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Taste & Buy outstanding wines from Niagara’s 20 Valley

Posted by Amanda

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Everything is all set for this tomorrow’s Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting featuring 17 of Niagara’s Twenty Valley wineries.  This is a SOLD OUT event & we’re excited that so many Ottawa wine enthusiasts will be joining us to enjoy these outstanding wines.

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that are ready for you to enjoy – none that you will find at the LCBO – so this is a perfect evening out sipping and stocking up on new wine discoveries.  There will be over 100 different wines ranging in prices from $18.95 to $39.95 – sparkling wines, white, rosé and red wines, delicious ice wines and even a port too!  There’s definitely something for everyone.

Taste a glass…buy a bottle

Exclusive at this Taste & Buy event you can order ANY combination of outstanding wines from ANY of the wineries & they will be delivered by courier to your home or office.

Free shipping on all orders of 12 bottles or more!

With so many wines and so little time, our Team of Savvy Sommeliers will be there to help you sharing wine tips & recommendations to find wines that you will undoubtedly enjoy.

 

Can’t make it to this event? Order online

Don’t despair…you stock up on your favorite 20 Valley wines by ordering online.  Click here to place your order >>

Not sure which wines to order?  Our Savvy Sommeliers can help! Email us or call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) & we’ll be happy to offer recommendations & make the arrangements for your order.  Place your order online before December 5th, shipping is FREE on 12 or more bottles…delivered to your home or office.

 

Featured wineries & their wines to taste & buy…

13th Street Winery

Cuvée Rosé Sparkling $24.95

2012 Gamay Noir $19.95

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $24.95 (Reg $29.95)

2010 Reserve Meritage $29.95 (Reg $34.95)

 

Angels Gate Winery

2010 Mountainview Chardonnay $19.95

2011 Archangel Sauvignon Blanc $23.95

2012 Mountainview Cabernet Franc $30.00

Angels V $50.00

 

Calamus Estate Winery

2013 Roberts Riesling $15.20

2013 Pinot Gris $16.95

2012 Barrel Kissed Chardonnay $16.95

2013 Calvin’s Cabernet Merlot $15.20

2010 Meritage $28.20

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $29.20

 

Creekside Estate Winery

2011 ‘The Trad’ Sparkling $28.95

2013 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc $17.95

2013 Queenston Road Pinot Noir $18.95 (Reg $22.95)

2010 Reserve Merlot $34.95

 

De Sousa Wine Cellars

Seasons Summer $13.95

Seasons Gewürztraminer $13.95

Seasons Sauvignon Blanc $13.95

Seasons Meritage Reserve $14.95

Seasons Tawny Port $39.95

 

Di Profio Wines

2013 Gamay Rosé $15.90

2013 The Kitchen Zinc $16.80

2013 Chardonnay $21.50

2012 Zinc-tastic Red $23.00

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $35.00 (Reg $38.00)

 

GreenLane Estate Winery

2013 Pinot Grigio $16.95

2013 Chardonnay $19.95

2011 Old Vines Riesling $22.95

2013 G² $15.95

2012 Cabernet Franc $23.95

 

Kacaba Vineyards

2013 Reserve Riesling $15.95 (Reg $17.95)

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $15.95 (Reg $17.95)

2013 Cabernet/Syrah $16.95 (Reg $18.95)

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $22.95 (Reg $24.95)

2010 Reserve Merlot $40.95 (Reg $44.95)

 

Malivoire

2013 Pinot Gris $19.95

2011 Mottiar Chardonnay $29.95

2011 Mottiar Chardonnay – 3 bottle promo $75.00

2012 Courtney Gamay $25.95

2011 Moira Pinot Noir $29.95

2011 Moira Pinot Noir – 3 bottle promo $75.00

2012 Rennie Scarpata Merlot $45.00

2012 Rennie Scarpata Merlot – 6 bottle promo $243.00

 

Megalomaniac

2013 Homegrown White $13.95

2013 Local Squeeze White $13.95

2013 Narcissist Riesling 17.95

2012 Bigmouth Merlot $24.95

2011 Bravado Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

2010 Grounded Cab Franc 44.95

 

Redstone Winery

2012 Chardonnay $18.95

2012 Gewürztraminer $23.95

2011 Cabernet Merlot $29.95

 

Rockway Glen Estate Winery

2013 Wild Ferment Chardonnay $22.95

2013 Small Lot Riesling $19.95

2012 Small Lot Merlot $21.95

2012 Small Lot Syrah $27.95

 

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery

2013 Semillon $18.00

2013 La Fumée $26.00

2012 Select Merlot $22.00

2012 Origin Cabernet Franc $26.00

2012 Origin Pinot Noir $40.00

2013 Mead Blanc $25.00

 

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2012 Fancy Farm Girl Frivolous White $17.95

2012 Grace’s Dry Riesling $18.95

2011 Viognier Riesling $34.95

2012 Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red $17.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $17.95

 

Tawse Winery

2012 Spark Blend $24.95

2012 Limestone Ridge Riesling $21.95

2013 Gamay $18.95

 

The Good Earth Food & Wine Company

2013 Rosé $17.95

2012 Riesling $19.95

2013 Gewürztraminer $19.95

2013 Viognier $24.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $21.95 

 

Vieni Estates

2013 Momenti Sparkling $13.95

2013 Semi Dry Riesling $16.95

2012 Briganti Red $12.95

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $22.95

 

Vineland Estates Winery

2013 Brut Reserve $25.00

2013 Pinot Blanc $16.95

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $20.00

2012 Elevation Cabernet $25.00

 

Looking forward to seeing you for an Outstanding night of wines from Twenty Valley!

Cheers,
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

 

 

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A Special Double Header: Rare Wines & Recent Releases

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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 The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are returning to Ottawa to treat their ever-loyal fans to a double billed evening of a Rare Wines Tasting, followed by One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.  Hosted by Savvy Company, these back-to-back events will take place Tuesday May 28th in the new Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum located in the Central Experimental Farm, 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.

New this year, the Rare Wines Tasting will feature a selection of hard-to-find wines dating back to the early 1990s.  “Winemakers are dusting off bottles from their private cellars to showcase how their finest wines have evolved.  This is truly a unique experience for any Ontario wine enthusiast”, says Derek Barnett of Lailey Vineyard. Only 50 tickets will be available for this special first-of-its-kind event taking place from 5pm to 7pm, meeting winery owners and winemakers as guests enjoy the finest wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

The evening will continue with One Unforgettable Taste & Buy from 7pm to 9pm featuring wines from the 2012 vintage.  “2012 provided us with spectacular conditions for growing grapes”, explains Lailey’s Barnett .  “Ottawa will be the first to try these excellent wines.”

Returning to Ottawa for its 3rd year, One Unforgettable Taste & Buy provides the opportunity for guests to order any combination of their favorite wines.  The featured wines are not available at the LCBO or Vintages.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles or more.  This is a perfect opportunity to stock up for summer entertaining.

Wineries to be featured at both events:

Advance Tickets Only

$75 per person for the back-to-back events of Rare Wines Tasting and One Unforgettable Taste & Buy. Only 50 tickets are available.

Admission to One Unforgettable Taste & Buy only is $55 per person when purchased before May 20, 2013 (regular $65).

Ticket price includes HST.  Visit www.savvycompany.ca/events to purchase tickets and for event details.

What is a Taste & Buy event?

Event goers can sample featured wines and order directly from the winery.  None of the wines are available at the LCBO or Vintages.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be placed for ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier within a week.   Savvy Company’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

 About Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every day, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests into their Wine Country to savour the richness of the region and to experience the 27 distinct wineries, each with its own personality reflected in the wines they craft.  Visit www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com. Follow on Twitter @NiagaraWine or find on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wineriesofniagaraonthelake

 About Savvy Company

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

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Media who are interested in attending the One Unforgettable Taste & Buy,  please contact Debbie Trenholm to be added to the guest list.

Media Contact

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
debbie@savvycompany.ca
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785
@savvydebbie

 

 

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Go Nuts With These Nuts & A Glass of Port!

Posted by Patti

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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These are my favorite spiced nuts and I’ve been asked for the recipe more times than I can count! I honestly think the secret ingredient is the rosemary—there is lots of it and it is sharp yet fragrant.

This recipe & photo is from Domenica Cooks & is in fact adapted slightly from The Union Square Cafe Cookbook, by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano; 1994 Harper Collins.


Ingredients (this recipe makes 5 cups)

5 cups mixed raw nuts (I like almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

 


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a rimmed cookie sheet. Toast in the oven until they become light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In the large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter. Thoroughly toss the warm toasted nuts with the spiced butter.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.


What bottle of wine to uncork?

Quite simply a bottle of port of course.  Whether you prefer a Ruby, Tawny, Late Bottle Vintage or Single Quinta port, there are so many to choose from that you can spend all fall & winter learning about the world of port.

 

Be Savvy! A quick guide of Ports

The history of Port is closely linked to Portugal’s trading relationship with England.  Port was introduced to the rest of the world by the British, as they searched for an alternative to French wines during the unrest of the late 17th century.

Most of the Port Houses are based inVila Nova de Gaiain, Oporto. The vineyards are carved into the mountainside north of Oporto along the River Duoro that meanders across the north of Portugal before it heads to meet the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Oporto.

The winemaking process results in many different styles including:

White Port
Made with white grapes, white port can range from off-dry to sweet.

 

Ruby Ports
These Ports have retained their deep red colour.

Ruby  – Young, refreshing port matured in large casks 2-3 years, ready for immediate enjoyment.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) – This is made in a specific year (vintage), aged in casks 4-6 years before being bottled.  LBVs can be enjoyed soon after purchasing & will keep several weeks after opening.

Single Quinta Port – ‘Quinta’ is Portuguese for an estate or vineyard, and is roughly equivalent to in wine terms, a French ‘Château’.  A Quinta may (or may not) have an elaborate house on the property.  ASingleQuintaPort is from grapes grown in the best vineyard.  This style matures earlier thanVintagePort.

Vintage Port  – Only produced in exceptional years, & declared a Vintage year by the Port Wine Institute.  This wine spends 2-3 years in barrels, then ages in the bottles for 20+ years.

 

Tawny Ports
By increasing the wine’s contact with air and wood over time, Tawny matures more rapidly than Ruby & transforms into a delicate orange hued colour & smoother flavour.

Aged Tawny – blends of various harvests, the average age is indicated on the label as “10 year old Tawny” or “20 year old Tawny”.

Colheita – the Portuguese word for ‘harvest’ or ‘vintage’.  This port is made from a single vintage (specific year) & is aged in barrels for a minimum of 7 years.

 

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Hodge Podge – a summertime favorite!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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This is a family favourite in my house.  Both of my parents are from Nova Scotia and ask any Bluenosers about Hodge Podge and their reaction is usually – “yummy!” Loaded with any fresh veggies from the garden or picked up at the farmers market. Left overs (usually not much at my house!) are just good as the first time around.

It is important that the freshest veggies are used, so this is definitely a summer recipe. Use whatever you have on hand (that you would usually boil or steam) & tinker around by adding different vegetables and quantities … the bacon is a must!

Hodge Podge – Fresh Garden Vegetable Chowder


Ingredients
6 to 8 slices bacon – cooked until crispy
2 tablespoons butter
1 to 2 onions – roughly chopped

Any 4 to 6 of the following fresh vegetables:
12 small whole new potatoes – a mix of red & white are my favorite
1 head of cauliflower
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 cup fresh green or yellow beans, trimmed and snapped
1 cup fresh peas – use either snow peas or shucked peas
1 cup of yellow or green zucchini – cubed
2 or 3 cobs of corn – boiled & kernels cut off
salt & fresh ground pepper – to taste
1/4 cup butter – cubed
½ cup  to 1 cup 2% milk (or if you like – cream!)
1/2 cup water

Method

Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble and set aside.

Wipe the skillet with a paper towel leaving just enough bacon fat to lightly fry the onions. Reheat skillet on medium heat & stir in the chopped onion. Cook until the onion has softened. Set aside.

In a large pot, bring 3 or so cups of water to a boil.  Keep in mind that you want to boil the vegetables in an order where those that need the most time in the water are done first, then staged to those vegetables that need just a few minutes.  There is nothing worse than over boiled veggies! My suggestion is to begin with potatoes for 5-6 minutes, then add cauliflower until tender, then beans & carrots for 2 mins.  By the time you add zuchinni, peas & corn, the potatoes should be perfectly done!

Drain off all but 1 cup of the water (can pour into a bowl & use as vegetable stock for another recipe).  Return to low heat. Add onions.  Pour in enough milk to cover all of the vegetables in the pot. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Watch out that you do not boil the milk…just want to heat it through.

Add butter to melt & crumble in most of the bacon (set a handful of bacon aside). Stir gently.

Serve into large bowls & top with more bacon.

What bottle of wine to uncork?

This recipe begs for a full bodied white wine like a buttery oaked Chardonnay.  For something a bit lighter with more acidity, uncork a bottle of Chenin Blanc or Vouvray.  On the flip side – for fun – serve with a bottle of sparkling wine to toast in the best things of summer!

Enjoy!
Debbie

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Go on – Uncork a bottle of Malbec today!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, April 16th, 2012
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Today marks Malbec World Day – how to celebrate you ask. . .

Shall we start the day with a glass or Malbec with a bowl of breakfast cereal or a hearty plate of eggs & bacon?  And another glass (or maybe upgrade to a bottle) served with lunch, then finish off by uncorking a bottle of Malbec to accompany a BBQ steak dinner?  This idea of around the clock Malbec drinking, made many giggle & come up with wild & crazy ideas to celebrate.  To kick the festivities off & to learn first hand more about Malbec in Argentine, I attended in a tutored tasting last week with Ottawa Citizen’s wine writer& author Rod Phillips.

My place setting awaited 18 glasses of various wines from Argentina – Torrontes & Chardonnay (white wines) along with 5 Malbecs with prices ranging from $12 to $27 a bottle.  Then we had a taste of Shiraz/Syrah, Bonarda, Pinot Noir & red wine blends to give the tasting a POW at the end.  The 2 hours flew by & my mind was buzzing with Malbec facts that I looked forward to share.

For the past two years, Malbec World Day has marked the calendars on April 17th.  To celebrate in Argentine style, there are festivities all around the world hosted by Wines of Argentina.

I know no other grape that has a dedicated day that shines the spotlight on it.  Malbec  began its history as a grape variety grown in Cahors, France, then was uprooted because of the phloxerra insect that decimated many vineyards in Europe in the late 1800s.  Luckily, the Malbec  rootstock that the European immigrants brought with them on their journey to Argentina, were not infected by the bug that attacked the roots of grape vines.

Today, Malbec is Argentina’s iconic grape variety, although, it is now grown in many vineyards throughout the world – even as close to home as Niagara-on-the-Lake!  There are over 564, 000 acres of vineyards dedicated to Malbec stretching along the Andes Mountain Range from 22 to 42 degrees latitude. This region has great ripening conditions with its continuous stream of sunshine during the day (ideal for ripening) , then cooler nights (perfect to produce acidity in the grape clusters).  This combination of ripe red & black fruit in the aromas & taste coupled with soft tannins with underlying acidity, makes for a crowd pleasing wine.

The wines we sampled during this tutored tasting certainly pleased me!  Here are my tasting notes about the various Malbec we discovered:

Manos Negras Malbec 2008, $14.95
(LCBO part number #271295)
A basic Malbec with juicy aromas on the nose (cherry, raspberry jam). There is good structure in this Malbec with a taste of cinnamon hearts candy.

Catena Malbec 2009, $19.95
(LCBO part number 478727)
Big juicy with loads of aromas of damsom plum boysenberry + pomegranate that continue into the taste.

Dominio del Plata Ben Marco Malbec 2009
(only available on request from winery representative, $27.00)
My hands down favorite.  A BIG wine.  Dry with loads of tannins, aromas that remind me of a big bouquet of red roses.  Layered onto the wine is licorice + plums that continue into their taste.  Too bad this wine is not readily available at the LCBO.

Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009
(LCBO part number #723478, $19.95)
From the infamous Fuzion fame, Zuccardi family has made a slightly lighter styled Malbec  compared to the others I savoured. On your first sip, there is evidence that the wine has light tannins, black pepper aromas with a refreshing acidity that ends with black pepper finish.

Rutini Malbec 2009
See for yourself if you like this style of Malbec wines. Lighter again in weight compared to the other Malbecs that we sampled in this tasting.  The glass wafts of cherry & red berry aromas with light tannins & shorter finish.

After all of these Malbec wines, plus the other wines that were included in the 18 wines we sampled, no doubt our lips & teeth were ‘naturally coloured’ a shade of deep purple.  Want more info Malbec tips?  Contact me + I will offer you more Argentine recommendations from this delicious wine tasting.

However you celebrate it, Happy Malbec World Day.

Salud! – Debbie

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