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Order Outstanding Wines, Ciders & Spirits!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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Here is the inside scoop of all that will be featured at this year’s Outstanding in their Fields.  These hard-to-find wines, craft ciders & artisan spirits are not available at the LCBO, so this is a great opportunity to Taste then Buy any of the bevvies beloe that you want to enjoy at home & serve at holiday parties.

It’s no wonder why Outstanding in their Fields is Ottawa’s favorite event of the year!

This event always sells out!
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Unable to join us…but want to order?

No problem. Our Team of Savvy Sommerliers are ready to help you stock on anything featured at this Taste & Buy event.  Simply call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to place your order. FREE shipping applies to orders received by midnight on Sunday November 11th.

From Prince Edward County

Broken Stone Winery
Exuberance Sparkling Riesling $24.95
2016 Pinot Gris $15.95
2016 Sans Chêne (unoaked Chardonnay) $15.95
2016 Cabernet Franc $19.95
2016 Intensity Meritage $24.95

 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
2017 Dea’s Sparkling Rosé $21.95
2016 Chardonnay Reserve $26.95
2015 Pinot Noir $21.95
2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve $26.95

 

FieldBird Cider
Buzzing Chatter $15.00
Boldly Speckled $20.00

 

Grange of Prince Edward
2016 Victoria Block Chardonnay $30.00
2016 Isabella Block Pinot Gris $33.00
2016 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc $27.95
2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir $29.95

 

Huff Estates
2016 Cuvee Janine Sparkling Rosé   SPECIAL $27.00 (reg $30)
2017 Pinot Gris $20.00 (reg $22)
2017 All Day Rosé $18.00
2017 Pinot Noir Reserve SPECIAL $35.00 (reg $40)


Karlo Estates
 

2017 Gewürztraminer $19.00
2016 Three Witches $20.00
2017 Marquette $20.00
2016 Cabernet Franc $39.00
2016 VanAlstine Red (fortified) $29.00

 

Keint-He Estates
2015 Voyageur Riesling SPECIAL $17.00 (reg $20)
2014 Portage Chardonnay $25.00
2017 Portage Rosé $25.00
2014 Portage Pinot Noir $25.00

 

Kings Mill Cider
Premium $12.95
Ginger $14.95
Hopped $14.95
Scrumpy $16.95
Arrested Development $17.95
Ice Cider (200 mL) $19.95

 

Trail Estates Winery
2018 Pétiallant Naturel (Pet-Nat) $35
2016 Wild Ferment Gewürztraminer $30.00
2017 Skin-Ferment Gewürztraminer $35.00
2016 Wild Ferment Chardonnay $45.00
2016 Wild Ferment Cabernet Franc $45.00

 

Traynor Vineyards
2017 Pet-Nat $40.00
2016 Sauvignon Blanc $25.00
2016 Pinot Gris $25.00
2017 Gamay Noir $35.00
2016 Pinot Noir SPECIAL $35.00 (reg $45)
2016 Orange (Skin-Fermented Chardonnay) $40.00
Vermouth $35.00

 

From Niagara

Di Profio Estate Winery
2016 Kitchen Zinc (white blend) $17.95
2016 Just What the Doctor Ordered (Gamay) SPECIAL: $19.95 (reg $21.95)
2015 Cabernet Merlot $23.95
2016 Select Late Harvest Riesling $24.95

 

Legends Estates Winery
2016 Barrel Ferment Pinot Gris $20.00
2017 Traminer $20.00
2012 Malbec Reserve $26.50
2012 Petit Verdot $26.50

 

Meldville Wines
2017 Sauvignon Blanc $20.00
2017 Chardonnay $20.00
2017 Pinot Noir $27.00
2017 Syrah $27.00

 

Redstone Winery
2017 Redfoot Vineyard Viognier $19.95
Craft Cider – 6 pack $20.70

 

Reif Estates Winery
2017 Chenin Blanc $18.95
2017 Kerner Reserve $18.95
2017 Shiraz $18.95
2017 Merlot Reserve $29.95

 

Southbrook Vineyards
2017 Wild Ferment Cider $13.95
2017 Riesling $22.95
2016 Estate Chardonnay $40.00
2017 Gamay $24.95
2016 Pinot Noir $35.00

 

Sue-Ann Staff Winery
2015 Lavelle’s Vidal SPECIAL $14.95 (reg $16.95)
2016 Mabel’s V.C.R. (white blend) $28.95
2016 The Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc $34.95
2016 Howard’s Icewine Vidal (200mL) $24.95 OR  (375mL) $39.95

 

Tawse Winery
2016 Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling $20.95
2015 Chardonnay $19.95
2013 Cabernet Merlot $21.95
Craft Cider – 6 pack $20.10

 

Two Sisters Vineyards
2017 Margo Rosé $22.95 (only from us!)
2016 Unoaked Old Vines Chardonnay SPECIAL $29.50 (reg $39)
2012 Estate Red Reserve $23.95 (only from us!)

 

Westcott Vineyards
2017 Violette Sparkling Brut $25.95
2016 Estate Chardonnay $27.95
2017 Pinot Noir Rosé $22.95
2015 Estate Pinot Noir $30.00

 

From Ottawa Valley

Dairy Distillery
VodKow (500ml) – $25.00
VodKow (750ml) – $36.00

 

Farmgate Cider
3 Bros Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Bee Squared Off Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Russet Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Sugar Bush Off Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00

 

KIN Vineyards
2017 KINdling Sparkling Vidal $22.95
2016 Civil Grit Chardonnay $20.95
2017 Understory Marechal Foch $22.95
2017 Civil Grit Gamay $23.95

 

From further afield…

Reunion Moonshine – Perth
Apple Pie Moonshine $32.95
Butter Tart Moonshine $32.95
Citrus Mint Moonshine $32.95
Strawberry Moonshine $32.95
Wild Blueberry Moonshine $32.95

 

Windswept Orchard Co. – Meaford

Crimson Crisp (500ml) $12.00
Ida Red (500ml) $12.00
Golden Russet (500ml) $14.00
Wild Heirloom Perry (500ml) $18.00
Perennial Cider (750ml) $18.00
Lost Orchard (750ml) $22.00

 

 

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20 Questions: The ‘dirt’ on Derek Barnett

Posted by Debbie

Monday, February 5th, 2018
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All of us in the Savvy Team have been long-time fans of Derek Barnett. We were gung-ho to do our part when he launched his Meldville Wines by featuring Derek’s wines in Savvy Selections in July 2016. Since then, the wines and Derek as a new business owner have shone. The story about the winery in the beginning is the same! So, I asked Derek “20 Questions” about his career as a winemaker and threw in some personal ditties to get some ‘dirt’ on the man Derek Barnett. “But I don’t enjoy talking about myself”, said Derek. Here he is with the spotlight shining directly on him.

1. What do you take in your morning coffee or tea? Coffee is black, no sugar. Tea is milk, no sugar

2. What drink would you like right this minute? Malt Whiskey – it is 11pm right now afterall!

3. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? Always wanted to be a farmer – just like both of my grandfathers.

4. What was the very first winery that you ever visited? I have to think it was Stoney Ridge in Beamsville (Niagara).

5. What wine got you hooked? Oh my, I need two!! German Riesling – Jos.Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich 1976. Later on, it was Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

6. Take a few minutes and jot down the path to becoming the winemaker you are today: Winemaking started for me at Southbrook Winery back in 1991 when it was located in Maple, sourcing fruit from Niagara Vineyards. In 2001 my wife Judith and I, moved to Niagara to begin Lailey Vineyard with Donna and David Lailey, Tonya Lailey and Yves Starrveld. Making small batch wines from the 23 acre vineyard that eventually was planted with 15 different vinifera grape varieties. In 2015, Lailey Vineyard and the winery were sold. Soon after, Judith and I started Meldville Wines, a virtual winery working from Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville – still making small batch wines from just a few less grape varieties!!

7. What is your winemaking style in 3 words: Rich balanced wines

8. Do you have music playing in the cellar while you work? No Music – can’t hear the wines talking!

9. Favorite thing about the local wine industry: I love it all. We are making great wines so getting together to taste and chat is pretty special.

10. Favorite thing about growing grapes: That answer is easy. Got to love the awakening in the vineyard each and every spring and looking forward to what is ahead.

11. What part of winemaking are you always trying new things? For me, it is always the fermentation

12. What is the unglamorous thing about winemaking? Getting in the tanks for remove the tartrates, getting in the press to scrub it clean at the end of the day……

13. Who have been your mentors throughout your winemaking career: There have been many people who have helped get me to where I am today, but none more than Bill Redelmeier – founder of Southbrook Vineyard.

14. What about personal mentors? That would be my brother Malcolm

15. What wine region do you want to visit next? Oregon

16. One surprising thing that I’m really good at: Winemaking! – he says with a giggle (photo credit: winesinniagara.ca)

17. When is your birthday (no year required!): Feb 20

18. My Birthday “Favorite Meal”: Risotto

19. What do you like to do when in you are not making wine? Golf. Long walks with my camera and bike rides with my wife Judith

And now for Question #20….

Since you are lucky to live & work in 2 wine regions – Niagara and The County – what are 2 of your favorite places that you’d recommend to take a break from tasting and touring to do? You know…the ‘local inside scoop’ 

In Niagara – I love to visit lock 3 of the Welland Canal – check the museum, soak up some history and watch the freighters going up and down the canal. The other place to get off the beaten track for a while is the DeCew Falls. Oh and if you are still thirsty – many local breweries with great patios.

In PEC – I don’t have a lot of time to when I’m in the County to explore but I love going to Lake on the Mountain – Lots to do (good beer and food), some great walks and almost always quiet.

 

 

Introducing…

Meldville Wines
By Savvy Sommelier Monique Sosa

July 2016

Derek has been a hands-on winemaker throughout his entire career since arriving in Canada. With the sale of Lailey Vineyards where he was one of the founding partners & long time head winemaker, sparked the new beginning in his life – the decision to start crafting wines under his very own label!

As he was getting ready to launch his virtual winery, Savvy Sommelier – Monique Sosa, caught up to Derek for August 2016 Savvy Selections feature. She taps into what motivates Derek, his pursuit to owning and operating his own winery, and of course, enjoy the inaugural release of Meldville wines. So here is her interview with Derek…

…who is Derek Barnett after all?

“Wow! I really dislike talking about myself.” After we both nervously chuckled, the ice cracked and Derek came to admit that he is simply a guy who loves to drink wine and loves being a winemaker.

“I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do what I do for work every day and I simply enjoy making wines for people who love to drink wine.”

Derek hails from a deep background in agriculture. Both his grandparents owned farms in rural central England where his first job in the business was milking cows. When Derek immigrated to Canada, he worked as a dairy farmer at Don Head Farms, north of Toronto. During the 1980s, Derek was proactive in the evolution of Don Head Farms from dairy farming to a thriving fresh local produce hub. By the early 1990s, as appreciation for local gourmet foods and fine wine spiked amongst Derek and his colleagues in the Greater Toronto Area, the owners of Don Head Farms seized the opportunity to obtain a license to operate a boutique winery. They sought to source the finest grapes from key quality producers in the Niagara Escarpment with Derek as their winemaker. In 1991, the doors to their winery – Southbrook Winery – opened with a small but proud inventory of 2000 cases of wine.

Visualizing what became the first breaths of Derek’s dream career path, I asked him if it was challenging for him to take on such a role? “Not really,” he responded. Derek is proud to admit that he nurtured his craftsmanship on the job. He may not have been educationally trained but he enjoyed drinking wine, he had a trusted palate, and he understood how to make table wine that people enjoyed drinking. Vintage after vintage, as his skills and reputation expanded, while Derek recognized that being a winemaker meant far beyond just turning grape juice into wine. He recognized that being a standout winemaker included growing grapes, making wine with those grapes, and successfully selling the wine made from those grapes. “To achieve these goals, you need to connect with people,” explained Derek.

“Understanding consumers, what they like and how to connect with them is what motivates a winemaker to make great wines.”

Welcome to Meldville Wines…

With several decades of experience in winemaking at Southbrook Winery and Lailey Vineyards – and currently Karlo Estates in Prince Edward County – Derek came face to face with another career first, owning and operating his own virtual winery.

Meldville was the name of his family homestead in Swinford, England. It was coined by his family from combining the first initials in each of their names:
• M for Malcolm (Derek’s brother)
• E for Edward (Derek’s father)
• L for Lucy (Derek’s mother)
• D for Derek

Ever since Derek committed this name to his imaginary winery, it became a constant twinkle in his eye.

What finally sealed the deal? “Well, after Lailey, I felt like it was too soon for me to retire. Suddenly, with an abundance of free time that fell on my plate, I thought to myself, there’s no time like the present,” Derek explained.

At present, Meldville Wines is a virtual winery producing wines under the license of Legends Estate Winery. The three grape varietals in this inaugural release are sourced from the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation in the Niagara Escarpment. Derek chose to work with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet France because he finds these wines to be very textural, flavourful and showcases attractive levels of acidity. Derek has had experience working with Legends Estate Winery during his years as the head winemaker at Lailey and he appreciates that he still has the support of his community and the opportunity to continue to work with such fine fruit.

What’s on the bottle?

Something to note about the wine, are the stories behind the labels. The front and back labels both depict symbols that are important to the conceptualization of Meldville Wines. The layout of the front label depicts the first page of the first edition of the Meldville Wines story. The symbolism behind the skeleton key represents an invitation to unlock a little bit of Derek into your glass. On the back label, you will find a photo of what once was the Meldville homestead in England. Altogether, it is a unique welcome symbolizing the inaugural release of Meldville wines.

This is just the beginning. Derek has many plans and ideas for his winery. Some that include plans to expand his portfolio of grapes to include Pinot Noir and Riesling. He also loves working with small lot vineyards so we can definitely expect to find rare reserve releases in the future as well.

So, is Derek really only about wine?

“Mostly!” says Derek with a grin. To which I asked, “what do you tend to keep in your cellar Derek?” Derek responds, “I am a huge fan of Riesling.” He lit up when he described all the enticing German Rieslings he grew up drinking. Chardonnay is another top grape for Derek along with Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. As for red wines, Derek loves Northern Rhone reds. He says he has quite the coveted collection in his cellar. Aside from wine, Derek is a ‘mega fan’ of craft beer and whisky. He shared with me warm stories of how he enjoyed spending many hours touring the highlands of Scotland while tasting a dram or two along his journey.

Any last words?

We came full circle! When I asked Derek what he considers being his legacy, this topic took him right back to the “I hate talking about myself” moment. I admire Derek’s humility. Instead of listing off accolades and piecing together his proudest moments on a whim, Derek opted to reiterate his sincere appreciation of his journey so far. “It has been an amazing ride being a winemaker and I am simply proud of everything I have put in a bottle.”

 

· Derek’s wines are definitely WICKED! ·

For fun, here are 2 sets of tasting notes for Meldville Wines….one by Debbie Trenholm and the other by Susan Desjardins. Both are part of the team of Savvy Sommeliers and sampled these wines together other with others in the team.

Meldville 2nd Edition Chardonnay VQA 2016, $20

Debbie’s tasting notes:
Absolutely lovely with aromas that reflect into the tastes of apricots, pears, nectarine & warm apple crisp. Well rounded with light acidity & satin texture – oh my! I am so glad that I have a roast chicken with a trivet of root vegetables planned for dinner tonight. This wine would be a perfect pairing.

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on Susan’ web site dedicated to reviewing Canadian wines www.winetimecanada.ca
Hardly surprising this enticing medium-full bodied barrel-aged wine was a gold medal winner at Intervin. Lovely aromas of pear, apple crisp and citrus zest harmonize with delicate notes of spice and a whiff of smoke. There’s refreshing acidity complemented by a satiny texture from extended time on the lees. You’ll enjoy tasty flavours of pear and caramel apple, fresh pineapple and citrus fruit touched with nutmeg. Balanced and mouth-coating, the wine delivers a long spicy, pithy finish.

Meldville 2nd Edition Cabernet Franc VQA 2016, $27

Debbie’s tasting notes:
Medium to full bodied impressive red wine that is expertly made by Derek. “Always a tough grape to get 3ripe”, he explained. Yet he nailed it! Complex aromas of dried cherries combined with espresso, cocoa, with a hint of roasted red peppers on the taste that lingers forever. Great with stews, pulled pork & spicy sausages

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on www.winetimecanada.ca
This is a lovely expression of the character of ripe Niagara Cabernet Franc, offering notes of graphite, black plum and raspberry, cocoa and earth, with a light floral fragrance. Dry, medium bodied, there’s a savory character of roasted red pepper and dried herbs layered on ripe flavours of cherry and black berry, all underpinned by supple tannins and lively acidity. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and the earthy character of the wine replay through the extended finish.

Meldville Barrel Select Syrah VQA 2016, $27

Debbie’s tasting notes
At our last Taste & Buy event everyone….I mean EVERY-one was talking about this wine. Swiftly after this event, I made sure that Derek put a stash away you. Intense full bodied red wine that has deep aroma of red & black cherry, boysenberry wrapped up with a ribbon of campfire smoke. Each sip unveils a different taste of dark chocolate, cassis & a ‘dash of black pepper’ said Susan during our tasting panel. This is the wine to serve with your Sunday roast, or when you brave the cold to BBQ a steak.

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on www.winetimecanada.ca
Alluring aromas of rich ripe dark fruit – think blueberry and cassis – lift from the glass, garnished with notes of pepper and sweet spice, spiced rose and milk chocolate. Dry medium-full bodied, there’s a firm underpinning of ripe tannins and fresh acidity, the flavours replaying—cassis and black cherry garnished with cracked pepper, hints of cocoa and cedar. The mouthwatering fruit-filled finish leaves a lingering flavour of chocolate-coated dried berries.

 

 

· Tasting Notes for the other Meldville Wines ·

Meldville Canadian Oak Chardonnay VQA 2016, $27

Debbie’s tasting notes:
I sooooo wanted to include this wine, but was swayed by the other Sommeliers to include more red wines in this month’s delivery….to warm up your winter! This unique wine was left to age in barrels made from native Canadian oak trees, resulting in a taste of oak that is elegant with aromas of toasted coconut, warm spices, fresh ginger, brown butter & a gorgeous texture.

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on www.winetimecanada.ca
Tantalizing aromas of toasted coconut, stone fruit and citrus, oven-fresh brioche and browned butter lift from the glass of this classic ‘Barnett’ Canadian oak wine. Dry, medium-full bodied, the complex flavours include pear, musk melon and pineapple with hints of lime zest, ginger and buttered toast. Clean yet smooth in texture, the pithy finish is warmed by delicate spicy notes.

Meldville 2nd Edition Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2016, $20

Debbie’s tasting notes:
We did not pick this one only because it was ‘too summery’. That is not a bad thing! We just took into consideration that our subscribers were getting this delivery in the depths of January. Aromas & tastes of crunchy apples, lime & lemongrass, this wine has lots of verve & personality that will melt away all thoughts of windchills.

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on www.winetimecanada.ca
Fruit was harvested three weeks apart, providing for the yin and yang of fresh acidity and tropical fruit flavours, some of the wine fermented in neutral French oak barrels, the majority in stainless steel. The result is a highly aromatic, floral wine with notes of orange blossom and sweet woodruff, passionfruit and citrus, garnished with notes of exotic spice. The palate echoes the refrain, displaying notes of passionfruit, fresh-squeezed lime, lemon grass and sweet herbs. Dry, juicy and showing an elegant backbone and a lovely silky texture, there’s a tangy flourish on the lasting finish. Pair with grilled halibut or seafood with a squeeze of lemon.

Meldville 2nd Edition Pinot Noir VQA 2016, $27

Debbie’s tasting notes:
Intense earth & cherry aromas dominate this medium bodied Pinot Noir. There is a thread of cloves with soft silky tannins that’s no wonder everyone in the Ontario wine biz is talking about this wine. A classy wine, yet we thought you’d rather bolder reds this month. If you are a Pinot fan…you’ll want to get some of this wine!

Susan’s tasting notes:
Found on www.winetimecanada.ca
Transparent ruby, this classic cool-climate Pinot Noir subtly seduces with a delicate nose of wild strawberry and dried cherry twined with hints of flowers and vanilla, sweet spice and forest floor. Dry, light-mid weight, the silky tannins and vibrant backbone of acidity frame tangy flavours of red berries, sour cherries and dried cranberries, the notes of clove, mineral and light toast adding depth and complexity. Balanced, elegant, the finish is long and juicy with a touch of spicy warmth. Serve with grilled venison tenderloin or salmon.

 

Enjoy these Savvy Wicked Wines!

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Beekeepers & Winemakers create a sweet deal

Posted by Eva

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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Renata and Eugene Roman purchased 40 acres of land in 2000, which is now home of Rosewood Estates Winery and Meadery. Their goal was to start a small-batch artisanal winery and meadery.  Winemaker Natalie Spytkowsky tells it, wines and meads are all about “small and natural”. This philosophy is what allows selective hand harvesting of grape clusters, extensive sorting of grapes to get the best of crop and whole cluster pressing of grapes in gentle cycles. There is no crushing. Grape clusters go straight to the tank and are allowed to settle in cold temperatures. As much as is possible, Natalie naturally ferments the red varietals rather than introducing commercial yeasts. She explains that it takes more time to complete the winemaking process, but in six or seven months after fermentation, it is her opinion that “the wine opens up better and shows more richness and complexity”. Of course this winemaking approach takes passion, patience and commitment.

The meadery side of Rosewood takes on the same philosophical and practical approach. A second generation beekeeper, Eugene realized a longtime dream by teaming up with Natalie to produce mead (honey wine). Mead is made by fermenting honey and water. There are three apiaries attended by the Rosewood team that are positioned throughout the Beamsville Bench. As you might expect, the bees are busy travelling throughout the region.  Natalie explains that one bee will visit one million flowers to produce one pound of honey. It may fly a distance as far as 4 times around the world collecting the raw materials for honey. Just think of all the choices it has in the Niagarawine and fruit region?

When we featured Rosewood in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club, we sampled 3 of Rosewood’s meads & were blown away by the Ambrosia Grand Reserve 2006Savvy Sommelier Wayne Walker sums it up: “Ambrosia was like nothing I have ever tasted before – an incredibly delicious, smooth & unique wine.”

Cheers & Enjoy!

Rosewood Ambrosia Mead 2006

$36 for 375mL bottle – makes a unique gift too!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Full bodied, rich & warm is the best way to begin to describe this unique wine. Straw yellow in colour, the aroma & taste of fresh ripe stone fruits (think nectarine, peach) orange marmalade, sweet spices, white flowers & clover. A honeyed texture with a long pleasant finish that lingers on the tongue with one of the sweetest wood flavours that you will ever experienced.  There is no other taste quite like it!

Food pairing suggestions: If you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy this mead with aged cheeses, pates, foie gras & fruit or nut based desserts.  On the sweetness level it is a 10 – compared to icewine that is usually in the 30’s

 

Want to buy this wine?  We can arrange for it to be delivered!

Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Like this wine? Subscribe & it’ll be delivered to your home or office!

 

What Is Mead?  

Courtesy of Rosewood Estates website

Mead (also known as honey wine) is made from the fermentation of honey and water. Honey is flower nectar collected by domesticated honeybees (apis mellifera). Honey is a remarkable product which contains a complex mixture of sugars, enzymes, proteins, organic compounds and trace minerals. These compounds give honey its distinctive flavor and aromas. These carry over into mead production and lend a distinctive flavor to the finished mead.

Mead was the first fermented beverage enjoyed by modern mankind. Mead first showed up as a beverage almost 10,000 years ago. It is a deep part of human history and a link to our forefathers. In ancientGreece, Hippocrates used mead as a tonic. Vikings believed that honey and mead had magical properties and were a gift from the heavens (Valhalla). In Celtic tradition, no wedding was complete without a mead toast to the young couple…FOR A SWEET MARRIAGE. It has been claimed that the word honeymoon comes from a tradition where a newly married couple drank mead for a full moon to ensure a long life and a happy marriage. We find it an intriguing and historical product which links us to human history.

Honey – Nature’s Original Sweetner 

At Rosewood, we produce and sell natural un-pasteurized honey on the Estate. Our busy bees Apis mellifera – fly the Beamsville Bench andTwentyValley to gather nectar from the flowers to produce sweet golden honey for your enjoyment.  Honey is known to provide us with many health benefits and provides instant fast burning energy. Honey can be used extensively in cooking from making smoothies to honey baked hams.

 

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An outstanding Pinot Noir from Good Earth Winery

Posted by Eva

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
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Nicolette Novak opened The Good Earth Cooking School on her family’s fruit farm in 1998. Offering a warm, relaxed & welcoming experience, her reputation spread & she was soon catering events too. Wine seemed a natural complement. Vines were planted in 2002 & her first vintage was released six years later. With impressive wines & great food, Good Earth is a spot to relax at the new bistro, indoor dining room & winery tasting room.

TIP: When Susan recently visited Niagara, she stopped in at the winery & stayed for lunch.  She raved about Nicolette’s ‘sip & savour menu’!

Cheers & Enjoy!

 

Good Earth Food & Wine Co. Pinot Noir 2009 VQA

$25.00

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This earthy wine entices with aromas of red fruit, vanilla, beetroot & campfire smoke. The flavours are complex—roasted coffee beans, underbrush, raspberry & cherry pie. Framed by refined tannins & fresh acidity, this wine is substantial in the mouth & with a warm spice finish.

Suggested Food Pairings: A classic Pinot pairing is grilled salmon or mushrooms.  This will also be good with BBQ steak & lamb chops too.

 

 

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Good Earth Food & Wine Co. was recently featured winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Read our Savvy eZine to learn more about this outstanding winery & cooking school. You won’t find their wines at the LCBO, so call on us to arrange a special shipment of their wines to be delivered to your home or office.  Or better yet… subscribe to our wine of the month club!

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Debbie’s fingerprints are all over this wine!

Posted by Eva

Saturday, July 7th, 2012
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Have you ever wanted to pick grapes? One beautiful Saturday morning in October, Debbie rounded up a group of wine enthusiasts to help Sally & Rob Peck – owners of Sugarbush Vineyards – with the 2010 harvest of Chardonnay grapes.  Sally & Rob have transformed their home & backyard in Prince Edward County into a small vineyard with a boutique winery that is a going concern.  Their wines are impressive too.

Definitely a must visit on your next trip to ‘The County’.

We will be helping wineries with the 2012 harvest.  If you would like more information about our ‘Helping the Harvest’ event, email us.

Cheers & Enjoy!

 

Sugarbush Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 VQA

$19.00

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Unoaked this Chardonnay has fresh aromas & tastes of citrus (can you find orange or is it mandarin?), vanilla bean that turns into reminders of English toffee (think Macintosh Toffee). It an absolutely pleasant wine to sip & enjoy.

Suggested Food Pairing: This wine would pair nicely with butternut squash soup, cheese-laden pasta, roast turkey or chicken.

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Sugarbush Vineyards is a small boutique winery that you won’t find their wines at the LCBO.  Want to try some of their wines? Call on us & our Savvy Sommleirs will recommend an assortment of wine that we will arrange to be delivered to your home or office! It is that easy to discover delicious Ontario wines.

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The fun story of Riverview Cellars Syrah

Posted by Eva

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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Many winemakers will tell you that ‘wine is made in the vineyard’. This is very true at Riverview Cellars located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  Similar to neighbouring Colaneri Estates , Cattail Creek & Pondview wineries, at Riverview, the Pillitteri family are grape growers first & they recently opened a winery.  Since older vines, produce better fruit to make better wine, get ready to taste the age of Riverview’s vineyard with each sip of this Syrah! Our Sommeliers rave about this wine.

Riverview Cellars ‘Red Truck’ Syrah VQA 2010

$29.95
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Whether you call it Syrah or Shiraz, the wine is made with the same grape variety.  This bold wine overflows the glass with BIG aromas of red & black plums, berries with warm spices that carries into the taste…then lingers forever.

Suggested food pairings: Fire up the BBQ! Serve with steak with blue cheese, beef tenderloin with all the trimmings, even hamburgers would be delicious.  And it would be delicious with a piece of dark chocolate cake too!

 

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 Riverview has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. You won’t find this outstanding wine on the shelves at the LCBO.  Would you like this wine? Subscribe to our wine of the month club or call on us to make the arrangements for a special delivery to your home or office!

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With each sip, you can taste the history

Posted by Eva

Friday, June 29th, 2012
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A visit to The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery is not only an opportunity to taste the wines, explore the vineyards and marvel at the historic restored buildings on site; a visit provides a Canadian history lesson too.

The County is one of the areas settled by United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. In 1972, Robert Granger purchased the 150-acre home farm on the original Trumpour family patent, including the mill which produced most of the lumber used in the historic barn (built in 1826) which houses The Grange tasting room and barrel cellar. The Trumpour family arrived in Canada after the Revolution, driven from the Thirteen Colonies by their allegiance to the British Crown. Roughly 50,000 Loyalists emigrated, many from disbanded Loyalist regiments, and settled in the upper St. Lawrence valley. They brought with them their customs, British Law and land tenure, and representative government. After lobbying by the Loyalists, the British Parliament passed the Canada Act in 1791, effectively dividing Québec into Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Québec) Canada. Building on the deep history of this property and region, Robert and his daughter Caroline Granger partnered in 2002 to establish one of the first wineries in the newly developing wine appellation of Prince Edward County (PEC).

Robert’s daughter Caroline is at the helm of the family winery & exudes energy and enthusiasm as she guides you around the property and through the wine cellar and winemaking facilities. Although her father’s career was focused in Toronto, he purchased the property with the intention of giving his children the experience of growing up on a farm. Caroline spent her youth there, leaving at the age of 16 when she was whisked away to Paris and a modeling career that kept her in Europe for 10 years. This career eventually took her to the United States, where she married and began to raise her family. In 1997, she moved back to the farm, looking for a career that would allow her to spend more time with her three children.

Caroline recalls that one wet spring day, she helping plant grape vines at a nearby vineyard.  This prompted her to suggest to her father that they plant 10 acres to vines. “This place has always been a working farm. I saw the vineyard as a way to re-establish a viable, sustainable role for the property.” As part of a college course she was taking at the time, Caroline developed a business proposal to discuss with her father. With his agreement and support, she took the wine technician program at Loyalist College and, in 2001 the first vines were planted.

Cheers & Enjoy!

 

Grange of Prince Edward Northfield Cabernet Franc VQA 2007 

$35
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Cabernet Franc is often used in red wine blends (one of the varietals in a Bordeaux blend) yet in Ontario, this grape grows so well that winemakers are now keeping it aside to craft outstanding Cabernet Franc wines. From the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage – the growing & harvest conditions were outstanding – this elegant & impressive wine has aromas of ripe red & black fruit, leather & cigar box (can you find these in your glass?). Concentrated flavours of cherry, raspberry, red roses & typical County limestone. There’s a punch of dark chocolate that lingers with the soft tannins.

Suggested Food Pairing: Simply put – Lamb anyone?

Cellaring: Delicious now, this wine will cellar a further 3-4 years.


 

Want to buy this wine?  We can arrange for it to be delivered!

Grange of Prince Edward has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Few of their wines are available at the LCBO, while their premium wines are not.  To order, call the Savvy Team to arrange a shipment of this wine or an assortment of wines from The Grange. Or another idea is to subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine club & outstanding Ontario wines like this one will be delivered to your home or office!

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