Posts Tagged ‘artisan cheese tasting events’

Discover what makes The County so cool!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

They’re ba-a-a-a-a-ck!  On Thursday April 20th, the 6th annual County in the Capital will be THE event in Ottawa to meet the makers of wines, spirits, craft beers & ciders all made in Prince Edward County.  And there will be artisan cheese as well as gourmet artisan goodies.

Oh…so many bevvies to Try & Buy

There will be something for everyone – sparkling, white, rose, red & dessert wines along with refreshing craft ciders, beers & artisan spirits too. All of the bevvies at this event are ones that you probably haven’t tried before. You definitely won’t find them at your local LCBO, grocery stores or The Beer Store. This is one of the neat things about our Taste & Buy events…you get to sample the newest bevvies & meet the cool people who make them.

Mark my word, there will be over 100 different drinks to try and buy.  To help you prep your power shopping, we will email you the entire list of featured products AND at the event, our team of Savvy Sommeliers will be on hand to give you tips & help you find new County favorites.

Shopping never tasted this good!

This night is all about stocking up on your new found favorites.  When you order ANY combination of 6, 12 or more bottles from ANY of the showcased wineries, breweries, cideries or distilleries, shipping is absolutely FREE. Your parcel will be hand delivered by courier to your home or office soon after the event. It is that easy to always have The County at your fingertips.

Tickets are now on sale…

Buy a $80 ticket & bring a friend for FREE>>

Bring a group of 4 for $150>>

UPGRADE your ticket for $25 & be a V.I.T. (Very Important Taster)>>
These prices include absolutely everything – samples galore, Savvy tasting glasses & good ol HST.

Check out who is coming:

Barley Days Brewery

Craft Cider
401 Cider Brewery
Clafeld Cider House
County Cider Company

Artisan Spirits
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits (new owners of 66 Gilead Distillery)

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
Del-Gatto Estates Winery
Devils Wishbone
Half Moon Bay Winery
Huff Estates
Karlo Estates
Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Lacey Estates Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Stanners Vineyard
The Grange of Prince Edward
Trail Estate Winery
Traynor Family Estates
Waupoos Estate Winery

La Fromagerie Folie Bergeres
Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy

Gourmet Artisans
Emerson Pringle Carpentry

Travel Tips
Prince Edward County Tourism

…and there will be many more. Watch this space or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates too!

Unable to join us?  You can still order…

The Savvy Team is ready to help you stock up on your County favorites. Simply call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to place your order. FREE shipping applies to orders received by April 23rd.


Our Savvy Taste & Buy Events always sell out quickly.
Buy your tickets >>





Ontario cheese twist on a French favorite

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa picks this week  Le Saler cheese made by Monforte Dairy, located in Stratford, Ontario. Le Saler is rare artisan cheese made by this well established dairy. Canadian pioneer cheesemaker Ruth Khlasen’s take is a rustic, cow’s milk cheese styled after traditional French Salers PDO (cheese speak: Protected Designation of Origin) cheese.

During the winter months, it is a slow time for cheesemakers who make fine artisan cheese with seasonal milk, as they follow the natural order of life and process of pasturing. Milk production levels don’t increase until new baby lambs, kids or calves are born in early spring and the mothers have had a chance to rest. A happy mother equates to excellent quality milk and the perfect beginning to stunning artisan cheese!

Similar to handcrafted bandaged cheddar (but not able to be called ‘cheddar’), Le Saler sports a dark, stone-colored rind covering a pale straw interior who’s crumbly texture shows evidence of original curd easily seen in the paste. Mild milk and earthy flavors mix with a hit of salt leaving a lingering creamy mouth feel behind.

Cheese: Le Saler
Producer: Monforte Dairy, Stratford, Ontario
Where to buy in Ottawa: The Piggy Market or Il Negozio Nicastro

Want to learn more about artisan cheeses?

Join Vanessa for her Great Canadian Cheese Discovery events. On March 19 she will feature artisan cheeses of British Columbia, Nova Scotia & PEI.   Tickets are $55 per person & includes samples of 7 to 8 artisan cheeses plus Canadian wines to enjoy.  More details about these events at


Seeing too much white? Try this blue!

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa this week picks the perfect choice to beat away the winter blues or blahs, particularly when you’ve worked so hard clearing away that snow & ice over the past weeks.  Your just deserved reward is Glengarry Fine Cheese’s newest blue cheese creation –  Azzuro di Buffala.

Located North of Highway 401 near Cornwall, in Lancaster, Ontario, award winning cheesemaker Margaret Morris and team continue to pioneer, making delicious cheeses from the fresh milk of farmstead Holstein cows, local goat’s milk & now one of Ontario’s only herds of water buffalo. Not your average blue, with this one a little goes a long way.  All you über connoisseurs of blue cheese take note!

I absolultely love this cheese and had the pleasure of tasting the first batch almost a year ago. I find its buffalo milk base like a blank canvas that truly allows the cheese shine.  It’s full of classic characteristics of “blue” molds: piquant/sharp giving a nice bite that stays with you, salty but fully flavorful. The paste is soft, rounding out with age, and aqua/teal blue veining (unlike sister cheese Celtic which is more slate-toned). Nibbling on the thick rind is akin to a thin spread of peanut butter on lightly toasted bread lending mild nutty characteristics with a hint of yeast.

Cheese:  Azzuro di Buffala
Producer: Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, Ontario

Want to learn more about artisan cheeses?

Join Vanessa for her Great Canadian Cheese Discovery events. On February 19 she will feature artisan cheeses of Quebec, while on March 19 she will feature artisan cheeses of British Columbia, Nova Scotia & PEI.   Tickets are $55 per person & includes samples of 7 to 8 artisan cheeses plus Canadian wines to enjoy.  More details about these events at