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Meet the winemakers of Pondview & Sue-Ann Staff wines

Posted by Amanda

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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From fruit trees to vineyards  – over generations, their family farms have become wineries. Meet two families who have been fruit farmers in Niagara for many generations &now their land produces internationally award-winning wines. They’ve grown up on the farm & certainly know what it’s like to get their hands dirty. Join us on Wednesday April 22 for the Portfolio Tasting featuring Pondview & Sue-Ann Staff Wineries to sample these outstanding wines.

Introducing…Sue-Ann Staff

Sue Ann at tasting bar-001Mention the family name ‘Staff’ and everyone in the Ontario wine industry knows exactly who you are talking about. Sue-Ann Staff is the first of 6 generations of fruit farmers to become a winemaker…and an international award-winning one too!

Making her mark at Pillitteri Estates and megalomaniac, Sue-Ann has always been one to lend a hand at neighbouring wineries because ‘we are a small community & everyone pitches in’. She recently took the plunge to focus solely on her namesake winery where the tasting bar is in the kitchen of her grandmother’s farmhouse.

Introducing…Lou Puglisi

pondview_family_3jpgThe Puglisi family grew grapes for many generations in Italy. When they immigrated to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1964, they naturally planted vineyards as pioneers of the Ontario grape growing industry.

By the age of 19, Lou had saved enough money from working on the farm & construction jobs to buy his dream sportscar – a red Camaro. His father wisely convinced him to use his savings to buy the property beside the family farm that has since transformed into Pondview Estates Winery. Now, Lou is continuing the family tradition by raising his 3 boys surrounded by the vineyards. Lou drives a minivan & hasn’t yet bought a Camaro.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday April 22
Talk around the Kitchen Table – 5:30pm
Portfolio Tasting – drop in between 6:30 & 9 pm
Location: Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre, Ottawa (free parking available)

Special pre-event talk

In every farmhouse, the kitchen table is the hub of the family. Sue-Ann and Lou invite you to their ‘kitchen table’ to learn first-hand about the synergies of grape growing to winemaking while you taste previous vintages & barrel samples of Sue-Ann’s Riesling (her signature grape variety) and Pondview’s Cabernet Franc. Limited to 40 people.Purchase of a pre-event ticket is required.

Advance Tickets Only

Talk around the Kitchen Table:$25 per person
Portfolio Tasting Only:$25 per person*
*This amount will be deducted from your purchase of a mixed case of wine.

Ordering is EASY & Shipping is FREE!

Only at this portfolio wine tasting, you’ll have the unique opportunity to try wine futures (not-yet-released), recently-released wines & barrel samples. you can order ANY assortment of the featured wines from Pondview Estates and Sue-Ann Estates to be delivered by courier to your home or office. You won’t find these wines at the LCBO.   And…when you order 12+bottles from the wineries, shipping is FREE.

Click to order now any of these Pondview or Sue-Ann Staff wines >>

 

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Pondview Wines to Taste & Order…

White Wines

2012 Harmony White $12.95 (regular $14.95)
2013 “GR” Gewürztraminer Riesling $13.95
2012 Unoaked Chardonnay $15.00 (regular $17.00 – end of Vintage Sale)
2014 Riesling $15.95
2013 “Dragonfly” Pinot Grigio $16.95
2014 Viognier $16.95

Rosé Wine

2014 Cabernet Franc Rosé $14.95

Red Wines

2013 Harmony Red $14.95
2013 Cabernet Merlot Reserve $18.95

Bella Terra Reserve Wines

2013 Pinot Gris $19.95
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $25.00
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95
2012 Cabernet Franc $34.95
2012 Meritage $39.95

Dessert Wine

2012 Vidal Select Late Harvest $18.95

Future Wines

Minimum 6 bottle order – any combination of these wines.
Expected delivery date: end of August 2015
2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc $30.00 (regular $34.95)
2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00 (regular $34.95)

 

 

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Sue-Ann Staff Wines to Taste & Order…

Sparkling Wine

2011 Sparkling and SASSY $25.95 (regular $27.95)

 White Wines

2012 Riesling Loved By Lu $16.95
2012 Pinot Grigio $18.00
2012 Grace’s Dry Riesling $18.95
2011 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00
2011 Viognier Riesling $35.00

Red Wines

2014 Baco Noir $14.95
2011 Cabernet Franc $21.95

NEW! Fancy Farm Girl

2012 Frivolous White $14.95
2012 Flamboyant Red $14.95

Dessert Wine

2012 Vidal Icewine 200mL $19.95 (regular $24.95)

Future Releases

2013 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink $17.00
2013 Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles $27.95
2014 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00 –A VERY Special wine
Only 7 cases will be released of this ultra-premium Riesling for special orders. Remaining bottles will be released for Sue-Ann’s 10th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

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NEWS! County in the City – bigger than ever before

Posted by Debbie

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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We can’t wait! Prince Edward County is returning to Ottawa to for our 3rd annual County in the City Taste & Buy event.  This evening will shine the spotlight on 16 wineries, The County’s only craft brewery – Barley Days – and hard apple ciders made at The County Cider Company.  All good wines, craft beers & ciders deserve to be enjoyed with good food, this year you will enjoy cheeses from Black River Cheese and Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co and gourmet pasta from the region’s newest pasta maker Pasta Tavola. Who knew that there was so much to discover in The County??

County in the City“Prince Edward County is growing so quickly, it is impossible to cover the map in a weekend getaway”, states our Debbie Trenholm.  “County in the City will give everyone a taste of what is in store when you make the roadtrip and also gives you the opportunity to meet all of the cool people involved in growing The County. ”

County in the City is one of Savvy Company’s Taste & Buy events showcasing wines, ciders and craft beers that are not available at the LCBO.  Join us & you have the unique opportunity to order any combination of their County favorites to be delivered by courier to a work or home address in Ontario. Exclusive to this event, there will be free shipping on orders of 12 bottles or more.

Tickets are available in advance only and are $55 per person when purchased before April 4th, 2014 ($65 per person afterwards).  Ticket prices include HST.  Visit www.savvycompany.ca/events  to purchase tickets or for additional event information.

“County in the City is a terrific event for us to reach Ottawa consumers.  Every year, countless numbers of people from Ottawa come down to explore The County,“  says Glenn Symons, owner and winemaker at  Lighthall Vineyards.  “I am delighted to see that this year’s County in the City has grown to be the largest yet – there are so many great wines, craft beers, ciders and foods made here. I am proud to have my winery in the heart of it all.”

Look who is coming to this year’s County in the City Taste & Buy in Ottawa:

Brewery: Barley Days Brewery

Cidery: The County Cider Company

Cheesemakers: Black River Cheese Company & Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.

Gourmet Food: Pasta Tavola

What is a Taste & Buy event?

A Taste & buy event is an opportunity for you to sample any number of the featured wines (there will be over 50 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’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

Advance Tickets Only

Savvy Special: $55 before Friday April 4 (regular $65)
Bring a group of 4 friends:$200 total (save an additional $5 each)
Ticket prices include everything! Wine, beer & cider tastings, samples of the featured foods, tasting booklet, Savvy wine tasting glass & HST.

Can’t make it but want to order?

No problem! Simply call our Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) and we will make the arrangements for you. Place your order before April 20th and you can take advantage of the free shipping offer.

 

Media Contact:

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-17

 

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