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This Weekend Only! Order top wines from Savvy Pop-Up Shop

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 31st, 2017
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Our Pop-Up Wine Shop this week was a HUGE hit! Nine wineries from Niagara uncorked over 50 different wines for fans like YOU to taste & buy.

Sorry that you missed it…but the good news is that you can order online to stock up. Simply go to www.savvycompany.ca/popup & pick any combo of 6+ wines that you would like delivered to your home or office – we’ll ship for FREE. Deadline to order: Sunday April 2nd @ midnight.

 

Let’s go wine shopping!>>

TIP: These wines are exclusively available from us…otherwise you have to go to the winery to buy them. You won’t find these special wines at the LCBO.

 

Top selling wines @ Savvy Pop-Up Wine Shop

Which to wines to buy? Here’s a starting point..and there’s more to order online.

13th Street Winery

2015 Merlot – $19.95
2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc – $29.95

GreenLane Estate Winery

2014 Tenacious C Chardonnay – $19.95
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – $32.95

Meldville Wines

2015 First Edition Chardonnay – $20.00
2015 Second Edition Cabernet Franc – $27.00

Redstone Winery

2014 Limestone Ridge Riesling – $19.15
2015 Rose – $17.15

Tawse Winery

2015 Red Foot Pinot Gris – $25.15
2012 Cabernet Merlot – $22.15

Two Sisters Vineyards

2016 Rose – $29.00 (pre-release)
2013 Cabernet Franc – $48.00 (pre-release)

Vieni Estates Wine & Spirits

Momenti Sparkling – $13.95
Canada 150 Red Sparkling – $16.95 – YES! A dry, red sparkling for Canada’s birthday
2013 Red Trillium Ripasso – $16.95

Vineland Estates Winery

2014 Cabernet Merlot Growers Blend – $17.95
2014 Gamay Noir – $25.00

Westcott Vineyards

Violette Sparkling Brut – $25.95
2015 Reserve Chardonnay – $32.95

DEADLINE FOR ORDERS: Sunday April 2nd

Order before midnight & shipping will be FREE

 

Just want a couple of bottles?

No problem. Shipping is $15 – hand delivered by courier. IDEA: combine your order with a friend’s to make up a 6+ bottle pack & the cost for shipping will be $0. It’s THAT EASY!

 

Have you heard? The County is coming too!

County in the Capital is happening on April 20th in Ottawa at the hip new Horticulture Building.

Join us at this Taste & Buy where Prince Edward County will be under one roof! Over 20 wineries, cideries, a craft brewery, distillery & cheesemakers along with gourmet goodies will be there.

 

Upgrade & save $25

Our ever-popular promo: Buy a Ticket & Bring a Friend for FREE has been extended until April 15. As a loyal Savvy fan, we are offering you a special promo code to get early access & red carpet treatment (and save $25 too). When you buy your ticket we’ll give you a complimentary V.I.T. (Very Important Taster) pass.

Simply use the promo code: WELOVEPEC …Ta-Da you are upgraded!

 

How to order your tickets:
Click here to order >>

* Select Individual Tickets
* Choose: Buy a Ticket & Bring a friend (this makes each ticket $40 each)
* Add a V.I.T. pass for each person
After you enter the deets for you & your friend, enter Promo Code: WELOVEPEC at the bottom of the order form. Magically you save $25 per person.

Share this with your friends, peeps & others who would like to come to County in the Capital. Hurry…only 82 tickets left before this Taste & Buy event sells out.

Thank you again for ordering from us & see you at County in the Capital.

– Debbie and the Savvy Team
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

PS – Spring cleaning? Found some Savvy wine tasting glasses you no longer want? Bring ’em back to County in the Capital! For every 4 glasses, we’ll give you a $5 gift certificate you can apply towards tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event.

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One Night Only! Next Week – Wed March 29th

Posted by Debbie

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Psst…have you heard? We’re having our 1st ever Pop-Up Wine Shop. It’s happening next week & we invite you to come as our guest – no tickets…no cost…just RSVP!

A bunch of Niagara wineries – big & small – will be serving wines that you can only find in Ottawa at our Pop-Up Wine Shop. This spur-of-the-moment wine shopping event will
feature:
* 13th Street Winery
* GreenLane Estate Winery
* Redstone Winery
* Tawse Winery
* Two Sisters Vineyards
* Vieni Estates Wine & Spirits
* Vineland Estates Winery
* Westcott Vineyards

Hurry to jump on this opportunity to sip, sample & stock up for Spring (try saying that fast!). There will be newly released wines, top-selling wines, refreshing Sparkling & Whites, ready-for-spring Roses & Reds of all kinds.

Be our Guest!

We have designed this Savvy Pop-Up Wine Shop just for you! There is absolutely no cost for you to attend. Bring friends & introduce them to the new Savvy way to shop for outstanding Ontario wines.

Simply RSVP to put your name on our guest list. Use Promo Code: SAVVYSHOPPER

 

Pop-Up Wine Shop Deets

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Wednesday March 29
POP-UP SHOP HOURS: 6 to 8pm
BRAND NEW VENUE: Innovation Centre @ 7 Bayview Road in Hintonburg (Ottawa)

COST: $25 per person….BUT for you, it’s FREE. Use Promo Code: SAVVYSHOPPER

 

ONLY 150 spots

To make this an extra special shopping experience with have lots of one-on-one time to chat with the winemakers, we are limiting our guest list to 150 wine lovers. Be sure to get your name on our guest list – quick! Use Promo Code: SAVVYSHOPPER

 

Stock up!…shipping is FREE

At this Pop-Up Shop order 6, 12 or more bottles of ANY combo of your favorite wines & we’ll deliver by courier to your home or office – absolutely FREE.

 

Can’t make it but want to order?

Call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to place your order & take advantage of FREE shipping – to major cities in Ontario.

 

BONUS 50% off & INSTANT upgrades!

Come to the Savvy Pop-Up Shop & when Prince Edward County is in Ottawa on April 20th for County in the Capital, we’ll give you 50% off regular tickets. PLUS we’ll automatically upgrade you to get a FREE VIT (Very Important Taster) pass! This will give you the red carpet treatment & early access to the event so you can spend more time mixing & mingling with the cool folks from The County.

See you at our Pop-Up Wine Shop!
– Debbie and the Savvy Team

Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

PS – Spring cleaning? Found some Savvy wine tasting glasses you no longer want? Bring ’em back!  For every 4 glasses, we’ll give you a $5 gift certificate you can apply towards tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event.

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GreenLane Estate Winery

Posted by Susan

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
Featuring GreeenLane Estate Winery
–  October 2015 –

 

The inviting entrance and patio at GreenLane Estate Winery became even more so when I noticed a large water dish for dogs at the access to the fenced patio. They think of everything here to make their guests – of all kinds – feel welcome. It was a warm, quiet day at the winery, so Dianne Smith, General Manager and Winemaker, insisted that our Brittany Spaniel be taken out of the car and provided a shady spot near that never-ending water dish. Once settled, she shared her dog stories about her rescued red Doberman, who has patrolled the vineyards these last 4 years scaring off the birds. Unfortunately, Oskar (named for Oscar Schindler of the famous Schindler’s list) is recovering from a hind leg injury at the moment, but assistant winemaker, Gavin Paton’s Labradoodle named Barley was in the vineyard ensuring that no small mammals became grape tasters. Having exchanged credentials as dog lovers, we then moved on to sample the full range of GreenLane’s wines in the spacious and beautifully renovated tasting room.

Dianne SmithIndependently owned, GreenLane is a boutique winery that was inspired by a passion for fine wines and a conversation with a childhood friend over a glass of such wine. The vision for creating a local winery producing high quality small-batch fine wines was realized in 2009 with the purchase of the Beamsville property at the intersection of GreenLane and Cherry Avenue in Vineland. Named after the bordering Green Lane, the winery embodies the essence and country charm of the area and the ideals of the vision. Although the site included established vineyards, the early days of winemaking began in a small clapboard farmhouse with newly arrived winemaker Dianne Smith focused on producing outstanding wines.

I visited the winery in its first year of operation, and so impressed with the quality and finesse of the wines that I have spent the last 5 years convincing Dianne Smith to let us introduce her wines to our Savvy Selections subscribers. As a boutique winery, production levels were also so small that the large size of our subscriber base was a challenge. Now however, we are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you not only to Dianne’s fabulous white wines, but also to her plush reds from the warm 2012 vintage.

In your Savvy Selections you will find…

GreenLane Chardonnay sur Lie VQA 2010 – a creamy full bodied elegant wine

GreenLane Cabernet Franc VQA 2012 – the opulent, fruit-forward red wine

GreenLane Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2012 – a bold, powerful wine that is definitely ‘cellar worthy’.

Pop in with your pooch…

The team at GreenLane are always at the winery to welcome to you – and your well-behaved pooch – to their small winery. When your travels take you to Niagara, be sure to pop in for a visit to try many of the other wines produced from the fruit of both the original and the new estate, including Pinot ‘Grieving’ from Dianne’s newly introduced band, Betrayed. Due to their size and growing popularity of their wines, you rarely find GreenLane’s wines at the LCBO.

Looking for more wine trip tips?

Our friendly Savvy Team (minus an office dog) is ready to help you with travel ideas and wine tips too. Give us a call anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

Cheers & Enjoy!

Debbie & Savvy Team
debbie@savvycompany.ca

 

 

Introducing…
GreenLane Estate Winery

Presented by Sommelier Susan Desjardins

 

Originally from a small seaside village in North Wales, Dianne Smith travelled the world with her family as her father’s job brought many transfers. “The wine bug hit me while I was studying Geology in Florida…and waiting on tables at a wine bar”, Diane recalls. “I finished up my degree, then looked for a post grad opportunity. The Brock University and Niagara College in their Oenology & Viticulture programs hit the mark. Once graduated, attempted to learn as much about the wine industry as I could, working for the LCBO and wine bars, in marketing and production at other local wineries such as Tawse, Hillebrand and Southbrook Vineyards too.

Saw an ad in the paper…

In March 2010, while working for Southbrook, I answered an ad for winery staff for a new, start up winery in Niagara. Five years later, I run GreenLane, juggling winemaking duties with my amazing assistant winemaker, Gavin Paton, and developing the GreenLane brand into one known for beauty and quality. In such a small, tight-knit team, we all wear quite a few hats!” Spoken like an entrepreneur!

Dianne Smith - in the vineyardGreenLane’s first vineyard location was chosen for its proximity to Lake Ontario, which offers a long growing season with cool evenings that effectively maintains the acidity in the Riesling and Pinot Gris and the quality of its very rocky clay loam soils, benefits the established plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, as well as the Riesling and Pinot Gris vines.

The new winery location offers accessibility to visitors meandering through Beamsville and a space five times that of the original old farmhouse.  In addition to a beautiful retail area and extensive production space, the site offers a lovely enclosed patio. The building has been extensively renovated to provide the perfect space for a boutique winery such as GreenLane. The new site is more sheltered, offering temperatures as much as 5F warmer than the original, as well as somewhat rocky clay loam with high iron content. Dianne has planted Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, following the advice of trusted wine industry friends, who indicated the site had an ideal terroir for Bordeaux varieties.

Moving = Surprises

Moving to the new winery has brought many benefits, but also some challenges for the team. Dianne tells an entertaining story of her first vintage at the new site. Hot weather meant that the Pinot Gris had to be harvested. Renovations were barely completed and the newly poured crush pad barely dried. An electrician from Toronto had installed the new press. As the Pinot Gris arrived – picked by a willing crew borrowed from another winery – the grapes sat on the skins as Dianne tried to start the press. Yikes, it wouldn’t work! Frantic calls to winemaker friends and neighbors brought a local electrician who declared, as he brought the press on line, that ‘those Toronto electricians really don’t know anything about winemaking equipment’.

greenlane estate wineryBy this time, the juice was a lovely deep pink colour. Into the fermentation tanks it went, as Dianne brought all her skills as a winemaker to bear to – as naturally as possible – filter the wine to a delicate peach hue. The 2013 Pinot Gris is her most popular wine and, if you’ve seen and tasted it, you’ll agree that she was very successful in her ‘rescue’ of the wine!

Dianne’s prior experience has led her to eschew conventional farming. Organic and biodynamic practices are followed in the vineyards and cellar, while a sustainable/herbicide-free approach is used in the vineyard. Says Dianne, ‘We are proud to farm sustainably and try to loosely follow the biodynamic calendar. We hope to farm the new site organically and to obtain certification in due course.’

Dianne is an enthusiastic host in the tasting room; her commitment to GreenLane and to her craft is almost tangible. Asked to describe her philosophy of winemaking, she says, “‘We pursue a vineyard first philosophy, embracing vintage variations in both aromatic and flavour profiles in our resulting wines. Winemaking is a labour of love. We strive to craft wines that speak truthfully of their vineyard origins by paying close attention to the terroir and allowing the fruit and the vintage to determine how the wines evolve. During harvest, the fruit is our dictator of style and our process allows the true flavours of grapes to shine.”

Love for Mother Nature & Old Man WinterGreenlane estate

Dianne is also true to her philosophy in the new brand she has created, Betrayed. Two brutal winters destroyed portions of both the delicate Pinot Gris and GreenLane’s 25-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In response, Dianne, “Betrayed by Mother Nature and Old Man Winter, we launched a sassy new line and named it Betrayed. Our first wine, Pinot Grieving, tells this story with the front label denoting Old Man Winter as a shadowy man, lurking in the background, wreaking havoc while the grapes (shown as a woman) weep. The 1950’s Pop Art styled label was designed by Niagara College students.”

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~SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES~

GreenLane Chardonnay sur Lie 2010 VQA, $35.002010 Chardonnay Sur Lie FRONT

Handpicked and sorted, this small-batch wine from the hot 2010 vintage is produced from the fruit of just 3-year-old vines – hard to believe given the depth and intensity of the flavour. This wine spent 22 months in a nearly new barrel and 3 neutral oak barrels, stirred twice weekly to integrate the flavours of the lies.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Brilliant gold, the complex aromas include toasted nut, butter pastry, pineapple, spiced vanilla, pear and apple tart. Dry, medium-full bodied, the power and intensity of the fruit is balanced by a creamy yet fresh texture, the flavours of caramel apple, pineapple and subtle nutty notes caressing the palate through a long, spiced finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Rich and flavourful, it’s a match for Thanksgiving turkey or ham, pasta with a creamy seafood sauce or roast pork.

Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 2-3 years

 

GreenLane Cabernet Franc 2012 VQA, $23.95

From the wonderfully warm 2012 vintage, this Cabernet Franc was handpicked from 8-year-old vines in the Antonio ds Silva-Ribeiro vineyard. It was then aged 9 months in French oak, 20% of which was ne2012 Cabernet Franc FRONTw.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This opulent Cabernet Franc tantalizes with a whiff of pencil shavings mingling with lifted aromas of roses, dark ripe berries and black cherry, cloves and chocolate. Showcasing ripe fruit on the palate, the wine is harmonious and well integrated, the tannins velvety, the balancing acidity subtle. The chocolate and spice notes join a chorus of lush fruit on the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve with roast lamb, pork or rare breast of duck.

Cellaring: This wine will cellar a further 2-3 years.

 

GreenLane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 VQA $32.952012 Cabernet Sauvignon FRONT

Produced from the fruit of 22-year-old vines that was hand harvested and sorted in different stages – some as late as the first week of November during this warm vintage. The wine was then aged 19 months in French oak barrels, gently punched down 4 times per day to increase extraction and intensity.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This inky, powerful wine offers great intensity and extraction. On the nose, the aromas of cassis and berry are rich and ripe, traces of vanilla, dark chocolate and spice merging and mingling with the fruit. Ripe yet firm tannins and refined acidity frame the concentrated dark fruit, hints of smoke, dried herbs, spice and pepper adding depth and complexity. Long and intense on the finish, the wine will cellar well.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Serve with rack of lamb or rare prime rib.

Cellaring: Ready now or it will cellar nicely for another 4 to 5 years

 

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~


With GreenLane Chardonnay sur Lie…

Sausage & Exotic Mushroom Turkey Stuffing
By Emily Richards, LCBO Food & Drink Magazine
Serves 8-10

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh pork sausage (consider using 1 chorizo for a smoky flavour)
4 shallots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 small carrots, finely chopped
3 Tbsp chopped fresh sage or 1 Tbsp dried sage
¼ C butter
2 cups sliced oyster mushrooms
2 cups small chanterelle mushrooms or sliced shitake mushroom caps
½ cup dry white wine
Salt & freshly ground pepper
8 cups cubed rustic bread (French or Italian)
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
¾ cup chicken stock

Method

Preheat oven to 325F.

Remove casings from sausages. Cook sausage meat in large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up into small pieces with wooden spatula, for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Drain all but 1 Tbsp of fat from the skillet.

Add shallots, garlic, celery, carrots and sage. Sautée for 8 minutes or until golden. Add butter and stir until melted.

Add oyster and chanterelle mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms are softened. Add white wine and boil until wine evaporates. Season with salt & pepper. Scrape into a large bowl. Add bread and parsley. Toss to combine.

Drizzle chicken stock over stuffing mixture to moisten. Pour into greased 10 cup casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes or until crisp and golden.

 

With GreenLane Cabernet Franc

Duck Breasts with Blood Orange Salsa
By Lucy Waverman, The Flavour Principle
Serves 4
photo credit: www.ricardocuisine.com

Ingredientsblood oranges

3 duck breasts (about 12 oz. each)
1 tsp cracked fennel seeds
1 tsp cracked coriander seeds
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Salsa

½ cup chopped fennel
½ cup chopped blood orange flesh (or use Cara Cara oranges)
2 Tbsp chopped red onion
2 tsp chopped, seeded jalapeño pepper, or to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp blood orange juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp chopped chives
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
¼ tsp granulates sugar
Salt

Method

Combine fennel, blood orange flesh, red onion, jalapeño, olive oil, blood orange juice, lemon juice, chives, cilantro, sugar and salt to taste. Reserve

Preheat oven to 450F.

Score skin of duck breasts at 1” intervals (do not cut into meat). Rub with fennel and coriander seeds. Season with salt & pepper.

Place skin side down in a cold ovenproof skillet & place over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until fat is rendered & skin is beginning to crisp.

Pour off fat & place skillet in oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until duck is medium-rare. Remove from skillet & let rest 5 minutes.

Slice breasts into ½ “ slices. Serve topped with salsa.

 

With GreenLane Cabernet Sauvignon…

Herbalicious Rack of Lamb
By Lucy Waverman, The Flavour Principle
Serves 4
photo credit: www.LucyWaverman.com  

 Ingredientsrack of lamb

1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs
¼ cup finely diced seeded tomato
½ cup chopped fresh thyme
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
Salt & freshly ground pepper
¼ cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 lamb racks (8 chops each), frenched
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Method

Combine bread crumbs, tomato, herbs, garlic, salt, pepper and melted butter. Mix well & transfer to a shallow dish. Reserve.

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat & add oil. Season lamb with salt & pepper. Sear lamb, fat side down, for 2 minutes. Turn over & sear for 2 more minutes. Upend racks & sear meaty ends. Turn racks bone side down & place skillet in oven. Roast racks for 7 minutes.

Remove from oven & brush mustard over meat. Roll racks in break crumb mixture & return to pan, bone side down. Roast for another 10-15minutes or until just pink. Let lamb rest for 5 minutes before carving. 

Bonus Recipes…


GreenLane’s red wine & Chocolate Brownies!


GreenLane’s big bold red wines would be delicious with dark chocolate.  The winery team think that they have died and gone to heaven when Dianne makes these brownies to enjoy with GreenLane’s big red wines.

Old Fashioned Cocoa Brownies
From Dianne’s kitchen to yours
photo credit: www.simplyscratch.com

Ingredientsbrownies

1 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¾ tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup double-strength hot brewed coffee
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
½ tsp salt
2 cup sugar
½ cup plain nonfat yogurt

Method

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together into a large bowl. Add the coffee and corn syrup – whisk until mixture is smooth and glossy. Add applesauce, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until completely blended.

Add flour and fold in yogurt with wooden spoon just until it is incorporated.

Fold batter into an 8×8” nonstick baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until mixture begins to separate from the edges of the pan and centre is firm to touch.

Remove from oven, place on rack, leave in pan to cool completely. 

Spicy Chocolate-Cayenne Truffle Brownies

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 Ingredients

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces (+ more for greasing pan)
4 large eggs at room temperature
¾ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (+ more for dusting)
¾ – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher salt

Method

Preheat oven to 350F.

Prepare pan with butter and line with parchment.

In sauce pan, melt broken chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring often. Once melted, remove from heat and add both sugars, stir and set aside.

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and cayenne into large bowl and set aside.

Add eggs one at a time to the slightly warm chocolate, whisk after each.

Add spoonfuls of the flour/cocoa mixture and stir with a spatula until smooth.

Pour batter into 8×8” pan (bake for 35-40 minutes) or 9×13” pan (bake for 20-25 minutes).

Let cool and remove from pan. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and cut as desired. Note: For more fudgy brownies, tester should come out slightly coated.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

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‘Simply Outstanding’ – reviews pour in about Twenty Valley wines

Posted by Debbie

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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All of us at Savvy Company love wine & we love to have fun introducing you to new wineries & their wines.  Last week we hosted 20+ wineries from Niagara’s 20 Valley to strut their stuff at Outstanding in their Fields Taste & Buy event in Ottawa.  Despite the first big snowstorm, the event was sold out & received many rave reviews from wine lovers & wineries.

Here is a great review from one the bloggers – Jane Staples – who offers wine tips to help you start your Christmas shopping!

And more great news….20 Valley wineries are coming back in November 2014.  Stay tuned for the details.  If you would like to receive an invitation to this signature event, simply let us know with an email to cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

GUEST BLOG by Jane Staples

A sold-out winetasting event at the NAC last night, showed how delightful a Savvy wine tasting can be.  Over 300 people braved the slippery streets to be greeted warmly by Savvy Company staff.  Dozens of  outstanding wines from Niagara’s Twenty Valley wine region were available to taste and to order.  This is probably the most fun you can have while doing some holiday shopping and stocking up for home entertaining at the same time. A disc jockey and a raffle added to the fun.

My top picks…

I started the evening’s tasting with some bubbly from Cave Spring: lovely green apple and citrus on the nose and palate, a fine creamy fizz and a long citrus finish made this a perfect way to wake up the taste buds and start the tasting adventure.

My favourite wine discovery (after all, I already knew that I love champagne) was Kacaba Pinot Noir VQA 2007. Earthy, plummy, tart fruit flavours and well-balanced acidity and tannins. Sure to pair well with roast pork, duck or turkey.

Another happy find was Green Lane Chardonnay VQA 2010.  Fresh citrus and pear on the nose, repeated with subtle oak and vanilla on the palate. Definitely a wine worth remembering.

Last stop was at the Vineland Estates table, where I sampled their 2011 Rose.  If you like strawberries or dreaming about summertime, this one’s for you. Fresh strawberries on the nose and tart berries on the palate, which sweetens during a lingering finish.

Want to order these outstanding Ontario wines?

No problem! You can order any of the wines featured at Outstanding in their Fields online or call the Savvy Team anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) to make arrange a shipment of Ontario wines for you.  Place your order before December 8th to take advantage of the free shipping offer on a case of wine.

This was Savvy’s last wine tasting event til 2014…we can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!

Hats off to Savvy Company for another terrific wine event!

– Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Reminder: you need to pick up a Mother’s Day gift!

Posted by Julie

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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In most parts of the world, the second Sunday in May is celebrated as an opportunity to express joy and gratitude to our Mothers. So it is timely that the May 7 release at the LCBO Vintages will WOW some mothers out there. While flowers, chocolates and cards are popular gifts to symbolize one’s love and appreciation; I can’t imagine anything nicer than sharing a lovely bottle of wine with my Mom.

Which ones to pick? Here’s my shopping list!

There are many new Rosés in this release and considering that I am the ‘Rosé Queen’, I‘d like to take more than 3 home. Like sparkling wine, Rosé makes a fabulous appertif and a great sipper on its own. Many are at a popular price point (under $17) so you might want to try a couple of different bottles to see which one could become a spring-summer favourite. Tawse Winery Rosé, a perennial favourite, is also back on the shelf, but I want to expand my Rosé palate.

In this release there is also a fantastic array of Australian reds. One wine I wrote about last year when it made its debut, “Ladies Who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz 2010”, now returns with a Gold Medal from the 2013 Sydney International Wine Competition on its label.  At $35.95 it is truly worth the splurge for this big bold beauty. The label itself of a woman with a hunting rifle and her dog is a great conversation piece. The wine is polished and memorable.

Finally, for those of you who like Chardonnay, this is your time to shine. It was difficult to not fill my shopping list with ONLY Chards. For my $100 budget, it is still the number one best selling grape and whether you like a big buttery taste or a unoaked one, this release offers something for everyone.

Enjoy, cheers…and Happy Mother’s Day!

Julie

 

Domaine d’Orfeuilles Brut Vouvray

AC, Méthode Traditionnelle du Val de Loire, France
$18.95  (Vintaages #319954) 12.5% alcohol

Hands down, my #1 pick! An elegant slightly pale pink tinge to this bubbly wine, it is sure to impress. Beautiful mousse (winespeak: fine bubbles) delicious creamy texture with tastes of apricots, peaches, orchard fruit, bone dry with a long fruity finish. It is an absolute beauty to have for a luncheon or before dinner or just on its own. Although I frequently write and rave about sparkling wine, this one was over the top and is on my agenda to pick up a couple of bottles. I would pair this with just about anything – sheer yum.

Greenlane Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula
$17.95 (Vintages #329409) 12.5 % alcohol

This is the first Chardonnay I have sampled from the Lincoln Lakeshore area and for the price point, it is fantastic – so much going on from the intial sip. First, it’s fresh; dry and because it is unoaked there is no butter taste or cloying mouthfeel. Lots of tree fruit, green apples, peaches with an underlining seam of minerality that one often associates with a Niagara Riesling. Very mouthcoating and medium bodied with a delectable fruit finish. This Chard would be great with summer salads and grilled chicken or fish. It’s a very versatile food wine.

 

 

13th Street Pink Palette Rosé 2012

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$14.95 (Vintages #275834) 12.5% alcohol

A beautiful pale pink colour with aromas of fresh spring air and raspberries. It is light-bodied, slightly off-dry with vibrant strawberry flavours; clean crisp acidity that coat the palate with just a hint of rhubarb. For some reason, this rosé reminded me of the red fruit pies that come from the bakery located next to the winery, but I know that is my vivid imagination and there could not possibly be any connection, or could there?

 

Chateau Tananda Grand Barossa Shiraz  2010

Barossa, South Australia
$22.95 (Vintages #311365) 14.5% alcohol

A deep purple, aromas of gorgeous dark fruit, mouth-coating and full bodied with layers of plums and black currant, blueberry flavours and a touch of sweet spice on the long finish.

Bone dry, soft tannins but how sweet it is! With a rack of lamb, this would be fabulous.

 

 

San Polo Auka Torrontes 2012

La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina
$13.95 (Vintages#322842)  13.5%

Don’t let the price fool you; this is a great new wine at Vintages. Soft white in colour, very aromatic floral notes with an energetic and fresh lemony taste. It has lots of zingy acidity but it’s not over the top and offers a fairly hefty weight for a fruity crisp wine with a mouth-watering finish. It would be great with any seafood or salad, or just sitting on your patio.

 

Grand Total: $ 88.75

 

What to buy with the $11.25 in change?

I have enough for a bottle of one of my favourite general list products, Cono Sur Viognier from Chile $9.95  – one of the best kept secrets in the LCBO.   And I still have a toonie left over!

 

 

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