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The difference is in the dirt at Coyote’s Run

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
Featuring Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
–  January 2016 –

 

We are absolutely delighted to kick off our 9th year of Savvy Selections. This month we are delighted to feature Coyote’s Run Estate Winery that is located in St David’s Bench (in Niagara-on-the-Lake), followed by a Rare Wines portfolio tasting with the winery owners & winemaker. It’s like a one-two-punch!

bottlesNever before have we designed a wine soaked journey like this….read about it here, then experience it in real life by joining us on Wednesday January 20 for the Rare Wines Tasting.

Being a Savvy Selections subscriber has plenty of benefits!

2 complementary tickets with your name on them to this event plus TWO more for your friends to join us.
Use promo code: SAVVYVIP when you register at www.coyotesrun.eventbrite.ca

Let’s take a peak into your Savvy Selections parcel. You will find:

Rare Vintage Chardonnay VQA 2014the acidity combined with a touch of oak makes a beautiful tropical taste that is a break from the harsh winter

Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah 2012– grab your coat, you’ll be wanting to fire up the BBQ for this one

Black Paw Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – good thing you cleared out some room in your cellar over the holidays. This wine could be aged a bit longer if you like.

It all started with a fishing trip

The stories behind the winery are the ones that we like to dig up. When I interviewed owner Jeff Aubry, he recalled that the idea of a winery came about up north during a fishing trip…with a boat load of strangers no less. Read about this, the Savvy Sommeliers’ tasting notes and warm-to-the-soul recipes that the Savvy Selections panel paired with the 3 Coyote’s Run wines.

CR_black_w_coyote copyYou may see a Coyote or two in the LCBO…

…but in your Savvy Selections are the Coyote’s Run wines that rarely leave the winery. These wines are called small batch, so if you have a new favorite, you can order them in person at the portfolio tasting event on January 20th or give our Savvy Team a call on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to arrange an order for you. It is easy & only takes a matter of a couple of days for delivery from the winery to you.

I’m feeling that 2016 will be an epic year…I’ll raise a glass to that!

Cheers,
Debbie & Savvy Team

Introducing…

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

Presented by Sommelier Debbie Trenholm

 

Think back 12 or so years ago – remember the critter label phase? A rare scene now, yet in 2003, when Coyote’s Run opened their doors, kangaroos, turtles, cats & dragons were gracing wine labels….and the name Coyote’s Run was far from joining that pack. In fact the reference of a coyote at this winery was not for a whimsical eye-catching character, rather because wild coyotes frequently traveled across the property & can be heard in the vineyards.

A bush plane, a boat…then a bar!

Dave & Jeff & ChrisDavid Sheppard (centre) & Jeff Aubry (right) are two men with unlikely paths that surprisingly crossed. David grew up in a grape growing family in Niagara & learned winemaking in Germany before joining Inniskillin in its early days. Jeff punched away on keyboards in his high tech job at Nortel before he ever imagined ‘punching down’ the lees while making wine.

It was a love of fishing brought these men together when they escaped in a bush plane for a long weekend. While waiting for the fish to bite, the two explored the idea of breaking ground & building a winery in Niagara. “Not a large one, rather a boutique winery. Something with a soul”, explained Jeff.

Perhaps surviving a fishing trip in close & remote quarters was a sign that the two had interest and compatibility to make it happen.

“We were at the Beacon Bar (in Niagara), tossing around names. We both did not want our family name in the winery. And yet our little piece of heaven didn’t have lakes, streams to include in its name. But coyotes would travel through the property often”. And like that, the decision was made.

Never a boring moment!

“The roof was on in one day, then the tanks arrived the next day. A day later we started to harvest…before you know it we were making wine,” recalls Jeff about the fall of 2003. “We did not have running water or electricity, but that did not matter, we ordered a generator & brought in water.“ And it did not stop there. In the summer of 2004, “on opening day , as I was heading out the door in the morning, when my wife Patti, showed me the pregnancy test results. Sure enough it was blue.” The next day, Jeff shook his head as he explained, “My laptop died. Completely toast.”

Pinot Noir Challenge

Known as the heart break grape, making a fine Pinot Noir is every winemaker’s goal. Receiving accolades & awards is the golden egg. ‘A friend of mine said – You’re not thinking of growing Pinot Noir are you?” And much to his surprise not only did they grow the finicky grapes, Coyote’s Run won gold in the All Canadian Wine Awards for their first vintage of Pinot Noir. Now that is impressive! “It is one of the highlights of the past 13 years,” said Jeff. “And my friend was shocked!”

A vineyard like no other

dirtCoyote’s Run location enjoys more heat than almost anywhere in Ontario. This ripeness factor shows through in the grapes – especially the red ones. In addition, the Coyote’s Run property is really two vineyards with two very distinct soil types – red & black. To honour this unique attribute, they have named the parcels of land as ‘Black Paw Vineyard’ and ‘Red Paw Vineyard’. The soils have tremendous geological differences that are profoundly expressed in the grapes…and the wine.

The winemaking team has planted the same grape variety on each of these soils and they are vinifed separately, resulting in two very unique and distinct wines grown only a few hundred metres apart. Join us at the portfolio event to taste these wines back to back…then you’ll appreciate the difference terroir makes.

Right now in the vineyard

When I interviewed Jeff in the balmy days before Christmas, he explained that with this weird & mysterious weather, the warm temperatures don’t allow vines go dormant. If winter arrives slowly & gradually – that is good. If there is a quick drop in temperature it will be painful. This means that the sap in the buds will freeze & die. Those buds would have become grapes. After last year’s harsh winter, a moderate ‘warm’ winter would be a gift.

Here’s to David, Jeff & the Coyote’s Run team!

 

~SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES ~

 

Rare Vintage Chardonnay 2014 $24.95

“We avoid the term Reserved. In our view it is overused and because of that, it’s significance is lessened”, explained Jeff. Rare Vintage wines are only made with exceptional grapes in exceptional years. “The wines are truly the best of the best. We select individual barrels to make the final blend. In 2014 our entire crop of Chardonnay from the Red Paw vineyard was remarkable that we used all of it to make this Rare Vintage wine.”

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Whether you love Chardonnay or not, we are certain that you will enjoy every drop. Elegant with aromas of toasted almond, tropical fruit (think pineapple & banana) that follows through in the taste. Warm spices, white pepper & vanilla round on the finish makes this medium bodied wine playful in your mouth. An absolutely well balanced wine that lingers forever…and makes you thirsty for more!

Suggested Food Pairing: This wine stumped me.I could not decide only one recipe to share. I kept the bottle in my fridge for a week and served a splash with different dishes to see which worked best. Pork tenderloin with a mango chutney played well. Indian Butter Chicken curry did too. Pan seared Rainbow trout was to die for when paired with this Chardonnay. Even the holiday cheese board sang with this wine! Net-Net: this wine is very versatile. Being the New Year, our team of Savvy Sommeliers couldn’t resist pairing with a Cheese Fondue recipe – make yours or try the one below.

 

Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah VQA 2012 $32.95

Jeff explains, “2012 was a hot vintage. Our yields were very low. We did not have much in the way of grapes for either Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, so we decided to do something different & blend them. It is certainly a different style of blend in the Niagara…and wine writers and our customers were expecting something different.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “Silk & elegance sums it up for me,” Jeff explained and we definitely agree. Incredibly dark and nearly opaque this a definitely a winter wine that will lure you. Heart warming aromas of mincemeat, cloves, blackberry & dark chocolate even ink. A big bold red wine…when was the last time you said that about a red from Ontario?

Suggested Food Pairing: Grab your coat…you’ll want to be firing up the BBQ for this wine. Steak – your favorite cut, lamb chops or if it is too cold to venture outside, then a roast or prime rib will definitely do the trick. We have tempted you with a Flank Steak recipe below.

Cellaring: This wine is ready now or will cellar a further 2 to 5 years.

 

Black Paw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2013 $20.95

“In my opinion that there are relatively few places in Niagara that could grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Knowing this, we put a small experimental block in our vineyard and the resulting wines were nice. Like Bordeaux yet in our Black Paw soil. Now we have over 6 acres and have been growing the variety since 2010. Dave & I love growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines produce so much fruit to work with. And the wine coming from this Black Paw soil are outstanding no matter what weather Mother Nature challenges us with.”

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Rich, big & loaded with flavour. It’s stunning. Another example showing that Ontario can make big reds. Intensely dark in colour & reminiscent of red & black fruit (think plums, figs, berries) that will WOW you with the aroma, then continues into the taste. There is a solid back bone that gives it a long lingering finish that makes this a full flavoured wine – kudos to Dave, Chris & the winemaking team for another hands down great wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: A steak would be delicious, yet at this price make it your house wine and serve it with pizza, grilled sausages, meatloaf, pasta or even pork chops. The list goes on. Jeff confessed that he does most of the cooking at home and offers his Italian Sausage & Kale Soup to enjoy with this wine…yes soup & wine….and crusty bread too!

 

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~

 

With Rare Vintage Chardonnay…

Classic Cheese Fondue

Source: All Recipes.com
Photo credit: Kraft.ca

fondueIngredients

1 cup white wine
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
7 ounces Gruyere cheese – grated
7 ounces old Cheddar cheese – grated
7 ounces Emmental cheese (or Swiss) – grated

Method

Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid sticking and burning.

Once the flour is cooked, stir the wine into the flour mixture slowly. Use a whisk to smooth the mixture. Slowly add Gruyere, Cheddar, and Emmental cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot. Keep warm over low flame.

Serve with thick slices of baguette, broccoli spears, wedges of apple & pear, a variety of mushrooms, thick slices of your favorite sausages (cooked)…and any other dipping accompaniment.

Call friends over…or make it for a date night.


With Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

recipe & photo credit:Simply Recipes

grilled-marinated-flank-steak-vertical-a-640Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds flank steak

Method

Combine the marinade ingredients in a large non-reactive bowl. Place steak in the bowl and turn so that it is completely coated with the marinade. (You can also place the steak and marinade in a freezer bag and place it in a bowl.) Chill and marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Prepare your grill for high, direct heat with one part of the grill for lower, indirect heat. The grill is hot enough when you hold your hand about an inch over the hot side and you can only hold it there for about a second.

Remove the steak from the marinade and gently shake off the excess marinade from the steak (but make sure there is still a coating of it, you’ll want the oil on it to help keep the steak from sticking to the grill). Place steak on the hot side of the grill. Grill for a minute or two on each side to get a good sear, then move the steak to the cooler side of the grill, cover and cook a few minutes more until done to your liking.

When the steak has cooked to your preferred level of doneness, remove from the grill and place on a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil to hold in the heat while the steak rests for 10 to 15 minutes.

Notice the direction of the muscle fibers of the steak; this is called the grain of the meat. Flank steak is a very lean cut that will be tough and chewy unless you cut it in a way that breaks up the muscle fibers. So, cut the steak across the grain of the meat, at a steep diagonal, so that the slices are wide. It is easiest to use a long serrated bread knife for this, but any long sharp knife will do.

 

With Black Paw Cabernet Sauvignon…

Italian Sausage & Kale Soup

from Jeff Aubry’s kitchen to yours

Black Paw Cab Sauv and Sausage Kale SoupIngredients

Italian sausages – however many you can eat
pasta noodles of your choice¼ cup olive oil
4-6 crushed cloves of garlic
4 cups vegetable stock
½ Tbsp freshly ground sage
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 can diced stewed  tomatoes
handful of kale, torn

Method

Grill 3 hot Italian sausages, set them aside. Boil ½ pound of pasta noodles – I prefer fusili or orzo.

In a ¼ cup of olive oil, sauté 4-6 crushed garlic cloves until golden. Add 4 cups veggie bouillon, ½ tbsp freshly ground sage, 1/2 Tbsp paprika, and 1 tsp. fresh thyme. Add one can diced stewed  tomatoes, and boil for 2 mins.

In the bowl, spoon in a 1/2 cup of cooked pasta, add a handful of torn kale, and some sausage slices (1/4 thick). Ladle the hot soup over top and voila!

Variations include spinach instead of kale, and tortellini instead of sausage.

 

Here’s to 2016 & your wine soaked discovery with Savvy Selections!

 

 

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Our 1st ever NO TAX wine event!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
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Is your stash of wine depleted after the holidays?  Is your credit card balance a bit high with your splurge at the Boxing Day sales?  We have a solution…a single winery Taste & Buy featuring Coyote’s Run Estate Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

ALL of their wines are on sale!  bottles

Coyote’s Run is offering NO TAX price for all of their Estate & Rare Vintage wines. This is a rare occasion to save a whopping 13%. Check out the full list of wines on sale below – everything is on sale.

Order online – or better yet – join us on Jan 20th 

Winery owner Jeff Aubry & winemaker David Sheppard are coming to Ottawa so that you can sip & sample their wines before you place your order.  Join us on Wed Jan 20th to try over stunning white wines as well as BIG & BOLD red wines, along with Coyote’s Run award-winning signature Pinot Noirs.  Everything is available at special pre-tax prices (full price list below).

TIP: You definitely won’t find any of the featured wines at the LCBO.

And FREE Shipping!

As if the special prices were not enough, the winery is also offering FREE shipping on orders of 6, 12 or more bottles – any combination of your Coyote’s Run favorite wines.  Deliveries will be made by courier to your home or office within a week.

 

~ Coyote’s Run Estate & Rare Vintage Wines on sale ~

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2013 Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris $16.49 (Reg $18.00)

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris $16.49 (Reg $18.00)

White Wines – Rare Vintage

2014 Rare Vintage Chardonnay $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

 

Red Wines

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $18.23 (Reg $20.95)

2013 Red Paw Vineyard Syrah $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

2013 Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir $28.67 (Reg $32.95)

Red Wines – Rare Vintage 

2013 Rare Vintage Pinot Noir $19.10 (Reg $21.95)

2012 Rare Vintage Cabernet Franc $28.67 (Reg $32.95)

2012 Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah $32.15 (Reg $36.95)

2010 Rare Vintage Meritage $34.46 (Reg $39.95)

Specialty Red Wine

David Sheppard Vintage 30 Cabernet Sauvignon $32.15 (Reg $36.95)

This special red wine marks David’s 30th vintage making Cabernet Sauvignon – one of his favorite grape varieties.

 

Dessert Wine

2014 Rare Vintage Late Harvest Pinot Gris $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

 

Friends, this is hands down an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

Buy your tickets to the Coyote’s Run Taste & Buy event or click to order wines online now.  These special prices will expire on Wednesday January 27th.

Cheers!

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Kicking off 2016 with a special event…

Posted by Debbie

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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You are in for a treat!  Owner Jeff Aubry & winemaker David Sheppard from Coyote’s Run Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be showcasing a special selection of Estate and Rare Vintage wines for you to taste…and buy at Ottawa’s Orange Art Gallery. Join us to meet the makers and stock up on the extraordinary wines of Coyote’s Run – Tickets are only $25.  This amount is deducted from your order of 6 or more wines showcased at this event.

Truly unique winesbottles

Located just outside the village of St. David’s, the estate vineyard is one of the most remarkable locations in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Coyote’s Run enjoys more ripening-friendly heat than almost anywhere in Ontario.

In addition, the property is really two vineyards with two very distinct soil types that they have named ‘Black Paw Vineyard’ and ‘Red Paw Vineyard’.

What a difference the dirt makes

dirtThe soils have tremendous geological differences that are profoundly expressed in the grapes…and the wine. They plant the same grape variety on each of these soils and vinify them separately, resulting in two very unique and distinct wines grown only a few hundred metres apart.

At this event you can taste wines from Red Paw & Black Paw Vineyards side-by-side to taste the difference terroir makes.

Advance Tickets Only
Portfolio Tasting Only: $25 per person*
*This amount will be deducted from your purchase of a mixed case of wine

Sparkling Reception: $25 per person
This ticket is an additional purchase to the Portfolio Tasting ticket

Limited number of tickets available…Order yours & you’ll be added to the guest list.

 

~ Over a dozen wines to try & buy at special prices ~
FREE Shipping on 6 bottles

A rare & impressive offer.  You can order ANY combination of 6, 12 or more bottles from Coyote’s Run & shipping by courier is FREE.

 

Meet the dynamic people behind the winery…

Coyote’s Run was founded in 2003 by the Aubry family, with David Sheppard as Winemaker.

Dave & Jeff & ChrisDavid (middle) is a top notch winemaker with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  After working at a small winery in Germany, he returned to Canada to join Inniskillin and learned from pioneers like Karl Kaiser.  Jeff Aubry (right) came to Niagara wine country from his high tech days at Nortel.  He wanted to be a part of something more creative and the wine industry was the perfect choice. David & Jeff will undoubtedly share many more stories about their wines & their boutique winery when you meet them at this portfolio tasting. (on left of this photo is Chris – the assistant winemaker)

 

Event Details

DATE: Wednesday January 20, 2016
SPECIAL: Sparkling reception with the Winemaker: 5:30 to 6:30pm
PORTFOLIO TASTING: 6:30 to 9pm
LOCATION: Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre, Ottawa (free parking available)

SPECIAL PRE-EVENT…
Sparkling Wine Reception with the Winemakerwine_tasting_sparkling
Kick off the New Year with a glass of sparkling wine as David explains the intricate step-by-step process of how to craft a delicious sparkling wine that could rival French Champagne.
Only 30 tickets available.

Advance Tickets Only
Portfolio Tasting Only: $25 per person*
*This amount will be deducted from your purchase of a mixed case of wine

Sparkling Reception: $25 per person
This ticket is an additional purchase to the Portfolio Tasting ticket

Sip & Stock up!  

Debbie-bottle-boxThis portfolio tasting will feature impressive wines from Coyote’s Run that rarely are seen outside of the winery – and you definitely won’t find them at the LCBO. Our event is the perfect opportunity to stock up for wines to have on hand and those to lay down in your cellar.

All parcels will be hand delivered by courier to your home or office – now that is convenient! 

FREE Shipping on 6 bottles
A rare & impressive offer.  You can order ANY combination of 6, 12 or more bottles from Coyote’s Run & shipping by courier is FREE.

Unable to join us but want to order?

No problem.  The Savvy Team would be delighted to make arrangements for your wine delivery – simply call us 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

 

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