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Yeah! It’s Rose wine season

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

I love this time of the year.  When wineries start getting excited about releasing their Rosé wine, it is always a sure sign that summer is around the corner!

Made with the grapes harvested last fall, Rosé wine is a perfect drink to enjoy after a winter of heavy red wines.  Rosés quench your thirst, they are low-ish in alcohol (usually 11-12%) and pair with many spring & summertime foods – especially brunch, lunch, picnic or backyard BBQ fare.

Unlike other styles of wine, Rosés can be made with any kind of red grapes – a single variety or a blend of several. There are even a few made from a blend of red & white grapes! Winemakers have the liberty to use anything from the vineyard to craft a Rosé wine like an artist creating a masterpiece.

Sometimes it can be hard to know whether you’ll love a Rosé when picking a bottle based on grape variety, price, pink colour or creative labelling. But half the fun with Rosés is discovering new favourites every year – and our Sommeliers are here to help with taste tips about the latest releases.


Savvy Sommelier Tips for Rosé…

> Rule of thumb: drink by Christmas the year that you bought the wine.

> Typically Rosé wines come in a clear bottle so you can enjoy the colour before opening the bottle…it will make you thirsty!

> Chill in the fridge for 20-30 mins before serving….as the Rosé wine warms up, notice how the aromas & taste change.

> Rosés are not all sweet – trust us! (Pink Zinfandel from California or those called ‘blush’ are often sweeter)

> Price points are usually $15 – $30

> Real men drink Rosé wines!


How is Rosé wine made?

It’s all in the skins!  The majority of grapes used in winemaking have a white flesh, so when crushed, the juice is white. The skins of red grape varieties – such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc etc. – contain a red pigment.

After the grapes have been crushed and the juice is collected, the winemaker keeps the grape skins sitting with the juice for a few hours – or a couple of days – in order to achieve the colour that they want for the wine. This is the same process for red wines, except that for reds, the grape skins are left in the juice much longer – typically for several weeks. Removing the grape skins earlier when making Rosé results in a lighter coloured – and lighter tasting – wine.

Once the grape skins are removed, the juice is allowed to ferment into alcohol in a stainless steel tank.  I have yet to come across a Rosé wine that has been barrel aged. Making Rosé wine takes just a few months, whereas red wine can take a few years from harvest to bottling.


Where to start? Our Sommeliers have got you covered!

Our team of Savvy Sommeliers has done the ‘guess work’. We’ve been sampling the latest Rosé wines made across Ontario & each month during the summer, we will put together an assortment of the most refreshing Rosé wines for you.

Beginning in May, we will curate 6 pack assortments of Rosé wines as part of our Savvy Care Package offerings. Several of these Rosés have just been released & you’ll be the first to enjoy them! These bottles are not available at the LCBO…they’ll come straight from the winemakers to you.

You can order a one-off, or you can subscribe to auto-magically receive REALLY good Rosés delivered to your doorstep each month.

And…don’t forget to treat your Mom to a special Bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day too!


Meet the winemakers…online! 

We will be hosting a Clink & Drink Pink Party on Wednesday May 12th. Order a ‘Bouquet of Rosés’ Care Package and we will include an exclusive invitation to join the Savvy Team & the 6 featured winemakers on Zoom. You’ll learn about how each beautiful bottle was made.



#1 Mother’s Day Gift

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your Mom? Your search is over. Treat your Mom to Bubbles & Brunch and enjoy Mother’s Day with our Savvy Sommeliers and spectacular views of the city as the room revolves atop the Ottawa Marriott hotel. Guaranteed, it’s THE perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Pop the corks!

To begin the delicious meal, our Savvy Sommeliers will pop the corks on fine sparkling wines from Ontario to toast your Mom. Throughout your meal, our team of Accredited Sommeliers will visit your table offering samples of Ontario wines ideal for brunch that we have selected to pair with specific dishes on the menu.

The entire family is invited to enjoy this one-of-a-kind brunch.   Chefs will be at the ready to create omelettes & crêpes as you like them, Sommeliers will host at-your-table wine tastings, buffet tables will be overflowing & endless desserts await!

Savvy-gift-certificatesOur Gift to your Mom…

It’s all about your Mom! To mark the occasion, we will give each mother a special $25 gift certificate to use for tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event.  Maybe she will take you out!


Book your table >>

Savvy Sommeliers

Event Details

DATE: Sunday May 10th
2 SITTINGS: 10am or 1pm

Advance Bookings Only

$55 per adult when booked before Wed May 6th (regular $60)
$25 for children from 6 to 12
Free – children under 5

Prices includes everything – brunch, wine, server gratuities & HST


Book your ticket to Bubbles & Brunch now >>


Mother’s Day Brunch menu will include:

Brunch Favorites

Mini Croissants
Danish & Muffins
Banana & Carrot Breads
Cheese & Charcuterie boards with deli accompaniments
Oven Roasted Ontario Turkey with cranberry sauce
Selection of Northern Ontario Smoked Fish
Assorted Salads

Hot Breakfast Buffet

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Waffles made to order with Fresh Fruits and Cream
French Toast
Crisp Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausages
Oven Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Crêpe Station

Chefs will make crêpes just the way you like them!

Omelette Station

Chefs will whip up omelettes with your favorite fixings …
Ham, Smoked Salmon, Baby Shrimp, Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Spinach, Grated Cheddar & Herbs

Carving Station

Thick or thin.  Medium Rare or Well done.  The chef will slice a piece of slow roasted Alberta Beef as you like topped with natural jus, mustard, horseradish…and complete with a Yorkshire Pudding.

Fish & Meats Buffet

glassandbubblyAtlantic Salmon
Ontario Lamb Ragout
Chicken Supreme
Manitoba Ham Glazed with Clover Honey
Vegetarian Pasta
Oven Roasted Potato
Rice Pilaf
Fresh Market Vegetables

A sweet finish – desserts!

Mini French Pastries
Fresh Fruits & Berries
English Sherry Trifle
Apple Strudel
Bread & Butter Pudding with Rum Sauce
Assorted Cheese Cakes
Assorted Tortes & Mousses
Coffee & Tea

We look forward to seeing you & your Mom
at Bubbles & Brunch!