wine Deets:
Legends Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2015

$17.95
Ontario Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

Suggested Food Pairing: Roasted whole chicken, seafood, fish or try with the Classic Bruschetta recipe that we have included.

 

Classic Bruschetta

Recipe: Yummly
Photo Credits: MyBakingAddiction
Serves 6

Ingredients

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1 loaf crusty bread
5 medium tomatoes (chopped)
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese (freshly)
1 tablespoon fresh basil
Salt & Pepper

Directions

Allow to stand for several hours to marinate. Slice bread at an angle, brush one side with olive oil, and broil on each side until brown.

Best when served immediately to avoid getting soggy. Ingredients may be adjusted depending on your taste.

Mix diced tomatoes (juice and all), minced garlic, olive oil, lime juice, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (keep the rest for later), basil, and salt and pepper (to taste).

Spoon mixture onto bread, and top with reserved Parmesan. Broil until cheese has melted.  Enjoy!

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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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Rosé Report: Casa-Dea Sparkling Dea Cuvée

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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One of the first wineries in Prince Edward County, Casa-Dea Estates Winery is making a big impression with this sparkling rosé wine.  Just released, this bubbly can be enjoyed on any occasion – picnic, Happy Hour, or stash away for Thanksgiving (if you have to!).  For exactly this reason we included it in this month’s Deck Party Pack.

Here is a neat golden nugget to drop into conversation: Winemaker Paul Battilana was originally trained as a butcher, before he made the leap to winemaking after his curiosity transformed his career. And the wine industry is taking note as he was named by MacLean’s Magazine last year ‘as one of the Canadian winemakers to watch’.

 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting notes: Pretty in the glass, it is refreshing, bright, and reminds us of summer…all throughout the year. Light aromas of strawberry and juicy peaches, the acidity of this wine makes is perfect to start any occasion.

 

Complete Wine Deets:
Casa-Dea Estates Winery Dea Cuveé

$21.95
Ontario Wine Region: Prince Edward County

 

Suggested Food Pairings: Chips. Delicious Spiced Sweet Potato Chips. The salt plays with the bubbles of the wine and fireworks start off in your mouth.  Try it!

 

 

Spiced Sweet Potato Chips

Serves 2
Recipe by The Editors of Prevention Magazine
Photo Credit: Mitch Mandel

 

Ingredients

 

1 12-oz sweet potato, peeled
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp sugar
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp salt

 

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F.

Slice potato into very thin slices using v-slicer mandoline. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Arrange potato slices on the baking sheets in a single layer. Coat slices lightly with cooking spray.

Bake for 7 minutes, or until barely starting to brown. Turn potato slices over and return to the oven. Bake until lightly browned, about 7 to 10 minutes more. Transfer finished slices to a bowl and repeat with remaining slices, if necessary. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cumin, sugar, chili powder, and salt.

Pour spice mixture over chips and toss well before serving.

Enjoy!

 

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Rosé Report: Devil’s Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Friday, July 14th, 2017
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Devil’s Wishbone Winery is the home of this delicious 2016 Pinot Gris Rosé along with many other amazing wines. Look at a map of The County & you’ll see the distinctive wishbone shape where the Bay of Quinte and Adolphus Reach meet at Picton.  The “devil” part of this winery’s name comes from the poor soil quality in the area, where early settlers found it nearly impossible to grow anything. Yet winery owner Paul Gallagher researched that the clay and limestone mixed soil is perfect for growing vines.

original_227656-devils-wishbone-winery-pinot-gris-rose-2015-bottle-1461510859Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A colour that reminded all of our Sommeliers of a Ballerina-tutu (!) with an airy nose of fuzzy peaches, wild strawberries and maple sap. Slightly off-dry and juicy with a pleasant, refreshing summertime quench. Absolutely delicious!

 

Complete Wine Deets:
Devil’s Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2016

$22
Ontario Wine Region: Prince Edward County

 

Suggested Food Pairing: This wine has a hint of sweetness that will sing alongside this mouthwatering Crunchy Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing which will be your new vegetable obsession! Each bite packs a powerhouse of fresh superfoods all in one bowl.

 

Crunchy Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

Recipe & Photo credits: Jessica Gavin

Serves 4
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: none

Ingredients

Thai Salad

2 cups kale thinly sliced, or baby kale
1 1/2 cups napa cabbage thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups red cabbage thinly sliced
1/2 cup red bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2 cup carrot shredded
1 mango thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
8 mint leaves thinly sliced
1 tablespoon green onions thinly sliced
1/4 cup peanuts roasted, roughly chopped

 

Peanut Dressing

1/3 cup peanut butter natural creamy or smooth
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce low sodium
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
1 clove garlic roughly chopped
1 tablespoon water

Instructions

Thai Salad

In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients except peanuts; kale, cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, mango, cilantro, mint, and onions. Set aside while you make the dressing.

Peanut Dressing

In a blender add all peanut dressing ingredients; peanut butter, lime juice, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, ginger, garlic, and water. Puree until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. You can also whisk the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Add more water if needed to thin out the dressing if desired. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

To Serve

Gradually add enough dressing to coat the salad, toss to combine. Drizzle with more dressing if there is any remaining, top with freshly cracked bell pepper and roasted peanuts.  Enjoy!

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Rosé Report: Good Earth Rosé VQA 2016

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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You’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the giant fork standing among the vines at Good Earth Food & Wine Company. And it may not even be big enough, if you want to try everything here….enjoy a meal at the bistro set amongst the vineyard or take part in a hands on cooking class – life is good!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  An interesting petal-soft texture of this wine makes summer sipping even more enjoyable.  The medium to full bodied flavours of fresh sweet red berries, watermelon with a dash of floral and crisp acidity that balances out every sip.

Complete Wine Deets:
Good Earth Food & Wine Company – The Good Wine Rosé VQA 2016

$17.95
Ontario Wine Region: Twenty Valley (Niagara)

 

Suggested Food Pairing:  We’d recommend to serve it with a delicious Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing. (recipe follows)

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

From: Yummly
Serves 4

 

Ingredients

Salad dressing

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powder ginger
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Salad

6 cups baby spinach leaves, washed, and dried
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 of a whole red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, sliced

 

Directions

Combine all salad dressing ingredients, except for sesame seeds, and using only 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Whisk until emulsified. Taste your dressing and add another 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, if desired, to make it saltier. Add 2 tablespoons sesame seeds to the dressing and mix them in.

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, except for 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and chicken. Add the salad dressing to the salad and toss – do not add all salad dressing at once: you might not need all of it. Add just enough salad dressing to coat the salad ingredients.

Serve the salad in the individual serving bowls and top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and sliced chicken.

Enjoy!

 

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Rosé Report: Huff Estates Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
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This is one of Huff Estates’ signature and most popular wines. Rosé and wine lovers clamor for it every year – Savvy Team included!  Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in The County, there is the regional characteristic of minerality & crisp acidity that makes this a class act wine.

Travel TIP: If you are heading to Prince Edward County this summer, plan to visit Huff on Sunday when they have live jazz performers playing on the el fresco patio overlooking the vineyard.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: This refreshing wine is bone dry with a light pink hue that resembles classic Rosé wines from Tavel, France.  Two words: Pink Grapefruit.  Added to that, light floral notes with more citrus (think lime or mandarin) to create a well-crafted refreshing balance.

Now that you’ve been tipped off about this wine, you’ll be on the lookout for it each year.

 

Complete Wine Deets:
Huff Estates Rosé VQA 2016

$19
Ontario Wine Region: Prince Edward County

 

Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or pack for a picnic.  Below we have included the Lemon Orzo with Baby Spinach and Feta recipe to make for your next picnic.

 

Lemon Orzo with Baby Spinach & Feta

Recipe & Photo credits: Trish Magwood
Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cup dried orzo (500 mL)
3 Tbsp vegetable oil (50 mL)
3 onions, sliced 6 clove garlic, minced
2 cup sliced green onions (500 mL) 2 cup feta cheese, diced or cubed (500 mL)
2 cup baby spinach (500 mL)
½ cup olive oil (125 mL)
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp salt (2 mL)
¼ tsp pepper (1mL)

 

Directions

Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Reserve.

Heat a large heavy bottomed, wide-surfaced sauté pan, until very hot.

Reduce heat to medium-high. Add vegetable oil and sliced onions. Cook onions on high for about 10 minutes, adding up to 1 tablespoon more oil if pan
becomes dry. Reduce heat to medium-low, add garlic and continue to cook for another 20 minutes until golden.

In a large bowl, combine reserved orzo with green onions, feta cheese, baby spinach, mint, olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss to mix. Add
caramelized onion and garlic mixture.

Season with salt and pepper.

Can be made 2 days in advance. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Enjoy!

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Rosé Report: Casa-Dea Cabernet Franc Rosé 2016

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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Care for a round of bocce? If you’re travelling to The County (aka Prince Edward County that is) this summer, stop by Casa-Dea Estates Winery and try your hand at Bocce – an Italian version of lawn bowling – on the pitch right beside Casa-Dea’s vineyards. The game is made even better with a chilled glass of Rosé playing along side with Casa-Dea’s cool winemaker Paul Battilana.  He has a competitive streak!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Brilliant clarity in this pinky-peach concoction. Abundant aromas of wildflowers and strawberries, juicy peaches, even a floral whiff that might remind you of the delicate flower of Lily of the Valley.  Top it all off with subtle hints of fresh herbs with a silky texture balanced out with measured acidity and a lengthy finish. Mama Mia – it is good!

 

Complete Wine Deets:

Casa-Dea Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2016

$18.95
Ontario Wine Region: Prince Edward County

Suggested Food Pairing: Try with yummy BBQ Pork Burgers – recipe below.

 

 

 

BBQ Pork Burgers

Serves 4
Recipe by David Leite -adapted from Gourmet- Gourmet Weekday
Photo credit:  Romulo Yanes

 

Ingredients

For the slaw:

1/4 cup store bought or homemade mayonnaise
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
1/2 cup very finely shredded carrot
1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives or scallions
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

For the pork burgers:

1/2 cup your favourite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce (tomato-based)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil, for the grill rack
4 buns or Kaiser rolls or soft squishy breadstuff of some sort, split and toasted or grilled

 

Directions

Make the slaw:

In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, and vinegar until smooth. Toss in the cabbage, carrot, chives, and salt and pepper to taste and gently mix to coat. Let the slaw stand at room temperature, uncovered, while you cook the burgers or, if you prefer your slaw crisp, cover it and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

 

Make the BBQed pork burgers:

Prepare your grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal or medium heat for gas.

In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and vinegar.

In a large bowl, gently mix together the pork, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce mixture until combined. Do not over mix. Using your hands, gently form the mixture into 4 patties, each about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick, being careful not to pack the pork too tightly.

Carefully slick the grill rack with oil, plop the burgers on top, and grill them, flipping the burgers every few minutes, just until cooked through and no trace of pink remains, 6 to 10 minutes total. Then brush the top of each patty with 1 tablespoon remaining barbecue sauce mixture (or more if you like things mess), flip the burgers again, and grill for 30 seconds. Repeat, so that both sides have been slathered with the barbecue sauce mixture. Brush the cut sides of each of the buns with the remaining barbecue sauce mixture.

Assemble the BBQed pork burgers, starting with the buns and the burgers and adding a heaping spoonful of coleslaw atop each one. Don’t forget to grab a lot of napkins.

Enjoy!

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Let’s Clink & Drink Pink!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 29th, 2017
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The weather forecast is…it is time to put away gardening tools & get your corkscrew out…Rose wine season is here!  Wineries all across Ontario are now releasing their delicious Rosé wines to quench your thirst this summer.  While it might be raining this week, get ready for when the heat wave hits.

To make summer livin’ easy, we are offering a Bouquet of Rosés – wines that is – featuring the best Rosé wines made in Ontario.  Straight from the winery to your fridge.  Our team of Savvy Sommeliers have taste-tested 50+ Rosé wines and selected the best ones for you to enjoy this summer.  Dry. Crisp. Zippy. Delicious!  Each month a different assortment of Rosé wines made at boutique wineries across Ontario will arrive at your home, desk, deck…or even your cottage dock!

Take your pick…

Order an assortment of 12 bottles (a big bouquet) or a mixed 6 pack (a small bouquet).  Every month is different.  Deadline to order the June assortment is Friday June 9th.

To order CLICK HERE >>

What will you get? 

Every month we are creating a different combination of amazing Rosé wines. Choose the number of bottles you would like to receive:

SMALL Bouquet >> assortment of 6 different bottles of Rosé wines
LARGE Bouquet >> assortment of 12 bottles (2 x the featured 6 Rosés)

 

Here’s what we’ve picked for June’s bouquet: 

From Prince Edward County…

Devils Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2016
Huff Estates Rosé VQA 2016

From Beamsville Bench (Niagara)…

Legends Estate Reserve Pinot Gris VQA 2015
Legends Estate Terroir Rose VQA 2016

From Niagara-on-the-Lake

Southbrook Estate Cabernet Rosé VQA 2016
Southbrook Seriously Cool Rosé VQA 2016

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

How much?

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

Small Bouquet: $120
Large Bouquet: $240
Oh…AND did we mention? FREE shipping to addresses in major cities across Ontario.

And last but not least… as you unwind with a glass of wine in hand, get the inside scoop on the wines in our monthly Rosé Report. It’s full of interesting stories about the people who made the selected wines, Sommelier tasting notes & favorite summertime recipes to serve with the wines.

Tick Tock!

Place your order before June 9th…then sit back & relax!
We’ll deliver to your door, deck or dock.

CLICK to Order >> 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 9th, 2016
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Back-to-school radio ad jingles are ringing in my ears reminding me that summer is winding down. Don’t let it be so! This summer has been absolutely fabulous. I am sure you too want summer to last forever!

One way to make summer linger is by drinking Rosé. As we are ending our summer-long offering of Bouquet of Rosés with wines that are delightful on a hot summers day, to enjoy with a bountiful meal to celebrate the harvest or to stash away for Thanksgiving. Turkey, cranberry & Rosé wines are one of my favorite wine and food pairings.

Our Savvy Sommeliers traveled throughout Ontario this summer on the lookout for six wonderful Rosé wines to feature in this month’s Bouquet of Rosés:

From Prince Edward County…bouquet-of-roses-600px

Casa Dea Estates Dea’s Rosé Sparkling – just released!

From Beamsville Bench (Niagara)…

Fielding Estates Winery Rosé  VQA 2015
Legends Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2015 – just released!
Legends Estates Rosé VQA 2015 – just released!
Sue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink Rosé VQA 2014
Sue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles

Every bottle of wine in your Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special, as you won’t find them at the LCBO.

If you would like to order additional bottles or other hard-to-find Ontario wines (we do craft beers, too!), contact me at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or debbie@savvycompany.ca

Here’s to ever lasting summer!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

 

In this Bouquet of Rosés you will find…

~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, Debbie Trenholm ~

 

Casa Dea Dea Cuvee Rose SparklingCasa Dea Estates Dea’s Rosé Sparkling

$19.95
Prince Edward County

Did you know? Casa Dea Estates was one of the original wineries in Prince Edward County known as Carmela Estates. With each new owner, it has been re-named. Their winemaker (who once was a butcher), Paul Batilianna, has been heralded by MacLean’s Magazine as ‘one to watch’ as the Canadian wine industry grows.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This unique sparkling rosé is made with 100% Gamay grapes. The colour is a beautiful coral pink with aromas & flavours that will remind you of the glorious days of this summer. On the nose & in the taste, this crisp & dry bubbly exudes aromas of citrus (pink grapefruit perhaps?), white flowers, minerality – that it is a County characteristic – juicy berries & rhubarb. There is lovely mousse (winespeak: tiny bubbles) with a long yet delicate finish. It`s a grown up sparkling wine.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is a great sipping wine & can be enjoyed on its own after being chilled for 30 minutes in the fridge. Pair with oysters or sushi. For something a little different, match with Beet Risotto (recipe follows).

 

Fielding RoseFielding Estates Rosé VQA 2015

$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

When the Savvy Sommeliers got together for our spring sipping & sampling kick-off, we were quickly impressed with Fielding’s Rosé wine. At the beginning of the summer this wine was available at the LCBO. Now sold out, we were able to score the last case available for your at the winery.

Did you know? Curtis Fielding was once a professional race car driver. When his parents decided to get involved in growing grapes and making wine, they called Curtis off the race track to help them build the business. And good thing too! alongside with his wife Heidi, they celebrated the winery`s 10th anniversary last year and Curtis has been acknowledged by the grape growing industry by being reigned as Grape King – quite an honour! Now Curtis & Heidi are great Savvy fans & friends. You will no doubt see them at our next Savvy Event.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A soft pink colour with aromas and tastes that will remind you of ripe strawberries and rhubarb.

Suggested Food Pairing: It’s a lovely wine that will be delicious with fish (poached or grilled), prosciutto wrapped asparagus, grilled planked salmon, lemon roasted chicken even corn chowder.

 
Legends Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2015

$17.00
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Did you know? This is a winery that we discovered this summer. Our long-time Savvy friend Derek Barnett is a winemaker who just launched is virtual winery – Meldville Wines. What is a virtual winery you ask? A winery within a winery…Meldville Wines does not have a building yet, rather Derek is using the winemaking equipment at Legends. Everybody wins this way! Derek tipped me off on this wine and exclaimed that it was hands down one of the best Pinot Gris he has had this summer…and we agree!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Not labeled as a Rosé, but has a pink tinge because the Pinot Gris grapes are naturally cooper coloured when fully ripened. The winemaker kept the grape skins in contact with the juice after the crush and magically the colouring happened to give it a lovely copper colour. This is just like Palatine Hills Pinot Gris in last month’s assortment. A well balanced wine with fresh bread on the nose, hint of Earl Grey tea & reminders of clotted cream & fresh strawberries. Can you find any of this when you swirl & sip on this dry wine?
This Pinot Gris is so new that at the time of writing it isn’t even on Legends Estates website yet. You are the first to enjoy it. Another Savvy discovery!

Suggested Food Pairing: Roasted whole chicken, seafood, fish or try with the interesting grilled bruschetta recipe that we have included – Ombre Fresh & Roasted Tomatoes on Charred Bread.

 

Legends Estates Rosé VQA 2015

$12.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: An interesting blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this bright pink drink looks like watermelon…tastes like watermelon…and would be perfect paired with a plate full of watermelon!

Loads of floral notes with zippy acidity that makes this wine well balanced & every sip makes you want more. And the white pepper on the finish is the perfect punctuation.

Suggested Food Pairing: Smoked salmon, blue cheese, even risotto – we have included a neat recipe using beets!

Again, another wine find from Legends Estates. They have been so busy that they have not added it to their web site yet. You are the first to enjoy it.

 

Flirty_Bubbles_largeSue-Ann Staff’s Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles

$29.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Did you know? Sue-Ann Staff has been a long time Savvy friend. Two years ago, she moved into her grandmother’s house and turned her kitchen into the winery tasting bar. Outside of ‘business’ hours, the kitchen is where Sue-Ann whips up a quick meal, then tidies up again to put her best foot forward when visitors drop in to try her wines. When you plan your next trip to Niagara, be sure to stop by to visit Sue-Ann…her dog Brix will be waiting for you at the end of the farmstead laneway!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: It is no wonder that this sparkling wine won gold at Intervin International Wine Awards in 2015. Sue-Ann knows how to craft Riesling into delicious wines. Here she double fermented it and added a splash of Merlot 2010 in the dosage (at the end) to make the colour pop. Ta-da! An instant fun wine that you will swear is French champagne.

The fine bubbles race up the glass at rocket speed that make a delicious mouthfeel with each sip. Dry, delicious & crisp with yeasty undertones that remind you of fresh baked bread or brioche pastry, with a refreshing zip of cranberry, currants, or maybe it is more like fresh-out-of-the-oven strawberry rhubarb pie. Whichever memory it conjures up, this sparkling is hands down delicious. I think I may have overused that word in this tasting notes!

Suggested Food Pairing: Charcuterie, hard cheese, popcorn (yes – you read that right!) & seafood. Our friend Paula Roy who is just launching a TV show on Rogers TV this fall shared with us her “Better than Takeout Chinese Shrimp” recipe that would be delicious with this bubbles. Anyway you have it…enjoy!

 

Sue-Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl RoseSue-Ann Staffs Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A neat blend of 92% Riesling and 8% Cabernet Franc. With each sip, reminders of maraschino cherry, fresh juicy peaches & nectarines zip to your mind. Deliciously smooth with a low acidity that easily makes you long for more….then surprised that the bottle is gone!

Suggested Food Pairing: One of my Niagara favorites at this time of the year is Peach & Arugula Pizza. If you are bound for Niagara during harvest time, be sure to visit The Pie Plate & Bake Shop as you drive into Niagara-on-the-Lake for a slice of this amazing pizza.


 

 

• Rosé Recipe Box •
Summer time favorites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés

 

Beet Risotto

Recipe & Photo credits: Food & Wine
Serves 8

200910-xl-beet-risottoIngredients

7 cups chicken stock
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 large beets (12 ounces each), peeled and coarsely shredded, plus thinly sliced beets for garnish
3 cups arborio rice
1 ½ cups young pecorino cheese, freshly grated
2 teaspoons poppy seeds, plus more for garnish

Note: “Beets give this creamy risotto stunning colour & delicate sweetness. Grace Parisi suggests wearing rubber gloves and shredding the beets directly into a stainless steel bowl to avoid staining hands and countertops.”

Method

In a saucepan, bring the stock to a simmer; cover and keep warm. In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter in the oil.

Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes.

Add the shredded beets and cook, stirring, until the pan is dry, 12 minutes. Spoon half of the beets into a small bowl.

Add the rice to the casserole and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the warm stock to the rice and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the stock is nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the rice is al dente and a thick sauce forms, about 22 minutes.

Stir in the cooked beets, cheese and the 2 teaspoons of poppy seeds. Cook, stirring, until heated through; add a few tablespoons of water if the risotto is too thick.

Spoon the risotto into bowls. Garnish with sliced beets and poppy seeds and serve.

 

Ombre Fresh & Roasted Tomatoes On Charred Bread

Recipe & Photo Credit: LCBO Food & Drink Summer 2016
This recipe substitutes Wasabi cream cheese for fresh buffalo mozzarella

 Ingredients

1 round Buffalo Mozzarella
3 small beefsteak tomatoes
2 pkgs. mix of red and orange cherry and grape tomatoes
Olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
4 slices sourdough bread (or an Italian crusty bread)
¼ cup crispy shallots (found in Asian markets, or fry your own)

Method

Slice buffalo mozzarella into 8 thin slices.

Slice beefsteak tomatoes into wedges, keep cherry and grape tomatoes whole.

Preheat broiler on oven. Place foil on a baking sheet, add cherry and grape tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Broil until just starting to pop and blister, around 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven and lift foil from baking sheet. Refrigerate tomatoes to cool.

Place bread on baking sheet and toast until slightly charred.

Spread each toast slice with 2 slices of buffalo mozzarella, and sprinkle evenly with crispy shallots. Arrange fresh and broiled tomatoes in a colourful Ombre composition, moving from reds to oranges. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

Peach Pizza with Arugula & Prosciutto

Serves: 2 medium-sized pizzas
Recipe & Photo credits: Five and Spice
Originally adapted from Shutterbean

Ingredients

peach-pizza-sliced-21 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1⅓ cup warm water (just gently warm to the touch, not hot)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3-4 cups bread flour
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 red onion, thinly sliced
4 peaches, pitted and cut into eighths
8 oz chevre (soft goat cheese)
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups arugula
slices of prosciutto – as much as you like!
sea salt

 

Method

Make the pizza dough early in the morning of the day you want to eat the pizza. Or make it the night before. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in the bowl of a standing mixer with a bread hook (or in a large mixing bowl, if you’re going to knead by hand). Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast has started to become foamy.

Add 3 cups of the flour, stir until it’s just sort of mixed together, then let it sit for 10-20 minutes to autolyse (this step is optional, but it helps develop the gluten). Next, add the salt and the olive oil and start the mixer stirring on low speed (or squeeze the olive oil and salt in using your hands, until worked into the dough). Knead the dough with the bread hook, or by hand on a lightly floured surface, for 5 minutes. Add just enough extra flour so that the texture of the dough is lightly tacky, but not completely sticky.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, put in the fridge and let rise for 8-12 hours. It should double or even triple in size.

When ready to bake the pizza, heat your oven to 500F, preferably with a pizza stone in it if you have one. Take out your pizza dough and divide it in half. On a well floured surface, stretch each half of the dough into an approximately 12-inch circle (or rectangle, as the case may be), then let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

While the dough is resting, toss the sliced red onion with the balsamic vinegar in a large bowl. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes to lightly pickle the onions. Then, gently stir in the peach slices.

When the dough has finished resting, stretch each half further into a circle as thin as you can make it without breaking the dough – if the dough does tear, just press it back together.

Transfer each stretched piece of dough to a parchment lined baking sheet or a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal.

Top each of the pizzas with half of the peaches and onions, making sure to leave the remaining balsamic vinegar in the bowl because you’re going to toss the arugula in there. Break the chevre into small chunks and scatter half of it evenly over each of the pizzas. Sprinkle the pizzas well with sea salt.

Bake each pizza one at a time, either directly on the pizza stone or on the baking sheet you have it on, in the hot oven until the crust is nice and golden brown (mine took only about 8 minutes, but the time depends on how thin your dough winds up being).

While the pizzas are baking toss the arugula & prosciutto with the remaining vinegar and the 1 Tbs. olive oil plus a pinch of salt. After each pizza comes out of the oven, top it with half of the arugula. The arugula should wilt a bit with the heat.

Let the pizzas cool at least 5 minutes before slicing, then slice and serve.

 

Cedar Planked Salmon à la Cathy

From Savvy Sommelier Cathy Law’s Kitchen
Serves 4 to 6 (depending on size of filet)
Photo credit: www.RecipeHubs.com

cedar-plank-salmonIngredients

1 fresh fillet of salmon
2 tbsp. fresh ginger chopped
Enough ginger infused peach or apricot jam to spread evenly over the salmon
Cracked pepper and salt fish to taste

Method

Submerge your cedar plank in water with a little Rose wine (if you dare! Alternatively, use white wine). Let the plank soak for about 2 hours. The longer the plank soaks the better as there will be less burning of the wood.

Heat your BBQ or Smoker to medium high.

Place the salmon on the plank skin side down. Set the plank on the pre heated grill and close the lid. Grill salmon for 10 to 20 minutes until it starts to flake easily. Carefully remove the plank from the grill.

Serve with your choice of accompaniments along with a glass of sparkling Rose.

 

Better than Takeout Sweet & Sour Shrimp

Serves: 4 to 6
Recipe & Photo credits: Constantly Cooking

 Ingredientssweet_sour_shrimp_square

For the sauce:

3/4 cup (175 mL) pineapple juice (fresh or canned)
1 Tablespoon (15 mL) grated fresh ginger root
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) soy sauce
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) honey
3 Tablespoons (45 mL) rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) sesame oil
1 to 2 Tablespoons (15 – 30 mL) Sriracha or Sambol Oelek (Asian hot sauce) or to taste
1 Tablespoon (15 mL) cornstarch

For the shrimp and vegetables:

1 lb (454 g) medium or large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup (90 mL) cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) freshly ground pepper
2 to 4 Tablespoons (30 – 60 mL) canola oil
1 large carrot, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 large red pepper, in 3/4 inch (2 cm) pieces
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored, in 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/2 cup (125 mL) minced green onion tops
1/2 cup (125 mL) salted cashews
cooked brown rice, to serve

Method

Prepare sauce by combining all ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shaking well to blend.

Chop all ingredients before beginning to cook.

Put cornstarch and pepper in a small bag and shake to blend.

Pat shrimp dry then dredge, a handful at a time, in the cornstarch mixture. Place them on a clean plate, in a single layer. This can be done up to an hour before cooking time; refrigerate shrimp until needed.

When ready to assemble the dish, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.

Add shrimp to the pan in batches so they are not too crowded and cook, flipping once, until shrimp has turned pink and coating is crispy, about 2 – 3 minutes. Remove cooked shrimp to a clean plate and add more oil as needed. The shrimp can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated for up to an hour.

When shrimp has been cooked, add a tiny bit more oil to the pan and cook carrots, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add peppers and cook for 2 minutes more. Add zucchini and cook for 2 minutes.

Return cooked shrimp to the pan and drizzle sauce over top and cook, stirring gently, for 3 – 5 minutes until sauce is thickened.

Serve chicken mixture and sauce over cooked brown rice and garnish with minced green onion and cashews.

 

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