Savvy Events

Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, discover and have fun. Our Savvy Events afford exactly those kinds of creative social experiences, drawing on the expertise and imagination of our team of Savvy Sommeliers.

Relaxed and welcoming, Savvy Events aren’t about theory or textbooks. They’re about getting to know the people who produce the food and drink we enjoy—to make connections and forge friendships. All you need is an open mind, an eager palate and a spirit of exploration.

We invite you to join us!

 

We host in-person & virtual events

 

While we wait to get the green light to host our ever popular Taste & Buy events, we’re hitting the airwaves with our Savvy Virtual Events.  Join us online to Meet the Makers – winemakers, cidermakers, cheesemaker, coffee roasters & gourmet chefs from all across Canada. 

To enhance the experience, we’ll curate a special Event Box that you can order with the featured products. Simply click to order from the link below & we’ll deliver the Event Box to you beforehand along with the Exclusive Event Pass with the Zoom details.

It is that easy & fun to meet the makers with a Savvy Sommelier as your host! 

 

Our 2022 calendar (so far!)

Thursday May 26
Pop-Up Wine Shop

The wait is over & our first in-person Savvy Event of the season is a GO. We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 26th as we open the doors to our new Head Office for our first ever Ontario Rosé Wine Festival taste-and-buy event.

Sip, Sample & Shop on-the-spot!
Meet 16 winemakers who are traveling to Ottawa & eager to meet you.  They’ll pour their top notch & newly released rosé wines.

Click to buy tickets & all the event details >>

 

 

Saturday January 29
Red Wine + Chocolate Extravaganza

Back by popular demand! 

Our 2nd annual Red Wine + Chocolate Extravaganza is a perfect reason to round up the family or a bunch of friends after dinner to discover delicious red wines made in Ontario paired with a variety of different delicious artisan chocolate treats…and enjoy the sweet sounds of live music too.

We’ll deliver a one-of-a-kind Red Wine + Chocolate Box containing everything you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. Each box is made-to-order so you can pick & choose to add on extra wines & chocolate treats too.

ORDER NOW >>

 

Wednesday February 9
Pizza Palooza

Celebrate World Pizza Day!

Join us for our first ever Pizza Party…online! Learn from the pros how to shape the dough, build & bake your pizza…then sit back & enjoy music performances plus chats with Sommeliers, chefs, wine & cider makers from across Ontario.

We’re finalizing the contents of the Pizza Palooza Party Box.  It will contain all of the ingredients for 2 make-your-own pizzas, 3 different bottles of Ontario wine or a 6-pack of assorted craft ciders.  There will be the option to add on non-alcoholic bevvies too….and more pizza of course!

ORDER NOW >>

 

 

Monday February 21
O
ntario’s largest Cheese Fondue Party

We had such a fun time dipping in with our Savvy fans last winter, that we can’t wait to do it again!  Join us for our 3rd Cheese Fondue event – it’s legenDAIRY! 

A perfect way to enjoy Family Day to it’s fullest OR a romantic Valentine’s Day date night. Either way you’ll be treated to REALLY good cheese fondue, outstanding Ontario wines, craft ciders…and live music too!

We’ll have a Savvy Cheese Fondue Party Pack containing the ingredients you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. You can pick & choose to add on other goodies too.

ORDER NOW >>

 

 

Sunday March 20
Sunday Coffee House

Every good day starts with a REALLY great cup of coffee, so we’re bringing the whole coffee house experience into your home with our latest virtual Savvy Event.

We’ll deliver a selection of delicious gourmet coffee & treats, so you can kickstart the first day of spring with your perfect cup of joe. Get ready for the perfect blend of coffee, music & more!

ORDER NOW >>

 

Sunday April 10
Celebrate National Cheese Fondue with a Party

Better than Christmas! We have so much fun dipping in with our Savvy fans, that we can’t wait to do it again!  Join us for our 4th Cheese Fondue event – it’s legenDAIRY! 

You’ll be treated to REALLY good cheese fondue, outstanding Ontario wines, craft ciders…and live music too!

We’ll have a Savvy Cheese Fondue Party Pack containing the ingredients you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. You can pick & choose to add on other goodies too.

ORDER NOW>>

 

 

Previous Savvy Events

 

Tuesday December 7, 2021
Happy Hour with the Cider Makers

Inside each of the Ontario Craft Cider Advent Calendar we curated, an exclusive invitation awaits.  Use the top secret Zoom code to attend a Happy Hour with some of the featured cidermaker whose signature ciders are in your Advent Calendar.

It will be an amazing way to be introduced to new cideries & the dynamic people involved in the growing Ontario Craft Cider industry.

Plus you can crack open Advent Cider #7 together with other cider fans all over the province!

 

Thursday July 22, 2021
What’s the BUZZ about Natural Wine & Cider?

Natural wines & ciders have been getting a lot of attention lately. If you haven’t had a chance to try some of these delicious & different styles…here’s your chance!

With so many new Natural Wines & Ciders being released, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Our Savvy Team has secured some of the REALLY good stuff so you can discover & learn what all of the BUZZ is all about.

Order our Natural Party Pack & you’ll receive a 6-bottle assortment to experience the wide variety of styles PLUS an exclusive invitation to join us for this virtual tasting event on Thursday July 22 to meet the makers of these neat natural wines & ciders.  Zoom in to join us without leaving your kitchen, backyard deck or cottage dock!

 

 

 

Thursday June 24, 2021
Daybreak Housing FUN-draiser

We’re delighted that Daybreak Housing called on us to host their first virtual wine & chocolate tasting event on Thurs June 24

We’re featuring big red wines from 2 virtual wineries in Niagara – Fogolar Wines & Meldville Wines.  Meet the winemakers PLUS  gourmet chocolate makers from Hummingbird Chocolate Makers & Anna Stubbe Chocolates.

A fun evening awaits & it’s for a great community cause. Order the Wine & Chocolate Package…& see you on Zoom!

 

 

 

Thursday June 10, 2021
Jazz, Wine &…Chocolate!

We’re delighted that JazzWorks invited us to collaborate on their first virtual tasting & music event –Wine, Jazz, & Chocolate

It will be a fun & delicious evening! You’ll savour some of the best red wine made in Ontario & enjoy gourmet chocolate pairings plus be entertained with jazz mini concerts from the special guest musicians. What a special FUN-draiser event it will be! 

 

 

Wednesday May 12, 2021
Clink & Drink Pink

Everyone can Clink & Drink Pink at this stay-at-home Happy Hour.  We’ll deliver 6 stellar rosé wines & REALLY good gourmet picnic goodies for you to enjoy while you meet the 6 winemakers & winery owners – all women – whose Rosé wines are the stars this evening. 

Tune in for a chat about all things Rosé…plus you’ll be treated to live music performances too – you can login from your own patio or backyard deck.

To join in the fun, order a Bouquet of Rosés containing everything you’ll need for this fun-filled Clink & Drink Pink Happy Hour.

 

 

Sunday April 11, 2021
Celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day…with a Party!

We had such a fun time dipping in with our Savvy fans, that we can’t wait to do it again!  Join us to for legenDAIRY evening to celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day. Who knew it would be so much fun!

A perfect Sunday evening dinner with the family OR a romantic date night. Either way you’ll be treated to REALLY good cheese fondue, outstanding Ontario wines, craft ciders…and live music too!

We’ll have a Savvy Cheese Fondue Party Pack containing the ingredients you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. You can pick & choose to add on other goodies too.

 

 

Friday March 19, 2021
Red Wine + Chocolate Extravaganza

We’re hosting our first ever Red Wine + Chocolate Extravaganza to savour the flavour of some of the best chocolate in the world – made right here in Canada.

Our Savvy Sommeliers have perfectly paired an assortment of these artisanal chocolates with hard-to-find red wines – all from Ontario wineries.

During this Extravaganza, you’ll learn to taste chocolate like a pro & also meet the dynamic people who craft the featured red wines & artisanal chocolates…and enjoy live music performances too!


 

Monday February 15, 2021
Ontario’s largest Cheese Fondue Party

This fun event will be legenDAIRY. It’s a party that everyone can dip into: a fun family-friendly dinner party OR a romantic date night with your Valentine. Either way you’ll be treated to REALLY good cheese fondue, wines, craft ciders…and live music too!

We’ll have a Savvy Cheese Fondue Party Pack containing the ingredients you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. You can pick & choose to add on other goodies too.

 

 

Wednesday February 10, 2021
Meet the Maker: Maggie Girard
Cheesemaker & co-owner
of La Fromagerie les Folies Bergeres in St-Sixte, Quebec

Ever wonder what life is like as a cheesemaker? “Busy” is always Maggie’s answer!

Join us to learn more about the art of cheesemaking & life on the family farm with her herd of sheep. 

 

 

Friday January 29, 2021
Meet the Maker: Ryan Monkman
Cidermaker & co-owner
of FieldBird Cider Co. in Prince Edward County

All of our Savvy In-Cider Picks subscribers will be receiving a selection of his ciders delivered in time for this event…then they can log-on to Zoom to meet the maker & learn more about his ciders. Be ready to be entertained – Ryan is a riot! 

 

 

 

More Savvy Virtual Events will be announced!

Check back here of follow us on our Facebook & Instagram pages for announcements of new online events. 
At any time, you can contact the Savvy Team to create & host a private tasting event for your friends & clients.  613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca 

 

 

We sincerely appreciate the funding provided by Celebrate Ontario & Reconnect Ontario in to assist in host our various virtual events.

 

 

 

Savvy Virtual Events we hosted in 2020…

Thurs Sept 10 – Meldville Wines – a fun night was enjoyed with owner & winemaker Derek Barnett to learn about his virtual winery in Niagara (photo on right)

Tues Sept 15 – Rosehall Run Vineyards – featuring Dan Sullivan co-owner & winemaking pioneer in the Prince Edward County

Thurs Oct 15 – Harvest time in British Columbia @ Mt Boucherie & Rust Wine – live from the ‘crush pad’ with winemaker Jeff Hundertmark.  Get a glimpse of the chaos of harvest in the Okanagan while you enjoy a tasting of the signature wines from two BC wineries.

Wed Nov 25 – 13th Street Winery – in the early days this winery was a collab space for amateur winemakers, now it has evolved to an award winning winery with internationally renown winemaker Jean Pierre Colas – best known for his sparkling wines & gorgeous Gamay wines

Mon Nov 30 –  Tasting with Savvy Sommeliers!  Join us to learn pro tips on pairing wine with favorite holiday foods. Watch video clips of this tasting >>

Mon Dec 28 – Popping the Corks with the Pros! Our Savvy Sommeliers share tips & tricks on opening bottles of bubblies & the differences in the style…all to get you ready for ringing in the New Year.   Watch the videos of this tasting >>

 

Check back here of follow us on our Facebook & Instagram pages for announcements of new dates & the winemakers we will be featuring online. 

At any time, you can contact the Savvy Team too! 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca 

 

 

 

~ COVID update about in-person events ~

Our calendar of events for 2020 was full of fabulous events for you to enjoy.  With the uncertainty of length of the pandemic, the outlook for large scale events is uncertain as well.  For each Savvy Event, we will endeavor to reschedule to a later date rather than cancel the event. 

 The Savvy Team enjoys hosting these events for you & the featured winemakers, cidermakers, cheesemakers & gourmet artisans too.  As soon as we are given the green light again by the government & the health authorities, we will update below.  If you are a Savvy All-Events Passholder, we will grant you automatically registration to all events in 2021…and some extra perks too.

Thanks a million for your patience & support.

 

 

Our signature Savvy Events… 

Savvy Events are always fun nights out. You’re invited to join us to meet the neat people who make the bevvies, sample & order your favorites. We look forward to seeing you & your friends at an upcoming event in Ottawa & Kingston.

Corks & Forks – Kingston’s International Wine Festival

RESCHEDULED 

We are patiently waiting to host this fabulous wine festival when it is safe for everyone involved.  When this day comes, then we will invite everyone who enjoys wine to come to Kingston for a weekend getaway to discover the world of wine & learn from talented winemakers & wine industry notables from Canada and around the world.

This festival was a huge success last year to rave reviews.  We look forward to hosting a fun & educational festival of some design in 2022.  Specific dates have not been set just yet…hopefully soon!   For the latest news >>

 

 

 

Ottawa’s 3rd Annual Craft Cider Celebration

Unfortunately we had to postpone this event.

 

 

Right now we are awaiting for the green light to host events again.  While we patiently do our part to stay at a safe distance, send us an email & we’ll make sure you get an invitation as soon as  a new date is set & tickets go on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

Canada’s Coolest Curds – Ottawa’s Artisan Cheese Festival

Unfortunately we postponed this event too. 

 

Love cheese? You’ll LOVE this!

This event was planned for September, however, we are awaiting for the green light to host events again. 

While we patiently do our part to stay at a safe distance, send us an email & we’ll make sure you get an invitation as soon as  a new date is set & tickets go on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding in their Fields

 

We look forward to hosting this event when the pandemic is over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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