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You can taste the soil in this wine

Posted by Eva

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Pinot Noir is known by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape”.  This grape variety needs care & nurturing around the clock. Difficult to grow in the vineyard & always changing in the cellar, crafting a good wine of Pinot Noir is the pinnacle of any winemaker’s personal achievement.

There are two classic styles of Pinot – cherry or earthy.  Depending on the winemaker’s preference, the Pinot will be crafted to emphasize the terroir.  At Coyote’s Run Winery, they have a unique property of red & black soils.  They intentionally grow Pinot Noir vines on both & make the individual wines to taste the difference of their terroir!

Cheers & Enjoy!

Coyote’s Run Black Paw Pinot Noir VQA 2009


Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A deep red colour with aromas of black cherry, black currant & a whiff of earthiness that reminds you have a walk in the forest.  It is a dry medium bodied red wine with subtle tannins that lingers into a velvety elegnat finish.  It’s a Pinot that is worth every penny!

Suggested Food Pairing: Pinot Noir is a versatile wine – it can be served chilled or at room temperature.  As the wine warms up, aromas, tastes & levels of acidity changes too. Classic matches with Pinot are roast duck, grilled salmon & mushrooms.



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Coyote’s Run Estate Winery has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Call on the Savvy Team (613-SAVVYCO) to arrange for this wine (and others from Coyote’s Run) to be delivered to your home or office.  Here’s another idea: Subscribe to Savvy Selections & you will always have outstanding Ontario wines on hand – none of them you will find at the LCBO!


Earth to earth: Ontario soil’s effects on winemaking

Posted by Julie

Monday, October 24th, 2011

My interest in soil has come from writing about the Savvy wineries for the by-the-month delivery and visiting wineries such as Coyote’s Run located in St. David’s Bench in the Niagara Escarpment, Ravine’s Vineyard (for Savvy subscribers, December’s wine delivery) and frequently visiting Prince Edward County, also known as “the County” 3 hours west of Ottawa.

First, let me start by saying I am not a soil specialist or geologist or agronomist. I remember just scrapping through Grade 10 chemistry, which is why I find it amusing that I am now writing a blog on soil.

We all know that great wine starts in the vineyard, but the more I study wine, the more I realize that it is in mother earth where it really begins and who often points to which grape to plant where, for optimum results.

The soils that engulf the Niagara Escarpment, have been compared to those in Burgundy, France, where we also share a similar latitude at approximately 44 degrees. Thousands of years ago, huge glaciers carved out the Twenty Mile Bench leaving a literal bench for growing grapes. This bench protects the soil from harsh winds yet helps the warm breezes from Lake Ontario to circulate. It is the balance of heat and coolness combined with the minerality in the soil that lends acidity to the Niagara wines. This is the same micro-climate found in the County, where the breezes from Lake Ontario temper the climate and the soil.

Most winemakers that I have interviewed, have had their soil analyzed at universities such as Brock or Guelph where there are soil experts on site. In the case of Coyote’s Run, when the owners sent their samples to Brock, the results showed that the toledo clay loam soil in one vineyard is estimated at 15,000 years old and in another vineyard the Trafalgar clay loam soil is estimated at 450 millions years old. At Ravine vineyards, the soil samples were sent back twice because there was such complexity and diverseness of soil contained in such a small acreage. Gosh, for a winemaker, where would you start?

I think that’s one reason that would make growing grapes so much fun, the “wait and see” what they will do in different types of soil. I remember one winemaker saying that, “we threw some Riesling down there to see what would happen” and another winemaker planting a variety of grapes in a small plot of gravelly limestone to see how they grow. Another winemaker said to me that “Chardonnay will go to bed anywhere”, which amused me to no end.

Both the Twenty Mile Bench and the County are blessed with a bounty of limestone, shale and clay which allows for good drainage for the grapevines.

I recently did two seminars at the TASTE festival in Picton, Prince Edward County, on “Wines to Serve with Thanksgiving dinner” and in my preparation for this, I discovered there were over 10 different kinds of soil in the County ranging from various colours of clay loam that overlay limestone bedrock and shale fragments to various specimens of gravelly and fine sand. I also learned that grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive in this soil, although having tasted many other County wines, they clearly have a repertoire of success with other grapes.

The stony soils allow for good drainage and force the vines to grow deeper to look for moisture during the warm summer months. Believe it or not, the limestone also acts like a sponge and retains moisture that is in part why the grapevines are so successful growing in limestone fissures. On Doug’s (my husband and also a Savvy Sommelier) and my last trip to the County we visited several vineyards and could not believe when we looked at the earth that anything grows in this rocky looking clay.

Soil science is about classification and chemical properties. I also learned that one of the most important scientific discoveries was how soil forms spontaneously from rock. Under the influence of physical factors like deformation by heat and cold, assault by wind, rain, hail and ice, and the enormous levering forces of water expanding into ice, solid rock is shattered into smaller pieces and hence over time, becomes soil.

I’ve come to have a definite appreciation for what lies beneath and like faith, what is unforeseen in our eyes. Watching grapes through veraison (winespeak: grapes’ change in colour) is exciting. Perhaps being raised on a farm left me with images of my grandfather at harvest. To say I have a great respect for grape growers and winemakers is an understatement. Winemaking sounds sexy and fun but for the grape farmers, always anxious about what mothernature is going to deliver, it is very hard work.

Thanks to the earth that connects us. Every fall we celebrate harvest and the grapes that have come to fruition.

Earth to earth, from my glass to yours.



Wines for your Dinner Party…Delivered

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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
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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
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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).