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Fancy a trip to The County?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 11th, 2015
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It is harvest time in wine country!  The Savvy Bus is heading to Prince Edward County on Saturday September 26 with our Savvy Sommeliers will be your tour guides. There is always a great buzz at this time of year, so why not join us to experience it first hand?

taste-2015-mainHop on board, sit back & relax in our luxury coach as we explore the backroads of Prince Edward County.  We will stop in Picton to take in TASTE – Community Grown, a farm-to-table festival where you will meet The County’s finest winemakers, chefs, brewers and farmers too – all under one roof in the historic Crystal Palace.  Sip & sample the great wines & craft beers from the region…and even buy bottles to bring back home.  Being in the height of harvest, there will be a bounty of farm fresh produce & gourmet goodies too.

The Savvy Bus is 50% sold out  –  Book your spot on the bus >>

TASTE – Community Grown

TasteThis is the region’s premier food & wine market, celebrating their culinary community from farm to table.  Chefs, winemakers, craft beer producers and farmers will all gathered in the same place on the same day.

You can shop till you drop too!  Take home fresh produce of the season, one-of-a-kind products from our local farmers & Ontario VQA wines directly from participating wineries.

Winery tour stop #1

traynorAfter taking in TASTE, we will head off to visit wineries. First stop – Traynor Family Vineyards, the newest in The County.  Mike Traynor purchased the property back in December 2008 when it was just a frozen cornfield but he could see his vision from that moment. Since then, family & friends have been invited to the vineyard to assist with some consuming tasks. With hard work…there are fun times too!  Traynor hosts a number of events such as Prunapolooza and Harvest Soiree’s, which have been a great way to allow people to become part of the wine making process and to leave with a  warm memory and wonderful experience from The County.

Mike’s parents are retired and have purchased a place nearby the vineyard so…they are always on the ready to lend a helpful hand. On weekends, often Mike’s wife Rebecca and son Quintin are seen around the vineyard too.

The winery opened it’s doors Labour Day weekend of 2014, and since then, Mike’s vision of creating a comfortable space where people can come visit and enjoy has become a reality!

Winery tour stop #2

Keint He winemakerNext stop will be at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards  a Burgundian inspired winery right here in Ontario that produces Pinot Noir with international character.

Unlike many grape producers, at Keint-he they like to think of their vineyards as ‘a habitat for the vines’. “Our Pinot grapes prosper in harmony with their environment, not in spite of it”, explains co-owner Bryan Rogers. They’ve applied the Burgundian model of viticulture to The County microclimate. That means that the 28 acres of vines that they’ve planted now, will never exceed 35 acres – this is high density planting and they believe in it.

Keint-he produces domestic wines that exhibit European minerality and acidity. The vines are lovingly raised in the limestone rich soils of our three distinct and unique vineyards. The grape growing & winemaking team at Keint-he only focuses on those grape varietals that most effectively showcase the terroir of the region. The result is award winning, terroir-based wines that reflect our standard for quality and the character of the region in which they were produced.

Dinner anyone?

Agrarian logoTo finish off our day, a light dinner will be provided by Bloomfield’s own Agrarian Cheesemarket & Speakeasy and served amongst the vines of Keint-he Winery.

Agrarian Chef, Neil Dowson, likes to takes advantage of the wonderful produce this area has to offer as he shares his modern spin on classic comfort food and the result is delicious! From the farm, dairy, bakery and winery right to your table. On your next trip to The County, be sure to stop at the Bistro to pull-up a chair, enjoy great food and soak up the rustic warmth of our dining room.

Agrarian on tapWhat is a Speakeasy you ask?

Well according to the dictionary it’s ‘a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition’ and it comes from speak + easy (in the sense: gently, quietly).  At the Agrarian’s Speakeasy it is a funky space featuring craft brews on tap, great ciders, wine and killer cocktails. Live music on Saturday evenings are just a few of the fun events this place has to offer. Food, drink, friends!

Savvy Bus Ticket info

Advance Booking Only – click here for tickets
Savvy Special: $149 (regular $165)
Price includes absolutely everything! Roundtrip transportation in a luxury coach, Sommelier guides, admission to TASTE, winery tours, dinner in the vineyard & good ol’ HST.

The Master Plan…

The Savvy Bus will depart downtown Ottawa at 8:30am from the Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent St). We will pick up passengers at the new BRIDGEHEAD Coffee Shop in the Pinecrest Mall & Starbucks at 1151 Division Street (near the 401) in Kingston.

Our plan is to arrive at TASTE by 11:30am.

At 3pm, the Savvy Bus will continue our road-trip with a drive through Picton, take the scenic route along the Loyalist Parkway to Traynor Vineyards for a tour & tasting, then onwards to Keint-he Winery where we will be treated to a dinner surrounded by vineyards. By 8pm, the coach will depart for Ottawa. 

The fun filled day (and a delicious one at that) should wrap up around 11pm when we return back to Ottawa.

Bonus!

A Savvy Sommelier will be on the coach with you offering wine tips, telling you stories about Prince Edward County & answering any ‘County’ questions you may have along the way.

Everyone is welcome to join us on this roadtrip! 

Order your tickets now for the Savvy Bus

 

 

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Savvy Roadtrip to Prince Edward County

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Hop on the Savvy Bus! We’re going to  The Great Canadian Cheese Festival on Saturday June 6. Ready for a delicious day of enjoying artisan cheeses from across Canada while also exploring Prince Edward County? We’re making it easy for you to enjoy an action-packed daytrip, with a roundtrip coach package from Ottawa & Kingston.

festival logoAt The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, you will quickly learn that Canadian cheese is so MUCH more than just cheddar! It will be a fun day meeting & learning from the dynamic people who put their heart & soul into crafting the cheeses. 

As great cheese goes with wine, ciders & craft beer, there will be several wineries, cideries & breweries from across Ontario at this year’s festival.

wapoos cider

And there is more!

After a cheese-laden afternoon, we will tour the back roads of The Country and take you to off the beaten track to a local cidery & a winery.  Here’s the inside scoop on what you’ll see at The County Cider Company, where they specialize in mouth-watering hard ciders.

wineandcrackersThree Dog Winery always tells visitors “we are the first winery you’ll get to when driving from Ottawa – we’re just over the bridge”. Enjoy the warm welcome from John Squaire and his wife Sacha, not to mention their lovely dogs Jersey, Rieki, and Bakkus.

They opened their doors in 2013 but have been planting and working the vines since 2003. It’s a great place to stop, sip & relax.

Later in the afternoon it’s back to the Crystal Palace for ‘Makers+Mongers’ dinner where you will nosh on gourmet appetizers, the best cheeseburgers on the planet & desserts that ooze cheese!

Makers+Mongers in Cheeseburger Paradise

Makers+MongersUnbelievably tasty cheeseburgers made by the grillmasters at Burger Revolution and Trade Craft Good Food using the exceptional beef from Enright Cattle Company where animals are raised on a natural, all-vegetable diet without the use of artificial hormones

Superb sausage by Seed To Sausage

Vegetarian options, too

Artisan appetizers and Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winners

Scrumptious desserts

PLUS Jimmy Buffett music performed live by Brian Neale:

On a diet? It’ll just have to wait! 


Advance Bookings Only

Early Birds… get the cheese! Register before May 30 $149 per person (regular $165)

Tickets still available for the Savvy Bus

This price includes: round-trip luxury coach transportation, admission to the Cheese Festival, tasting tours of County Cider Co & 3 Dog Winery, a ticket for Makers + Mongers dinner & good ‘ol HST.
Book Now!

The Master Plan… 

The Savvy Bus will depart downtown Ottawa at 8:30am from the Ottawa Marriot (100 Kent St). Then we will head downtown to pick up passengers at Ottawa’s Pinecrest Mall & Starbucks on Princess Street (near the 401) in Kingston.

Our plan is to arrive at the Cheese Festival by 11:30am. By 3pm, we will head off ‘on tour’ to visit County Cider Co & Three Dog Winery, then return for the ‘Makers+ Mongers’ dinner on the lawn of the festival. The coach will leave the Crystal Palace (in Picton) by 7pm & be back in the Ottawa area around 10 pm.  

Bonus – wine experts on board!

Savvy Sommelier will be on the coach with you offering wine tips, telling you stories about Prince Edward County & answering any ‘County’ questions you may have along the way.

Hope to see you on the bus

Everyone is welcome to join us on this Savvy Roadtrip to Prince Edward County & The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. Click here for tickets.

 

 

 

 

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