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Backroad stops in Prince Edward County

Posted by Susan

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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I was visiting a friend near Wellington in Prince Edward County recently and discovered that the farmhouse in which we stayed was walking distance to a couple of wineries.

Hubbs Creek VineyardWe wandered down the road and up the drive of Hubbs Creek Vineyard, into the modest winery building that houses a small, well-staffed tasting bar, behind which are the fermentation tanks, barrel, and wine-making premises. John Battista Calvieri, joint owner, winemaker and viticuluralist with brothers Nick and Joe, was front and centre, radiating a warm welcome and pride in this family undertaking.

Of the 5 wines on the chalkboard, 2 are already sold out. We tasted his Pinot Gris 2014, Chardonnay 2014, and the Pinot Noir 2012. Get in your car now, drive to the County, and get some of these amazing wines – Hubbs only produces 800-1000 cases annually.

The Calvieri family has been growing grapes in the County for about 15 years. A few years ago, John Battista, an Electron Microscopist with the University of Toronto, won an amateur winemaking award for a wine he crafted from his County grapes. That’s when he and his brothers decided it was time to stop selling their grapes and to start making their own wines.

Ask John Battista about the wines and his passion shines through, as he says, ‘what I really do here is out there, in the vineyards’. He is a purist, using only his own estate-grown grapes to produce outstanding wines that show the character of the estate and the region. ‘I go to Italy regularly,’ says John Battista. ‘My family is from there, after all. I like to talk to the winemakers there – the really good ones tell you, you have to focus on your vineyards, your fruit, your winemaking if you truly want to make the best wines.’ Lessons well learned, as you’ll discover when you taste his wines.

Stache on MainWhile you’re in Wellington, visit Stache on Main, a quaint piano bar by night and gallery by day featuring local artists. It’s owned and run by Gloria Schmed, a native of Brooklyn, New York who came of age during the civil rights movement in the U.S., her Swiss husband Karl, a lithographer, and their daughter Kyla, who was a driving force behind the new venture. Until recently, Gloria was managing the career of her elder daughter, Shakura S’aida, an accomplished blues singer. It’s a relaxing venue with live jazz, radiating the warmth and elegance of its owners. We wandered in on a Monday evening, and by 7:30 p.m., every chair was taken as the local piano player charmed the patrons, and the family personally welcomed locals and tourists alike with fine local wines, craft beer and light ‘snack-ity snacks.’

Try these Hubbs Creek Estate Wines:

Hubbs Creek Pinot Gris 2014

VQA Prince Edward County $21.95 12.5% alcohol

Made in the Alsatian style, this dry, light-medium bodied wine offers enticing aromas of pear, citrus, melon and mineral. Produced from the fruit of 15-year-old densely planted vines, it’s crisp and bright, showing roundness and purity in the ripe fruit flavours, and the classic mineral character of County wines. Well structured, vibrant in texture, the clean finish seems never-ending. 

Hubbs Creek Pinot Noir 2012

Hubbs Creek wine labelVQA Prince Edward County $31.95 12.0% alcohol

From the wonderfully warm 2012 vintage, this Burgundian-style wine is a great find for Pinot-philes. Its sister wine, the now sold-out ‘Reserve’, won a silver medal in the All-Canada Wine Championships. The nose offers subtle, complex notes of red berries, Morello cherry, earth, mineral and a whiff of spice. Dry, medium bodied and beautifully silky in texture, the notion of cinnamon toast on the palate is witness to twelve months aging in seasoned French oak. Tightly wrought, the wine displays intensity in the ripe red berry, cherry and currant flavours, and in the well-defined structure of subtle tannins and bright acidity. Finely crafted and elegant, finishing long and dry, you’ll enjoy sipping this Pinot with a mushroom and Brie tart, or with grilled steelhead trout.

Hubbs Creek Chardonnay 2014

VQA Prince Edward County $27.95 12.0% alcohol

Fresh from the bottling line, this wine still needs a bit of time to come together. Produced from the fruit of seven-year-old vines, 20% fermented in seasoned French oak, the wine offers notes of apple and citrus, hints of pear and toasted nut. Dry, medium bodied, its tangy and pithy, flavours of grapefruit, lemon-lime and green apple to the fore. The texture is zesty, the finish long and dry. Hold the bottles for a few weeks, then enjoy with halibut with a lemon-caper cream sauce, or with seafood pasta.

There is so much to see & do (and drink) in Prince Edward County…why not taste your way along the County roads one winery at a time.

Happy travels!
Susan

 

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Celebrate Red & White! Get your shopping list ready…

Posted by Amanda

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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O Canada! Prepare to be amazed. We’re putting the final touches on Celebrate Red & White!  An All-Canadian Night Taste & Buy event that will take place on Wednesday July 16.  A record number of wine lovers from the nations capital will be treated to wines from coast to coast as they nibble made in Canada gourmet goodies too. (more…)

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An enthusiast discovering wineries in Prince Edward County

Posted by Amanda

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
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If you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend away to try great wines, look no further than Prince Edward County…just 2.5 hrs drive from Ottawa. I’m always up for an outing and Easter Weekend saw me winery-hopping – and I even saw the Easter Bunny!

Take the scenic route – car, ferry & even a boat (or pedalo)

Bergeron grape picking 3Driving from Ottawa, you can take the pictoresque Glenora ferry and make your first winery stop at Devils Wishbone, just past the really cool Lake on the Mountain – where you see a pretty lake right outside your car window (you can even get out & admire it) and then hundreds of feet down a cliff is the Bay of Quinte!

First Ferry, then Lake…now Winery. Devils Wishbone was the name the earliest settlers used for this location due to poor soil conditions for farming, which can be great soil for growing grapes! You will be warmly welcomed by winery owner Paul Gallagher and his friendly staff and you can enjoy their wines either inside the old barn or sitting out on his new deck; you can taste all of his carefully crafted local wines and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Wine & cheese – a match made in heaven

Cap_CressyBe sure to stop in at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company located at 4309 County Road 8. You can poke around, taste some cheese, visit their chees-making facility, which by the way is completely GREEN; that is they are leaders in Advanced Sustainable Design.

A couple of suggestions – to sample & to buy, are: Plain Jane, County Maple, Lavender, Dill Weed and Lemon, Lemon Thyme and Cracked Black Pepper, Garlic and Chive, Cape Vessey, both Lacey Grey and Nude hand rolled chevre logs, Lost Lake… to name but a few of their great artisan cheeses (ok…that list is long, yet there is so much at their cheese store!). So for great cheese – and sustainability – buy from Fifth Town. Store hours Sat & Sun 11am-4pm.

Is it lunch-time yet?

County Cider lunch

For those of you who have worked up an appetite, it’s only a short drive to a delectable outdoor treat (see pergola terrace in photo at right), where I savoured their thin-crust pizza from the wood burning pizza oven &  fantastic salad at The County Cider Company, located at 657 Bongards Crossing just near the Junction of County Road 8. Not only is the food great, you also get to enjoy the dramatic view from the outdoor patio perched high above Lake Ontario.  My recommendation for that neck of the woods, but do check ahead for hours open.

Last stop today…but I’m back on the trail tomorrow!

IMG_2301I stopped to see Glenn Symons, winemaker of Lighthall Vineyards, because I knew which wine I wanted to go with my succulent BBQ Salmon that I had planned for dinner – his 2011 Chardonnay of course because it bursts with flavors of Asian pear and orchard fruit.

He had some great vineyard stories – don’t forget to ask about the Luna Moth – and insisted I sample his latest releases; then at the end of his busy Saturday full of tourists, media & chefs he invited me to sit outside & sip his latest spectacular Chardonnay on the patio. Cheers amigo!

Be careful when you get behind the wheel

I guess this is a good time to mention that you really ought to have a designated driver for his kind of outing.  Sure it’s true winery hopping is not meant for drinking all you can but for sampling small sips of many different wines. It’s about discovering quality, not quantity. There’s an art to tasting wines and for those of you less familiar with oenology, I’ve shared a few tips below (at end of blog) on what I’ve learned over the past few years in this wonderful world of wine.

So I’ve covered the tiniest part of The County wineries (Marysburgh, North & South), some artisan cheese and a quick spot of lunch, but there is still much to see and do, so if you can – plan to spend the weekend.

Wine Samples…Day Two

I put my jalopy into high gear, heading straight through Picton and on through Bloomfield, Wellington into region of Hillier. For sure there many small quaint towns to see all over Ontario, but this is one spot where wine is really happenin’ so I wanted to make the most of the ‘terroir’ (wine lingo for the earth in the ground that grows the grapes that makes the wine).

Take the scenic route

Be calmed by the waves of Lake Ontario splashing against the shoreline on your left as you head into a different wine area – new soil, new ground, new wines.

karlo barnFirst stop Karlo Estates (classic barn in photo at left), located at 561 Danforth Road, where you will hear the happy laughter of Richard Karlo before you see the winemaker himself. Karlo is run by Richard & his Partner Sherry Martin (also an artist in her own right), out of a beautiful old red barn converted into a tasting bar with oodles of ambience.

They boast an extensive wine list of about 12 wines covering the full range from light to full bodied and are the only winery in the county to produce a white port, alongside it’s sister red port. The barn itself is worth the detour and be sure to wander through the field to take a closer look at their medieval-looking bridge, the largest mortarless structure in North America. A tasting experience people travel far & wide for.

Hubbs Creek Vineyard

Un vero italiano

Hubb’s Creek (see photo at right) right across the street is the home of The County’s true Italian, Battista Calvieri, a wine grower who has been cultivating grapes for over 10 years with his first release in 2012. Worth waiting for to be sure, try his Pinot Gris, the Rosé being bottled soon and for me the Pinot Noir is his signature wine. More wines will be added to the list soon. Open weekends only & full time in Summer.  A presto!

In fact for those of you on the road of wine discovery like myself, you should know that Pinot noir is one of the county’s top grape varieties. It all comes down to the soil and it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that that PEC is laden with the best soil for Pinot noir Grapes. Yabadaadoo, my favourite wine.

Every winery has a name & every name has a story

After munchies in Wellington (I popped into the Tall Poppy Café), then headed for an afternoon saunter through some vines at Keint-He Winery, named very aptly after what is now becoming Ontario’s fastest-growing wine region.

Keint-He canoes on labelKeint-He Winery & Vineyards honours the native word Keint-He which is the name of one of the four Seneca villages in this part of Eastern Ontario; they were one of the five tribes of the Iroquois. The word Keint-He was later francocized into “Quinte” and used in English names such as the Bay of Quinte.

The painting used on their labels (Canoes in a Fog, Lake Superior in photo on left) was originally done by Canadian artist Frances Anne Hopkins.

As the afternoon progressed I had to start thinking of the dreary drive home, but not before a highly reccommended stop at By Chadsey’s Cairns – a long-winded name for a winery if ever there was one.

By Chadsey's Cairns tasting bar exterior

A warm welcome everywhere you go

Despite interrupting his lunch (with a glass of Chardonnay), winery owner Richard Johnston welcomed me with a history lesson, a tour & some great wines.  All this only made me want to learn more about the origin of his grapes and as I tasted my way through his excellent repertoire of white, off white, red & dessert wines, I was left wanting more. This isn’t just another tick in the box – it’s a place to return to.

He is well served by his partner in wine, Vida Zalnieriunas, who is  – as she would say “the winemaker”!  Richard &  Vida have an ongoing (curious) debate at the winery – is the winemaker the person who gives instructions or the one following the instructions, meaning the person doing all the slogging?

There is – again – a story behind the name of this winery – and it’s a good one if you have the time to listen and take it all in as the cairns (hand-built stone structures) are still there to this day and when you stand in the beautifully restored brick tasting room, you can almost see “Old Ira Chadsey”  in 1870 walking the vineyards.

I think this bit of local folklore is worth sharing – so here you have it as told by Richard:

cairns for Chadsey's Cairns“The story has it that Ira is alleged to have declared that he would return after his death reincarnated as a white horse, and he was building the stone markers so he could find his way home.  Then, seven years after his wife’s death, at the age of 77, Ira built a large bonfire in his maple syrup shack, located down the laneway by the cairns, and shot himself so that his body would be flung into the flames.  The fire is said to have been so intense that nothing was found but the metal barrel of his gun.”

Richard claims that it would be hard to leave Ira on that note.  “When it came time to name our vineyards, we decided Ira’s colourful and poignant tale deserved a firmer hold in time”

My day was full of rewards and I do believe that there is a Wine God.

My winery hopping tips…

Try not to cram too many winery visits into one day, amble leisurely & enjoy the atmosphere & countryside, talk to the people who pour for you & learn as you go.

Bryan at Keing-HeAsk lots of questions and try as many or as few wines as you like (check tasting pricing before you start).  Start with the whites, they whet your appetite (even if it’s just your appetite for more wine); then move to light weight reds, ending off with heavier reds and lastly sweet and/or dessert wine. See how friendly they all are – really ALL the winemakers, winery owners & staff in Prince Edward County are THIS friendly, take it from Bryan Rogers of Keint-He Winery (in photo at right).

Feel free to spit, even the experts do it; this way you are coating your palate with the exotic flavours of each wine that you try but not consuming 4 bottles of wine of an afternoon. (If you don’t see a spittoon handy, just ask).

Pick a theme for the day – taste a particular grape variety everywhere you go; or maybe you might want to do the A-Z of The County’s Chardonnay, so it’s whites from sun up to sundown; there are so many ways to taste wines, so don’t wait – get on to The County!

Final tip – Enjoy yourself, it’s a time of discovery.

What about the Easter Bunny?

Elycia at Harwood in bunny earsIn case you’re wondering about the Easter Bunny I mentioned at the top…here’s how I ‘found’ it:

My last stop (or you could say hop) in the afternoon before heading back to Ottawa was at Harwood Estates, where Elycia showed off her prowess in the wine domaine by explaining each & every one of Harwoods great wines. There was a nice cosy spot at the tasting bar to munch my sandwich (originally destined for a road-stop on the 401) while I learned about the little-known variety of St. Laurent from this very friendly bunny…oops I mean Elycia! My discovery of the day was Admiral’s Blend,  a blend of estate Pinot Noir & St. Laurent which is medium-bodied with aromas of cherry, coffee and cardamom. A complex palate of Asian spice, cherry and chocolate

Can you imagine my surprise when I came away from a winery visit with a chocolate bunny! Another great day in Prince Edward County & thank you Harwood Estates.

Enjoy your travels & call on me as well as the others in the Savvy Team anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca  for suggestions of wineries to visit all across Ontario.

A presto!

-Amanda

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Too many to count! Here’s what’s in store at County in the City

Posted by Debbie

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Are you ready?  We certainly are! County in the City is our annual Taste & Buy events featuring Prince Edward County’s finest wines, ciders & craft beers – you won’t find any of these at the LCBO.
County in the City
At this sold out event, ticketholders have the unique opportunity to meet the cool people from The County & order any combination of their favorites from The County to be delivered by courier to a work or home. And there will be free shipping by courier on orders of 12 bottles or more.

Can’t make it? Don’t have a ticket? No worries! You can order your County favorites using our online order form.

What will be showcased when The County comes to Ottawa?

There are so many delicious discoveries that await…Here’s what will be available to sample so you can plan ahead & make your ‘I gotta try’ list.

Barley Days Brewery

Sugar Shack $8.50

Oak Aged IPA $8.50

Vin & Sail $8.50

Pumpkin Saison of the Witch $12.95

Scrimshaw Oyster Stout $12.95

County Cider Company

Waupoos Premium Cider (4 bottle pack)  $13.35

Waupoos Peach Cider $9.95

Waupoos Feral Cider $9.95

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2012  Dea’s Cuvée Sparkling Wine $19.95

2011 Riesling $16.95

2010 Cabernet Franc $18.95

2010 Pinot Noir $19.95

Devil’s Wishbone

2012 Wicked White $19.00

2012 Riesling $22.00

2012 Cabernet Franc $25.00

2012 Pinot Noir $29.00

Harwood Estates Winery

2012 Pinot Gris $18.00

2012 Windward White $18.00

2011 Friends Rosé $18.00

2011 The Admiral’s Blend $25.00

2011 Merlot $25.00

Hubbs Creek Vineyard

2013 Pinot Gris $17.95

2012 Rosé $17.95

2011 Pinot Noir $28.95

Huff Estates

2012 Riesling Off Dry $17.95

2010 South Bay Chardonnay $29.95

2012 Merlot $19.95

2012 Gamay $24.95

Karlo Estates

2012 Riesling $22.00

2012 Chardonnay CHOA $25.00

2011 Pinot Gris $21.00

2011 Frontenac Gris Rosé $16.00

2011 Cabernet Franc $24.00

2011 Merlot $24.00

2010 Pinot Noir $29.00

2010 Quintus $35.00

2010 The 5th Element $39.00

2010 VanAlstine White Port $29.00

2009 VanAlstine Red Port $29.00

Keint-He Winery

2012 Voyageur Chardonnay $16.00

2012 Portage Chardonnay $20.00

2011 Voyageur Rosé $15.00

2011 Portage Pinot Noir $25.00

2012 Voyageur Pinot Noir $18.00

Lacey Estates Winery

2011 Chardonnay $24.00

2013 Pinot Gris $19.95

2013 Riesling $25.00

2011 Baco $20.00

Lighthall Vineyards

2012 Progression Sparkling $20.00

2011 Chardonnay $20.00 – special price

2012 Gewürztraminer $25.00

2010  Pinot Noir $25.00

Long Dog Winery

2008 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $18.00

2009 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $22.00

2010 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $25.00

2008 Top Dog Pinot Noir $24.00

2009 Top Dog Pinot Noir $30.00

2010 Top Dog Pinot Noir $30.00

Rosehall Run Vineyards 

2011 Pixie Rosé $17.95

2012 Pinot Gris Cuvée County $21.95

2011 JCR Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard $29.95

2012 Gamay Noir Cuvée County $19.95

2011 Cabernet Franc Cuvée County $24.95

2011 JCR Pinot Noir $39.00

Sandbanks Estate Winery

2012 Shoreline White $14.95

2012 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95

2012 Cabernet Franc Réserve $29.95

2011 French Kiss (Cabernet-Merlot) $19.95

2012 Late Harvest $14.95

Stanners Vineyard

2011 Riesling $23.00

2012 Chardonnay $25.00

2011 Straw House Red $20.00

2010 Pinot Noir $30.00

2011 Pinot Noir $30.00

The Grange of Prince Edward

2012 Estate Riesling $15.95

2010 Estate Gamay Noir $14.95

2012 Estate Pinot Noir $14.95

2009 Estate Pinot Noir $16.95

 Thirty Three Vines

2012 Frontenac Blanc $15.00

2012 Chardonnay $17.00

2012 Riesling $17.00

2011 Baco Noir $15.00

2011 Merlot $15.00

2011 Cabernet Franc $25.00

2010 Pinot Noir $25.00

 

 

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Newsletter April 2014 -Tickets ON US to County in the City wine tasting

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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It might be April’s Fools Day. . . but there’s no foolin’ around here!  The Savvy Team has been hard at work to line up the largest County in the City event that Ottawa has ever seen on Thursday April 10th. This Taste & Buy event features 15 wineries along with The County’s only craft brewery Barley Days Brewery & hard apple ciders made at The County Cider Company.

NEW this year! Cheesemakers from Black River Cheese & Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. along with hand made pasta from the region’s new Pasta Tavola will be treating you to gourmet goodies.

Buy 1 ticket & bring a friend – on us! 

We are so excited to host the biggest ever County in the City Taste & Buy event that we don’t want anyone in Ottawa to miss out. We’re not joking! This incredible ticket offer is only available when you buy a ticket for $55 on April 1 & 2. Buy yours now > >

How is this done? For each $55 ticket you purchase online before midnight on April 2nd at www.countyinottawa2014.eventbrite.ca, we will email you a complimentary ticket for your friend. It is that easy!

Meet the cool people from The County. . .

Come & discover over 60 wines, craft beers & ciders that you won’t find at the LCBO. Order any combo of 12 bottles of your County favorites & shipping by courier is FREE. Cheese & pasta will be available for purchase onsite. Discover these delicious delicacies & get insider tips on ‘must visit places’ in The County from those who live there & are involved in growing the reputation of the region.

Here’s a list of all the wineries coming to County in the City:

Round up your friends & get your tickets!

Buy one ticket, you’ll get one ticket on us! Buy 2 tickets, we’ll give you 2 complimentary tickets for your friends. Hurry, this special offer runs out on April 2nd at midnight.

Buy your tickets now > >

EVENT DEETS . . .

Advance Tickets Only

Date: Thursday April 10

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Location: Canada Agriculture & Food Museum – on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

 

More event info at www.savvycompany.ca/events

We look forward to seeing you at County in the City next week!

Cheers,
Debbie & the Savvy Team

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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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