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

Posted by Julie

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Pop into your closest LCBO Vintages for the release on Saturday April 30 – just in time for Mother’s Day! you’ll find Pacific Northwest Wines, Aussie whites and interesting coloured  Rosés. There is something for every mum!

LCBO Vintages magazine April 30I haven’t made the wine trek to Oregon but whenever wines appear from the Willamette and Columbia Valleys. they are always exciting and the price points are not as staggering as their nearby neighbours.

And thinking of Mum’s, this release features sparkling wines from both France and Italy plus some ice cider from Quebec that won  the Félibre Givré Gold Medal at the 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships. Any of these is bound to make Mum smile on her special day. I’m counting on a sunny May 8 to accompany and share my “delights”.

All Mum’s are special,


If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday 30, 2016


Cloudline Pinot Gris 2014Cloudline Pinot Gris 2014

Willamette Valley, U.S.A.
$21.95 (Vintages #159988) 13.5% alcohol 

Aromas of spring flowers, very pale but shimmery in the glassy with citrusy clean flavours on the palate and a tangy white peppery finish. Bone dry with crisp acidity, lends itself to everything from an aperitif to lighter food fare, salads and seafood pasta. Trust me, there’s no one who would not like this wine.


Joel Gott Riesling 2012Joel Gott Riesling 2012

Columbia Valley, U.S.A.
$19.95 (Vintages #443143) 12.9% alcohol 

Be sure to serve this in a stem glass since it is almost watery green in colour, but don’t let that be a detriment. It’s a playful and seductive Riesling, lots of of lemon-lime fruits, medium bodied with green apples dancing on the aftertastes. It’s clean, fresh, and vibrant and a fantastic choice for an afternoon sip, maybe a few shrimps on the side or pan-seared scallops— pure yum.


Yalumba Organic ViognierYalumba Organic Viognier 2015

South Australia
$17.95 (Vintages #288217) 14.5% alcohol 

Floral and peach pie aromas with tastes of baked pear crisp and something almost vanilla-like on the palate. It’s rich and creamy but dry with concentrated fruit flavours and a little lanolin on the aftertaste. Concentrated and full, a great match for curry or fish or just on its own. 



Gassier RoseGassier Sables D’Azur Rosé

AP Côtes de Provence, France
$15.95 (Vintages #33621) 12.5% alcohol 

Anyone who designs such a beautiful bottle, something akin to Marilyn Munroe’s figure, must have placed something delicious inside. Soft peachy pink in colour, this nectar is downright dreamy with alluring scents of summer flowers. Tangy strawberry rhubarb flavours with some orange blossom and flinty aftertastes. It’s has some minerality on the palate which lends to a very fresh stainless steel taste but remains bone-dry, soft and packed with flavour.  One delicious rosé to match with everything from a picnic lunch to charcuterie.


Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012

Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Fincas de Agrelo, Argentina
$17.00 (Vintages # 234492) 14.5% alcohol

Having just returned from Argentina where I enjoyed many Malbecs, I look forward to picking this one up at such a great price point. It has all the bookmarks of a great Malbec: dark inky in colour, aromas of violets and chocolate, some woodsiness and pure red fruits abound on the palate. Intense berries, ripe and refined tannins, lovely depth with lasting flavour.  Begging for lamb chops or grilled rare meat, I can’t wait.


Grand Total – $ 92.80






#1 Mother’s Day Gift

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your Mom? Your search is over. Treat your Mom to Bubbles & Brunch and enjoy Mother’s Day with our Savvy Sommeliers and spectacular views of the city as the room revolves atop the Ottawa Marriott hotel. Guaranteed, it’s THE perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Pop the corks!

To begin the delicious meal, our Savvy Sommeliers will pop the corks on fine sparkling wines from Ontario to toast your Mom. Throughout your meal, our team of Accredited Sommeliers will visit your table offering samples of Ontario wines ideal for brunch that we have selected to pair with specific dishes on the menu.

The entire family is invited to enjoy this one-of-a-kind brunch.   Chefs will be at the ready to create omelettes & crêpes as you like them, Sommeliers will host at-your-table wine tastings, buffet tables will be overflowing & endless desserts await!

Savvy-gift-certificatesOur Gift to your Mom…

It’s all about your Mom! To mark the occasion, we will give each mother a special $25 gift certificate to use for tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event.  Maybe she will take you out!


Book your table >>

Savvy Sommeliers

Event Details

DATE: Sunday May 10th
2 SITTINGS: 10am or 1pm

Advance Bookings Only

$55 per adult when booked before Wed May 6th (regular $60)
$25 for children from 6 to 12
Free – children under 5

Prices includes everything – brunch, wine, server gratuities & HST


Book your ticket to Bubbles & Brunch now >>


Mother’s Day Brunch menu will include:

Brunch Favorites

Mini Croissants
Danish & Muffins
Banana & Carrot Breads
Cheese & Charcuterie boards with deli accompaniments
Oven Roasted Ontario Turkey with cranberry sauce
Selection of Northern Ontario Smoked Fish
Assorted Salads

Hot Breakfast Buffet

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Waffles made to order with Fresh Fruits and Cream
French Toast
Crisp Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausages
Oven Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Crêpe Station

Chefs will make crêpes just the way you like them!

Omelette Station

Chefs will whip up omelettes with your favorite fixings …
Ham, Smoked Salmon, Baby Shrimp, Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Spinach, Grated Cheddar & Herbs

Carving Station

Thick or thin.  Medium Rare or Well done.  The chef will slice a piece of slow roasted Alberta Beef as you like topped with natural jus, mustard, horseradish…and complete with a Yorkshire Pudding.

Fish & Meats Buffet

glassandbubblyAtlantic Salmon
Ontario Lamb Ragout
Chicken Supreme
Manitoba Ham Glazed with Clover Honey
Vegetarian Pasta
Oven Roasted Potato
Rice Pilaf
Fresh Market Vegetables

A sweet finish – desserts!

Mini French Pastries
Fresh Fruits & Berries
English Sherry Trifle
Apple Strudel
Bread & Butter Pudding with Rum Sauce
Assorted Cheese Cakes
Assorted Tortes & Mousses
Coffee & Tea

We look forward to seeing you & your Mom
at Bubbles & Brunch!