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Niagara’s 20 Valley wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, September 24th, 2012
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We are at it again!  The Savvy Team is excited to announce…

Winemakers and winery owners from Niagara ‘s Twenty Valley wine region – located between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario – are coming to Ottawa to raise a glass to this year’s outstanding harvest and to pour their wines at their  first ever Taste & Buy event.

“This is the first time the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley have gone ‘on tour’ as a group to showcase their finely crafted wines”, said Twenty Valley Tourism Association President and winery owner Sue-Ann Staff.

“We are delighted to pour our elegant whites, robust reds and other specialty wines to the receptive Ottawa wine lovers. We are excited to work with the Savvy Company knowing their outstanding history, commitment to quality and extreme competence of putting together a fabulous tasting in Ottawa. Ottawa has a particular appeal to the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley.  We know the people in Ottawa love great wine.  And we happen to make some of the best wines in Ontario.  Bringing the two together can only provide for an evening of great success.”

Twenty Valley encompasses the rural towns of Beamsville, Vineland and Jordan. Their wines continue to be recognized and awarded around the world for outstanding quality and for the talent of their winemakers.  Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa have the opportunity to taste the Twenty Valley terroir when winemakers and winery owners come to the nation’s capital.

The Taste & Buy event hosted by Savvy Company is taking place on Friday October 19 at 7p.m. in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre.

Tickets are available in advance only

$55.00 per person if purchased before October 10, 2012 and will be $60.00 after.
Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.

To purchase tickets click here >>

 

All wine lovers are invited to sample over 50 wines while they meet grape growers, winemakers and winery owners.  Consumers will learn about the Twenty Valley wineries, their vineyards and may discover some favourite new wines.  At this Taste & Buy event, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available in the LCBO.  Free shipping by courier is available with the purchase of a case of wine.

The Valley comes to ‘The Hill’!

Participating wineries:

13th Street Winery

 

What is a Taste & Buy event?

Consumers can sample any number of the featured wines and order directly from the winery.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier to an Ontario address.   And Savvy Company Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

 

The Twenty Valley Tourism Association hosts wine themed events year round including “Wrapped Up in the Valley”, “Winter WineFest” and “Get Fresh in the Valley”. Visit www.twentyvalley.ca or follow @20Valley on Twitter.

Savvy Company specializes in creative social experiences – whether making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer or discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events, shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Their Savvy Selections wine of the month club is Ontario’s largest featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Visit www.savvycompany.ca or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter.

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Media contacts:
JD Pachereva
Executive Director
Twenty Valley Tourism Association
jd@twentyvalley.ca
905.562.3636

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
debbie@savvycompany.ca
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)

 

 

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People are talking…about Ontario Wines

Posted by Julie

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
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It is no wonder that the world has started to notice Ontario wines. As seen in this week’s release at LCBO Vintages (September 15), we have much to be proud of. The recent count at the end of 2011, there were just over 130 wineries in Ontario.  And I noticed many new wineries in my recent trips to Niagara and Prince Edward County this summer.

And there is a great buzz amongst wine lovers across the province who are being constantly amazed with the wine made in their own backyard.  Read some of these discoveries on www.lcbogolocal.com or on follow the tweets on #LCBOgoLocal

Most winemakers agree that great wine starts in the vineyard and it’s the soil content that places Ontario wines on the international map. We often see tasting notes on Riesling that mention the zippy minerality in the wine. This is largely due to the soil. Last fall, I spoke at a seminar at the “Taste” festival in Picton and I learned there were over 10 different soil types in Prince Edward County alone. Talk about a challenge for the winemaker.

Ontario wineries produce largely wines made from the Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. With these varietals, sometimes blended with other less known ones,  come some great sparkling wines. The Peller Estate Ice Cuvee Sparkling Rosé, (featured this month at Vintages $35.95) was a winner of a gold Medal at Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards. Hinterland Winery in Prince Edward County specializes in sparkling wines and most wineries feature a sparkling wine. I recently tasted the Fielding Estates and13th Street “sparklers” which I can only describe as “seriously yummy”.

Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards is the world’s first winery to be given the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green certification. Southbrook Winery’s  “Framboise” can be found at the prestigous Harrods in London, England. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth requested 6 bottles of icewine during her Jubilee Visit to Canada in 2002 from Canada’s Icewine Specialists at the Royal DeMaria Winery in Beamsville.  Ontario produces 75 % of all Canada’s ice wine which can be risky business since production requires the availability of a large enough work force to pick a whole crop within a few hours, often on a moment’s notice.

Niagara’s Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery is Canada’s first fruit winery specializing in wines made from 100% Niagara Peninsula grown tree fruit and berries. We even have a winery that, thanks to its location on Pelee Island, offers a Bird Observatory and another winery that offers tastings in an old caboose, not to mention the one in a converted convent. Many Ontario wineries also have taste-rooms in original homestead barns some of which are architecturally signficant dating back to 1815.

Every year, the serendipity excitment of finding new wine takes me on the Ontario journey. We need not look further than our own backyard. The following wines illustrate that Ontario has it all. I hope you agree.

Cheers and Enjoy,
Julie

Cave Spring Estate Bottled Vineyard Chardonnay Musqué VQA 2009

VQA Beamsville Bench,Niagara Peninsula
$15.95 (Vintages #246579) 13% alcohol

This clean refreshing beauty just glistens in the glass. The Chardonnay Musqué is a clone of the Chardonnay grape which means a completely different taste from the latter. While it has aromas of white blossoms, the grapes were vinified in stainless steel that give the wine some grapefruit and green apple flavours. It is slightly off dry, smooth and supple all the way through to the minerally finish. It has solid medium body that could carry you from the appertif to desert, not to mention a thirst quenching sipper on its own.

 

2027 Falls Vineyard Riesling 2011

VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula
$18.95 (Vintages #294041) 11% alcohol

 

Pale in colour and almost watery in appearance, my first introduction to Falls Vineyard is a delicious one. I adore a light coloured wine. The Riesling is slightly herbaceous, lots of wet stone flavours that are typical in a Niagara Riesling with that pinch of lemon lime citrus that take your taste buds on a salivating roller coaster. It is light bodied, a lovely end of summer drink to enjoy with a field tomato salad, some coarse salt and a French stick. Get those taste buds moving !

 

 

 Lailey Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$19.95 (Vintages #193482) 13.5% alcohol

Winemaker Derek Barnett has created an elegant labour of love with this Chard. Think of ripe but crisp yellow apples, a pinch of lemon, a tad buttery but fresh, medium bodied with a slightly caramel finish.  Perfect for some baked or grilled tilapia and asparagus and a little soft artisan cheese to finish. It is a beautifully balanced wine, a good price point for this quality and I would be proud to serve this Chardonnay to anyone. A great all season Chardonnay.

Featherstone Cabernet Franc 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$16.95 (Vintages #64618) 13% alcohol

 

Nothing like a bright ruby red wine that shows off aromas of sweet and sour cherries. Only 694 cases produced so do grab one while its on the shelf. It is slightly vegetal, red berry flavours, with a hint of green pepper and tobacco with grippy tannins (this is a good thing).  A fabulous bbq wine to have with meaty burgers or kebobs.

 

Henry of Pelham 2010 Reserve Baco Noir

VQA Ontario
$24.95 (Vintages #461699) 13.5% alcohol

I remember having a prof in Sommelier school that said Baco Noir was only good for making jelly. I wish I could find him now to prove him wrong. The wine is dark and inky with aromas of raspberries, cherries and wood smoke.  Slightly vegetal with ripe chewy tannins that lend interest to the wine and give it a  long lingering finish. Would be fabulous with some sausages or pasta to soak up the bone dry tannins.

 

Grand Total: $96.75

The Ontario wines from this release were a really hard pick. I could have listed all Chardonnay’s but knew that would be uninteresting for you as the shopper. Who besides me would like a basket of Chardonnay wine?  I also like to showcase as many Ontario wineries as possible and plan to do so again next month. Some may also be from this release to help talk “turkey”.

If you do however happen to win the lottery, I tried an Inniskillin Riesling Icewine ($69.95) that won the 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines and a Gold Medal for Best Vinifera Icewine at the The Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines. The honeyed pear and baked apple flavours with just the perfect balance of acidity was really over the top. I’m trying to think of a special occasion that could warrant such a splurge but there are so many Ontario wines that I want to put in my basket, that one will have to wait.

Happy sipping on the remainder of our summer days and nights. Julie

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Rave Reviews about Savvy Company

Posted by Debbie

Monday, March 7th, 2011
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Rave Reviews from guests at “52 New Wines from One Unforgettable Place” our Savvy Company & Wineries of Niagara on the Lake Taste & Buy Event

My group of 4 thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The venue was great and the wine was well presented. Great job! – Karl

Thanks a lot for the event last night-it was great!! – Nick

Another good Savvy Event… as always! – Stuart (a Savvy Selections subscriber)

Congrats on a great event. My wife Caroline & I really enjoyed ourselves – Mike

Thank you for the lovely evening.My husband Neil and I had an absolutely lovely time! – Wendy

That event was fantastic! – Nancy (a Savvy Selections subscriber)

Just wanted to let you know that the NOTL wine tasting was a great success, and a brilliant idea to set up the purchase/shipping arrangement. We ordered from 6 or 7 different wineries. And the Savvy Team was very helpful in suggesting wines that were ‘must try’….and we did! – Jim (a Savvy Selections subscriber)

Thank you for putting me on the guest list, it was a great event, good to see that so many support our local Ontario wineries. – Chef John Young (Chateau Fairmont)

My guests and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and we would definitely attend it again (as I told several of the reps from the different wineries).  Thanks again for a wonderful event!  – Heather

We had a great time, what a fun event!! – Jennifer

What a fantastic experience to meet winemakers while sipping on their wines.Thank you for introducing me to some fantastic wines. –Lilian


Rave Reviews from participating wineries

Thank you for all of your help in coordinating the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake tasting earlier this week. It felt like it was a massive success and I believe we may have secured a few wine orders as well. Hoping that you had a great time and that the Savvy team was thrilled as well. – Sherri Lockwood, Peller Estates Winery

What a great event last night you & the Savvy Team hosted. It was great to meet so many Cattail Creek fans and hear how our wines have become a part of their lives! –Roselyn Dyck-Cieszkowski, Cattail Creek Family Estates Winery


Reviews from guests at our Savvy Events

“What an extremely enjoyable night at the Great Canadian Cheese Discovery event.  The venue at Thyme and Again was very comfortable and professional.  Vanessa engaged everyone around the table.  The way the cheese was presented one at a time with your talk about it and your knowledge was good for all.  I will definitely be back with more friends!’ – Lynda

“EXCELLENT EVENT!! A great selection of local craft beers – exactly what we wanted to try out. Chatting with brew company staff was the best part. They provided us lots of info on the beers and events for summer months –all info that is really good to know. Thank you!’ – Monica

“Another amazing Savvy Event. I had a great time last night discovering BC wines. And the food was incredible! I love how you keep the tasting to stories about the people of the vineyards rather than glass swirling and nosing. Refreshing.” – Sheldon

“You did an amazing and wonderful job tonight Vanessa!  You speak well on both career and passion… and I’m now even more addicted to cheese!” –   Ella

Reviews from Savvy Selections wine of the month club subscribers

“My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the wines that have been delivered, so far!” – Marion

“We have enjoyed the Savvy Selections wines for the last 6 months. Thank you for the great service.” – Simone

“I can’t live without my Savvy Selections wine of the month subscription.  Please keep the deliveries coming each month!” – Dawn

“My friends really enjoyed the wines and were appreciative of the present.  It truly is a great gift idea.  I did the same for my sister a while back and she too enjoyed it.” – Trice

Reviews from wineries & breweries that we have featured

“We are immensely grateful for your support. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador for our wines for an event of this calibre (serving sparkling wine to the Queen). Looking forward to hearing/reading/seeing more about this amazing luncheon.” – Peter Bodnar Rod, Sales Manager,13th Street Winery, Niagara

“Debbie – thanks for including Hockley in your events.  You always knock it out of the park.” – Steve Smellie, Hockley Valley Brewing Co., Orangeville

 

Reviews from corporate clients

“Debbie, I wanted to thank you again for a lovely event.  The guests were impressed and it was consistent with the Lord Elgin’s image and I think that the Sommelier led wine tasting of a ‘Trip Around the World in 7 Glasses” came across well.” – Ann Meelker, VP Sales Lord Elgin Hotel

“Over breakfast, I heard rave reviews from several attendees of yesterday’s Winemaker’s Challenge and the feedback was positive.  This icebreaker for our annual sales kick off was excellent & enjoyed by everyone.  Please pass along my thanks to Susan Desjardins and Julie Stock”  – Francesca Forde, Espial

“I just wanted to thank you for your help last week and over the weekend with the surprise wine for our Ottawa office. I heard the party was a blast and the wine was a huge success! Thanks again for your help on such short notice.  As always, Savvy Company is a pleasure to work with!” – Shannon Clark, Halsall

“Thank you so much for your all help and for pulling this off on such short notice. I will definitely keep you in mind for future events.” – Susan Hauck, Omnicare

 

Reviews from media

“Savvy Company’s first craft beer tasting was a superlative event” – Ron Eade, Food Editor of the Ottawa Citizen

“The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery is a must do while in Ottawa. The class is a dinner party atmosphere, led by cheese sommelier Vanessa Simmons, who is openly fanatical about artisan cheeses.” – Reb Stevenson Travel Writer, Toronto Star

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Wines for your Dinner Party…Delivered

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, December 10th, 2009
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Our Savvy Sommeliers taste oodles of wines. We want to make it easy for you to entertain with wines…so we have taken the guessing game out of figuring out which wines to serve at your next dinner party.  We have created Savvy Dinner Party Packs.  We choose the Ontario winery, sample and select a variety of wines that you won’t find at a wine shop (adding for an extra conversation piece). These wines are delivered right to your door.  Sparkling, white, red and something for dessert – all you need to do is create your menu & guest list! 

 

 

Great Stuff from Huff!

There is a buzz about Canada’s fastest growing wine region – Prince Edward County – located in on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Less than a three hour drive from both Ottawa and Toronto, it is a great weekend getaway destination.  The Savvy sommeliers visit this area often and have seen fields come alive as vineyards. Huff Estates has been integral in growing ‘The County’ as a bustling wine region.  Winemaker Frederic Picard left Burgundy, France to train with master winemakers in the four corners of the globe before deciding to join Huff Estates.  Huff’s great wines have a French influence that is being well received and numerous awards!

 

Dinner Party Pack Contains:

Cuvée Peter Huff Blanc de Blanc Sparkling VQA 2006

Huff Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2008

Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot VQA 2008

Huff Estates First Frost VQA 2008 (a lightly sweet wine)

 

Price for ONE of each selected bottles: $99.80

Price for TWO of each selected bottles: $199.60
+ winery’s shipping fee
Order >>

 

 

Taste the Difference Terroir Makes

The vineyards at Coyote’s Run Winery in Niagara, are uniquely situated on two very distinct types of soil: red clay and black clay. To illustrate the wine term ‘terroir’ and appreciate the difference soil make on the resulting taste of the wine, the winemaker has grown blocks of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir grape varieties in both red and black clay.  He harvested the grapes separately and processed the grapes in the identical winemaking fashion.  The result is although same grape, you can taste the difference that terroir makes. A fun gift for any wine lover.

Dinner Party Pack Contains:
Red Paw Pinot Noir VQA 2007
Black Paw Pinot Noir VQA 2007
Red Paw Cabernet Franc VQA 2007
Black Paw Cabernet Franc VQA 2007
2 little samples bags of soil to see the difference!

Price for ONE of each selected bottles: $115

Price for TWO of each selected bottles: $230
+ winery’s shipping fee
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Boutique & Unique

A delicious homemade butter tart started Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm’s discovery of this boutique winery in Niagara. “It is a winery with a wonderful story connected to farming with down to earth people involved and cult-like following wines,” Debbie reports. Recently featured in our Savvy Selections, 13th Street Wines are a joy to share with your dinner guests.

Party Pack Contains:
Premier Cuvée Sparkling VQA 2004
Cuvée 13 Sparkling Rosé VQA 2006
Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay VQA 2006
Sauvignon Blanc – Semillion VQA 2008
Cabernet Rosé VQA 2008
Gamay Noir Sandstone Old Vines VQA 2008
Merlot VQA 2007
13 Degrees Below Zero VQA 2008 (a lightly sweet wine)

Price for this collection of 8 bottles: $176 + winery’s shipping fee
Order >>

 

 

Pioneers & Innovators

New world excellence. Old world tradition. This is a great mantra for a well rooted winery. The Bosc family are pioneers as they broke new ground in the Niagara wine region with their Chateau des Charmes winery over 25 years ago. As the December’s featured winery in the Savvy Selections, we showcased their winemaking talent along with their newly released branding and adoption of QR Code technology on each bottle. Entertain your dinner party guests with insights about this winery and the people involved in the Savvy e-Zine that every Savvy Selections subscriber receives with their monthly wine delivery.

Party Pack Contains:
– Sauvignon Gris VQA 2008
– Viognier VQA 2007
– Cabernet Franc VQA 2005
– Equuleus VQA 2007
Price for this collection of 4 bottles: $111.85 + winery’s shipping fee
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Have the menu already planned & trying to figure out which wines to pair?

Call on our Savvy Sommeliers to create a dinner party pack perfectly paired to your menu – what a great way to WOW your guests.  Simply email us or call 613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926).

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A delicious discovery – 13th Street Winery

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
Featuring 13th Street Winery

Canada’s premium wines delivered to your doorstep

Pop quiz: How many wineries do you think there are…
…in Canada?
…in Ontario?
…in Niagara?

There are new wineries to discover all the time (I have received invitations to three grand openings this summer).  On the flip side, few are closing their doors, while acquisitions take place, so with all of this movement in the industry, the numbers to answer the quiz question are only approximates.  There are over 300 wineries across the country in seven provinces.  As you may know from being a subscriber to the Savvy Selections, in Ontario, there are three bustling wine regions – Prince Edward County, Niagara & Pelee Island – that are home to 150+ wineries. Niagara represents approximately 120 wineries. These are impressive numbers for an industry that has really only broken ground in the last 25 years.  Despite my frequent visits to Niagara, I have yet to visit every single winery – a feat that might finally happen this summer.

 

When I discover a winery with a wonderful story, down to earth people involved and incredible wines, I look forward to introducing the winery to our Savvy Selections subscribers. This is exactly the case when I discovered this month’s featured winery – 13th Street Winery.

 

This month’s Savvy Selections features:

– Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay VQA 2006 – an impressively well made elegant white wine

– Cabernet Rosé VQA 2008 – with one sip you will fall in love with this summer sipper

– Wismer Vineyards Syrah VQA 2006 – hands down a favorite of our tasting panel

 

In this Savvy e-Zine (blog version) that accompanies the shipment of handpicked wines by our Savvy Sommeliers, read below about how a delicious homemade butter tart jump-started my discovery of this boutique winery.  And as always, you will find Savvy Sommelier tasting notes and interesting recipes chosen to serve when you pop the cork on these bottles.

 

Want to stock up your cellar with summer sipping wines?
If you would like to order 13th Street Winery wines or wines from previously featured wineries in the Savvy Selections, simply call us on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926).  It would be our pleasure to organize a delivery of wines for you.

 

Planning a trip to wine country?
The Savvy team of Sommeliers continuously travels & we compile lists of ‘must visit’ wineries complete with ‘must try’ wine recommendations and even our favorite restaurants.  Let us before you head off to any wine regions across Canada and we will share our list with you.  Or, call on us to map out your trip and to arrange a special tour of the winery for you.

 

Cheers & enjoy!

Debbie
Follow me: twitter.com/savvydebbie

 

Introducing…13th Street Winery

 Presented by Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm


Q
:
What happens when a lawyer and three engineers get together?

A: They decide to start a winery – of course!  This is in fact the humble beginnings of 13th Street Winery back in 1997. 

 

The common threads that weaves four men – Ken, Gunther, Erv & Herb – together was their experience as grape growers & award winning amateur winemakers.  Known as the ‘Original 4’, each had small vineyards, a passion for creating premium quality wines, yet they were looking for a place to produce their wines.  As they were crafting wines in small quantities, it became apparent that they could pool their resources to collectively share the latest equipment & vineyards all the while perfecting their winemaking skills together under the same roof & same winery name.

 

A small grey non-descript industrial looking building located on 13th Street quickly became the beehive of activity. There was always someone there tinkering away on equipment or checking their wine. This place was a popular meeting point where family & friends would drop in to chat & leave with bottles of wine.  Every once in a while, a tourist would enter into this seemingly ‘secretive place’ & be wowed with an adhoc tasting. “Still to this day, locals say – you guys must be new – or – why have I not heard about you before?” states Peter Bodnar Rod, Sales Director, Marketing & Hospitality.  This is baffling as they have been making wines for the past 12 vintages (winespeak: years).

 

When your paths lead you to this small winery, you will be warmly welcomed & treated to a delicious sampling of wines made from estate grown grapes. Peter explains, “The Original 4 did not want to make wines for the masses.  Rather, their focus was to hand craft premium quality wines that showcased the terroir & the climate.”  Twelve years ago, talk of terroir was considered ‘geek speak’ or ‘avant guard’.  It has only been in the last few years that the appreciation & understanding of terrior has become mainstream.

 

Another mark that the Original 4 where ahead of their time was their sparkling wines. Taking into account their engineering backgrounds, making sparkling wines fascinated them with the chemistry of the winemaking process as well as the intricate equipment. Over the years, they have fine tuned their craft & now create not one, but three impressive sparkling wines each year (two of which were made available especially for our subscribers on request). There are only a handful of wineries across Canada who include a sparkling wine (no less three!) in their portfolio.

 

A new chapter…

After 10 years, the Original 4 decided it was time to move onto new adventures in their lives. In September 2008, the winery was sold to two families who were deeply rooted in Niagara businesses. The Whitty family have been growing fruit & selling their produce at Whitty Farms for 101 years, spanning three generations. The Mann family are grape growers as well as own several car dealerships. Together, they lend their combined business, marketing & agricultural experience to grow this winery into its next chapter. While owners have changed, the one thing that remains constant is Herb Jacobson’s involvement as one of the Original 4 & head winemaker.

 

Infamous butter tarts…

I may have discovered a new winery, yet I also was treated to the best homemade butter tarts at Whitty Farms.  Doug & Karen Whitty kindly welcomed my visit with a pecan butter tart as we wandered through their farmers market located on the corner of 7th and 4th Avenues (take the QEW to 7th Street) in St Catherines. Everything grown on the family farm is available here fresh from their fields.

 

A new address, yet same name…

A full expression of the land – this has been the core of everything at 13th Street Winery . With the new owners, this has not changed. In fact it will be experienced even more now when you visit the new winery. Unlike other winery sites in the area, the 25 acre property is dotted with working greenhouses full of juicy strawberries & ripe tomatoes. A few steps away is the converted heritage farm home, now respectfully transformed into the winery’s tasting room.  When I visited this property under construction last spring, this site reminded me that winery owners are first & foremost farmers with a delicious way to share the fruits of their labour. Mark your calendar – the winery’s grand opening will be July 15th & it is only one reason to make the trip to Niagara this summer.

 

Enjoy your discovery of 13th Street wines!

Cheers!

 

 

~ Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes ~ 

13th Street Winery Sandstone Estate Chardonnay VQA 2006, $18
13th Street makes two different Chardonnays that both show the finesse of the winemaking team.  An elegant & well made wine that you will forget that it has been finely aged in barrels.

Handcrafted in Small Lots: Only 160 cases made (less than 2000 bottles)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Light to medium bodied, with a slight yellow gold colour & delicate aromas of pear, nutmeg & light toast waft from the glass. The taste is a combination of toasted almonds & citrus (lime perhaps?). Well balanced with a refreshing acidity in the finish. Delicious!

Suggested Food Pairing: A general rule of thumb is the body of the wine should give you an idea of the weight of the food served.  As this one is light to medium bodied, hard cheeses (parmesan, pecorino, gouda), fish & seafood dishes would be ideal.  Poached fish with toasted almond butter, seared tuna steak or salmon wrapped in phyllo pasty. Below you will find a modernized recipe for the classic Coquille St Jacques combining the ingredients of cheese & scallops.

Cellaring: No need to wait.  Just chill & enjoy.

 

13th Street Winery Cabernet Rosé VQA 2008, $16
You are in for a treat – this wine sold out quickly last year & I wanted to make sure that we planned for the winery’s feature so that I could share this spectacular rosé with you.

Note that the bottle sports the winery’s new label.  How is that for being hot off the press???

Handcrafted: With the overwhelming popularity of last year’s Rosé that quickly sold out, more was produced this year.  550 cases made (6600 bottles)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A medium bodied wine with salmon colour & intense aromas of cherry & wild strawberry. When you take a sip your mouth fills with luscious flavours of wild strawberries & rhubarb (the light acidity).  Smooth on your tongue, well balanced & refreshing.  I bet that you will thank me for including this wine in your trio!

Suggested Food Pairing: I hummed & hawed whether this wine needed any food to pair with or simply suggest to chill & enjoy a glass on its own. To serve with a meal, pack a picnic, or pour a glass to accompany spicy Asian or sushi. I scoured my recipe books to find the perfect recipe – Rasta Pasta – a signature dish at Stone Face Dolly’s Restaurant in Ottawa.  Hope you like it!

  Cellaring:  Enjoy before summer is over. 


13th Street Winery Wismer Vineyards Syrah VQA 2006, $24
Don’t be confused – Syrah & Shiraz are the same grape, yet found all over the world & crafted into significantly different styles of wines. Originally grown in France, Syrah is intended to be an elegant, medium bodied wine.  Contrasting to Australia, this grape was the backbone of the wine industry when it started in the 1830s. It was nicknamed Shiraz & has become the country’s signature red wine – everything about a Shiraz is big & bold. 

Handcrafted in Small Lots: Only 166 cases made (less than 2000 bottles).

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Styled in the French fashion, this medium bodied red wine was a hands down favorite of the Savvy Selections tasting panel when we sampled the 13th Street’s red wines. The colour reminded us of a bowl full of fresh red cherries.  The cherry factor carries through into the aromas with characteristics of freshly cracked pepper & a dash of fresh herbs (rosemary & thyme perhaps?). Leave the wine for a few moments & the aromas change hinting to freshly cut pomegranate…still loaded with cherry notes. Cherry prevails on the taste along with black plums & a delicious heat on the finish

Suggested Food Pairing: Fire up the BBQ to serve with homemade lamb burgers, grilled vegetables or pork tenderloin.  If you are taking a break from BBQing, then the hearty Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Red Pepper Coulis recipe would be a great match.

Cellaring: Already 3 years old, it is ready to be enjoyed now. If you rather stash this bottle away, it can be cellared for another 2 to 3 years. As the wines age, the cherry aromas, flavours & the tannins will continue to mellow. 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your Savvy Selections ~

With 13th Street Winery Sandstone Estate Chardonnay VQA…

Upbeat Coquille St Jacques

In the Kitchen with Anna by Anna Olson

Recipe appeared in Vines Magazine Jan 2009 issue

Serves 4

 

Notes from Anna: This is a more up-to-date version of scallops based in a creamy sauce, except, unlike the 70’s version, you don’t need to serve it in a scallop shell or coquille dish.  You will be impressed by how simple yet decadent this dish is – great as an appetizer for 8 people too

 

Ingredients

¾ cup sour cream (14% MF, not low fat)

½ cup mayonnaise

1 cup + 2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp lemon juice

Black pepper

1 ¼ lbs bay scallops

2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp finely chopped green onion or chives

 

Method

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

 

Stir sour cream, mayonnaise, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and black pepper.

 

Rinse scallops, pat dry and stir into cream mixture

 

Spread into a 4 cup baking dish. 

 

Stir the breadcrumbs with remaining 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top

 

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges of the dish are bubbling

 

Garnish with chopped onion or chives.

 

With 13th Street Winery Cabernet Rosé VQA…

Rasta Pasta
A signature dish at Stone Face Dolly’s Restaurant, Ottawa (source of recipe – Ottawa Citizen February 2009)Serves 4 to 6

Rasta Spice Mixture

Ingredients
2 Tbsp whole coriander seeds
1 Tbsp fennel seeds
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
½ Tbsp mustard seeds
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp turmeric
½ Tbsp ground cardamom (optional)
6 cloves garlic
2-inch section gingerroot, peeled and chopped
6 Scotch bonnet chili peppers (very hot — or less, to taste; see note)
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped

Note: When handling hot peppers, wear latex gloves, or wash hands well afterward with hot soapy water. Be careful not to rub eyes until hands are clean.

Tip: Freeze extra spice purée in ice cube trays, then place in re-sealable plastic bag and freeze to use later.

Method
In a small frypan on medium heat, sautée all four types of seeds lightly until aromatic, then place in blender and grind.

To the ground mixture, add garam masala, turmeric, ground cardamom, if using, garlic and gingerroot, and purée again.

Add Scotch bonnet chilies, chopped coriander leaves and onion. Purée once more, until all ingredients form a smooth paste.

Stoneface Dolly’s Coconut Milk
Makes about 2 ¼ cups 

Ingredients
One 19-ounce (540-mL) can coconut milk or coconut cream
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a blender, combine all ingredients and purée well. Keeps 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator, covered tightly.

Pulling it all together for the Rasta Pasta

Ingredients
1 Tbsp rasta spice (recipe above)
1/2 cup of Stoneface Dolly’s coconut milk
Cubed or balls of fresh melon, cantaloupe in bite size pieces
Cubed fresh pineapple bite size pieces
Sliced red and green grapes
Spaghetti or angel hair pasta noodles

Method
In a large pot bring water to boil. Cook pasta until al dante

In a bowl, combine rasta spice and coconut milk.  Add fresh fruit and toss until all fruit is well coated. TIP: if there is any juice from the fruit, drain

When pasta is done, drain water.  Return to pot on low heat. Add sauce with fruit.  Toss to thoroughly coat pasta

Serve immediately.  Alternatively, the sauce can be served on a bed of basmati rice (recommend wild or brown rice).

 

With 13th Street Winery Wismer Vineyards Syrah VQA 2006…

Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Red Pepper Coulis
In the Kitchen with Anna by Anna Olson
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients
Red Pepper Coulis

Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh oregano

Method
For pepper coulis, heat a saucepot over medium heat and add oil.

Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add peppers and sauté 3 minutes more.

Add wine, thyme and oregano and simmer, covered, until peppers are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree until smooth. Strain, season and set aside.

 

Goat Cheese Gnocchi

Ingredients
4 oz fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbsp finely chopped green onion
2 tbsp finely chopped Italian parsley
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
2 eggs, separated
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Method
For gnocchi, beat goat cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in green onion, parsley, lemon zest and egg yolks until smooth. Fold in flour.

Whip whites with salt to soft peaks and fold into goat cheese mixture in 2 additions.

Bring 4 L water to a boil and salt generously.

Cut dough into 2 pieces.

Roll out first piece into a log shape about ¾- inch in diameter and cut into ½ inch pieces.

Place on a floured tray and repeat with the second piece of dough. Drop gnocchi into water and simmer until they float, about 3 minutes.

Gently remove with a slotted spoon and set on a plate.

To serve, heat pepper coulis and spoon into a flat-bottom bowl. Gently place warm gnocchi on top and serve.

 

Cheers & Enjoy!

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