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Order Outstanding Wines, Ciders & Spirits!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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Here is the inside scoop of all that will be featured at this year’s Outstanding in their Fields.  These hard-to-find wines, craft ciders & artisan spirits are not available at the LCBO, so this is a great opportunity to Taste then Buy any of the bevvies beloe that you want to enjoy at home & serve at holiday parties.

It’s no wonder why Outstanding in their Fields is Ottawa’s favorite event of the year!

This event always sells out!
Got your tickets?? >>

 

Unable to join us…but want to order?

No problem. Our Team of Savvy Sommerliers are ready to help you stock on anything featured at this Taste & Buy event.  Simply call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to place your order. FREE shipping applies to orders received by midnight on Sunday November 11th.

From Prince Edward County

Broken Stone Winery
Exuberance Sparkling Riesling $24.95
2016 Pinot Gris $15.95
2016 Sans Chêne (unoaked Chardonnay) $15.95
2016 Cabernet Franc $19.95
2016 Intensity Meritage $24.95

 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
2017 Dea’s Sparkling Rosé $21.95
2016 Chardonnay Reserve $26.95
2015 Pinot Noir $21.95
2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve $26.95

 

FieldBird Cider
Buzzing Chatter $15.00
Boldly Speckled $20.00

 

Grange of Prince Edward
2016 Victoria Block Chardonnay $30.00
2016 Isabella Block Pinot Gris $33.00
2016 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc $27.95
2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir $29.95

 

Huff Estates
2016 Cuvee Janine Sparkling Rosé   SPECIAL $27.00 (reg $30)
2017 Pinot Gris $20.00 (reg $22)
2017 All Day Rosé $18.00
2017 Pinot Noir Reserve SPECIAL $35.00 (reg $40)


Karlo Estates
 

2017 Gewürztraminer $19.00
2016 Three Witches $20.00
2017 Marquette $20.00
2016 Cabernet Franc $39.00
2016 VanAlstine Red (fortified) $29.00

 

Keint-He Estates
2015 Voyageur Riesling SPECIAL $17.00 (reg $20)
2014 Portage Chardonnay $25.00
2017 Portage Rosé $25.00
2014 Portage Pinot Noir $25.00

 

Kings Mill Cider
Premium $12.95
Ginger $14.95
Hopped $14.95
Scrumpy $16.95
Arrested Development $17.95
Ice Cider (200 mL) $19.95

 

Trail Estates Winery
2018 Pétiallant Naturel (Pet-Nat) $35
2016 Wild Ferment Gewürztraminer $30.00
2017 Skin-Ferment Gewürztraminer $35.00
2016 Wild Ferment Chardonnay $45.00
2016 Wild Ferment Cabernet Franc $45.00

 

Traynor Vineyards
2017 Pet-Nat $40.00
2016 Sauvignon Blanc $25.00
2016 Pinot Gris $25.00
2017 Gamay Noir $35.00
2016 Pinot Noir SPECIAL $35.00 (reg $45)
2016 Orange (Skin-Fermented Chardonnay) $40.00
Vermouth $35.00

 

From Niagara

Di Profio Estate Winery
2016 Kitchen Zinc (white blend) $17.95
2016 Just What the Doctor Ordered (Gamay) SPECIAL: $19.95 (reg $21.95)
2015 Cabernet Merlot $23.95
2016 Select Late Harvest Riesling $24.95

 

Legends Estates Winery
2016 Barrel Ferment Pinot Gris $20.00
2017 Traminer $20.00
2012 Malbec Reserve $26.50
2012 Petit Verdot $26.50

 

Meldville Wines
2017 Sauvignon Blanc $20.00
2017 Chardonnay $20.00
2017 Pinot Noir $27.00
2017 Syrah $27.00

 

Redstone Winery
2017 Redfoot Vineyard Viognier $19.95
Craft Cider – 6 pack $20.70

 

Reif Estates Winery
2017 Chenin Blanc $18.95
2017 Kerner Reserve $18.95
2017 Shiraz $18.95
2017 Merlot Reserve $29.95

 

Southbrook Vineyards
2017 Wild Ferment Cider $13.95
2017 Riesling $22.95
2016 Estate Chardonnay $40.00
2017 Gamay $24.95
2016 Pinot Noir $35.00

 

Sue-Ann Staff Winery
2015 Lavelle’s Vidal SPECIAL $14.95 (reg $16.95)
2016 Mabel’s V.C.R. (white blend) $28.95
2016 The Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc $34.95
2016 Howard’s Icewine Vidal (200mL) $24.95 OR  (375mL) $39.95

 

Tawse Winery
2016 Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling $20.95
2015 Chardonnay $19.95
2013 Cabernet Merlot $21.95
Craft Cider – 6 pack $20.10

 

Two Sisters Vineyards
2017 Margo Rosé $22.95 (only from us!)
2016 Unoaked Old Vines Chardonnay SPECIAL $29.50 (reg $39)
2012 Estate Red Reserve $23.95 (only from us!)

 

Westcott Vineyards
2017 Violette Sparkling Brut $25.95
2016 Estate Chardonnay $27.95
2017 Pinot Noir Rosé $22.95
2015 Estate Pinot Noir $30.00

 

From Ottawa Valley

Dairy Distillery
VodKow (500ml) – $25.00
VodKow (750ml) – $36.00

 

Farmgate Cider
3 Bros Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Bee Squared Off Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Russet Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00
Sugar Bush Off Dry Cider – 4 pack $18.00

 

KIN Vineyards
2017 KINdling Sparkling Vidal $22.95
2016 Civil Grit Chardonnay $20.95
2017 Understory Marechal Foch $22.95
2017 Civil Grit Gamay $23.95

 

From further afield…

Reunion Moonshine – Perth
Apple Pie Moonshine $32.95
Butter Tart Moonshine $32.95
Citrus Mint Moonshine $32.95
Strawberry Moonshine $32.95
Wild Blueberry Moonshine $32.95

 

Windswept Orchard Co. – Meaford

Crimson Crisp (500ml) $12.00
Ida Red (500ml) $12.00
Golden Russet (500ml) $14.00
Wild Heirloom Perry (500ml) $18.00
Perennial Cider (750ml) $18.00
Lost Orchard (750ml) $22.00

 

 

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Wines from around the world for Thanksgiving

Posted by Julie

Friday, September 29th, 2017
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better time for LCBO’s Vintages to focus on drinks to serve with the family gathering with a headline of ‘Family Matters”.

With the family theme in this release, the LCBO is featuring family run vineyards & estates that have been handed down through the generations.  There are some great wine finds to accompany whatever dishes you are putting on your Thanksgiving table but I’m not taking any chances, I’m picking up one of each. to have on hand in case anyone drops in over the long weekend.

And there are some of the LCBO’s In Store Discoveries too that are worth putting in your shopping cart. Hope my tried & tested shopping list helps make your long weekend a breeze.

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

– Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy…
LCBO Vintages Release for Saturday September 30, 2017

 

Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2016

WO Stellenbosch, The Winery of Good Hope, South Africa
$14.95 (Vintages #739995) 12.5% alcohol

Chenin Blanc goes by different names;  in France this white wine it is known as Pineau de la Loire, and in South Africa it goes by the name of Steen. Either way the grape varietal displays succulent flavours of tropical fruit with every sip.

On the palate is a melange of ripe pears and apricots, pineapple and hazelnuts. Full bodied and rich, smooth as silk with a crisp refreshing finish. It’s a beauty and the price point is unbelievable. It’s bound to be a partner to serve with a feast of turkey or roasted ham for sure.

 

 

 

Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015

AC, France
$14.95 (Vintages  #499509) 13% alcohol

Your first introduction is a delicate floral nose with great aromatic freshness.

This svelte white wine offers light, crisp apple and peach flavours bound by slight mineral notes on the finish.  Lots of finesse and depth for this price point and a perfect marriage with seafood or Mediterranean fare, bruschetta prepared with with heirloom tomatoes would be remarkable.

 

 

 

 

Tessellae Rosé 2016

IGP Côtes Catalanes, France
$15.95 (Vintages # 450817)  13.5% alcohol

This is an all year round Rosé wine. Pale salmon in colour, fresh, crisp and delicate. Ripe strawberries, tangerines and apricot flavours mingle with zesty lemon-lime notes on the finish. Talk about a fruit bowl!

It is a perfect afternoon sipper or to serve as an aperitif with some mild cheese or grilled shrimps, or with a ham for Thanksgiving, one lovely beverage.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Kaiken Las Rocas Ultra Malbec 2015

Mendoza, Argentina
$24.95 (Vintages #50849) 14.5% alcohol

Lavender and blueberry aromas, full bodied and firm, it’s an outstanding Malbec. On the palate of this red wine, there are layers of ripe plums and dark berries, the tannins are ripe and refined. It’s smooth, rich and focussed with excellent length, a Malbec at its finest.

I’d pair this with braised short ribs and a mushroom risotto.

 

 

 

 

Tarima Monastrell 2015

DO Alicante, Spain
$14.95 (Vintages #310151) 14.5% alcohol

The heady nose on this red wine is almost electric with savoury and dark fruit.  Blackberries and blueberry flavours dance on the palate just bursting with flavour.

Look for dark, slightly spicy berries with a pinch of licorice on the finish. Great smooth aftertaste that integrates soft tannins, and juicy fruitiness.

It is absolutely delicious. Begs for something from the grill!

 

 

 

MAN Family Skaapveld Shiraz 2015

WO Coastal Region, South Africa
$13.95 (Vintages #71332)

I did not have the opportunity to taste this particular Shiraz, but I wanted to offer another bottle in my price point since the above was such incredible value. I mean…a Shiraz from South Africa at $13.95?

The Man Family website states that “Skaapbeld” refers to the grazing land for sheep that adjoins their Shiraz vineyards. And it has won more than one award, so I will be popping a bottle of this into my shopping cart and giving it a try.

 

 

Grand Total = $99.70

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6 wines for under $100!

Posted by Julie

Friday, September 15th, 2017
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In Niagara Falls, every August, the judging for the Intervin Wine Competition takes place. These wine awards are designed to recognize the very best of international wines available to Canadian consumers.

Although the 2017 results will not be released until November it is fitting that LCBO Vintages is showcasing Ontario wines and Flagship In-Store-Discoveries (FISD) in this release.  Most of these “Flagships” are too pricey for my budget, but I had no difficulty finding some other gems at incredible price points.

My go to wine is always Ontario. This province has the VERY best of everything: from farm to table food, to sports and entertainment; our wine selection is unbeatable and incomparable. Harvest time will soon be here and I hope you’ll be inspired to pick up a few bottles you’ve not tried before. I can almost guarantee you may find a new favourite.

Here’s to Ontario wine shopping, a place to stand, a place to grow, Ontario-ario- ario !

That jingle never grows old!
– Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy…
LCBO Vintages Release for Saturday September 16, 2017

 

Creekside Marianne Hill Riesling 2015

VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
$20.95 (Vintages #443572) 10.5% alcohol

Stunning and expressive, well deserved for the Gold Medal winner at the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada.

I can’t wait to see what other accolades may be in store for Creekside and this gem. Beautifully balanced with flavours of green and yellow apples, peaches and flinty wet stone which shows in many Niagara escarpment Rieslings.

Light-weight with gentle fruit flavours, a perfect afternoon wine to sip or to try with crab cakes, sushi or lighter lunch fare. Mellow and delicious.

 

Featherstone Four Feathers 2016

VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
$14.95 (Vintages #341586) 12.5% alcohol

I have written previously on different Featherstone Estate Winery wines and this one is so lovely I could not neglect it in this release.

The blend of  Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc brings out the very best in each of these varietals. Slightly off-dry, delicate and aromatic, well structured and layered with flavours of apples and stone tree fruits that decorate the palate in one lovely wash. It has a lingering fruity finish.

Perfect for salads, grilled shrimp or fish tacos; an easy sipper and a wine that has something for everyone.

I cannot imagine anyone who could not like this wine.

 

 

Firebird Legend Pinot Grigio 2016

PGI Vulcansti, Moldova
$12.95 (Vintages #74351) 12% alcohol

The very odd time I feature a wine that I was not able to taste and this is one of those. Moldova is a country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea basin where the vines grow.

Historically, there are over 112 thousand hectres of vineyards and over 30 types of varietals so I assume these folks must have achieved some finesse somewhere along the lineage.  One website boasted tropical fruit flavours with zippy acidity, so for that price point, for me, it is worth a try.

 

Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé 2016

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$17.35 (Vintages #172643) 12%  alcohol

Not just any Rosé, this blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gamay makes a lively entry with it’s handsome cranberry colour and aromas of ripe cherries and a pinch of white pepper. On the palate are impressive strawberry and watermelon flavours.  It’s driven by lively acidity and some rhubarb on the elegant finish.

Bone dry which makes it a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, salmon or just on its own with some soft cheeses.

Always a class act.

 

13th Street Red Palette 2016

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$15.95 (Vintages #244558) 13 % alcohol

13th Street Winery has to one of the prettiest wineries along the Niagara Escarpment I think. Not only is there a spacious tasting room with floor to ceilings windows, but upon entry, the long spectacular table gives it an art gallery feel. The bakery farmhouse next door also makes it a worthwhile stop for lunch or to grab an outstanding butter-tart.

This Red Palette blend is so juicy; bursting with red cherry and ripe raspberry flavours with just a hint of green savoury spice on the finish. Medium bodied, the varietals of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc make it a perfect accompaniment to turkey, ham or salmon (I am already thinking about Thanksgiving!). Well rounded and perfectly balanced with soft tannins and a hint of smokey acidity on a decent cherry finish. You could partner this alongside just about anything from fish to pork/veggie kebabos or mild Thai take-out. Simply delicious.

 

Traipiche Fina Las Palmas Gran Reeserva Malbec 2014

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages # 186668) 14.5 % alcohol

Malbec is Argentina’s signature grape and no one grows it better than Traipiche. At altitudes higher than the CN tower, Trapiche was one of the first Argentinian wineries to enter the international scene. In 1889, the winery received its first international award in Paris.

Dark and inky in colour, rich and expansive on the nose your senses are fillled with luscious black and ripe red fruits that flow through on the palate. Everything Traipiche produces is worth picking up and their wines are a great price point. This Malbec is full-bodied and not for the faint-hearted, structured with layers of blueberry and ripe plum favours, some spice and tobacco on the finish. It’ll be forever in memory with braised short ribs and spicey sausages.

I can’t wait to pick this up and head to the butcher.

 

Grand Total = $ 99.10 
6 wines – now that is VALUE !!

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NEW Deck Party Packs! It’s getting HOT. It’s SUNNY. It’s ROSE wine season!

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s time to Clink & Drink Pink! Summer is finally here & at Savvy Company HQ…that means relaxing on the deck or dock with a glass of Rosé wine in hand. And like everything we do at Savvy Company…we make it easy to have your fridge full of refreshing Rosé wines all summer long.

Introducing
Deck Party Packs

Choosing & stocking up on Rosé wines to enjoy this summer shouldn’t be a chore.  So we’ve made it absolutely EASY & HASSLE free. Our Savvy Sommeliers have done the “tough work” – we have been sipping & sampling Ontario Rosé wines since the snow melted & have picked the most refreshing Rosé wines for our Deck Party Packs.

In July & August we will deliver different Deck Party Packs – either 6 bottles or a full case of 12 bottles of dry, crisp & delicious Rosé wines that will bust any heatwave & quench your thirst.

The COOLEST part… The Rosé wines we’ll send you AREN’T on the shelves at the LCBO.

Another COOL thing… You don’t have to get out of your lawn chair to buy them – just click here to order online. Your Deck Party Pack will be delivered to you for FREE. Zippo! Nada!

 

Different wines each month! Our Deck Party Packs change every month giving you the best Rosé wines to enjoy all summer long. Here’s the Rosé wines we are featuring in July:

July Deck Party Pack – 6 bottles

Casa-Dea Estates Cabernet Franc Rosé … from Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé … from Niagara
KIN Vineyards Rosé … from Ottawa
The Good Earth Rosé … from Niagara
Vieni Estates Alleria Rosé … from Niagara
Vieni Estates Bruce Trail Sparkling Rosé … from Niagara

Price: only $105!

 

July Deck Party Pack – 12 bottles

All of the Rosé wines above PLUS:

Casa-Dea Estates Sparkling Rosé … from The County
Huff Estates Rosé … from The County
Southbrook Seriously Cool Rosé … from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Southbrook Estate Rosé … from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Vieni Estates Momenti Rosé Sparkling … from Niagara
Westcott Delphine Rosé … from Niagara

Price: all of these wines for under $225!

 

Order by Sunday July 16 & shipping is FREE. Order online & we’ll ship your Deck Party Pack for FREE to your deck, dock…or desk. Summer is short – don’t miss out>> And in August we’ll have a completely different assortment.  Click to see what our Sommelier picked & place your order for August Deck Party Pack>>

 

100% PINK Magic

Stock up by ordering just July’s Deck Party Pack OR choose to auto-magically receive July AND August’s without lifting a finger. FREE shipping to addresses in major cities in Ontario.
Fine Print: if you don’t want sparkling wines in your Deck Party Pack, let us know & we will swap them out for a non-bubbly rosé wine – no problemo! Make room in your cooler! Place your order>

HOT PINK OFFER!

Order 12 & we’ll give you $50!
Order the July Deck Party Pack – 12 bottles and we’ll give you $50 off tickets to our next Taste & Buy event.

Pair like a Pro!

What summertime dishes to serve with Rosé? Our Sommeliers are posting easy-peasy recipes EVERY DAY – until the order deadline of July 16th. Each recipe is paired with an Ontario Rosé wine. Trust me…you’ll be craving for a glass of Rosé from our Deck Party Pack when you read our tasting notes & see the pix of the dishes we paired with Rosé wines. Yum!  Click to read our Rosé Report blog & check out the cool recipes >>

 

Enjoy your summer outside with our Deck Party Pack sharing a delicious glass of Rosé with friends!
-Debbie & the Savvy Team

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Yeah! Make it a Chardonnay!

Posted by Julie

Monday, July 10th, 2017
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It’s that time of year again when the annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (also known by those in the wine biz as ‘i4C’ or #i4C17) descends upon the Niagara region. Everyone gathers for this special i4C weekend to celebrate the most popular grape varietal in the world.

It is an incredible weekend – July 21 to 23 – where 30+ wineries from around the world PLUS 30 Ontario wineries gather to showcase their finest wines made with Chardonnay grapes – everything from sparkling, fresh Chardonnay, aged ones, Chablis style, fermented with wild yeast and those aged in barrels from around the world.  You get to sample everything. Even fine sweet wines made from Chardonnay grapes.  It is a heavenly weekend event!

At i4C, winemakers attend along with wine enthusiasts, Sommeliers, wine writers, restaurant owners and those who are simply visiting Niagara wanting to take in a top-notch event.  A number of us from the Savvy Team have attended and it is hands down an incredible learning and entertaining experience not to mention absolutely delicious & tasty. I highly recommend making i4C the reason for a weekend getaway to Niagara (if you need a reason!).

And for those of you who are ABCers (aka like Anything But Chardonnay), there is an incredible white wine from Spain that I discovered in the recent LCBO Vintages release from the feature or Spanish wines.  Spain often offers great value wines that taste like they should cost more, but my recommendations on those will have to wait for another time as I am filling my basket with 100% Chardonnay for this blog…and can’t wait to get sipping.

Long live i4C!
-Julie

i4C Social Media Information: Website  *   Twitter   *  Instagram 

 

 

If I only had $100, I would buy…
LBCO Vintages Release for Saturday July 8, 2017

 

Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2015 

VQA Niagara-on-the Lake
$24.95 (Vintages #172338) 12.5 % alcohol

In 2008, Southbrook was the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery. This is one smooth Chardonnay from start to finish. There is some minerality in this white wine which is unusual for a Chardonnay, but this only enhances the soft tropical fruits.

Mid-weight and beautifully balanced with some baked pear on the finish, it’s one lovely drink. Would partner nicely with BBQed chicken or salmon.

 

 

Emiliana Natura Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

Casablanca Valley, Chile
$15.95 (Vintages #439398) 14 % alcohol

In the last release I featured Emiliana Winery for their sparkling wine. And here they are again on my top picks list!

This unoaked Chardonnay wine is anything but “typicity”.  In winespeak, this is the degree in which the grape varietal reflects or demonstrates its characteristics from the origin or region. I found just a hint of effervescence, light-bodied with lime tanginess which is unusual for a Chardonnay.  It’s fresh and clean with a green apple finish. I really liked it and this white wine is definitely going into my shopping basket & right into my fridge for a hot summer afternoon where I will uncork it for lunch or a light dinner with something like a Watermelon, Feta Cheese & Black Olive Salad.

 

 

Buena Vista Chardonnay 2015

Sonoma County, U.S.A.
$24.95 (Vintages #396440) 13 % alcohol

In a little corner bordering Sonoma and Napa’s southern boundaries is the celebrated vinicultural area called Carneros. While only about 90 square miles, the region is recognized for producing world class Chardonnays.

This white wine is a style that is heavier and creamier than what comes from other Chardonnay growing regions but for those who love a ‘Big Bold Chard’, this wine is for you!  I put extra stars beside my tasting notes, indicating that I love this wine. Aromas of buttered popcorn, rich and smooth on the palate as the tropical fruit simply takes over the senses and abounds.  It’s dry, crisp with a lingering finish. Elegant and refined, a class-act Chardonnay. Would easily stand up to a dinner of Steak & frites…yes white wine with steak!

 

 

Invivo Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand
$15.95 (Vintages #499855) 13 % alcohol

Although this was not available at my tasting, Invivo Wines is going to be present at i4C represented by Winemaker and Co-founder, Rob Cameron. I never have any difficulty recommending a wine from New Zealand, especially the Gisborne region, since wines that are produced are always top notch. Tasting notes indicate an easy drinking style with citrus and ripe stone fruit on the palate.

At this incredible price point, (remember it travelled half way around the world to get onto the LCBO shelves), this white wine is definitely going in my basket. It is worth a try!

 

A dynamite wine from Spain you have to try …

Barón De ley Blanco 2016

DOCa Rioja
$13.95 (Vintages #145995) 12 % alcohol

A blend of Viura (90%) and Malvasia (10%) grapes, this fresh aromatic white wine is easy to drink. While not common grape varietals, these are quite at home in Navarra in the DOC Rioja region.

The winemaking process is carried out in stainless steel tanks which lends to its super fresh lemon lime flavours with a citrusy finish. Fresh and a light-bodied whine, makes for a terrific wine on a hot summer’s day.

 

 

Grand Total = $95.75

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It’s Pink Magic!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, June 10th, 2016
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Life just got EVEN better. Imagine, a Bouquet of Rosés – wines that is – hand delivered to you on a hot summer’s day. Trust me…this one-of-a-kind bouquet is BETTER than flowers!

Summer livin’ is easy

Our Savvy Sommeliers have sampled countless Rosé wines & hand picked a Bouquet of Rosés for you to enjoy. Each month during the summer, we will feature a different assortment of dry, crisp & refreshing Rosés from wineries across Ontario to arrive at your doorstep. Simply order a small bouquet or a large one…we’ll handle the rest.

Tick Tock!
Order by this Sunday & shipping is FREE

That’s right – deadline to order this month’s Bouquet of Rosés is Sunday June 12th

Be quick & order yours >>

 

What’s in June’s bouquet?

From Prince Edward County…

Traynor Family Vineyard Alta Rosé VQA 2015

From Beamsville Bench (Niagara)…

Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé VQA 2015
Redstone Winery Rosé VQA 2015

From Niagara-on-the-Lake…

Chateau des Charmes Rosé Sparkling
Chateau des Charmes Cuvée d’Andrée VQA 2015
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2015

These wines are so SPECIAL – they’re not available at the LCBO.

 

Stock up! The price is right…

Each month is a slightly different price based on the wines selected. For June, the price is:

SMALL Bouquet: $118

An assortment of 6 bottles – one of each wine listed above

LARGE Bouquet: $236

A bigger assortment 12 bottles – 2 of each wine listed above

That’s less than $20 per bottle! AND did we mention? FREE shipping to addresses in major cities.

Place your order >>

 

100% PINK Magic

Order just June’s Bouquet of Rosés OR choose to auto-magically receive a different parcel each month throughout the summer. It’s. That. Easy.

Don’t wait too long!

Deadline to order this month’s
Bouquet of Rosés is this Sunday – June 12th.
Delivery will be the week of June 20th …or sooner!

And last but not least…

As you unwind with a bottle of Rosé wine, get the inside scoop in our monthly Rosé Report. It’s chock full of our Savvy Sommeliers tasting notes for the featured wines as well as neat summertime recipes that are perfect for a picnic & for the BBQ too.

Life is good – isn’t it?!?
Debbie & the Savvy Team

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Big Bold Reds from Kacaba Vineyards

Posted by Debbie

Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club 
Featuring Kacaba Vineyards

– November 2014 –

 

November.  I can’t believe it.  Winter is around the corner.  In vineyards around the northern hemisphere, the grape harvest is almost complete, yet closer to home, stores are overflowing signs of Christmas holidays.  To warm up all thoughts of winter, this month we are featuring Kacaba Vineyards of Niagara’s 20 Valley (aka Beamsville Bench).

In your Savvy Selections, you will find:

This month you will find 3 BIG BOLD red wines. Just the thought of sipping on these wines should melt away thoughts of snow.  Don’t get me wrong, I am an avid skier & I am eager for the snow to fall.  When the Savvy Team tasted these Kacaba wines, I imagined enjoying them by the fire after a day of hard core skiing. However you enjoy this month’s Savvy Selections wines….you are in for a treat and will enjoy the special prices too!

2011 Terrace Vineyard Syrah -a wine we frequently showcase during Sommelier led wine tastings our team hosts 

When I visited Kacaba in August this year, they offered me samples straight out of the barrel.  That is always a treat.  A few months later, I sampled the same wines again and was equally impressed. I am confident that you will like these wines.  You are amongst the first to receive them as they were just released at the winery in time to be included in Savvy Selections. These wines are Just released!

2013 Cabernet Franc A gorgeous wine full of aromas & tastes of red roses, well balanced with a smooth texture.

2013 Merlot Completely different from the Cabernet Franc, this Merlot is jammy loaded with black fruit flavours. 

OPTIONAL WINE

2012 Reserve Syrah $44.95 (reg $66.95).  This wine is not yet released at the winery, but available to Savvy Selections subscribers.  Heralding from the incredible 2012 vintage, it is pure velvet!  Amazingly, it drinks well now or will continue to improve as it is cellared for 10+ years.  This wine & special price is still available – just call us to arrange a shipment for you.

You won’t find these Kacaba wines at the LCBO

We have done it again!  Our Savvy Sommeliers have found wines (and great prices) that we are confident you will enjoy…every sip!  Kacaba has a few wines available at the LCBO, yet as a small winery, there are loads more that are only available from the winery.  Call on us at anytime you would like additional bottles of your favourite Kacaba wines – or other wineries we have featured in Savvy Selections.  Your Canadian Wine Hotline is 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or send me an email to debbie@savvycompany.ca.

Cheers & Enjoy!

Debbie & Savvy Team

 

Introducing…

Kacaba Vineyards & Winery

Presented by Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm

kacaba winery colour

“I love my job”, quietly states Kacaba’s winemaker John Tummon. And making wine is his second career.  John had been an amateur winemaker inspired by those in the Kitchener Waterloo Winemakers Guild.  “With this group, I was able to switch my mind off from my day job in the fitness industry to focus on learning and fine-tuning my winemaking skills.”  As a result, John’s wines won international wine competitions.  Surrounded by many incredible amateur winemakers & wine judges, like John, doors began to open with opportunities to new wineries in Ontario.

Did you say Fitness industry?

john tummonWhen I interview winemakers & winery owners, I always find it fascinating to learn how that person came to the wine world.  In John’s case, in the mid-1970s he established & operated Wynne International – North America’s largest and oldest distributors of fitness equipment including some products you may already own:  BodyCraft, Polar heart rate monitors, Health O Meter, Tunturi rowing machines and the list goes on.  Additionally, Wynne manufactured exercise equipment under its own label too.  30 years later and 600 fitness stores later, at the age of 56, John stepped out of the fitness industry.

Why wine?

It was natural.  John explains, “I grew up on a farm – we grew all of our own vegetables. I began making wine when I was in university all because I wanted to make my own food – wine included.  At Waterloo, I was working on my Honours Science degree and everyday I applied science to making food and wine”.

Fast forward several decades…when John met Michael Kacaba, there was instant synergy.  Kacaba Vineyards had already had completed a couple of vintages.  Michael was on the lookout for a winemaker.  It was a bonus when he found a seasoned businessman who wanted to make wine professionally.  Since then, both men combined their extensive business experience and passion for fine wines to grow the winery…and most importantly build a reputation for quality wines, especially for red wines.

Syrah you say?

Michael had a dream of planting Syrah grapes. Neighbouring winery owners cautioned him, but he was determined to prove them wrong.  Kacaba was one of the first to plant Syrah in Ontario.

The story goes that Michael did extensive research to find vines that should survive the Niagara climate.  He found these vines in California of all places.  He ventured out to west & brought them back in his luggage.  “It gets better,” says John with a laugh, “of all the luggage aboard that flight, the airline lost his suitcase full of ready-to-plant vines.  The suitcase was sent back to California while Michael arrived back in Niagara safe and sound.”  How did this adventure turn out? “Well, it’s a longer story that Michael should really tell.  Let me just say that Michael’s skills as a lawyer came in handy and eventually the suitcase reappeared and the vines were quickly planted”, laughed John.

Today Kacaba has 3 distinct Syrah vineyards and John reports that, “I am happy to say that the vines have survived. Our neighbours who have since planted Syrah have not necessarily had the same success.” He is making particular reference to this past winter.  The harsh conditions and the cold spring wiped out many vineyards of Syrah vines.  Some wineries in Niagara lost upwards to 80% of their vines. Kacaba’s vineyard was not affected.

John explains that the land around the winery slopes along the Niagara Escarpment and weaves by a stream all the while being protected by very large trees forming a microclimate. And of course, coupled with the John’s winemaking magic, Kacaba wines continue to impress.

The high point so far?

Kacaba wines are continuously winning awards & proudly post a road sign announcing their latest medal. Which is the award that means the most to John so far?  “Wine Access Magazine picked our Reserve Syrah 2009 as the best red in Canada.  To me, that is like winning the Stanley Cup.  It was the first time this top award was given to a winery in Ontario for best red wine”.

We are delighted to introduce you to Kacaba’s fine red wines….and at least one Syrah!

Oh and…how do pronounce the winery name?
Ka-sah-ba…or delicious!

 

~ SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES ~


Whenever I encounter a person stating that Ontario red wines don’t impress like those from California, Argentina or Chile, I shrug my shoulders and remind them that our vineyards are in cooler climates. Yet Kacaba has shown that they can make red wines using Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot that will turn heads.  Kacaba’s winemaker John (in photo) explains that “growing grapes in temperatures of 28-32C is difficult.  At these high temperatures (like they experience in the southern hemisphere), the vines actually shut down. In cooler climates like Niagara, our grapes actually ripen slower creating greater fruit flavours, violets, black fruit in the wines”.

Terrace Vineyard Syrah VQA 2011

$22.95 special Savvy Selections price
(regular $24.95)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This garnet coloured wine has aromas that remind us of a bouquet of red roses.  This elegant smell is further enjoyed with flavours of vanilla, black fruits (think black berry & cherry) with a layer of dark chocolate.  Rich, smooth & well-balanced, during our panel tasting one of our Savvy Sommeliers stated that, ‘this reminds me of a Black Forest Cake’.

Suggested Food Pairings:  “Hands down, this wine is equally good with lamb or saucy ribs”, says John.   It is definitely a meaty wine, also serve with spicy sausage, steak or roast beef…with all the trimmings of course!

Cellaring: It is ready to be enjoyed now, or cellared for 5 years.  No real reason to wait!

 

Merlot VQA 2013

$20.95 special Savvy Selections price
(Reg $24.95)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Fire engine red in colour, there are aromas of red & black plums, licorice, pencil shavings, even a bit of molasses. Then when you sip it, “this wine reminds me of boysenberry jam.  There is a sweet fruit & warm spice combo going on”, one of our Savvy Sommeliers remarked during the Savvy Selections panel tasting.

Suggested Food Pairings: Another red wine for BBQed meats, hearty stews or rich cheeses.

Cellaring: This wine has just been bottled.  We recommend to wait a few weeks so that it can settle out the bottle shock.  Additionally, it will continue to evolve if you lay it down for 2 -5 years.

 

Cabernet Franc VQA 2013

$16.95 special Savvy Selections price
(Reg $18.95)

Kacaba Cabernet Franc 2013 Barrel SampleJohn explains that with Cabernet Franc, the trick is to allow the fruit to hang on the vines as long as possible.  In our vineyard, we leave them on 2 weeks or so after our neighbours have already picked.  The benefit is that the wines are bigger & bolder with loads more extraction of ripe fruit.” John reports that in 2013, the Cabernet France vines were very rigorous and that he had 30-40% over regular yields. More ripe fruit means more great wine! 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:   You are the first to try this wine as this wine was just released in time to be included in your Savvy Selections. The aroma is beautiful full of red roses and different from the Syrah, red cherry.  With each sip, the flavours intensify of juicy pomegranate, smooth texture and some grippy tannins that will subside with food or with more aging in your cellar.

Suggested Food Pairings: Fire up the BBQ and enjoy pork tenderloin, grilled kebabs even hamburgers.  For something completely different, enjoy with a steaming bowl of French Onion Soup – recipe follows.

Cellaring: This wine has just been bottled.  We recommend to wait a few weeks so that it can settle out the bottle shock.  Additionally, it will continue to evolve if you lay it down for 2 -5 years.

 

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~

 

With Kacaba Cabernet Franc…

Classic French Onion Soup

Fine Cooking Magazine – October 2009
Serves 6

Served with a tartly dressed green salad, this soup is hearty and filling enough for a light supper. I like th convenience of using chicken broth, but if you have a good beef broth on hand, feel free to use it for even deeper flavor.

Ingredients

4 Tbs. unsalted butter
6 large yellow onions (about 3 lb. total), sliced about 1/8 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup dry white wine (not oaky), such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
8 cups homemade chicken or beef broth, or low-salt canned chicken broth
1 sprig flat-leaf parsley, 1 sprig fresh thyme, and 1 bay leaf tied together with kitchen twine
1 baguette, cut into as many 3/s-inch slices as needed to cover six soup crocks
1 1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) grated Gruyere cheese

Method

In a large, wide soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and season lightly with salt and pepper. (It might seem like you have far too many onions, but they’ll cook down to about one-quarter of their original volume.)

Cook the onions gently, stirring frequently, until they’re very soft and have beg u n to turn a dark straw color, 35 to 45 min.

When the onions are ready, stir in the flour and cook for 3 to 4 min, stirring frequently. Pour in the wine and increase the heat to medium high, stirring and scraping to loosen any caramelized juices, until the liquid is mostly reduced, 5 to 8 min.

Add the broth, toss in the tied herbs, and bring to a simmer.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes to infuse the broth with onion flavor; the onions should be soft but not falling apart.

Remove the herb bundle and taste the soup for seasoning.

The soup can be made ahead to this point and then cooled and refrigerated for a few days.

To serve

Heat the oven to 350°F, put the baguette slices on a rack, and toast lightly (7 to 10 min).  Set aside.

Increase the oven temperature to 450°F. Bring the soup back to a simmer.

Set six ovenproof soup crocks on a heavy baking sheet and ladle the soup into the crocks. Float a few toasted baguette slices on top, enough to cover the soup surface without too much overlap.

Top the bread with a handful (about % cup) of the grated Gruyere. Slide the baking sheet into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and just browning in spots, 10 to 12 min.  Serve immediately. 

 

With Terrace Vineyard Syrah …

Molasses Rum Grilled Pork Tenderloin

From Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen Cookbook
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

½ cup of molasses
¼ cup of spiced rum
2 Tbs of grainy mustard
1 Tbs soya sauce
1 teaspoon of ground allspice
1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce (optional)
2 pork tenderloins (trimmed)salt & pepper to taste

 

Method

In a large Ziploc bag, put in the molasses, rum, mustard, soy sauce, all spice & hot sauce.  Seal bag and with your hands mix ingredients in the bag.

Add to the bag the pork tenderloins. Seal & massage the marinade into the meat, distributing evenly. Refrigerate for atleast 1 hour (or overnight).  At this point, you can freeze the meat with marinade so that it is a snap to cook at a later date.

Prepare your BBQ to the highest setting.

When BBQ (or oven grill) is ready, place the tenderloins diagonally across the grates of the grill.  Grill turning once or twice until done.  This will take about 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat.

Transfer the pork to a serving platter and loosely tent with foil to let rest for a few minutes.

While meat is grilling, pour marinade into a small saucepan.  Boil on medium heat to reduce to a decadent sauce.

Slice pork and arrange on plates.  Drizzle sauce over each.  Serve with grilled vegetables, rice or couscous.

 

With Kacaba Merlot …

Mom’s Pot Roast & Dumplings

From Debbie Trenholm’s family kitchen
Serves 8 or more

Note from Debbie: This recipe is what my brother & I would always ask Mom to make when we came home from university – a true comfort food. Now we make it for her!

Kacaba Merlot 2013 Barrel SampleIngredients

5 lb blade or cross rib roast
2 Tbs oil
3 or 4 onions, chopped
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup molasses
1 cup water (or more)
1 can (796 ml) tomatoes (diced with spices is good)
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup raisins
2 to 3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp celery seeds (or celery salt)
salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a large Dutch oven, brown all sides of meat in oil. Remove meat from pan and brown the onions in the drippings. Add carrots, tomatoes and remaining ingredients including meat. Cover and simmer 5 to 6 hours until tender. Can also be done in a slow cooker: cook for 8 hours or more.

Note: Serve with dumplings (see below) on the first day as it thickens the “gravy”, then serve with potatoes. I also cook my vegetables separately – cabbage, turnip, carrots, cauliflower etc. and serve with pot roast.  After several meals, the leftover roast and gravy makes a wonderful base for soup – just add water to desired consistency, add veggies, lentils/beans, pasta or rice.

My Great Grandmother’s Dumplings

Ingredients

1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 to 2 tsp fresh or dried parsley (optional – looks nice!)
approx. 1 cup milk

Method

Sift the dry ingredients together. Stir in milk slowly to make the batter thin enough to take up by rounded spoonful with a wet tablespoon.

Bring finished stew or pot roast to the boiling point. The gravy should be shallow enough so that the dumplings rest on the meat or vegetables as they cook. Put spoonfuls of batter on the stew. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes without looking.  Makes 6 to 8 dumplings.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

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“Reif for Life” is a story of 13 generations of winemakers

Posted by Debbie

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club 
Featuring Reif Estate Winery

– October 2014 –

 

All of us in the Savvy Team hope your Thanksgiving was a great one!  To celebrate the bounty of this year’s harvest, this month’s Savvy Selections features a variety of wines from Reif Estate Winery.  Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, this winery is one of the pillars of the Ontario wine industry. Reif PortfolioThere are many hidden gems at Reif – in particular those wines that are only available at the winery – or with your Savvy Selections!

There are so many to enjoy that Reif’s winemaker Roberto (Rob) DiDomenico says with a laugh, “I honestly have lost track of exactly how many wines we have in our portfolio!” Our Savvy Sommeliers specifically have chosen this trio of fine Reif wines for you to enjoy:

In your Savvy Selections, you will find:

Reserve Gewürztraminer VQA 2012– this refreshing wine will be delicious with appetizers before dinner or enjoyed with ham & your family’s favorite trimmings

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2012– you are the first to receive this red wine from the incredible 2012 vintage.  If you are taking a break from turkey this weekend, this red wine is ready for prime rib or a leg of lamb…or put away in your cellar for your next family feast!

The Magician VQA 2012 – This is our red wine pick for Thanksgiving turkey (yes red wines pair well!)

How does this year’s harvest look?

As the season changes, typical long weekend plans involve getting together with family & friends, tackling long to do lists to close down the cottage & pack away the pool.  Not so for winery owners and winemakers.  They are busy with one thing: the grape harvest.  With the warm September days we have enjoyed, 2014 harvest in Ontario has just started in the last few days and by all accounts looks promising.  “This spring was slow.  Then with the cool summer we had, we will give the grapes a long hang time so that they can ripen as much as possible with the autumn heat.

This extra time will show in the aromas & flavours of the final wine,” explains Rob.  And Rob knows.  He has over 30 grape harvests under his belt – all at Reif Estates. Read more about Reif and this year’s harvest in the following pages.  You will also find some delicious autumn recipes that our Savvy Team have chosen for each of the featured wines to consider including in your Thanksgiving feast (or enjoy with leftovers).

You won’t find these Reif wines at the LCBO

Reif Estate WinesEach month we delight in introducing you to new Ontario wineries & their hard to find wines. While Reif has a handful of wines available at the LCBO, call on us if you would like additional bottles of your favourite Reif wines – or other wineries we have featured in Savvy Selections – simply give me a call on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or send me an email to debbie@savvycompany.ca.  It is always my pleasure to introduce you to new Ontario wines!

Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

Debbie & Savvy Team

Introducing…
Reif Estate Winery

Presented by Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm

‘Reif for Life’.  This great slogan showcases the longevity of the wines as well as a subtle reminder of the correct pronunciation of the name of the winery.  “We’ve heard it all,” says Rob DiDomenico (right in the photo) with a laugh & shaking his head.  “The best is when a visitor to the winery corrected me, stressing that the winery’s name is R-E-E-F.  He proceeded to tell me that he personally knows the winery owner.”

Reif Estates - Klaus and Roberto 2With over 200,000 visitors each year to the winery, everyone – including the winemaker – are all hands on deck in the tasting room to ensure that everyone has a memorable wine & food experience. “We put so much effort into making the tasting room a safe place to learn about our wines rather than feel like a store”, explains Rob.

“We have an interactive Sensory Garden full of herbs where people can go smell different aromas that they will find in our wines. We also have a Sensory Wine Bar to give our visitors the opportunity to enjoy our wines along with plates of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, even chocolate while watching all the-goings-on at the winery.”

Breaking new ground…

The Reif tradition of winemaking can be traced back to 1636 in Germany’s Rheinphalz region where winemaking is generations deep…to be precise, 13 generations. The story is told that as an agriculture student in Germany, Ewald Reif listened with great interest as one of his instructors spoke of his travels to Niagara.

Years later, in the 1960s, intrigued by Canada, Ewald followed his teacher’s footsteps & embarked on a trip to Niagara to specifically visit orchard fruit and grape growers. In 1977, Ewald was invited back to Niagara by Karl Kaiser (one of the founders of Inniskillin Winery & a forefather of the Canadian wine industry).  On this trip, Ewald bought a former fruit orchard on the fertile banks of the Niagara River.  Here, he planted select grape varieties, along with some French hybrids.

Then 6 years later, in 1983, Reif Estate Winery opened its doors to the first of its visitors. Ewald’s nephew – Klaus Reif – visited & spent the summer of 1978 planting some of those first vines with his uncle.  Fast forward to today, Klaus (left in the above photo) is now the President of this winery that now comprises of over 130 acres planted with more than 17 grape varieties.

Impressively small yet big

Reif logo“There are 5 of us managing everything in the wine cellar” explains Rob.  This is pretty impressive when you consider that their current portfolio amounts to over 50 wines. In the wine industry, a winemaker’s career often involves working at several wineries around the world.

In Rob’s case, he began his career at Reif on a co-op term while studying in University of Guelph.  “My eyes were opened to the Canadian wine industry by my prof at Guelph while I was studying Microbiology.  Keep in mind this was in the late 80s & there were not many wineries in Niagara nor specialized oenology programs that there are today.” His co-op experience evolved  into a job offer, and Rob has stayed ever since. “We continue to do research with my prof at Guelph University on many levels.

Recently, we worked on developing the appassimento method (winespeak: making wine with dried grapes – a method used in Italy for Ripasso & Amarone wines) using modified tobacco kilns from Southern Ontario.”  Now in addition to Reif, a handful of Ontario wineries are making wines using this new process.  You will taste & enjoy the fruits of their research with The Magician red blend wine in your Savvy Selections as it was made using the appassimento method.

An Italian at a Germany winery

Rob is first generation Canadian.  While his Italian roots are strong, he shares that, “the Reif wine business has existed for 13 generations. The Reif family have always treated me like one of the family. In fact, this carries on to the staff too – most have worked here for many years. I think that this speaks volume of our company.” Seems that the ‘Reif for Life’ applies to the business culture too!

What’s for dinner?

I always like to ask: If I came over for dinner, what would you make?  I have discovered that many winery owners & winemakers are good cooks too when they have time to take charge in the kitchen. Rob explained that Thanksgiving is not a big celebration in his Italian family, “It’ll be a feast of Italian proportions!  There will be 30 relatives with lots of food & wine.  For us, wine is food.  We have at every occasion; it’s not an alcoholic beverage.”

~ SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES ~

Once our Sommelier Team chose the 3 wines for your enjoyment, Rob was delighted.  All of the wines are from the 2012 vintage. “2012 was one of the most impressive years we ever had.” 

Reserve Gewürztraminer VQA 2012 $19.95 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:Gorgeous classic Gewurz.  Off-dry with concentrated aromas of lychee, pear, apricot, beeswax & flowers.  These aromas continue in the taste with a summer-is-not-over-yet refreshing zip of acidity & a lime (or is it white pepper?) finish.

Suggested Food Pairings: Gewurz is usually paired with spicy foods – Mexican, Indian curry (made with leftover turkey perhaps?) or Pad Thai (a great recipe follows).  The Savvy Selections tasting panel thought that it will be remarkable with a roast turkey feast & the trimmings.  Or take a break from the harvest laden fare and serve with garlic shrimp or BBQed pork tenderloin with mango chutney.  

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2012 $25.95
special Savvy Selections price (Reg $29.95)

Reif Charcuterie Red Wine Experience LRMark my words…you will thank me for including this in your Savvy Selections!  And if you don’t believe me, then hear it from Rob “just released, this is an absolutely beautiful wine – great texture, lots of cellaring ability.  I am blown away with it.” 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A BIG red wine that shows how incredible the 2012 vintage is.  You are the first to try this wine as it not even released yet. It is ready to be enjoyed now, or cellared for 5 years.  No real reason to wait! This is a complex wine with aromas of warm spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon), black plums, blackberries & figs that carry through the taste.

Suggested Food Pairings: The smooth velvet texture will mellow even more with age or with food…like prime rib or as Rob says, “Lamb, lamb, lamb!”

The Magician VQA 2012 $29.95

You will be amazed with this wine as it is a one-of-a-kind blend of Shiraz & Pinot Noir.  It is an experiment that Rob tried in 2009 and turned A LOT of heads.  He was playing with blending & different drying techniques to create a unique appassimento style wine with concentrated aromas & flavours.  “Remarkably, Pinot Noir & Syrah seem to be feeding off each other.” The percentage varies each year depending on the grape harvest.  In 2012, the blend is 70% Shiraz & 30% Pinot Noir. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Warm aromas of campfire, field berries & smoke that provokes fall like weather.  When you have a sip, everything about it reminds me of black – black currants, blackberries, figs, even licorice.

Suggested Food Pairings: The jam like texture this medium bodied wine would be great with lamb burgers, bacon wrapped meatloaf or a pork tenderloin roast (recipe follows).  Looking for a red wine to serve with your turkey?  This is it!

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~

 With Reif Reserve Gewürztraminer…

Pad Thai

From Debbie’s kitchen
Serves 4

A good friend of mine taught me how to make Thai food and now I always make sure that have the ingredients for Pad Thai on hand….including a bottle of Gewurztraminer like this one from Reif.

Pad Thai Sauce 

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 ½  cups sugar  (less if you rather not as sweet)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 piece of tamarind (approx 1″ x 1″)
½ cup ketchup

Method

Combine ingredients in a saucepan, stir and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for approx. 30 minutes.

Strain sauce to collect remaining bits of tamarind (pits, skins etc).  Makes about 2 cups.

This sauce can be stored in the fridge for weeks.  Reheat when ready to make Pad Thai dish.

Pad Thai noodle mixture

Ingredients

1 package of rice noodles (medium width)
1 tablespoon oil
1 clove of garlic minced
2-3 teaspoons of fish sauce
1 lime
1-2 eggs
2 chicken breasts cubed (TIP: try with leftover cooked turkey too!)
a couple of handfuls of bean sprouts (washed)
2-3 green onions finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped peanuts or cashews
2-5 sprigs of fresh coriander (chopped – by scissors is easiest)

Optional
1 cup of cubed deep fried tofu
10-15 shrimp (cooked or raw)

Method

Soak noodles in warm water to soften. (approx 30 minutes or longer); this part of the assembly takes on 8-10 mins so have everything chopped and ready to go!

Heat wok. Add oil and garlic. Break eggs into oil and scatter fry then add chicken and stir until cooked.  If using raw shrimp add when chicken is almost done.

Drain water from noodles and add to wok. Toss continuously.

Pour Pad Thai sauce onto noodles.  Add green onions, tofu and cooked shrimp (if using) then add fish sauce to taste.

Keep tossing noodles until completely coated with sauce and food is really hot.

To Serve

Place a handful of bean sprouts on side of plate.

Mound noodles beside sprouts.

Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, coriander and squeeze lime juice over top.

Serve immediately with spring rolls.

Reif Estate Wines

 

Klaus Reif tending to the vineyard throughout the growing season

 

 

With Reif Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve…

Rack of Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce

From the kitchen of Chef Roger Weldon
Serves 2 or 3 people

Ingredients

1 frenched 6-rib rack of fresh local lamb (Chef Roger prefers Lanark County lamb)

For the chimichurri sauce:

1/4 cup (125 ml) olive oil
2 tablespoons (25 mL) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon (15 mL) red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 clove shallot, minced
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) kosher salt
1 teaspoon (5 mL) crushed black peppercorns
1 bunch fresh spinach, well washed
1/2 bunch each fresh parsley, cilantro, mint and basil

Method

Process sauce ingredients in food processor until minced. Let rest at least 2 hours before serving.

Place lamb rack on hot barbecue grill about 2 minutes per side to sear surface. Reduce heat or move rack to a cooler part of grill to roast about 10 to 15 minutes per side, using meat thermometer for rare (about 120 F/50 C) or medium (about 150 F/65 C).

Serve with sauce drizzled over the rack of lamb & serve.  

With The Magician…

Marinated Pork Loin Roast

From Fare for Friends Cookbook
Serves 10 (recipe can be halved)

Ingredients

4 to 5 pork tenderloins
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup sherry
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon thyme, crushed

Sauce

1 10 ounce jar of black currant jelly
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2  Tbsp sherry  

Method

Place meat in a plastic bag.  In the bag, add soy sauce, sherry, garlic, mustard, ginger & thyme. Seal bag & massage meat with sauce ingredients until completely covered. Marinate for 5 hours or overnight

When ready to cook remove from plastic bag & place meat in a roasting pan. Preheat oven to 325 F.

Roast uncovered with any extra marinade on the bottom of the pan for 1 hour basting frequently until testing shows the meat is done.

To make sauce, combine all the ingredients & heat for 2 minutes.  Drizzle over top of meat & serve with vegetables

TIP: try putting fresh apple wedges on the bottom of the pan while meat cooks.  Serve roasted apples with meat.  

 

Happy Thanksgiving & enjoy your Savvy Selections!

 

 

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27 wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 13th, 2013
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We are so excited that all of the wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake are coming to Ottawa for our 3rd  annual One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.  That means that there will be over 50 wines for you to discover! 

Many of the wineries will be serving wines from the highly awaited 2012 vintage.  Remember that incredible spring, summer & fall we had?   “2012 provided us with spectacular conditions for growing grapes. Ottawa will be the first to try these excellent wines.”  Derek Barnett – winemaker & co-owner of Lailey Vineyard

Have a look at all of the wineries who will be featured at this event:

 

Taste, Discover & Order…

As you sip & savour the wines, mix & mingle with the award winning winemakers & winery owners.  You will have the unique opportunity to taste, discover & order your new favorite wines – none that are available at LCBO. Stock up on your favorites wines & they will be delivered to your home or office – within a week! 

BONUS:  You can order ANY combination of outstanding wines from ANY of the featured wineries at this event & they will be delivered by courier for FREE  when you order 12 bottles or more!

Where to start?  No problem! Our Savvy Team of Sommeliers will be on hand to share recommendations of ‘must try wines’ to match your personal preferences.

 This Taste & Buy event will  sell out again this year, so avoid disappointment.  Order your tickets on www.unforgettablenotlwines.eventbrite.com  Use promo code: BESAVVY & you’ll get an additional $10 off each ticket!

 

Event Details

DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2013
EVENT TIME: 7 to 9 pm

LOCATION: The NEW Canadian Agriculture & Food Museum Located at the Central Experimental Farm, 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
Plenty of free parking available.

 

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY

Savvy Special! $55 per person when purchased before Saturday May 25, 2013 Regular ticket price: $65

$200 for a group of 4 people (save $15 each)

Price includes wine tasting, artisan cheeses, Savvy wine tasting glass & HST.   

Click to order online now >> 

 

Can’t make it but want to order Niagara-on-the-Lake wines?

No problem! Simply email our Savvy Team or call us on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) & we’ll make the arrangements for you.  Place your order before May 30th to take advantage of the FREE shipping offer on a case of wine.

 

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A Special Double Header: Rare Wines & Recent Releases

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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 The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are returning to Ottawa to treat their ever-loyal fans to a double billed evening of a Rare Wines Tasting, followed by One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.  Hosted by Savvy Company, these back-to-back events will take place Tuesday May 28th in the new Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum located in the Central Experimental Farm, 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.

New this year, the Rare Wines Tasting will feature a selection of hard-to-find wines dating back to the early 1990s.  “Winemakers are dusting off bottles from their private cellars to showcase how their finest wines have evolved.  This is truly a unique experience for any Ontario wine enthusiast”, says Derek Barnett of Lailey Vineyard. Only 50 tickets will be available for this special first-of-its-kind event taking place from 5pm to 7pm, meeting winery owners and winemakers as guests enjoy the finest wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

The evening will continue with One Unforgettable Taste & Buy from 7pm to 9pm featuring wines from the 2012 vintage.  “2012 provided us with spectacular conditions for growing grapes”, explains Lailey’s Barnett .  “Ottawa will be the first to try these excellent wines.”

Returning to Ottawa for its 3rd year, One Unforgettable Taste & Buy provides 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.

Wineries to be featured at both events:

Advance Tickets Only

$75 per person for the back-to-back events of Rare Wines Tasting and One Unforgettable Taste & Buy. Only 50 tickets are available.

Admission to One Unforgettable Taste & Buy only is $55 per person when purchased before May 20, 2013 (regular $65).

Ticket price includes HST.  Visit www.savvycompany.ca/events to purchase tickets and for event details.

What is a Taste & Buy event?

Event goers can sample featured wines and order directly from the winery.  None of the wines are available at the LCBO or Vintages.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be placed for ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier within a week.   Savvy Company’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

 About Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every day, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests into their Wine Country to savour the richness of the region and to experience the 27 distinct wineries, each with its own personality reflected in the wines they craft.  Visit www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com. Follow on Twitter @NiagaraWine or find on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wineriesofniagaraonthelake

 About Savvy Company

Savvy Company, www.savvycompany.ca, specializes in creative social experiences –  making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer and discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events and shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Savvy Selections  is Ontario’s largest Wine of the Month Club featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Follow on Twitter @SavvyCompany or find on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savvycompany

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Media who are interested in attending the One Unforgettable Taste & Buy,  please contact Debbie Trenholm to be added to the guest list.

Media Contact

Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
debbie@savvycompany.ca
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785
@savvydebbie

 

 

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