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The drumroll please….2014 wine winners

Posted by Amanda

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


The winners of this year’s Ottawa Wine Challenge – the wine competition associated to the annual Ottawa Wine & Food Festival – have been announced.  We are thrilled that for the first time in ever that the Best of Show winning wines are all made in Canada!  Move over France, Australia & Italy…Canadian wines are taking top marks and the owning the podium at this challenge.

Ottawa wine challenge
The Savvy Team seizes every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag & we are excited that several of the wineries that we feature in our Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month-club as well as our Taste & Buy events won medals in this wine competition.  <Insert big round of applause!>.

Those Canadian wineries we have featured are highlighted.  Be sure to visit the winemakers & winery owners at this weekend’s show or subscribe to Savvy Selections to have award winning wines delivered year round!

Best of Show…

WHITE WINE – Strewn Winery Cottage Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
RED WINE – Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario Canada
SWEET WINE – Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2012 – Quebec, Canada

Gold Medal Winners…

Konzelmann Estate Vidal Icewine 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate Prestige Sparkling Wine – Ontario, Canada
Oyster Bay Sparkling Rose Cuvee Brut Hawke’s Bay/Marlborough – New Zealand
Sideroad Twenty Cellars Red Tractor Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rosewood Estates Origin Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rosewood Estates Sussreserve Riesling 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Strewn Winery Cottage Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2012 – Quebec, Canada

Silver Medal Winners….

Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – New Zealand
Viticoltori d’Acqui Brachetto de’Acqui Sparkling Rose NV – Italy
Konzelmann Estate Special Select Late Harvest Vidal 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Mission Hill Family Estate Diabolica Red 2012 – British Columbia, Canada
Cantina Negrar Amarone 2010 – Italy
Domain Martin Plan de Dieu 2011 – France
Family Wine Merchants Sangre de Toro 2013 – Spain
Rosewood Estates Select Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Canada
Alpine Valley Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Loosen Brothers Villa Wolf Riesling 2013 – Germany
Pelee Island Winery Alvar Pinot Noir 2012 – Canada
Konzelmann Estate Shiraz 2013 – Canada
Rancourt Winery Merlot 2009 – Canada (a new winery that we have not featured yet!)

Bronze Medal Winners…

Konzelmann Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate 1812 Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012 – Ontario, Canada
The Wine Group Chloe Chardonnay 2012 – USA
Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2013 – New Zealand
Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2012 – Canada
Bodgas Santa Julia Santa Julia Chardonnay 2013 – Argentina
Stoneleigh Chardonnay Malborough 2013 – New Zealand
Vina Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay 2013 – Chile
Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Pinot Gris 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Pinot Grigio 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Mondo del Vino Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio 2013 – Italy
Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – New Zealand
Babich Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc Malborough 2012 – New Zealand
Sacred Hill White Cliff Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Veramonte Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Chile
GA Schmitt Clean Slate Riesling 2013 – Germany
Rosewood Estates Mima’s Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Canada White Riesling 2011 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling Dry 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Pinot Blanc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Dunes White 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Laroche Laroche de la Chevaliere Viognier 2013 – France
LGCF Chateau Cleray Muscadet 2012 – France
Willm Gewurztraminer 2013 – France
Torres Vina Esmerelda Moscatel Gewurztraminer 2013 – Spain
Diamond Estates 1914 Honour White 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2013 – Argentina
Brumont Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – France
Coyote’s Run Estate Winery Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Gnarly Head Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 – USA
Don Sebastiani & Sons Aquinas Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2012 – USA
Rosewood Estates Origin Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Syrah 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Deakin Shiraz 2013 – Australia
Lailey Vineyards Unfiltered Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Neufeld Vineyard Merlot 2012– Ontario, Canada
Oyster Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013 – New Zealand
Irony Wines Merlot 2011 – USA
Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2012 – USA
Pelee Island Winery Vinedresser’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Spain
Gnarly Head Cellars Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – USA
Don Sebastiani & Sons Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – USA
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Argentina
Bodgas Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet 2012 – Argentina
Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – USA
Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – USA
Maison Louis Latour Gamay 2011 – France
Bodegas Trivento Fair Trade Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Reserva Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2012 – Spain
Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Cabernet Franc 2012– Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Reserve Baco Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2011 – Spain
Costa Mediana Valpolicella Ripasso 2011 – Italy
Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Bodegas Portia Faustino VII Rioja 2011 – Spain
Don Sebastiani & Sons Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 – USA
Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Heritage Red 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Impromptu 2012– Ontario, Canada
Pelee Island Winery Singing Moon Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Shoreline Red 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Mouton Noir 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Infinite Red 2011 – Spain
Diamond Estates 1914 Valour 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rancourt Winery Meritage 2009 – Ontario, Canada
Mondo del Vino Barone Montalto Nero d’Avola Cabernet 2013 – Italy
Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Reserva 2010 – Spain
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Shiraz Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Organico Malbec Cabernet 2013 – Argentina
Distell Inception 2011 – South Africa
Rosewood Estates Lock, Stock & Barrel 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Connect Red 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Cellier des Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Rouge 2012 – France
Palatine Hills Estate Gamay Noir Rose 2013– Ontario, Canada
Chivite Chivite Gran Feudo Rosado 2013 – Spain
Konzelmann Estate Sparkling Riesling NV – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Sparkling Rose NV – Ontario, Canada
Pelee Island Winery Secco 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV – Spain
Henkell Cavas Hill NV – Spain
Segura Viudas Segura Viudas Cava NV – Spain

Now how is that for a shopping list!!

Debbie & the Savvy Team




On our podium – ‘Must buy’ wines for Olympic moments

Posted by Susan

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Did you know. . . The LCBO is one of the largest purchasers of wine & spirits in the world! This latest release at the LCBO Vintages we benefit from an outstanding selection of ‘Buyer’s Picks’ from some of France’s best-known wine regions.  

LCBO Vintages Sat Feb 15There’s something for everyone. A selection of two Champagnes and numerous award-winning red wines representing such prestigious ‘appellation d’origine contrôlée’ or AOC (France’s designation of origin granted to specific geographical areas for wine, cheese and other products) from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Cahors, Beaune and Bordeaux, to name a few. Among these, I found that there are some good values to be had, including Paul Zinck ‘Portrait’ Gewürztraminer, Domaine Gautheron Chablis and Domaine Gerard Charvet ‘La Réserve d’Amélie’ Moulin-a-Vent.

Also on the Podium: Award-Winning Ontario Wines 

The spotlight shines on several stars from Ontario:

Konzelmann Vidal Icewine 2010 – recognized with a 2013 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wine

Huff Estates ‘Cuvée Peter F. Huff’ 2007 named in honour for the late son of the winery owners.  This sparkling wine has won two of the coveted Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wine

Pillitteri ‘Exclamation Reserve’ Cabernet Franc 2010 – a gold-medal winner at the 2013 Ontario Wine Awards, and recipient of the award for Best Red Wine of the Year

Malivoire Gamay 2012 and Malivoire Chardonnay 2011 – won Gold and Silver respectively at the 2013 Ontario Wine Awards.

And there are more winners!

The general release (winespeak: the wines always available at the LCBO 24/7) offers a great selection of wines from around the world that are ‘must buys on my wine shopping list’.

Top of the list is my favorite Crémant de Bourgogne – Louis Bouillot Perle d’Aurore

The very tasty and well-structured Benzinger Cabernet Sauvignon

The full-flavoured Zuccardi ‘Q’ Malbec (my tasting notes below)

Tuscany’s tasty Bibbiano Chianti Classico

The value-laden Monasterio de las Vinas ‘Gran Reserva’ from the Carinena region of Spain.

And if you’re a Riesling lover, I’d recommend these two: Tawse ‘Sketches of Niagara’ Riesling 2012 (of course!), Kilkanoon ‘Killerman’s Run’ Riesling 2012.

Among the Ontario wines in the general release, I’ve already mentioned the Tawse Riesling. If you are looking for an organic or biodynamic wine, try the very fine Southbrook ‘Triomphe’ Chardonnay (my tasting notes below). Among the red wines, I would add to my shopping cart the very intense, robust Château des Charmes ‘Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2010.  If you’re craving something sweet, you can’t go wrong with the Konzelmann Vidal Icewine.

Cheers and happy sipping with your Valentine,


If I had $100…I would buy at LCBO Vintages


Southbrook Triomph Chardonnay 2012Southbrook Vineyards ‘Triomphe’ Chardonnay 2012

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
$22.95 (Vintages #172338) 12.5% alcohol

Enjoy the aromas of cinnamon toast, vanilla, tropical fruit, ripe pear and apple of this finely crafted dry, medium-bodied organic and biodynamic white wine. It’s wine is delightfully round and creamy, yet fresh, the pear and tropical fruit replaying on the palate, mingling with vanilla and toasted nut. The fresh yet subtle acidity brings balance and refinement to a rich fruity finish. Enjoy with a lemony roast chicken.

Zuccardi Q Malbec 2011Zuccardi ‘Q’ Malbec 2011

Mendoza, Argentina
$19.95 (Vintages #723478) 14.5% alcohol

Inky and opaque, this award winner delivers attractive complexity in aromas and flavours, balance of richness and structure. On the nose, lifted aromas of ripe black fruit, exotic spice, campfire smoke, licorice and vanilla dance. This red wine is dry, full bodied, the subtle underlying structure frames black berry and cherry fruit, toasty oak, sweet spice and hints of dark chocolate. Quite lush, it’s warm and deliciously fruity through the lasting, flavourful finish. A great choice on a cold winter’s night to pair with stew or meatballs in a mushroom sauce.

Domaine Gerard Charvet la Reserve d'Amelie Moulin a ventDomaine Gérard Charvet ‘La Réserve d’Amélie’ Moulin-à-Vent 2012

AP Moulin-à-Vent, France
$20.90 (Vintages #356741) 13.0% alcohol

An award-winner, this is really an outstanding example of a Cru Beaujolais Gamay. The nose entices with wonderful aromas of freshly-picked strawberry, red plum, sweet spice and a wisp of vanilla. Dry, medium bodied, the red fruit flavours are focused, the notes of spice and vanilla replaying. The defined yet refined structure of this red wine provides lovely balance, the texture is fresh and the finish is dry and flavourful. Enjoy this versatile red wine with duck confit, charcuterie, ham or beef bourgignon.

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Monti GarbiTenuta Sant’Antonio ‘Monti Garbi’ Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2010

Valpolicella Superiore, Italy
$17.95 (Vintages #29850) 14.0% alcohol

This ruby gem of a red wine has great depth of flavour, balance and refinement. Aromas and flavours of cherries and berries and dominate, mingling with spice and an earthy quality. Dry, medium-full bodied, the texture is clean and lively, a balance to the ripe red fruit, a touch of spice and the warmth of white pepper persisting on the long-lasting finish. Enjoy this with braised herbed chicken. 

Monasterio de las Vinas Gran REserva 2005Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva 2005

Cariñena, Spain
$16.95 (Vintages #82024) 13.0% alcohol

Principally Garnacha, blended with Tempranillo and Cariñena, this evolved, balanced red wine was aged 2 years in oak and held 3 years in bottle prior to release. It’s opaque, with spicy fruit aromas, notes of vanilla and a whiff of leather. Dry, full bodied, there’s great depth of ripe fruit flavour, notions of sweet baking spice and a remarkably fresh texture to the wine. It retains good structure, flavour and depth of fruit flavour through the long dry finish. Enjoy with paella.


Grand Total: $98.70






The Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario!

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The 5th annual Prescott-Russell Wine & Food Show will take place this Saturday (September 21st) at The River Rock Inn in Rockland.  Billed as the ‘Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario’ is a fun evening to feast on wines, beers, coffee, port, sparkling wine & gourmet bites from around the world.

Why not make it a date night out or grab some friends & head to Rockland. This is a different kind of wine & food show. You can vote on your favorite foods, wines and beers for La Cité Collégiale’s Crush Awards. There’s a Chocolate Extravaganza & Bubbly Bar too…and be sure to stop by the Savvy Company booth to share your wine, beer & food tips!. We are delighted to be one of the partners of this year’s show offering the new Savvy Sip & Shop service. 

What is Savvy Sip & Shop you ask?

Find a new favorite wine or beer at the show? Savvy Sip & Shop can deliver a case of all of your favorites – an assortment of any wines & beers – to your home or office within a week. Simply visit the Savvy Team at the Savvy Sip & Shop booth located in the Lounge Area.  Alternatively order online – it is that easy to have your new found favorite wines & craft beers on hand.

FREE SHIPPING on 12 bottles or more!

Exclusive at this show you can order ANY combination of outstanding wines from ANY of the featured wineries & they will be delivered by courier to your home or office.  

Wines & Craft Beers you will find at the show…

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Lug Tread 4-pack $15.85 / 12-pack  $46.10
Night Marzen Single Bottle $4.35 / 12-pack  $52.20
Spruce Moose Single Bottle $7.85 / 4-pack  $31.40 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2011 Dea’s Cuvee Sparkling $18.95
2010 Chardonnay $15.95
2010 Pinot Gris $18.95
2010 Gamay $14.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95 

Cassel Brewery Company

Golden Rail Honey Brown Growler $16.00
Upper Canadian IPA Growler  $17.00 

Château des Charmes

2011 Generation Seven White $13.95
2011 Earth and Sky Riesling $14.95
2010 Generation Seven Red $13.95
2010 Earth and Sky Pinot Noir $15.95 

Domaine Perrault

2011 Pinot Grigio $14.00
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Sabrevois $20.00 

Harwood Estate Vineyard

2011 Gewurztraminer $20.00
2011 Chardonnay $32.00
2012 Pinot Gris $18.00
2011 Friends Rosé $18.00
2012 Gamay Noir $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $29.00
2010 Marquesa Red Port $29.00
2009 Just Desserts (Late Harvest) $25.00 

Huff Estates Winery

2011 Riesling Off Dry $18.00
2012 Rosé $18.00
2012 Pinot Gris $20.00
2010 South Bay Merlot $30.00 

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $11.95
2011 Pinot Blanc $11.95
2011 Pinot Noir $11.95
2012 Shiraz $12.95 

La Cava Vino del Mundo Imports

2011 Bagordi Blanco $16.80
2011 Tobelos Blanco $24.50
2011 Recoveco $18.70
2011 Betolaza Tinto $18.70
2008 Usoa de Bagordi $24.55
2009 Tobelos Garnacha $35.65
2008 Bagordi Graciano $34.75

Lighthall Vineyards

2012 Progression Sparkling $20.00
2009 Chardonnay $25.00
2011 Chardonnay $25.00
2012 Gewurztraminer $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $25.00
2011 Muté (500mL) $30.00 

Nickel Brook Brewery

Headstock IPA $2.75/can
Naughty Neighbour 6 pack $12.25
Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout $2.30/bottle
Saison Draft (750 mL bottle) $8.95
Gluten Free Beer $2.65/can
Babbling Brook Root Beer 24 bottles $33.60
Naughty Nick’s Ginger Beer 24 bottles $33.60 

Palatine Hills Winery

Juliet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling $18.95
1812 Chardonnay $11.95
2011 Quattro $14.95
1812 Cabernet Merlot $12.95
2011 Cabernet Franc $19.95 

Sandbanks Winery

Dunes White $12.80
2012 Shoreline White $14.95
2012 Riesling $14.95
Dunes Red $14.80
2012 Cabernet Franc $14.95
2012 Shoreline Red $14.95
2012 Baco Noir $14.95
2011 Baco Noir Réserve $19.95 

The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery

2011 Estate Pinot Gris $14.95
2011 Estate Chardonnay $15.80
2009 Estate Cab Franc $17.95
2009 Estate Pinot Noir $16.95

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amanda & the Savvy Team



Order the best wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Another SOLD OUT Savvy Event!

Back by popular demand, One Unforgettable Taste & Buy provided the opportunity for guests to order any combination of their favorite wines.  The featured wines are not available at the LCBO or Vintages.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles or more.  This is a perfect opportunity to stock up for summer entertaining.

Go to our Facebook page to see some photos of the event.

While the event is over for another year – don`t despair! Anyone can still order Niagara-on-the-Lake wines online using a new service we have created – Savvy Sip & Shop. 

Click here order Niagara-on-the-Lake wines! 

It is that easy to have your favorite Niagara-on-the-Lake wines delivered – within a week.

One Unforgettable Taste & Buy is about tasting, discovering & ordering …  

Have a look below at the large selection of outstanding wines that will be uncorked to enjoy.  None of these wines are available at the LCBO.

Exclusive at this event – You can order ANY combination of outstanding wines from ANY of the featured wineries & they will be delivered by courier to your home or office. Free shipping on all orders of 12 bottles or more!  Now you can order your ANY of these wines online  

Featured wineries & wines:

Between The Lines Estate Winery

2011 Gewürztraminer $14.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $15.95


Cattail Creek Estate Winery

2012 Simply Stainless Chardonnay Estate $16.95

2010 Pinot Noir Estate $18.95


Château des Charmes

2010 Chardonnay Musqué Estate Bottled $16.95

2010 Gamay “Droit” St. David’s Bench $14.95


Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

2011 Red Paw Pinot Gris $17.95

2011 Red Paw Pinot Noir $19.95


Diamond Estates Winery

2012 Lakewiew Cellars Syrah Rosé Reserve $16.95

2010 Lakeview Cellars Baco Noir Reserve $19.95


Hinterbrook Winery

2011 Riesling $18.00

2011 Rosé $16.00



2012 Discovery Series P3 $19.95

2011 Merlot Reserve $22.95


Jackson-Triggs Winery

2012 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $19.95

2010 Grand Reserve Shiraz $19.95


Joseph’s Estate Wines

2010 Pinot Gris $13.95

2009 Baco Merlot $10.95


Konzelmann Estate Winery

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $12.75

2012 Shira$12.75


Lailey Vineyard

2012 Chardonnay Unoaked $15.00

2011 Pinot Noir 3.7 $30.00


Niagara College Teaching Winery

2010 Dean’s List Chardonnay $27.95

Pinot Noir Balaance $18.95


Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $12.85

2010 Cabernet Franc Neufeld Vineyard $19.95


Peller Estates

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Private Reserve $18.95

2011 Cabernet Franc Private Reserve $21.95


Pillitteri Estates Winery

2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented $15.00

2011 Dry Rosé $15.00


Pondview Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $16.00

2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented $25.00


Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2011 Chardonnay Estate $24.00

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate $39.00


Reif Estate Winery

2012 Fortune Cabernet Rosé $12.95

2011 The Magician Pinot Noir/Shiraz $19.95


Riverview Cellars Winery

2012 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95

2011 Salvatores Malbec Reserve $29.95


Small Talk Vineyards

2011 Sauvignon Blanc $14.95

RSVP White Blend $14.95


Southbrook Vineyards

2012 Triomphe Chardonnay $21.95

2008 Triomphe Cabernet Merlot $23.95


Stratus Vineyards 

2012 Wild Ass Rosé $19.95

2009 Tollgate Fumé Blanc $24.95


Strewn Winery

2012 Fumé Blanc Terroir $18.95

2011 Meritage Canadian Oak $18.95


Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Burgundy Plum $23.95

Chocolate Embrace (375 mL) $24.95


Trius Winery at Hillebrand

2012 Riesling Ghost Creek Vineyard $25.00

2012 Trius Rosé $15.75


One Unforgettable Taste & Buy – details

DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2013
LOCATION: The NEW Agriculture & Food Museum, 361 Prince of Wales Drive, located on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa


Buy your tickets >>

Can’t make it but want to order wines?

No problem! Simply call our Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) to make the arrangements for you.  Place your order before June 1st and you can take advantage of the free shipping offer on a case of wine.

We look forward to seeing you at One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.
Everyone is welcome to join us!


Contact Savvy Company for more information about other Savvy Events


Wines on Sale! Premium Ontario wines with an even tastier price…

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011


Our Savvy Sommeliers are always on the lookout for great value wines. These outstanding Ontario wines on sale are a steal! They all have our Savvy Selections stamp of approval and are now marked down to under $15! You won’t find these bottles at the LCBO. Order a couple of bottles, a case of 12 bottles or our Sommeliers will give you their recommendations to make a mixed case from one of these featured wineries. Ordering is easy!

Simply phone us on 613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)

or email cheers@savvycompany.caand we will gladly make the arrangements for a special delivery.

Rosehall Run Vineyards– Prince Edward County

County Cuvee Chardonnay VQA 2007 – the best Chardonnay grapes from ‘The County’ go into making each bottle of this medium bodied delicious wine. NOW: $14.95 (was $17.95)

County Cuvee Gamay VQA 2008 – an outstanding medium bodied red wine full of plums and raspberry jam with light tannins. Pour a glass to unwind after work, enjoy with stew or a late autumn BBQ. NOW: $14.95 (was $17.95)

Konzelmann Estate Winery– Niagara-on-the-Lake

Winemaster’s Chardonnay VQA 2007 – From the outstanding 2007 vintage, aromas of baked apple pie fill your glass with a hint of orange at the finish. Its creamy texture has just-enough-oak that make it a stunning wine. NOW: $14 (was $16.95)

Cattail Creek Family Estates Winery– Niagara-on-the-Lake

Gewurztraminer VQA 2009 – a thirst quenching white wine with tastes that will remind you of pineapples and peaches with a splash of acidity. Great with anything spicy – Phad Thai, Indian curry and Mexican. NOW: $11.95 (was $14.95)


From a suitcase of dirt: Konzelmann Estate Winery as October’s Winery of the Month

Posted by Susan

Thursday, September 29th, 2011



A successful restaurateur, knowledgeable about food and wine, Friederich Konzelmann was a man of foresight, always willing to try out a new idea. As demand for his homemade wines increased in his restaurants in Germany, he determined it was time to branch out into commercial winemaking creating Konzelmann Estate Winery in 1893, and a storied winemaking family was established.

Friederich was soon producing over 200,000 litres of wine, and the successful business was passed from one generation to the next. Great grandson, Herbert Konzelmann joined the family business in 1958. It continued to grow, almost doubling production levels, but as time went on, grapes became harder to source, urbanization and industry increased the demand for land, and vineyards became more expensive to acquire. As a consequence of a hunting trip to the western Canada, Herbert began planning in the early 1980’s to move Konzelmann Estate Winery to Canada. He returned to Canada – to Niagara this time – asking a real estate agent to show him some available land on the lakeshore. As the agent was regretfully stating there was no available land, Herbert noticed a peach orchard – ‘What about that?’ he said via his interpreter. Herbert took a suitcase of dirt from the intriguing orchard back to Germany for analysis.

The results showed that the combination of mineral-rich soil, available sunlight and heat units far greater than in Germany, convinced Herbert to purchase the property in Niagara and sell his operation in Germany. Similar to other entrepreneursin his family before him, Friederich was breaking new ground in the Ontario wine industry alongside with pioneers Don Ziraldo, Karl Kaiser (both from Inniskillin), Ewald Reif (Reif Estates Winery) and Joseph Pohorly (Joseph`s Wines).

We are delighted to share with you the results of Herbert’s emphasis on quality. Konzelmann Estate Winery has won hundreds of awards for its wines around the world. They were the first Canadian winery to make Wine Spectator’s Top 100 in 2008 with their highly acclaimed Vidal Ice Wine VQA 2006. More recently, the 2008 Vidal Ice Wine was awarded the Gold Best in Class at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the UK, and the 2008 Gewürztraminer won Silver at the Ontario Wine Awards.

Your Savvy Selections offers you a combination of premium wine, well priced and outstanding quality.We are confident that you will enjoy every sip of:
Pinot Grigio Reserve VQA 2009 – alluring & silky
Four Generations Barrel-Aged Pinot Noir VQA 2007 – big spicy & plush
Four Generations Heritage 2007 – a complex full-bodied red blend
OPTIONAL WINE: Winemaster`s Barrel Aged Chardonnay VQA 2007

Your invitation to these upcoming Savvy Events

September 22-25 – Savvy Company is pleased to be organizing the food & wine events in Ottawa’s Little Italy for La Vendemmia harvest celebration. This 4 day festival is chock o block full of free and ticketed events showcasing art, wine and food . Check out the full event listing, at We will see you there!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

Konzelmann Estate Winery
Presented by Sommelier Susan Desjardins

At 74 years of age, Winemaster Herbert Konzelmann (far left) continues the family tradition of adventure and innovation, planting new varieties, experimenting with different styles of wines and, above all, continuously improving quality from one vintage to the next.

He recognizes that expectations have changed over the generations. “In the old days, there was little competition and wine was made locally using the old methods of our ancestors.” Now, with the wide range of wines available to consumers, wine purchasers expect high quality. Herbert’s focus is on German-style wines with softer structure, as his customers prefer. The acquisition of advanced equipment, the availability of precision instruments and acquired know-how contribute to the quality of the wines. In addition, he has purchased a second property inland, where the growing conditions and terroir favour the big red varietals as well as Riesling. Winemaker Eric Pearson explains, “Rieslings from this particular vineyard display more petrol notes, while those from our lakeshore vineyard are notably fruitier.”

The Winemaster’s Collection wines – in our Savvy Selection – receive particular focus, and are produced only in excellent vintages (winespeak: years). Only vines of a certain maturity are harvested for these wines, cropped to a low yield the equivalent of the fruit of 2 vines per bottle of wine. Using extended skin contact and slow fermentation, these wines offer soft tannins, balance, concentrated fruit flavours and ageability. With each sip of the wines in this month`s Savvy Selections, we anticipate that you will taste the difference.

When Herbert was looking for an assistant winemaker, he approached Eric Pearson, a bio-chem grad from Brock University who had done his thesis under the supervision of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Program and who had worked in the Konzelmann vineyard during his university years. After 2 years at Stratus, Eric was delighted with the opportunity to rejoin Konzelmann. “I love wine and I love what I’m doing. My nonno made wine and as a child I used to help him. Growing up in St. Catharines, I used to run through the vineyards with my friends having Concord grape fights – our parents weren’t too impressed!”

Since he started working with Herbert, the two of them work as a team. “Our palates are similar, which is critical in this relationship. And Eric’s education in bio-chemistry brings a unique set of skills to our partnership and to experimentation,” Herbert explains. Eric continues, “We taste together, and Herbert always asks my opinion – usually we’re very close in our assessment. And when we discuss how to create a wine stylistically, there’s good compatibility on the direction.”

Eric has grown into the position as winemaker, while he continues to work with Herbert on experiments in the vineyard and in the cellar. For instance, they are trying different techniques of crop thinning to enhance the depth of flavour of their wines while also experimenting with different aging techniques to craft the soft yet structured wines that Herbert wants to create. The 2010 vintage will no doubt offer some assistance! Eric reports, “2010 looks very promising. The aromatic whites are outstanding, and the big reds are looking really powerful. It was a good vintage right across the board.”

Looking back, Herbert explained that he moved his family to Canada was at a time when the wine industry was in its infancy stage. They arrived with ten 40 foot containers brimming over with winemaking equipment plus the family household possessions. “We took a big risk coming here. When I went to the Canadian Consulate for our visas, I explained that we were immigrating to Canada to start a winery in Niagara. The officer laughed and told me to go ahead and help make Canada famous”. Herbert smiled in reflection. “I am very glad I bought our property and have great pride that I have created wines that have helped to put Canada on the world stage.”

Herbert’s Four Generations series wines honor his ancestors, and the future is bright as his grandson returns from Germany later this summer, ready to work alongside his grandfather, just as Herbert did many years ago, to continue to build on Konzelmann’s successful foundations.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Selections!



Pinot Grigio Reserve VQA 2009, $17.20

Produced from fruit harvested from the property located inland, this wine underwent an extensive skin soak to extract body and structure – resulting in a faint hint of peachy pink colour. The fermentation process was designed to create a satiny texture and to bring out the floral, fruity notes.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:Subtle, alluring and beautifully balanced, this is a dry yet fruity mid-weight wine has loads of pineapple, spiced apple, fresh citrus and a delicate floral note. A silky texture is matched with refreshing acidity and underlying minerality, the persistent finish juicy and fruity.

Suggested Food Pairing:A versatile wine that would pair well with chicken, pork or fish, or just enjoy it on its own!

Cellaring:A great wine to enjoy now or in the next couple of years.

Four Generations Barrel-Aged Pinot Noir VQA 2007, $30.20

The focus on this wine started in the vineyard with the selection of 2 blocks right by the lake of different Pinot Noir clones which are known for delivering complementary characteristics. Longer hang time increased the depth of flavour, while an extended maceration extracted further flavour, pigmentation and structural components.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This is a wine with great depth and breadth of flavour. Ruby in colour, its rich, ripe, aromatic, it’s loaded with plush spiced berries, cherries, vanilla and a subtle earthiness. Robust, powerful and satiny, it displays a masterful balance of acidity, fruit and supple tannins, offering lingering notes of dark chocolate on the finish. Wow!

Suggested Food Pairing:This wine calls for a substantial meat dish – our Savvy Sommeliers recommend beef, lamb or duck.

Four Generations Heritage VQA 2007 $25.20

A blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, each varietal was aged separately, with the goal to create a top-tier wine to celebrate the Konzelmann family history. After extensive barrel tasting by Herbert and Eric, the three varietal wines were combined in the proportions deemed to create the desired style, then further aged as a blend.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Full bodied and complex, this blend entices with beautifully integrated aromas – plum, cassis, spice and a wisp of smoky toasty herbal notes. Velvety on the palate, it’s plush with rich ripe dark fruit elegantly balanced with ripe tannins and defined acidity. There’s a hint of pepper and cocoa on the long warm finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:This wine would be delicious with a herb encrusted roast leg of lamb, or savour it with aged hard cheeses.

Cellaring: Drinking well now, this wine will cellar for 3-5 years.

OPTIONAL WINE: Winemaster`s Barrel Aged Chardonnay VQA 2007
$14.00 (reduced from $16.00)

We couldn`t believe it when we discovered within the premium portfolio a wine that is outstanding & only $14 – a steal!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:Dry, medium to full bodied, this elegant wine would be perfect to enjoy as summer rolls gently (I hope!) into fall. In the aroma and taste there are notes of warm spices, fresh baked apple pie and a hint of orange at the finish. Its creamy texture has just-enough-oak that make it an absolutely pleasant wine to enjoy.

Cellaring: Heralding from the outstanding vintage of 2007, this wine is ready to enjoy now.


With Konzelmann Pinot Grigio…

Warm Dijon Salmon Salad
Susan adapted from the original recipe that appeared Ottawa Citizen
Serves 4


2 salmon fillets, approx. 8 oz each
1 C thin green beans, trimmed
½ C toasted slivered almonds
4 C mixed greens
1 Tbsp ground white pepper, or to taste


1 tsp Dijon mustard

½ lemon, juice of
4 Tbsp olive oil

Sea salt to taste


1.Gently poach or grill salmon.


2.Meanwhile, cook beans in boiling water until bright green & tender. Drain & reserve with salmon, keeping both warm.


3.Mix dressing ingredients together. Portion greens on 4 plates and place beans, then salmon on top. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.


4.Drizzle dressing over each salad and serve.

With Konzelmann Four Generations Pinot Noir

Duck Breasts with Dried Cherries
Lucy Waverman & James Chatto, A Matter of Taste Cookbook
Serves 4


4 single boneless duck breasts (approx. 10 oz each)
2 tsp finely chopped gingerroot
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 tsp cracked peppercorns
2 tsp cracked coriander seeds
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp granulated sugar

¼ C red wine

1 ½ C chicken stock

¼ C dried cherries

2 Tbsp butter, diced




1.Score duck at ½” intervals. Combine ginger, garlic, peppercorns & coriander seeds. Rub into duck. Place breasts skin-side down in a large cold skillet. Turn heat to medium & cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low & cook for 15 minutes, or until fat is rendered. Drain fat as it accumulates in pan. Turn duck breasts and cook 2 minutes longer.


2.Preheat oven to 400F. Place breasts skin side up on a rack in a baking pan. Roast for 7-10 minutes, or until pink. Discard fat from skillet while breasts are roasting. Increase heat to high and add vinegar & sugar. Cook for about 30 seconds or until sticky. Add wine & cook 2 minutes longer. Add stock, bring to a boil & boil for 3-4 minutes, or until sauce is thickened & reduced. Add cherries & simmer for a few minutes.


3.Remove skillet from heat & stir in butter.


4.Slice duck & serve with sauce. Enjoy!


With Konzelmann Four Generations Heritage…

Umbrian Slow-Cooked Lamb with Pecorino
Lucy Waverman & James Chatto, A Matter of Taste Cookbook
Serves 6


3 lbs. boned lamb shoulder, cut in 6-oz pieces
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 bay leaves, crumbled

4 cloves garlic, sliced
½ tsp hot red pepper flakes

¼ C olive oil
1 C chopped onions

½ C red wine

1 C beef or chicken stock

Salt & freshly ground pepper

1 C grated Pecorino cheese



1.Toss lamb with rosemary, bay leaves, garlic, red pepper flakes and 2 Tbsp oil. Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Remove garlic & reserve

2.Pre-heat oven to 300F. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp oil in an ovenproof casserole over high heat. Brown lamb in batches for about 2 minutes per side, or until meat is a rich brown color. Remove to a plate.

3.Reduce heat to medium and add onions and reserved garlic slices to casserole. Sauté for 2 minutes. Pour in wine, scraping up any little pieces from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil. Add stock & combine well.


4.Return lamb to casserole, cover & bake for 1 hour. Uncover & continue to bake for 1 hour longer, or until meat is tender & glazed with sauce. Depending on size of casserole, sauce may reduce too much; add more stock if necessary. Sauce should be rich & slightly thickened.


5.Remove lamb & keep warm. Skim any fat from sauce. Strain sauce into a pot, pressing on any solids. Reheat & add salt & pepper if necessary.


6.Serve lamb with a little sauce. Liberally sprinkle lamb with cheese.




Cheers & Enjoy this month’s Savvy Selections!