Posts Tagged ‘Harwood Estates Vineyards’

Want to be a ‘Very Important Taster’?

Posted by Amanda

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Have you ever been to Prince Edward County?  Don’t miss your chance because we’re bringing ‘The County’ to you, with over 100 wines, craft beers & ciders being showcased at  County in the Capital on Wednesday April 8th. This Taste & Buy event grows in popularity every year…and so does Prince Edward County!  Though the main event is almost sold out, you have another opportunity to enjoy tasting & chatting with the makers:

Announcing the V.I.T. Pass

Be a Very Important Taster!  With a record number of wineries, cideries & The County’s only brewery at County in the Capital, we don’t want you to miss anything!  To ensure that you take it all in, we are offering a special V.I.T. Pass that provides you advance access from 5 to 7pm as well as your own personal Sommelier…then stay as long as you like for the main event. 

How does a V.I.T. Pass work?

If you are already a ticket-holder for the main event, then we are offering you something  EXTRA SPECIAL!  If not…it’s easy. Buy a ticket online and then…

For just $25 more upgrade & become a V.I.T!  

As part of this select group, you can enjoy longer conversations & leisurely tastings at each of the featured winemakers, cider makers…and have lots of time to sample all 9 County craft beers while you chat with the brewmaster too!  There is no reason to rush, because as a V.I.T., you can stay until the event finishes at 9:30 pm.  Or slip away to take in dinner at the Marriot’s Spin Restaurant (they will have special offers on their menus just for us).  

PLUS…with the V.I.T. Pass, you will have a dedicated Savvy Sommelier to help you find ‘must try’ wines, craft beers and ciders at the event that will WOW you.  You can call on your personal Sommelier at any time during the advance tasting to help arrange your order of your new County favorites.  

Be Savvy!  V.I.T. Passes are limited.  Buy yours now >>


So many wines, beers & ciders…so little time!

County in the Capital is shaping up to be the largest gathering in Ottawa outside of The County! Look at who is coming…

pec mapBarley Days Brewery
Bergeron Estate Winery & Cidery Co.
Casa-Dea Estates Winery
County Cider Company
Del-Gatto Estates Winery
Devil’s Wishbone
Half Moon Bay Winery
Harwood Estates Winery
Hillier Creek Estates & Winery
Huff Estates
Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Lacey Estates Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Long Dog Winery
Rosehall Run Vineyard
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Stanners Vineyard
The Grange of Prince Edward
Thirty Three Vines Winery
Three Dog Winery
Trail Estate Winery
Traynor Family Vineyard

Come & see for yourself why Prince Edward County has so much to offer. This is a Taste & Buy event, so any of the wines, craft beers & ciders that you sample at this event you may order for delivery straight to your home or office. FREE shipping on any assortment of 12+ bottles.

See you there!
The Savvy Team



Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

With many Ontario’s Rosé wines available this summer, our Savvy Sommeliers have made wine shopping easy for you. Order our One Dozen Rosés this month & you will receive 12 different Rosés & get to know about the person who made them with One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyThe Rosé Report.  To tempt your taste buds,throughout the summer we will highlight a couple of must try Rosés.

Enjoy your summer!
Order One Dozen Rosés >>

Cheers & enjoy the sunshine!
-The Savvy Team



Redstone Rosé VQA 2013

Redstone Rose 2013$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

Redstone is the latest venture by Moray Tawse to complement his name sake Tawse Winery in Niagara. Still under construction, Redstone will have a locally-inspired restaurant for you to visit on your next Niagara wine tour. We are excited to introduce you to Redstone & to include their wine in your One Dozen Rosés.  This wine was just released and has limited production.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “Absolutely too easy to drink” commented Monique as the Savvy Sommelier Team sampled this wine.  Everything about this wine reminded us of country fair candy apples – the colour, the rich & delicious aromas & taste.  While these descriptors conjure sweet thoughts, this Rosé is anything but sweet. Full bodied with juicy notes of honeysuckle, nectarine and white peaches, this is a well balanced wine with a dry finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Grilled salmon, beet salad or Pad Thai would set the flavours of this wine in motion for an absolutely delicious food & wine pairing.


Harwood “Friends” Rosé VQA 2011

Harwood Friends 2011$18.00
Prince Edward County

A small winery that proudly operates exclusively on solar power, Harwood Estates experiments with all kinds of technologies & grape varieties.  This ‘Friends’ Rosé is created using Frontenac Gris grapes – a hearty hybrid – that is not widely known…or tasted.  Wait until you try this wine! Named ‘Friends’ for the simple reason that the winemaker thinks that this an easy drinking wine to serve when your friends are together during the summer.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  WOW! What a full bodied Rosé.  Usually as wine ages, it changes colour, but when our Savvy Sommeliers put glasses of the 2011 & 2013 vintage side-by-side, the colour surprisingly appeared to be identical.  The difference is noticeable in the aromas & taste.

Reminiscent aromas of sweet cotton candy & candy apple, there is a sweetness on the nose, but definitely not in the taste.  Flavours of over ripe red cherries, juicy strawberries, even strawberry jam make this wine so appealing. Nice acidity or zip that plays with the roundness of the mouthfeel.  Hands down, the Savvy Team enjoyed every sip of this big Rosé wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: Why not just sip on its own?” asked Eva during the Savvy Team tasting.  Whether you pour a glass to enjoy on its own or with BBQed pork with mango chutney or a strawberry spinach salad, this wine is definitely different from every other Rosé wine in this assortment.


Harwood “Friends” Rosé VQA 2013

Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Looks are deceiving…same striking colour as the 2011 wine with aroma & tastes that continue with strawberry, but this time there is a minerality that comes through in this vintage resembling rhubarb making the aromas & taste of the wine reminiscent of strawberry rhubarb pie.  Added to that, “I think that there are Swedish Berries”, commented Meaghan and immediately the other Sommeliers in the Savvy Team agreed that she nailed the descriptor on the head.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Similar to the 2011, enjoy on its own or slip into your picnic basket.


~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosés ~


Chilled Sparkling Cantaloupe Soup

From Wish Magazine
Serves 6


1 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeds removed and roughly chopped
½ cup of orange juice concentrate, frozen
1 cup sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh mint for garnish


Place serving bowls in freezer to frost.

In a food processor or a blender, puree cantaloupe & orange juice until smooth.

Chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, pour soup into a jug.  Fill only half full.  Gently pour in sparkling wine (watch out that it may froth up).  Stir to combine.

Serve in frosted bowls with mint garnish.


Have your fridge full of Rosé wines all summer long

There are 2 ways to always have refreshing Rosé wines on hand:

#1 – Order additional bottles of your new found favorite Rosés from this assortment.  Simply call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926).

#2 – Continue to receive One Dozen Rosés in August – a completely new selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines will be delivered to you.  To order, call us or visit



One Dozen Rosés  – with Savvy Company you can drink pink all summer!

dozen-roses-200px-sqThe wines that will be featured in August will be:

From Niagara…
Sue-Ann Staff Rosé VQA 2012 – 2 bottles (Gold medal at Ontario Wine Awards 2013)
Château des Charmes Rosé Cuvée d’Andrée VQA 2013 – 2 bottles
Ravine Vineyard Cabernet Rosé VQA 2012 – 2 bottles
Tawse Winery Rosé VQA 2012
Tawse Winery Growers’ Blend VQA 2013 

From Prince Edward County…
Huff Estates Rosé VQA 2013
Huff Estates Cuvée Janine Sparkling
Sandbanks Rose VQA 2012 – 2 bottles


Place your order for One Dozen Rosés>>


Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!




NEWS! County in the City – bigger than ever before

Posted by Debbie

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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  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



Prince Edward County wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa will be the first to taste and buy wines made in Prince Edward County with grapes from the stellar 2012 harvest.  “2012 was remarkable, similar to the highly acclaimed 2007 and 2010 vintages in Ontario.  The 2012 grape growing season had an unusually early spring with a hot and dry summer with little rain during the harvest months.” explains Glenn Symons, winery owner and winemaker of Lighthall Vineyards.  “In fact, at several wineries across the province, grapes were harvested a record-breaking 3 to 5 weeks earlier than typical.  The result of this impressive vintage can now be tasted in the wines, as wine is made in the vineyard.”

Back by popular demand, Ottawa based business, Savvy Company, is hosting the 2nd annual County in the City Taste & Buy wine tasting on Thursday April 18th at 7pm in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.  This is the only event in Ottawa where a broad range of Prince Edward County red & white & sparkling wines can be sampled and purchased directly from the winemaker. 

Prince Edward County is Canada’s fastest growing wine region with over 30 family run and small boutique wineries.  Known as ‘The County’, the majority of the wines produced are not available at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).  Exclusively at this event, all of the feature wines will be available to order, providing event goers the opportunity to purchase any combination of wines from any of the County wineries.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles (a case) – a great way continue to enjoy the newly released wines from 2012 vintage.

County in the City Participating Wineries:

…and even more wineries will be announced.

Tickets are available in advance only and are $55.00 per person when purchased before April 12, 2013 and will be $65.00 after that date.  Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.  Click here to purchase tickets.


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’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.


Media Contact:
Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785