We have ants in our pants! Eager for the school year to be done, to get the camper packed up with gear, and finally hit the road for the beach, cottage or country getaway. Looking for something different to add to the cooler? Why not a bottle or two of rosé wine!
– Chateau des Charmes Rosé Cuvée d’Andree and Sparkling Rosé – an elegant tribute to the Bosc Family matriarch and a fun sparkler for any special occasion
–Kacaba Vineyards and Winery ‘Rebecca’ Rosé – Brilliant and bold
–Pondview Estate Winery Rosé – an Old World classic
–Redstone Winery Rosé – busting out of the rosé stereotype
–Traynor Family Vineyards Alta Rosé – one-of-a-kind wine from a little-known grape varietal
Your Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special, as they aren’t available 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 email@example.com.
Cheers….it is summer!
In this bouquet of Roses you will find…
~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, Bethany Harpur ~
Traynor Family Vineyards Alta Rosé VQA 2015
Prince Edward County
Did you know? Committed to sustainability, Mike Traynor installed a series of Tesla and EV charging ports outside the winery for customers to plug in their electronic or hybrid cars. New this summer, visitors can recharge their own batteries with tacos from the winery’s on-site food truck, Guapo’s Cantina.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Made from estate-grown Frontenac Gris, this limited-edition stunner shows off with a brilliant, fiery-sunset copper shine. Aromas of apricot, orange peel, wet stone and traces of cedar are followed by a crisp, light-bodied acidity that’s tangy through the finish. Would make a terrific white sangria or a special sipper for camping with friends.
Suggested Food Pairing: A mixed grill of scallops, shrimp and salmon. Or try your hand at the Asparagus Tart recipe below.
Four Mile Creek (Niagara)
Did you know? Pondview recently became one of the first wineries in Canada to use a special seal on its icewines to assure customers they have the real deal in their hands. The QR-coded “prooftag” was introduced to combat the growing counterfeit icewine trade in Asia.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Old World-style in pale peach flecked with bright orange. A nostalgic bouquet brings midway cotton candy and candied apples to mind. The wine’s high acid produces a lively ‘spritz’ effect on the palate, with flavours of mango, passionfruit and white pepper, and lingering herbs on the finish.
Suggested Food Pairing: Crisp summer salads or grilled sausages would make a great match, or try some crispy Fish Tacos. Check out the recipe below.
Chateau des Charmes Rosé Cuvée d’Andrée VQA 2014
Did you know? None other than His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales sipped on Chateau des Charmes elegant Rosé Cuvée d’Andrée! The wine was served during a special dinner held for the Prince at Canada House in London, England, in May of this year.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This gorgeous rosé is dedicated to the family matriarch, Madame Andrée Bosc. With deep, coho-salmon colouring and a pronounced nose of strawberries and cotton candy, this Pinot Noir-based rosé behaves like a white wine, with a fuller body and complex structure, even a smidge of earthy tannin on the finish.
Suggested Food Pairings: Prince Charles may have had it with Arctic char and salmon caviar, but we think it will be just dandy with a Goat Cheese and Mushroom Flatbread.
Chateau des Charmes Rosé Sparkling VQA 2012
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: New-baby-girl pink, with a lifted nose that brings you back to the corner store and those strawberry-marshmallow candies. Dry, with a mere hint of sweetness, and a distinct taste of smoke and ripe mango fizzing away in a fine mousse of bubbles.
Suggested Food Pairing: Sparklers are famous for being food-friendly. This one will pair nicely with appetizers on the deck: artichoke dip, smoked salmon rosettes or chicken satay.
Twenty Valley (Niagara)
Did you know? To get to the tasting room at Kacaba, you have to cross what’s known as a Bailey bridge—a portable, pre-fab truss bridge invented by the British and first used by tanks to cross the treacherous terrain of battlefields during the Second World War.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The 2015 Rebecca Rosé is a 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 has a slight suggestion of petrol on the dry finish.
Suggested Food Pairing: Croque Monsieur with grainy mustard, or straight-up grilled cheese. But go gourmet with some creamy Brie or a nutty Gouda.
Lincoln Lakeshore (Niagara)
Did you know? Named for the rocky, red-clay soil on which the vines grow, Redstone is the brainchild of Moray Tawse, who has established Redstone Winery after the successful venture with the nearby award-winning Tawse Winery. Both are located in the heart of the Twenty Valley (aka Niagara Escarpment).
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: We all agreed that this wine shatters any preconceptions of what people think rosé should be. The aromas alone are breathtaking: chokecherry, roses, cherries, orange peel and cinnamon candy hearts. This is a very approachable and easy-going wine that would be perfect year-round.
Suggested Food Pairing: Try out the recipe for Orange & Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin from the Looneyspoons Cookbook for a great BBQ dish with this delicious Rosé.
~ Rosé Recipe Box ~
Summer time favourites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés
Baked Fish Tacos
1 pound firm white fish, cut into inch-thick chunks
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp each of garlic powder, chili powder, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425º. Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix mayonnaise, spices and lime juice together. Roll pieces of fish in mayonnaise mixture until evenly coated.
Spread out cornmeal in a shallow dish. Gently press pieces of fish into cornmeal until covered. Place on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Bake 10 minutes or until browned.
Serve with all your favourite taco toppings, like sliced avocado and pico de gallo!
Orange & Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
serves 4 to 6
1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (I used sugar free)
2 Tbsp each reduced sodium soy sauce and ketchup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 1/2 tsp each curry powder and ground coriander
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Trim pork of all visible fat. Put pork tenderloins in large, heavy-duty ziplock bag.
Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour marinade over pork and seal bag. Turn bag several times to coat pork evenly. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.
At this point, you can either cook in the oven or BBQ. If in the oven – place pork and marinade to a small roasting pan or baking dish. Roast, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Pork should be slightly pink in the middle. If on the BBQ – cook on high heat for 20-25 minutes until done.
Let pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice thinly.
In a small saucepan boil extra marinade into a reduction. Pour over pork and serve with fresh veggies.
Fresh Asparagus Tart
Recipe & Photo credit: Canadian Living Magazine
Serves 8 (or more)
This is simple to make and stunning to look at. This spring tart offers a vegetarian option for a picnic, appetizer or even brunch!
2 bunches (1 lb each) thin asparagus, trimmed
1 pkg all-butter puff pastry, thawed (usually package includes 2 sheets of pastry)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1½ cups shredded Gruyère cheese
½ tsp coarsely cracked pepper
1 Tbsp milk
Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease. Set aside.
In steamer or rack in saucepan, cover and steam asparagus until tender-crisp, 3 minutes. Chill in cold water; pat dry.
Unroll each pastry sheet onto prepared pan. Spread evenly with mustard, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) border.
Arrange asparagus, side by side and alternating ends, on mustard; top with cheese and pepper.
In a small bowl, beat egg with milk; lightly brush over pastry border.
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 450°F (230°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until puffed and golden and cheese is bubbly, 18 minutes. (Make-ahead: Set aside for up to 6 hours.)
Cut each into 6 to 8 pieces; serve warm or cool.
Goat Cheese & Wild Mushroom Flatbread
Photo & Recipe from Domestic Superhero
Makes 2 flatbreads
2 large Naan slices, whole
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly (or any combination of mushrooms)
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tbsp butter
2 oz crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Mix vinegar with brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
In a large skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms and onions for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add thyme, salt & pepper, and sauté a few more minutes or until onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft.
Turn off heat and set aside. Brush the tops of the naan with olive oil. Add the mushroom mixture, spreading evenly. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.
Place flatbreads on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cheese is softened.
Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t brown too quickly. Remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic glaze (optional) and serve.
Have your fridge full of Rosés all summer long…
Always have refreshing Rosé wines on hand this summer. To order additional bottles of your new-found favourite Rosés from this assortment OR to receive a Bouquet of Rosés next month call the Savvy Team at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose.
The July Bouquet of Rosés will have a completely different selection of hard-to-find wines including:
Aure White Gamay Rosé – Beamsville Bench (Niagara)
Back 10 Cellars Rosé Coloured Glasses – Twenty Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Gamay Rosé – Twenty Valley (Niagara)
Palatine Hills Pinot Gris – Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling – Prince Edward County
Trail Estates Pinot Noir Rosé – Prince Edward County
Cheers & Enjoy your summer!
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