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Get sizzling with these summertime wines!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
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Eating outdoors is one of the best ways to enjoy summer.  Why dine inside when we do that all winter long?

I strongly believe that a good meal deserves to be served with good wine. To make sure that I have wine on hand this summer, I took a daytrip to Prince Edward County – a three hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto – to buy wines at the wineries located off-the-beaten-track as well as stock piled favorites I discovered at a wine tasting that Savvy Company hosted showcasing wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake.  In both cases, wines were purchased directly from the winemaker as the wines at the LCBO has a modest selection of all of the wines that are crafted at the wineries throughout Ontario.  For a greater selection, contact the wineries directly or contact me & I’ll arrange for these wines to be sent to your home, office or even cottage!

Debbie`s Summertime Wine Picks:

Sparkling wine

Prince Edward County pick: Lighthall Vineyard Progression Sparkling Vidal VQA 2011 $20 – refreshing lemon/lime/grapefruit combo of tastes with fine bubbles

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick:  Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé $16 – looks like a sunset in the glass.  Dry, refreshing – great to sip on before dinner or to unwind with after a meal

White Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Exultet Estates Cru X White Light VQA 2011 $22.95 – The County’s newest winery making impressive wines – including this blend.

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick:  Lailey Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay VQA 2001 $15 – a crowd pleasing dry white wine that is perfect to sip on while the BBQ warms up.

Rosé Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Karlo Estates Frontenac Gris Rosé VQA 2011 $18 – reminds me of watermelon – its colour, aromas & tastes!

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick: Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2011 $15 – a stunning pink colour with refreshing aromas & flavours of juicy strawberries

Red Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Kient-He Winery P2 VQA 2010 $25 – a unique blend of Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier grapes that makes a medium bodied red wine perfect for burgers or steak.

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick: Riverview Cellars ‘Old Red Tractor’ Syrah VQA 2010 $29.95 – a BIG bold red wine with a fantastic story on the label that will be a great conversation starter!

 

Raise a glass to a summer filled with delicious Ontario wines!

Cheers,

Debbie

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Wines to discover at Terroir Wine Festival in The County

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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To prepare you for wine discoveries at next weekend’s Terroir Wine Celebration, our Sommeliers share with you tasting notes of more Prince Edward County wines.  Whether you enjoy white wine, red wine or are in the mood for a glass of Rose or sparkling wine, these wines will WOW you!

 

Huff Estates Vidalessco Sparkling VQA 2011

There is no better way to begin a dinner party (or any meal for that matter!) than with the pop of a cork of a bottle of bubbly!  This unique wine is made with Vidal grapes.  Vidal is often left on the vines to make icewine, yet at Huff Estates winemaker, Frederic Picard (originally from Burgundy France), decided to do something completely different – create a crisp & refreshing sparkling wine fashioned after the Italian Prosecco.  

Savvy Sommelier Debbie interviews Frederic  in the vineyard – watch the video

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Dry with fine mousse (winespeak: bubbles) elegant aromas & tastes of citrus (can you find mandarin or lime?) & toasted almond.

Suggested Food Pairings: For fun, serve sparkling wine with salty potato chips (the saltier the better!). The salt reacts with the bubbles & makes an even more lively sensation in your mouth – like fireworks!

 

The Grange’s Trumpour’s Mill Chardonnay VQA 2007

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.

This month, we feature The Grange in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club.  This Chardonnay impressed our Savvy Sommeliers.  Chardonnay was among the first varietals planted on the Granger estate. A grape which lends itself to a range of styles, this exemplar is unoaked and displays the texture and complexity of extended lees contact.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Offering tantalizing aromas of jasmine, honeyed stone fruit, pear and mango, this is a balanced creamy yet dry wine, weighty with flavourful fruit and kissed with a touch of toasted nuts. It finishes slightly warm and gently spiced.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine with pasta in a cream-based sauce, with crab cakes or lobster, or with savoury roast chicken.

Cellaring:  Delightful now or over the next couple of years!

 

Karlo Estates Frontenac Gris Rose VQA 2011

Karlo Estates is a must visit as one of ‘The County’s’ wineries – housed in a heritage Loyalist barn. Owner & winemaker Richard Karlo has developed his career from being a wine judge to an amateur winemaker, then consulting winemaker & now winery owner. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Last year’s Rose from Karlo was full of rhubarb & citrus aromas & tastes.  This vintage boasts watermelon, tangerine & ruby red grapefruit.  Crisp & refreshing, this medium bodied Rose feels delicious in your mouth & tastes wonderful too!

Suggested Food Pairings: This is a perfect wine to unwind with at the cottage, pack with a picnic or on enjoy while you soak up the sunshine in the backyard.  Serve on its own or with spicy food.

 

Rosehall Run Cabernet Franc Cold Creek VQA 2008

Cabernet Franc is often used in red wine blends, yet in Ontario, this grape grows so well that winemakers keep it aside to craft outstanding Cabernet Franc wines.  Rosehall Run Vineyards owner & winemaker Dan Sullivan found a parcel of land in The County – complete with a creek running through it – with outstanding Cabernet Franc grapes. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright garnet red colour in the glass, bursting with aromas of ripe red berries, raspberry that packs an impressive punch of dark chocolate.   On the palate it is dry, medium bodied with soft tannins reminders of sour cherry & cassis.

Suggested Food Pairings: The lingering finish makes this wine a perfect match for both light & heavy dishes from BBQ sausages, lamb chops, roast duck & even grilled salmon. Debbie loves this wine with a chunk of dark chocolate! 

Stanners Vineyard Cabernet Franc PEC VQA 2010

Stanners Vineyard is one of the newest wineries to open in The County is run by the Stanner family & everyone in the family is involved!  Located near the town of Hillier (about 20 mins away from Picton), they are surrounded by other neighbouring wineries.  The Stanners made 2 Cabernet Franc wines – one all County while the other is a blend of Niagara & County.  This one was the favorite at the recent County in the City wine tasting event in Ottawa.  It was fun to try the 2 wines side by side – and this you can definitely do when you visit Terroir Wine Festival! 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Plum in colour, there are delicious aromas of blackberry, raspberry & plums too that fill the glass then continue into the taste.  It is dry & well balanced wine with a medium long finish.  A very impressive wine.  Well done!

 Suggested Food Pairings: An easy drinking red wine that would be good with grilled burgers, lasagna or even BBQed steak.  Stock up for the summer!

We look forward to seeing you in The County at Terroir on Saturday May 26th!

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