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Taste & Buy outstanding wines from Niagara’s 20 Valley

Posted by Amanda

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Everything is all set for this tomorrow’s Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting featuring 17 of Niagara’s Twenty Valley wineries.  This is a SOLD OUT event & we’re excited that so many Ottawa wine enthusiasts will be joining us to enjoy these outstanding wines.

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that are ready for you to enjoy – none that you will find at the LCBO – so this is a perfect evening out sipping and stocking up on new wine discoveries.  There will be over 100 different wines ranging in prices from $18.95 to $39.95 – sparkling wines, white, rosé and red wines, delicious ice wines and even a port too!  There’s definitely something for everyone.

Taste a glass…buy a bottle

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

Free shipping on all orders of 12 bottles or more!

With so many wines and so little time, our Team of Savvy Sommeliers will be there to help you sharing wine tips & recommendations to find wines that you will undoubtedly enjoy.


Can’t make it to this event? Order online

Don’t despair…you stock up on your favorite 20 Valley wines by ordering online.  Click here to place your order >>

Not sure which wines to order?  Our Savvy Sommeliers can help! Email us or call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) & we’ll be happy to offer recommendations & make the arrangements for your order.  Place your order online before December 5th, shipping is FREE on 12 or more bottles…delivered to your home or office.


Featured wineries & their wines to taste & buy…

13th Street Winery

Cuvée Rosé Sparkling $24.95

2012 Gamay Noir $19.95

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $24.95 (Reg $29.95)

2010 Reserve Meritage $29.95 (Reg $34.95)


Angels Gate Winery

2010 Mountainview Chardonnay $19.95

2011 Archangel Sauvignon Blanc $23.95

2012 Mountainview Cabernet Franc $30.00

Angels V $50.00


Calamus Estate Winery

2013 Roberts Riesling $15.20

2013 Pinot Gris $16.95

2012 Barrel Kissed Chardonnay $16.95

2013 Calvin’s Cabernet Merlot $15.20

2010 Meritage $28.20

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $29.20


Creekside Estate Winery

2011 ‘The Trad’ Sparkling $28.95

2013 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc $17.95

2013 Queenston Road Pinot Noir $18.95 (Reg $22.95)

2010 Reserve Merlot $34.95


De Sousa Wine Cellars

Seasons Summer $13.95

Seasons Gewürztraminer $13.95

Seasons Sauvignon Blanc $13.95

Seasons Meritage Reserve $14.95

Seasons Tawny Port $39.95


Di Profio Wines

2013 Gamay Rosé $15.90

2013 The Kitchen Zinc $16.80

2013 Chardonnay $21.50

2012 Zinc-tastic Red $23.00

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $35.00 (Reg $38.00)


GreenLane Estate Winery

2013 Pinot Grigio $16.95

2013 Chardonnay $19.95

2011 Old Vines Riesling $22.95

2013 G² $15.95

2012 Cabernet Franc $23.95


Kacaba Vineyards

2013 Reserve Riesling $15.95 (Reg $17.95)

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $15.95 (Reg $17.95)

2013 Cabernet/Syrah $16.95 (Reg $18.95)

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $22.95 (Reg $24.95)

2010 Reserve Merlot $40.95 (Reg $44.95)



2013 Pinot Gris $19.95

2011 Mottiar Chardonnay $29.95

2011 Mottiar Chardonnay – 3 bottle promo $75.00

2012 Courtney Gamay $25.95

2011 Moira Pinot Noir $29.95

2011 Moira Pinot Noir – 3 bottle promo $75.00

2012 Rennie Scarpata Merlot $45.00

2012 Rennie Scarpata Merlot – 6 bottle promo $243.00



2013 Homegrown White $13.95

2013 Local Squeeze White $13.95

2013 Narcissist Riesling 17.95

2012 Bigmouth Merlot $24.95

2011 Bravado Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

2010 Grounded Cab Franc 44.95


Redstone Winery

2012 Chardonnay $18.95

2012 Gewürztraminer $23.95

2011 Cabernet Merlot $29.95


Rockway Glen Estate Winery

2013 Wild Ferment Chardonnay $22.95

2013 Small Lot Riesling $19.95

2012 Small Lot Merlot $21.95

2012 Small Lot Syrah $27.95


Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery

2013 Semillon $18.00

2013 La Fumée $26.00

2012 Select Merlot $22.00

2012 Origin Cabernet Franc $26.00

2012 Origin Pinot Noir $40.00

2013 Mead Blanc $25.00


Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2012 Fancy Farm Girl Frivolous White $17.95

2012 Grace’s Dry Riesling $18.95

2011 Viognier Riesling $34.95

2012 Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red $17.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $17.95


Tawse Winery

2012 Spark Blend $24.95

2012 Limestone Ridge Riesling $21.95

2013 Gamay $18.95


The Good Earth Food & Wine Company

2013 Rosé $17.95

2012 Riesling $19.95

2013 Gewürztraminer $19.95

2013 Viognier $24.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $21.95 


Vieni Estates

2013 Momenti Sparkling $13.95

2013 Semi Dry Riesling $16.95

2012 Briganti Red $12.95

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $22.95


Vineland Estates Winery

2013 Brut Reserve $25.00

2013 Pinot Blanc $16.95

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $20.00

2012 Elevation Cabernet $25.00


Looking forward to seeing you for an Outstanding night of wines from Twenty Valley!

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






Here’s an Outstanding wine list!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Everything is all set for this Friday’s Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting featuring 23 of Niagara’s Twenty Valley wineries.  Are you joining us? A limited number of tickets are left.

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that are ready for you to enjoy – none that you will find at the LCBO – so this is a perfect evening out sipping and stocking up on new wine discoveries.  There will be over 80 different outstanding wines ranging in prices from $12.95 to $44.95 – sparkling wines, lots of white and red wines,  a rosé, delicious icewines and even a port too!  There’s definitely something for everyone.

Taste a glass…buy a bottle

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

With so many wines and so little time, our Team of Savvy Sommeliers will be there to help you sharing wine tips & recommendations to find wines that you will undoubtedly enjoy.

Can’t make it to this event?

Don’t despiar…you can still stock up on your favorite 20 Valley wines.  Simply email us or call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) & we’ll be happy to make the arrangements for your order.  When placed before October 24th  shipping is free on a case of wine.

Looking forward to seeing you for an Outstanding night of wines from Twenty Valley!

Debbie & the Savvy Team


Wines that will be served at Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting on Friday October 19th:

13th Street Winery
2008 Premier Cuvee Sparkling $34.95

2010 Old Vines Riesling $23.95

2010 Reserve Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay VQA $34.95

2011 Gamay Noir $19.95
NEWS: 13th Street will be the feature winery in November for our Savvy Selections wine of the month club.


Angels Gate Winery

2007 St. John Vineyard Riesling $16.95

2011 Mountainview Sauvignon Blanc $19.95

2010 Feet First Unfiltered Pinot Noir $21.95

2010 Scarpa $40.00


Aure Wines – a new winery that just opened this summer!

2011 Ice wine $20

2010 Riesling $15.25

2011 Gamay  $15.25

2010 Reserve  Cabernet Franc $32.00


Calamus Estate Winery

2011 Vinemount Ridge Riesling $16.20

2011 Pinot Gris $17.20

2010 Cosmic Red $19.95


Cave Spring Cellars

Blanc de Noirs NV $34.95

2011 Riesling Dolomite. $16.95

2009 Riesling CSV $29.95

2008 Cabernet Franc Dolomite $21.95


Creekside Estate Winery

2010 Laura’s White $18.95

2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $26.95

2008 Broken Press Syrah $39.95 – Our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections wine

2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95


De Sousa Wine Cellars

2011 Chardonnay Musqué $13.95

2011 Baco Noir $13.95

2007 Meritage Reserve $18.95

Tawny Port $39.95


Di Profio Wines  – a new winery that just opened this summer

2011 Riesling $16.35

2011 Gamay Noir $16.75

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $19.79

2011 Select Late Harvest Vidal $18.75
NEWS: Di Profio will be featured in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club in March


Fielding Estate Winery

2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris $21.95

Brut (Traditional Method Sparkling) $34.95

2010 Cabernet Syrah $24.95

2007 Meritage $34.95 (Special price! Regular $44.95) – Our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections wine


Flat Rock Cellars

2008 Riddled Sparkling $24.95

2011 Twisted $16.95

2011 Riesling $16.95

2010 Pinot Noir $19.95


The Good Earth Food & Wine Company

2011 Betty’s Blend $17.95

2010 Dry Riesling $19.95 – our Sommeliers chose this as a Savvy Selections featured wine

2011 Rosé $17.95 – and this one too!

2010 Pinot Noir $21.95 – and this Pinot was definitely a Savvy Selections featured wine


GreenLane Estate Winery

2011 Pinot Grigio $16.95

2011 Unoaked Chardonnay $17.95

2011 Old Vines Riesling $22.95

2010 Cabernet $14.95


Harbour Estates Winery

2011 Pinot Gris $13.95

2011 Cabernet $14.95


Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

2010 Riesling Estate $17.95

2011 Estate Chardonnay $19.95

2010 Baco Noir Reserve $24.95

2009 Pinot Noir Estate $24.95

2010 Cab Merlot Estate $24.95

Kacaba Vineyard & Winery

2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $22.95

2009 Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc $18.95 – this was featured in our Savvy Bin Ends last week

2009 Pinot Noir $22.95

2010 Reserve Merlot $44.95
NEWS: Kacaba will be featured in our  Savvy Selections wine of the month club in January


Malivoire Wine Company

2010 M2 Small Lot Chardonnay $19.95

2011 M2 Small Lot Gamay $19.95


megalomaniac – John Howard Cellars of Distinction

2006 Homegrown White $ 12.95

2006 Narcissist Riesling $17.95

Homegrown Red $14.95

2008 Bigmouth Merlot $24.95


Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

2010 Vintner’s Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $24.95

2008 Reserve Chardonnay $24.95

2010 McNally Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir $24.95

2010 Vintner’s Private Reserve Merlot $29.95


Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery

2010 Patio 9 White $12.95

2011 Small Lot Reserve White Assemblage $16.95

2010 Small Lot Reserve Red Assemblage $16.95

2010 Small Lot Reserve Cabernet Franc $23.95


Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery

2010 Long Rows White $13

2011 Mima’s Block Riesling $18

2010 Pinot Noir $20

2009 Merlot Reserve $36
NEWS: Rosewood will be featured in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club in February


Stoney Ridge Estate Winery

2010 Excellence Pinot Gris  $24.95

2010 Excellence Chardonnay $27.95

2010 Excellence Merlot $29.95

2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc $32.95


Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2011 Vidal $15.15

2011 Riesling Loved By Lu $16.95

2011 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00

2011 Baco Noir $15.15


Tawse Winery

2011 Riesling $21.95

2010 Estate Chardonnay $37.95

2010 Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc $31.95

2010 Growers Blend Pinot Noir $31.95 – a Savvy Selections featured wine



Niagara’s 20 Valley wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, September 24th, 2012

We are at it again!  The Savvy Team is excited to announce…

Winemakers and winery owners from Niagara ‘s Twenty Valley wine region – located between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario – are coming to Ottawa to raise a glass to this year’s outstanding harvest and to pour their wines at their  first ever Taste & Buy event.

“This is the first time the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley have gone ‘on tour’ as a group to showcase their finely crafted wines”, said Twenty Valley Tourism Association President and winery owner Sue-Ann Staff.

“We are delighted to pour our elegant whites, robust reds and other specialty wines to the receptive Ottawa wine lovers. We are excited to work with the Savvy Company knowing their outstanding history, commitment to quality and extreme competence of putting together a fabulous tasting in Ottawa. Ottawa has a particular appeal to the wineries of Niagara’s Twenty Valley.  We know the people in Ottawa love great wine.  And we happen to make some of the best wines in Ontario.  Bringing the two together can only provide for an evening of great success.”

Twenty Valley encompasses the rural towns of Beamsville, Vineland and Jordan. Their wines continue to be recognized and awarded around the world for outstanding quality and for the talent of their winemakers.  Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa have the opportunity to taste the Twenty Valley terroir when winemakers and winery owners come to the nation’s capital.

The Taste & Buy event hosted by Savvy Company is taking place on Friday October 19 at 7p.m. in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre.

Tickets are available in advance only

$55.00 per person if purchased before October 10, 2012 and will be $60.00 after.
Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.

To purchase tickets click here >>


All wine lovers are invited to sample over 50 wines while they meet grape growers, winemakers and winery owners.  Consumers will learn about the Twenty Valley wineries, their vineyards and may discover some favourite new wines.  At this Taste & Buy event, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available in the LCBO.  Free shipping by courier is available with the purchase of a case of wine.

The Valley comes to ‘The Hill’!

Participating wineries:

13th Street Winery


What is a Taste & Buy event?

Consumers can sample any number of the featured wines and order directly from the winery.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier to an Ontario address.   And Savvy Company Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.


The Twenty Valley Tourism Association hosts wine themed events year round including “Wrapped Up in the Valley”, “Winter WineFest” and “Get Fresh in the Valley”. Visit or follow @20Valley on Twitter.

Savvy Company specializes in creative social experiences – whether making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer or discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events, shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Their Savvy Selections wine of the month club is Ontario’s largest featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Visit or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter.


Media contacts:
JD Pachereva
Executive Director
Twenty Valley Tourism Association

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)




Savvy Selections e-Zine featuring Malivoire Wine Company

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009


Featuring Malivoire Wine Company
Canada’s wineries delivered to your doorstep


April is a month of many celebrations.  Not only are we celebrating the arrival of Spring, the Savvy Selections featured winery, Malivoire Wine Company, is celebrating the launch of its new branding.  In fact, you are the first to hold in your hands wines sporting Malivoire’s refreshed look.  The official by-invitation-only launch takes place next week on April 15th in Toronto, hosted by winery owner Martin Malivoire.  While media and wine industry personalities nibble on a menu created by renowned chef Jamie Kennedy, Martin and his winemaking team will unveil the winery’s new ‘alive’ and ‘reflective’ branding.  More on the following pages….


In this month’s Savvy Selections, you will find:

– Chardonnay Musqué VQA 2008– a fun wine! Off dry with a little spritz to put you in the celebration spirit.

– Pinot Gris VQA 2008– chill and have on hand to serve this long weekend.

– Gamay VQA 2006 – a Malivoire signature – delicious, medium bodied red wine that consistently impresses


Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Martin Malivoire who reflected on how his winery has lead a number of innovations that are now part of the landscape in the Ontario wine industry.  In this Savvy e-zine, read about Malivoire’s gravity pull winemaking technique (Malivoire was the first winery in Niagara, now there are three), the reason for the new look and design and as always, included are the Savvy Sommelier tasting notes and recipes chosen to enjoy with these wines.


What are you celebrating?

The Savvy Sommeliers selected these Malivoire wines for you to enjoy and we are always interested in your impressions or what occasion you uncorked – or in Malivoire’s case ‘un-twisted’ – this month’s Savvy Selections. We look forward to hearing from you.


Add more bottles to your cellar?

If you would like to order additional Malivoire wines or wines from previously featured wineries in the Savvy Selections, just give me a call….it would be my pleasure to organize a shipment for you.


Cheers & here’s to the arrival of Spring!

Debbie & the Savvy Team


PS – Have you seen the recently released Canadian made movie One Week? Starring Joshua Jackson, his character, Ben Tyler, is confronted with his mortality as he takes a road trip on a vintage motorcycle across Canada. What starts off as an ill-defined venture soon morphs into a quest for the West Coast….with several bottles of Malivoire wines to help ‘fuel’ the journey. Keep a look out for bottles of Malivoire wines on the set. 




Malivoire Wine Company

Presented by Sommelier Debbie Trenholm


My interest in Malivoire began in 2001 while I was enrolled in the Queen’s University Executive MBA Program.  Using this as an entrée to become involved in the wine industry, Malivoire was my first business consulting ‘gig’. This experience gave me an insight to Malivoire’s unique gravity pull winemaking technique, their dedication to organic grape growing and winemaking practices, as well as the fascinating people who make the impressive wines. 


Over the years, Malivoire has been involved in several facets of The Savvy Grapes and Savvy Company.  They were the featured winery in one of our first winemaker’s dinners, were showcased in the Savvy Selections in May 2006 and we continue to showcase their wines in our various events. 


And I helped hand during their icewine harvest! One January evening in 2002, after a day of meetings at the winery, my cell phone rang around 11:30pm.  On the other end was Malivoire’s winemaker at the time, Ann Sperling, inviting to join the team who had just headed into the vineyards to pick icewine grapes because the temperature had reached -8C (the required temperature to pick and crush grapes for icewine). Now, that was a uniquely Canadian experience that I will never forget despite the chilly temperatures!


Whether harvesting during the fall or winter, the gravity pull winemaking technique makes Malivoire a fascinating winery to visit.  Martin Malivoire was inspired by this approach to winemaking while traveling wine regions in France.  The objective is to use natural forces rather than rely on electricity throughout each stage of the winemaking process. 


The location of Malivoire in Beamsville, on the natural slope of the Niagara Escarpment, is ideal. When the grapes are harvested, they are delivered to the Crush Level at the top of the hill.  Then, throughout the winemaking process, the wine naturally flows from tank to tank down to the Press Level. The wines are finished on the Bottling Level where they are bottled and ready to be sampled by the visitors in the Tasting Room, also located on the ground floor.  Winemakers believe that by using gravity to flow the wine from tank to tank, minimizes stress on the wine that could impact on the overall quality.


“Our approach is to under promise while over delivering when making our wines.  It is important to me to make quality wines that are affordable so everyone can enjoy them”, explains Martin. With this in mind, Malivoire has developed a two teir wine portfolio – one that focuses on Malivoire’s ‘main five wines’ – Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, Gamay and Pinot Noir. Beginning with the 2008 vintage, wines made with these grape varieties are labeled with the new ‘alive’ logo.  “When the graphic designer presented us with a variety of label mockups, we were amazed when we saw the word alive jump out at us within the name Malivoire when stacked. The word captures everything that I have been trying to create at the winery over the past 10+ years – the spirit of the place, our ongoing commitment as stewards of the land, and the quality of the wines”, Martin says proudly.


The second tier wines are identified with the ‘reflective’ label where the M is mirrored by a W symbolizing Malivoire Wines.  These wines are considered limited editions with a ‘cult like’ following of discerning customers patiently awaiting for the release of these premium wines.  As you would expect these wines – Chardonnay Musqué, Moira Vineyard Chardonnay, Moira Vineyard Pinot Noir and Old Vines Foch – sell quickly as they are not crafted each year. 


We are excited to share with you Malivoire wines sporting the old look as well as the two new labels.




~Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes ~


Malivoire Chardonnay Musqué VQA 2008, $20

I am thrilled to be able to share this wine with you.  Not to be confused with Chardonnay, this is a unique grape variety – a Muscat clone of Chardonnay (specifically clone 809), that produces grapes with intense aromas.  Malivoire originally intended to use the grapes for blending, yet with the overwhelming aromatics, the idea grew to make a low alcohol, off dry wine with a delicate spritz with similar to Moscato d’Asti made by Italians.  In my opinion, this wine is a great way to usher in the arrival of Spring.


Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Stunning aromas of lemon and lime with a faint sweetness (does it remind you of lemon gelato?) that carries into the taste along with green apple, peach and a zip of grapefruit. This lively wine surprises many and puts a smile on their face as they discover this delicious elegant wine.


I could drink this wine all day long…and with the low alcohol (only 9%) – why not?


Suggested Food Pairing:  Not to be confused with sparkling wine as the spritz naturally disappears after a few minutes, this wine is easily enjoyed on its own. Serve in a flute glass to welcome guests or at a brunch with fresh cuisine such as Thai Salad Rolls with Sesame Ginger Dipping Sauce – recipe follows.


Cellaring:  Best enjoyed now, although Malivoire’s winemaker states that it could cellar until 2011…why wait?



Malivoire Pinot Gris VQA 2008, $19

“One word comes to mind – fresh”, comments Susan during the Sommelier tasting panel for the Savvy Selections. 


In last month’s Savvy Selections we featured Pillitteri’s Pinot Grigio, this month you have Malivoire’s Pinot Gris.  Same grape variety and same vintage (winespeak: harvest year), have a mini wine tasting and try the two wines side by side to compare the differences and note the similarities.


Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: An amazing crystal clear in colour, with aromas of stone fruit (think peach, nectarine, pear) and a slight floral nose (daisy perhaps?). The aromas continue as light acidity reminiscent of juicy white grapefruit through to the finish. A vibrant and refreshing wine that is well balanced, crisp & dry.
Bring on summer!  



Suggested Food Pairing: Another contender to sip on its own. If you serve with food, pair with dishes that are not too heavy or complex in flavours. Steamed mussels, poached fish or chicken, pesto pasta would all be enjoyable with this wine. I could not decide which recipe to showcase, so I offer two:

– Malivoire’s Marinated Mussels

– Poached Chicken on Spring Greens.


Cellaring:  Best enjoyed now or before summer is over.

Malivoire Gamay VQA 2006, $17
Consistently an impressive red wine, Malivoire has perfected the art of making a good Gamay!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Fire engine red in colour, aromas of red roses, ripe red fruit (think red currant, strawberry and cranberry) with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon that lingers into the taste. This medium bodied wine is elegant and well balanced with soft tannins and lively acidity that makes it easy to drink. This wine is a good example of Martins’ mantra to under promise and over deliver – hard to believe that it is only $17 bottle.  At this price, it can easily be your house wine during the spring and into the summer months.



Suggested Food Pairing: Well timed for a roast of spring lamb, duck, goose (Martin Malivoire offers his roast goose recipe) or pork tenderloin.  Or fire up the BBQ for homemade hamburgers, ribs, shish kebabs and grilled vegetables.  In fact, this Gamay would equally share the table with roast chicken or turkey.  Almost anything goes with this Gamay.



Cellaring: Drink now or if you rather, stash this bottle away into your cellar for 2 to 3 years. As the wines age, the red fruit aromas, flavours and the tannins will continue to soften. 


~ Recipes to enjoy with Savvy Selections ~


With Malivoire Chardonnay Musqué…

Thai Salad Rolls with Sesame-Ginger Dipping Sauce

From Canadian Gardening Magazine, April 2009

Makes 16 rolls


While rice paper wrappers are customarily used to make this refreshing appetizer, this recipe uses young leaf lettuce for the wrapper, resulting in colourful, flavourful finger fare. Substitute chicken or salmon for the shrimp.


Note: A little of the dipping sauce is used to dress the ingredients, so make it first.



For dipping sauce:

1 tsp Asian chilli sauce (or substitute for ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes)

2 tsp sesame oil

2 Tbsp rice wine

¼ cup orange juice

6 Tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

2 tsp peanut butter (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.


For rolls:

3 oz thin rice vermicelli noodles

20 pieces of leaf lettuce (16 to be used for wrappers and 4 leafs for the filling)

1 carrot, peeled, halved, cut into matchsticks pieces

1-2 green onions, trimmed, halved, cut into matchsticks

½ seedless cucumber, halved, cut into matchsticks

12 fresh sprigs of coriander

12 fresh leaves of each basil and mint

16 shrimp, cooked, halved lengthwise



Soak vermicelli noodles in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain, then cover with boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse well, drain again and pat dry.


Stack 4 remaining lettuce leaves, roll them up and slice into thin strips using a chef’s knife.


Top each whole lettuce leaf with a little of the shredded lettuce, a few noodles, pieces of carrot, green onion and cucumber, a bit of coriander, one basil leaf and one mint leaf, arranging in centre. Add two pieces of shrimp and drizzle with a little of the dressing.


Fold up bottom edge of each lettuce leaf and roll tightly to enclose ingredients. Then arrange on a serving platter seam side down. If not serving right away, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.


Malivoire Pinot Gris – Recipe #1

Malivoire’s Marinated Mussels


Serves 4 (as an appetizer)



2 lbs cleaned Mussel meat (approx. 10 lbs. with shells) 

1 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp chopped shallots

½ bunch fresh dill – stripped from stem

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 



Steam mussels and cool for about half an hour. 


Once the mussels are cool, carefully remove the meat from their shells with your fingers or a fork.


Mix together remaining ingredients in a bowl. 


Add mussel ‘meat’, toss with marinade to completely coat. 


Cover and marinade for 12 to 24 hours in refrigerator.


Serve as an appetizer on its own or with crackers, sliced bread or wrapped in lettuce leaf.


Malivoire Pinot Gris – Recipe #2

Poached Chicken on Spring Greens

From Canadian Gardening Magazine, April 2009

Serves 4

A simple preparation that features boneless chicken breasts poached in an aromatic liquid. The flavour-infused chicken is then served over young lettuce, and the entire dish is drizzled with a bright Asian-style dressing.



For dressing:

1-2  fresh hot chilies, finely chopped (use rubber gloves when working with chilies; if you remove the membrane and seeds, they will be milder)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
3  Tbsp fresh lime juice
3  Tbsp fish sauce

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl to combine well. Set aside.



For chicken:

3 coriander stems, roots intact, ends trimmed
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
4 slices fresh ginger root
2 green onions, coarsely chopped
½ lemon, thinly sliced
1 cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc)
1 Tbsp salt
4 boneless chicken breasts
4 cups spring lettuce greens
1 cup sugar snap peas or snow peas, blanched, refreshed in ice water
8 asparagus spears, trimmed, blanched, refreshed in ice water



For garnish:
½  cup coriander leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
Fresh lime wedges


Place coriander, peppercorns, ginger, onions, lemon, wine and salt in a large saucepan. Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.

Add chicken breasts and give a quick stir; turn off heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Allow chicken to poach for 2 hours.

To serve: Evenly distribute lettuce, peas and asparagus among four plates. Remove chicken, pat dry and slice on the diagonal into ½-inch (1-cm) pieces. Place atop greens and generously drizzle dressing over each serving. Garnish with coriander, mint and lime. Serve immediately.


With Malivoire Gamay…

Peppercorn Thyme Roasted Goose

From the kitchen of Martin Malivoire



1 whole goose, 8 to 10 lbs cleaned
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup butter, cubed
1 large onion, quartered
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
3 tbsp peppercorns (green peppercorns preferably)
2 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
salt and pepper



1.      Begin by mixing the peppercorns, thyme, garlic, and olive oil together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.

2.      Prepare the goose by adding salt and pepper to the cavity, then brush the peppercorn mix on the outside, reserving any extra for basting.

3.      In a roasting pan, place the goose on top of the onion, carrots, and celery. Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours at 350°F. Baste goose with remaining peppercorn mix and drippings until golden brown, and the liquid from the cavity runs clear. Be cautious drippings do not overflow the roasting pan. Some drippings may need to be taken off.

4.      Remove the goose from the oven and let sit 10-15 minutes before carving.

5.      For simple gravy, strain the drippings into a saucepan. Over medium heat mix in butter and thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Carve & enjoy.


Cheers & Enjoy!
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