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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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Here’s an Outstanding wine list!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
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Everything is all set for this Friday’s Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting featuring 23 of Niagara’s Twenty Valley wineries.  Are you joining us? A limited number of tickets are left.

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 80 different outstanding wines ranging in prices from $12.95 to $44.95 – sparkling wines, lots of white and red wines,  a rosé, delicious icewines and even a port too!  There’s definitely something for everyone.

Taste a glass…buy a bottle

Exclusive at this 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?

Don’t despiar…you can still stock up on your favorite 20 Valley wines.  Simply email us or call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) & we’ll be happy to make the arrangements for your order.  When placed before October 24th  shipping is free on a case of wine.

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

Cheers,
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

Wines that will be served at Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting on Friday October 19th:

13th Street Winery
2008 Premier Cuvee Sparkling $34.95

2010 Old Vines Riesling $23.95

2010 Reserve Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay VQA $34.95

2011 Gamay Noir $19.95
NEWS: 13th Street will be the feature winery in November for our Savvy Selections wine of the month club.

 

Angels Gate Winery

2007 St. John Vineyard Riesling $16.95

2011 Mountainview Sauvignon Blanc $19.95

2010 Feet First Unfiltered Pinot Noir $21.95

2010 Scarpa $40.00

 

Aure Wines – a new winery that just opened this summer!

2011 Ice wine $20

2010 Riesling $15.25

2011 Gamay  $15.25

2010 Reserve  Cabernet Franc $32.00

 

Calamus Estate Winery

2011 Vinemount Ridge Riesling $16.20

2011 Pinot Gris $17.20

2010 Cosmic Red $19.95

 

Cave Spring Cellars

Blanc de Noirs NV $34.95

2011 Riesling Dolomite. $16.95

2009 Riesling CSV $29.95

2008 Cabernet Franc Dolomite $21.95

 

Creekside Estate Winery

2010 Laura’s White $18.95

2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $26.95

2008 Broken Press Syrah $39.95 – Our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections wine

2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95

 

De Sousa Wine Cellars

2011 Chardonnay Musqué $13.95

2011 Baco Noir $13.95

2007 Meritage Reserve $18.95

Tawny Port $39.95

 

Di Profio Wines  – a new winery that just opened this summer

2011 Riesling $16.35

2011 Gamay Noir $16.75

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $19.79

2011 Select Late Harvest Vidal $18.75
NEWS: Di Profio will be featured in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club in March

 

Fielding Estate Winery

2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris $21.95

Brut (Traditional Method Sparkling) $34.95

2010 Cabernet Syrah $24.95

2007 Meritage $34.95 (Special price! Regular $44.95) – Our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections wine

 

Flat Rock Cellars

2008 Riddled Sparkling $24.95

2011 Twisted $16.95

2011 Riesling $16.95

2010 Pinot Noir $19.95

 

The Good Earth Food & Wine Company

2011 Betty’s Blend $17.95

2010 Dry Riesling $19.95 – our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections featured wine

2011 Rosé $17.95 – and this one too!

2010 Pinot Noir $21.95 – and this Pinot was definitely a Savvy Selections featured wine

 

GreenLane Estate Winery

2011 Pinot Grigio $16.95

2011 Unoaked Chardonnay $17.95

2011 Old Vines Riesling $22.95

2010 Cabernet $14.95

 

Harbour Estates Winery

2011 Pinot Gris $13.95

2011 Cabernet $14.95

 

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

2010 Riesling Estate $17.95

2011 Estate Chardonnay $19.95

2010 Baco Noir Reserve $24.95

2009 Pinot Noir Estate $24.95

2010 Cab Merlot Estate $24.95

Kacaba Vineyard & Winery

2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $22.95

2009 Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc $18.95 – this was featured in our Savvy Bin Ends last week

2009 Pinot Noir $22.95

2010 Reserve Merlot $44.95
NEWS: Kacaba will be featured in our  Savvy Selections wine of the month club in January

 

Malivoire Wine Company

2010 M2 Small Lot Chardonnay $19.95

2011 M2 Small Lot Gamay $19.95

 

megalomaniac – John Howard Cellars of Distinction

2006 Homegrown White $ 12.95

2006 Narcissist Riesling $17.95

Homegrown Red $14.95

2008 Bigmouth Merlot $24.95

 

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

2010 Vintner’s Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $24.95

2008 Reserve Chardonnay $24.95

2010 McNally Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir $24.95

2010 Vintner’s Private Reserve Merlot $29.95

 

Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery

2010 Patio 9 White $12.95

2011 Small Lot Reserve White Assemblage $16.95

2010 Small Lot Reserve Red Assemblage $16.95

2010 Small Lot Reserve Cabernet Franc $23.95

 

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery

2010 Long Rows White $13

2011 Mima’s Block Riesling $18

2010 Pinot Noir $20

2009 Merlot Reserve $36
NEWS: Rosewood will be featured in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club in February

 

Stoney Ridge Estate Winery

2010 Excellence Pinot Gris  $24.95

2010 Excellence Chardonnay $27.95

2010 Excellence Merlot $29.95

2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc $32.95

 

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2011 Vidal $15.15

2011 Riesling Loved By Lu $16.95

2011 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00

2011 Baco Noir $15.15

 

Tawse Winery

2011 Riesling $21.95

2010 Estate Chardonnay $37.95

2010 Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc $31.95

2010 Growers Blend Pinot Noir $31.95 – a Savvy Selections featured wine

 

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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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An Ontario wine company with a baseball connnection…

Posted by Derek

Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
Featuring Diamond Estates
– September 2012 –

 

What an absolutely incredible summer we have had.  It’s hard to believe that it is September already!  In wine regions, September marks the ramping up to the busiest time of year – the grape harvest. This year, Ontario wineries reported that the grapes ripened literally overnight! Usually winemakers spend September patiently monitoring the brix levels (natural sweetness levels) of the grapes, watching the weather reports & waiting for the optimal time to harvest. Usually, they have until end of September to ready their equipment and staff … but not this year!  Some wineries in Niagara began harvest in mid August! Cattail Creek Winery (Savvy Selections featured winery in September 2010) sent the pickers into the vineyards on August 23 – the earliest since 1971!

By all accounts, winemakers across Canada report that the 2012 vintage looks like it is shaping up to be another outstanding vintage like the notable 2007 & 2010 vintages. Our Savvy Sommelier Derek Vollrath met up with Jason Roller – one of three winemakers at Diamond Estates. Never heard of Diamond Estates? Chances are you have had a bottle of their wine on your table from one of the many wineries in this unique company that comprises of many Canadian wineries & is an agent for numerous wineries around the globe. Read on in this month’s Savvy eZine to discover more about Diamond Estates, their portfolio of wines and how a baseball connection plays into the company name!

With a case of different wines from their various wineries, one summer evening, I rounded up the Savvy Team and some Savvy Selections subscribers to swirl, sip, savour and select the wines for you to enjoy.  After a grueling evening of wine tasting (yes, it can be hard work), we look forward to introducing you to wines from not one but TWO Niagara wineries from Diamond Estates portfolio.

In your Savvy Selections,You will find:

Lakeview Cellars Kerner Reserve 2009 VQA – an easy drinking end of summer sipping wine

Lakeview Cellars Syrah Reserve 2007 VQA – delectable, rich and simply awesome! There are only a few bottles left if you want more bottles, be sure to call me quickly!

East Dell Estates Reserve Cabernet Franc 2007 VQA – stunning!

And since great wines deserve great food, Derek shares these recipes to serve with these delicious wines.

Stock up on these wines!

We were amazed at the prices & quality of these wines.  Ordering additional bottles of this month’s selection or past Savvy Selections is super easy.  Simply drop me an e-mail at debbie@savvycompany.ca or give me a call at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926)

Cheers & Enjoy!


Debbie & Savvy Team



The Diamond winemaking team (l to r): Scott McGregor, Tom Green & Jason Roller

Introducing…
Diamond Estates

Presented by Savvy Sommelier Derek Vollrath

 

I always look forward to the months in which Debbie asks me to “take the lead” and organize the Savvy Selections.  It starts from the moment the wine is delivered to me.  It’s like Christmas as I rush to open the case to see what treasures the Savvy Team will “have to” work its way through.  The tasting panel is always a fun experience but the greatest thrill for me is talking to the winery owners, the winemakers and their staff.  I learn so much about the people behind the wines that we feature in the Savvy Selections.

This month I had the opportunity to meet Jason Roller and Chevonn Cook at Diamond Estates.  Jason has been working at Diamond since 2001 where he apprenticed and completed a co-op placement while studying at Brock University`s Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture program – while a big title, it boils down to Winemakers School at Brock University.

“Chevy” as the guys like to call her is one of Diamond’s “Group of Seven” members.  In this case, referring to the fact that she is one of seven original employees.  She has definitely seen the company grow!

Chevy and I traded numerous e-mails before we were able to agree on a time that we could actually talk over the phone.  When we did finally connect, Chevonn happily reported that “this is our first day of harvest and as we speak we are processing today Auxerrois, Muscat & Baco Noir grapes that will be used in the following brands: Lakeview, 20 BEES, FRESH, Seasons”.

Batter…Batter… Swing Batter!

Diamond is another Ontario wine industry success story.  The company was founded in 2000 by Murray Marshall and Andrew Green.  The two men had known each other for years through baseball.  You see Murray was a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays and had been a long time baseball coach of Andrew Green.  The name Diamond comes from the baseball diamond and the two friends love and involvement with the sport.

Diamond Estates is the second largest Canadian supplier of VQA wines to the LCBO.  When you stroll down the Ontario Wine section at any LCBO I guarantee that you will come across one of the nine brands that Diamond Estates produces.  These popular brands include: 20 Bees, Hat Trick NHL Alumni Wines, Lakeview Cellars, EastDell Estates, Sundance Wines, Dan Aykroyd Wines, De Sousa Wine Cellars.

When you are next in Niagara, you can stop into the Diamond Estates wine boutique located on Niagara Stone Road en route to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake & sample any of the wines from all of these wineries.  There is no other place like it in Niagara!

Diamond Estates’ portfolio also includes international brands that you may recognize: Emiliana from Chile,  Andre and Francois Lurton, Rodet from France, Casa Girelli from Italy, Anciano from Spain, Long Flat, Kilikanoon and Angus The Bull from Australia…and the list of international wine brands continues to grow!

We’re big … yet we’re small!

Jason coined it best when he told me: “although we are a very large winery we have a small winery mentality.  By that I mean that we are able to spend more time with our wines making sure that it is the very best we can produce.  Our equipment is a huge help.  We have a state of the art facility with an enormous capacity.  During harvest season what would take most wineries to process in 7 days we can process in 2.  We can then spend the other 5 days making sure that the product is perfect”.  When you taste this month’s wine I think you will agree with Jason.

Once Every Ten Years

Most winemakers will tell you that the 2007 vintage for Ontario wines was a vintage that happens once every 10 years.  This month you have two wines from this vintage. May I suggest that you take this opportunity and order a few extra bottles for your cellar?  These are great wines at a phenomenal prices.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

 

~ SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES ~

 

Lakeview Cellars Kerner Reserve 2009 VQA, $14.95

Kerner is a German grape variety that produces wines which are similar in nature to its more famous countryman…Riesling.  Kerner wines are relatively uncommon in Canada however as Jason and Chevonn explained to me Diamond Estates has been crafting wines from the Kerner varietal since 1996.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A pale lemon colour with aromas of citrus, pear and honey-do melon accompanied with slight floral undertones (can you find lilac?).  The wine coats your palate with flavours of white grapefruit, sweet apple, key lime and white pepper.  The mouth feel is rich and fleshy with a medium length green apple finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  This fresh and versatile wine would go well with a citrus salad or chicken breast with a mango chutney.  The tasting panel is recommending pairing this wine with Lime & oney Glazed Salmon with Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad.

Cellaring: This is an excellent sipping wine that could be enjoyed now or it could be cellared for up to 18 months.

Lakeview Cellars Syrah Reserve 2007 VQA, $19.95 (regular $29.95)

This wine has all of the hallmarks of a wonderfully crafted wine: the fruit was sourced from a single vineyard; the skins were left in contact with the juice for an extended period of time thus imparting the beautiful ruby red colour and to top it all off it was aged in American oak barrels for 3 years before being released.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Medium ruby red core that fades to a light garnet.  Dark cherry, cocoa, raisins, stewed prunes and hint of menthol all leap from the glass and carry through to the palate.  The tannins are soft and well integrated giving this medium bodies wine a velvety mouth feel.  The finish is equally as impressive as the complex palate lingers for a satisfyingly long time.

Suggested Food Pairing:  A wine as special as this Syrah should always be accompanied with a special meal.  At this price though, you can serve it often! Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb or flank steak with a honey-mustard sauce would be excellent choices.  Derek suggests that you pair this wine with beef tenderloin in a port, mushroom & stilton sauce – recipe follows.

Cellaring: It’s hard to believe that this vintage is already 5 years old. The wine will continue to mature and evolve in your cellar for another 5 to 7 years.

East Dell Estates Reserve Cabernet Franc 2007 VQA, $24.95

This is one of the premium red wines produced by Diamond Estates.  Only 110 cases or approximately 1,300 bottles of this wonderful wine were produced, so needless to say quantities are limited.  The September Tasting panel all agreed that the Cabernet Franc stole the show.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A rich garnet-red colour with a captivating bouquet of ripe red fruit, warm spice and dark chocolate.  This medium-bodied, dry wine delivers flavours of Christmas cake, allspice and vanilla.  Well balanced and richly textured with a stewed cherry finish that seems to hang on and on.

Suggested Food Pairing:  This is a dynamo wine and would pair well with barbequed gourmet burgers or grilled lamb chops with wild mushroom risotto.  The tasting panel is recommending roast veal with braised vegetables.  Read on as the recipe for this wonderful dish is at the end of this month’s eZine.

Cellaring: This wine can be cellared for 3 to 4 more years.  However, no need to wait as it is already 5 years old so enjoy it tonight with that special someone.

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~


With Lakeview Cellars Kerner Reserve…

Lime & Honey Glazed Salmon with Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad

From: Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats – A year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic chopped
½ Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tsp ground cumin
Juice of 2 limes
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tsp chili powder
4 6-ounce salmon fillets
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 10-once cab of corn kernels
½ cup of chicken stock
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 to 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro
6 cups of baby spinach

Method

Preheat a skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

While the onions are cooking, preheat another skillet over medium heat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

In a shallow dish, combine the juice of 1 lime, honey, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Add the salmon fillets to the lime-honey mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.  Add the seasoned salmon to the hot skillet and cook until just cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

To the cooked onions, add the bell peppers and corn kernels and cook for 1 minute.  Add the chicken stock and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. then add the black beans and cook until the beans are just heated through. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the juice of the second lime, the cilantro and the spinach.  Toss to wilt the spinach and then taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve the lime-honey-glazed salmon on top of the warm black bean and corn salad.

 

With Lakeview Cellars Syrah Reserve…

Beef Tenderloin with Port, Mushroom, Stilton Sauce

From: Land O Lakes Treasury of Country Recipes Cookbook
Serves 4

Ingredients
¼ cup butter
½ tsp. coarsely ground pepper
1 tsp. minced fresh garlic
2-3 lb. beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied
2 Tbsp butter
4 oz. crumbled Stilton cheese
1 cup beef broth
¼ cup Port
2 cup sliced mushrooms (I use small Cremini or a combination)
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup green onions

Method

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a skillet melt ¼ cup butter until sizzling; stir in pepper and garlic. Place tenderloin in skillet and cook over medium high heat until browned on all sides (7 – 9 minutes). Remove from pan; reserve pan juices and browned particles in skillet.

Line a 13 x 9” baking pan with foil and place tenderloin in pan to bake for 35 – 50 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 160 F (medium). Remove from oven and let rest, tented for 5 – 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp. butter in same skillet with reserved pan juices and browned particles until sizzling; stir in blue cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted (4 – 5 minutes). Stir in beef broth and wine; add mushrooms. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until mushrooms are tender. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients. Serve over carved tenderloin.

 

With East Dell Estates Reserve Cabernet Franc…

Roast Veal with Braised Vegetables

From: Food & Drink Magazine Early Summer 2009
Serves 6

Ingredients
3 lbs veal sirloin, tied in a roll
3 tbsp small rosemary sprigs
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 cup beef or chicken broth
4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch lengths
12 fingerling potatoes halved lengthwise if thick
3 cups chicken stock
2 white turnips peeled and cut into wedges
1 bunch leeks, dark green leaves removed, cut lengthwise through the root
12 stalks asparagus, tough ends removed

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover meat with rosemary sprigs, tucking them inside if possible.  Season with salt and pepper.

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over high heat until sizzling.  Add veal and brown on all sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side then remove from skillet & place in a roasting pan.  Discard fat from skillet; add stock and garlic, scraping up all the bits on the base and bring to boil. Pour hot stock into roasting pan.

Place pan in oven and roast for 40 to 45 minutes (depending on thickness) or until medium rare.  If stock reduces too quickly in pan, add up to ½ cup of water.

While veal is roasting, place carrots and potatoes into a pot of cold chicken stock over high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly softened.  Add turnips and leeks and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes.  Add asparagus and cook for 5 minutes or until all vegetables are cooked through.  Reserve vegetables and cooking liquid and reheat when needed.

Remove roasting pan from oven, remove veal and let rest for 10 minutes.  Place pan over burner and add 1 cup of reserved vegetable cooking liquid and bring to boil stirring all the little pieces at the base of the pan.  Simmer 2 minutes to intensity the flavours.

Slice veal into ½ inch slices.  Served with braised vegetables and some sauce.

Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

 

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