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Enjoying The County is even easier…

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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The countdown is on!  County in the Capital Taste & Buy  is happening in a few days! Just imagine….100+ wines, craft beers, ciders along with lots of artisan cheese & gourmet goodies all made by the cool folks from Prince Edward County will be available for you to try…and buy!

Check out who is coming from The County…

401 Cidery & Brewery * Barley Days Brewery * Black River Cheese Company * Broken Stone Winery * Casa-Dea Estates Winery * Clafeld Cider House * Cressy Mustard Co * County Cider Co* Cured Smokehouse * Devils Wishbone Winery Emerson Pringle Carpentry * Harwood Estate Winery * Half Moon Bay Winery * Huff Estates Winery * Karlo Estates Winery * Keint-He Winery * Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy * Stanners Vineyard * Three Dog Winery * Trail Estate Winery * Traynor Family Vineyard
Waupoos Estates Winery

Derek Barnett and SherryEven our long time Savvy friend Derick Barnett – who was the winemaker at Lailey Vineyards & is now the winemaker for Karlo Estates – will be there serving his latest County creations.

Scroll down a bit further to see ALL that is in store for you to try at County in the Capital.

Get ready to shop & stock up!

The wines, craft beers & ciders that will be served at County in the Capital are not available at the LCBO or The Beer Store.  So this is the event to sip your way around the room, find new favorites & place your order.  To make it as easy as possible, we will hand deliver your parcel to your home or office by courier – for FREE.  Yes $0.

Our Savvy Team will be working around the clock to get your order to you lickety split so that you can enjoy them at home…even while you plan your next getaway to The County. To get you started, here’s our recent list of 100+ things to do in the area.

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Can’t make it to this event? Order online…

We make it easy for you to discover The County.  Place an order online at www.savvycompany.ca/thecounty & we’ll ship anywhere in Ontario…for FREE. 

Featured Cideries…

401 Cider BrewerySavvy Company glass low res

Black Currant Cider $3.25/bottle
Peach Cider $3.25
Orchard Blend  $3.25
Caramel Apple $14.50

Clafeld Cider House

Smashed Apple Cider $13.95/6-pack

County Cider Co.

County Premium Cider $6.95
Pear Cider $7.95
Blood Orange Cider $7.95
Waupoos Cider 4-pack $13.95

2013 Barrel-Aged Ice Cider $50.00

Featured Brewery…

Barley Days Brewery 

Black Lager $3.00
Black IPA $3.00
Harvest Gold $3.00
Loyalist Lager $3.00
Wind & Sail $3.00
Cherry Porter $6.25
Scrimshaw Oyster Stout $6.25

Featured Wineries…

Broken Stone Winery 

2015 Simplicity $15.00
2015 Riesling $20.00
2015 Cab Franc $20.00
2014 Pinot Noir $25.00
2014 Pinot Noir Reserve $35.00
Futures Wines – min 6 bottle order will be shipped to you after May  30
2015 Chardonnay  $15.00 (reg $18.00)

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2015 Dea’s Cuvee Sparkling $18.95
2014 Pinot Grigio $18.95
2014 Gamay $15.95
2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve $24.95

Devils Wishbone Winery

2014 Wicked White $18.00
2015 Devils Riesling $20.00 (reg $24.00)
2015 Pinot Gris Rose $19.00 (reg $ 22.00)
2014 Incarnate Red $18.00
2012 Pinot Noir $29.00

Half Moon Bay Winery

2014 Riesling $16.00
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay $18.00
2013 Merlot $24.00
2012 Pinot Noir $25.00

Harwood Estate Winery

2014 Pinot Gris $18.00
2014 Windward White $18.00
2012 Admiral’s Blend $20.00
2014 Gamay Noir $25.00

Huff Estates Winery

2011 Cuvée Peter F Huff Sparkling $30.00 (reg $40.00)
2014 Kosher Riesling Off Dry $22.00 (reg $25.00)
2013 Gamay $25.00
2014 South Bay Chardonnay $30.00
2013 Pinot Noir Reserve $30.00

Karlo Estates Winery

2013 Chardonnay CHOA $25.00
2013 Three Witches $26.00
2013 Lake on the Mountain Riesling $22.00
2013 Merlot $24.00
2013 Triumvirate $36.00
2013 Nebbiolo  $39.00
2013 VanAlstine White Port $45.00
2013 VanAlstine Red Port $45.00
Future Wines – min 6 bottle order will be shipped to you after May 24 
2015 Pinot Gris PEC $25.00 show (reg $29.00)
2015 Lake on the Mountain Riesling PEC $25.00 (reg $29.00)

Keint-He Winery & Vineyard

2013 Frost Road Chardonnay $25.00
2014 Portage Rosé $18.00
2013 Portage Pinot Noir $30.00
2012 Queenston Road Pinot Noir $30.00

Lighthall Vineyards

2013 Progression $20.00
2014 Pinot Gris $25.00
2014 Chardonnay $25.00
2014 Pinot Noir $30.00

Stanners Vineyard

2014 Pinot Gris $25.00
2014 Chardonnay $30.00
2012 Pinot Noir Four Mile Creek $30.00
2013 Pinot Noir PEC $35.00

Three Dog Winery 

2014 Riesling $17.95
2014 Pinot Grigio $19.95
2013 Dog House Red $14.95
2014 Gamay $17.95

Trail Estate Winery

2014 Riesling $20.00 (reg $23.95)
2013 Barrel-Aged Chardonnay $32.00
2014 Pinot Noir Rosé $21.95
2014 Gamay Noir $25.95

Traynor Family Vineyard

2014 Pinot Gris 2014 $24.95
2013 Chardonnay 2013 $24.95
2015 Sauvignon Blanc $24.95
2014 Sauvignon Blanc $29.95
2015 Rose $24.95
2013 Alta Red $24.95

Waupoos Estates Winery 

2014 Honey Suckle $11.95
2012 Auxerrois $16.95
2011 Merlot $16.95
2014 Baco Cabernet $21.95

How to Order?

Click here to order online or call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)
All orders need to be placed by April 24th.

FREE shipping by courier is on all orders of any combination of 6, 12 or more bottles.

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Fancy a trip to The County?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 11th, 2015
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It is harvest time in wine country!  The Savvy Bus is heading to Prince Edward County on Saturday September 26 with our Savvy Sommeliers will be your tour guides. There is always a great buzz at this time of year, so why not join us to experience it first hand?

taste-2015-mainHop on board, sit back & relax in our luxury coach as we explore the backroads of Prince Edward County.  We will stop in Picton to take in TASTE – Community Grown, a farm-to-table festival where you will meet The County’s finest winemakers, chefs, brewers and farmers too – all under one roof in the historic Crystal Palace.  Sip & sample the great wines & craft beers from the region…and even buy bottles to bring back home.  Being in the height of harvest, there will be a bounty of farm fresh produce & gourmet goodies too.

The Savvy Bus is 50% sold out  –  Book your spot on the bus >>

TASTE – Community Grown

TasteThis is the region’s premier food & wine market, celebrating their culinary community from farm to table.  Chefs, winemakers, craft beer producers and farmers will all gathered in the same place on the same day.

You can shop till you drop too!  Take home fresh produce of the season, one-of-a-kind products from our local farmers & Ontario VQA wines directly from participating wineries.

Winery tour stop #1

traynorAfter taking in TASTE, we will head off to visit wineries. First stop – Traynor Family Vineyards, the newest in The County.  Mike Traynor purchased the property back in December 2008 when it was just a frozen cornfield but he could see his vision from that moment. Since then, family & friends have been invited to the vineyard to assist with some consuming tasks. With hard work…there are fun times too!  Traynor hosts a number of events such as Prunapolooza and Harvest Soiree’s, which have been a great way to allow people to become part of the wine making process and to leave with a  warm memory and wonderful experience from The County.

Mike’s parents are retired and have purchased a place nearby the vineyard so…they are always on the ready to lend a helpful hand. On weekends, often Mike’s wife Rebecca and son Quintin are seen around the vineyard too.

The winery opened it’s doors Labour Day weekend of 2014, and since then, Mike’s vision of creating a comfortable space where people can come visit and enjoy has become a reality!

Winery tour stop #2

Keint He winemakerNext stop will be at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards  a Burgundian inspired winery right here in Ontario that produces Pinot Noir with international character.

Unlike many grape producers, at Keint-he they like to think of their vineyards as ‘a habitat for the vines’. “Our Pinot grapes prosper in harmony with their environment, not in spite of it”, explains co-owner Bryan Rogers. They’ve applied the Burgundian model of viticulture to The County microclimate. That means that the 28 acres of vines that they’ve planted now, will never exceed 35 acres – this is high density planting and they believe in it.

Keint-he produces domestic wines that exhibit European minerality and acidity. The vines are lovingly raised in the limestone rich soils of our three distinct and unique vineyards. The grape growing & winemaking team at Keint-he only focuses on those grape varietals that most effectively showcase the terroir of the region. The result is award winning, terroir-based wines that reflect our standard for quality and the character of the region in which they were produced.

Dinner anyone?

Agrarian logoTo finish off our day, a light dinner will be provided by Bloomfield’s own Agrarian Cheesemarket & Speakeasy and served amongst the vines of Keint-he Winery.

Agrarian Chef, Neil Dowson, likes to takes advantage of the wonderful produce this area has to offer as he shares his modern spin on classic comfort food and the result is delicious! From the farm, dairy, bakery and winery right to your table. On your next trip to The County, be sure to stop at the Bistro to pull-up a chair, enjoy great food and soak up the rustic warmth of our dining room.

Agrarian on tapWhat is a Speakeasy you ask?

Well according to the dictionary it’s ‘a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition’ and it comes from speak + easy (in the sense: gently, quietly).  At the Agrarian’s Speakeasy it is a funky space featuring craft brews on tap, great ciders, wine and killer cocktails. Live music on Saturday evenings are just a few of the fun events this place has to offer. Food, drink, friends!

Savvy Bus Ticket info

Advance Booking Only – click here for tickets
Savvy Special: $149 (regular $165)
Price includes absolutely everything! Roundtrip transportation in a luxury coach, Sommelier guides, admission to TASTE, winery tours, dinner in the vineyard & good ol’ HST.

The Master Plan…

The Savvy Bus will depart downtown Ottawa at 8:30am from the Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent St). We will pick up passengers at the new BRIDGEHEAD Coffee Shop in the Pinecrest Mall & Starbucks at 1151 Division Street (near the 401) in Kingston.

Our plan is to arrive at TASTE by 11:30am.

At 3pm, the Savvy Bus will continue our road-trip with a drive through Picton, take the scenic route along the Loyalist Parkway to Traynor Vineyards for a tour & tasting, then onwards to Keint-he Winery where we will be treated to a dinner surrounded by vineyards. By 8pm, the coach will depart for Ottawa. 

The fun filled day (and a delicious one at that) should wrap up around 11pm when we return back to Ottawa.

Bonus!

A Savvy Sommelier will be on the coach with you offering wine tips, telling you stories about Prince Edward County & answering any ‘County’ questions you may have along the way.

Everyone is welcome to join us on this roadtrip! 

Order your tickets now for the Savvy Bus

 

 

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Order County wines, craft beers & ciders

Posted by Amanda

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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Ready. Steady. Go!  Are you ready for County in the Capital? It’s back in town for the 4th annual Taste & Buy event featuring Prince Edward County’s finest wines, ciders & craft beers – you won’t find any of these at the LCBO.

savvy-eventAt this sold out event, you have the unique opportunity to meet the cool people from The County & order any combination of their favorites from The County to be delivered by courier to your  home or office. And there’s free shipping by courier on orders of 12 bottles or more.

Can’t make it? Don’t have a ticket? No worries! You can order your favorites from The County in one click with our online order form.

Get your shopping list ready!

With over 100 wines, craft beers & ciders discoveries that await…Here’s what will be available to sample so you can plan ahead & make your ‘I gotta try’ list.

Craft Beer

BARLEY DAYS BREWERY

Sugar Shack Ale (660 mL) $8.50

Mix n’ Match to make your 6-pack

County IPA $13.25

Harvest Gold Pale Ale $13.25

Loyalist Lager $13.25

Royal George Brown Ale $13.25

Wind & Sail Dark Ale $13.25

Yuletide Cherry Porter $15.95

Hard Cider

COUNTY CIDER COMPANY

A Tortured Path Cider $7.95

County Pear Cider $7.95

PEC Ice Cider (375 mL) $30.00

BERGERON ESTATE WINERY & CIDER CO.

Cole Point Cider 6-pack $17.40

 

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BERGERON ESTATE WINERY & CIDER CO.

2011 Riesling (Reg $16.95) $15.50

2011 Rosé (Reg $17.95) $16.50

2011 Gamay Noir (Reg $20) $18.50

2010 Pinot Noir (Reg $28.95) $26.95

CASA-DEA ESTATES WINERY

2012 Pinot Gris $18.95

2010 Chardonnay Reserve $24.95

2013 Gamay $15.95

2011 Pinot Noir $19.95

DEL-GATTO ESTATES WINERY

2013 Dragonfly White $20.00

2012 Pinot Noir $29.00

La Porta dessert wine (500 mL) $29.00

DEVILS WISHBONE

2013 Wicked White $18.00

2013 Pinot Gris $22.00

2013 Pinot Gris Rosé $23.00

2013 Incarnate Red $18.00

2012 Pinot Noir $29.00

2012 Cabernet Franc $29.00

 

HALF MOON BAY WINERY

2013 Pinot Gris $15.00

2013 Chardonnay $18.00

2012 Merlot $22.00

2012 Pinot Noir $25.00

HARWOOD ESTATES WINERY

2013 Windward White $18.00

2013 Pinot Gris $18.00

2013 Friends Rosé $18.00

2011 Merlot $25.00

2011 Pinot Noir $29.00

HILLIER CREEK ESTATES

2011 Riesling $18.00

2012 Chardonnay $18.00

2008 Colonel’s Cuvée $14.95

2012 Gamay Noir $18.95

2009 Pinot Noir $20.00

HUFF ESTATES

2012 Riesling $18.00

2013 Rosé $19.00

2012 Pinot Gris $20.00

2013 Pinot Noir $30.00

KEINT-HE WINERY

2013 Voyageur Chardonnay $17.00

2012 Fox Croft Chardonnay $25.00

2013 Voyageur Pinot Noir $19.00

2011 Portage Pinot Noir $20.00

2013 Voyageur Gamay Noir $25.00

2012 Queenston Pinot Noir $30.00

LACEY ESTATES WINERY

2011 Gewürztraminer $19.95

2012 Chardonnay $20.00

2014 Riesling $25.00

Dorland Red $13.95

2011 Baco Noir $20.00

2011 Pinot Noir $22.00

LIGHTHALL VINEYARDS

2013 Progression Sparkling $20.00

2014 The Fence Rosé Sparkling $25.00

2011 Chardonnay $25.00

2013 Gewürztraminer $25.00

2013 Pinot Noir $30.00

LONG DOG WINERY

Bella Reserve Chardonnay

2010 (Reg $25) $22.00

2011 (Reg $25) $22.00

2012 (Reg $28) $24.00

2009 Otto Reserve Pinot Noir (Reg $24) $22.00

Top Dog Pinot Noir

2009 (Reg $30) $27.00

2010 (Reg $30) $27.00

ROSEHALL RUN VINEYARDS

Pixie Sparkling Rosé $17.95

2014 Hungry Point Chardonnay $19.95

2014 Righteous Dude Riesling $19.95

2013 Hungry Point Pinot Noir $24.95

SANDBANKS ESTATE WINERY

2013 Summer $14.95

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $15.95

2014 Rosé $12.95

2013 Baco Noir $14.95

2013 Mouton Noir $19.95

STANNERS VINEYARD

2012 Riesling $23.00

2012 Cabernet Franc $25.00

2012 Estate Pinot Noir $30.00

2011 Pinot Noir Four Mile Creek $30.00

THE GRANGE OF PRINCE EDWARD

2010 Lot 2 Brut $30.00

2010 Victoria Block Chardonnay $25.00

2010 Diana Block Pinot Noir $35.00

THIRTY THREE VINES

2013 Frontenac Blanc (Reg $17) $15.00

2011 Chardonnay (Reg $17) $15.00

2013 Vintage Riesling (Reg $17) $15.00

2013 Red Caboose Rosé (Reg $17) $15.00

2013 Vintage Baco Noir (Reg $17) $15.00

2010 Pinot Noir (Reg $17) $15.00

 

THREE DOG WINERY

2013 Dog House White $12.95

2013 Pinot Grigio $19.95

2013 Dog House Red $14.95

2013 Double Barrel Baco $24.95

2013 Sweet Sister (375 mL) $17.95

 

TRAIL ESTATE WINERY

2013 White Blend $21.95

2013 Reserve Gewürztraminer $28.00

2013 Rosé $21.95

2013 Pinot Noir $25.95

 

TRAYNOR FAMILY VINEYARD

2013 Pinot Gris $24.95

2013 Chardonnay Gris $24.95

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Gris $24.95

2013 Alta Red $19.95

 

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Too many to count! Here’s what’s in store at County in the City

Posted by Debbie

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Are you ready?  We certainly are! County in the City is our annual Taste & Buy events featuring Prince Edward County’s finest wines, ciders & craft beers – you won’t find any of these at the LCBO.
County in the City
At this sold out event, ticketholders have the unique opportunity to meet the cool people from The County & order any combination of their favorites from The County to be delivered by courier to a work or home. And there will be free shipping by courier on orders of 12 bottles or more.

Can’t make it? Don’t have a ticket? No worries! You can order your County favorites using our online order form.

What will be showcased when The County comes to Ottawa?

There are so many delicious discoveries that await…Here’s what will be available to sample so you can plan ahead & make your ‘I gotta try’ list.

Barley Days Brewery

Sugar Shack $8.50

Oak Aged IPA $8.50

Vin & Sail $8.50

Pumpkin Saison of the Witch $12.95

Scrimshaw Oyster Stout $12.95

County Cider Company

Waupoos Premium Cider (4 bottle pack)  $13.35

Waupoos Peach Cider $9.95

Waupoos Feral Cider $9.95

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2012  Dea’s Cuvée Sparkling Wine $19.95

2011 Riesling $16.95

2010 Cabernet Franc $18.95

2010 Pinot Noir $19.95

Devil’s Wishbone

2012 Wicked White $19.00

2012 Riesling $22.00

2012 Cabernet Franc $25.00

2012 Pinot Noir $29.00

Harwood Estates Winery

2012 Pinot Gris $18.00

2012 Windward White $18.00

2011 Friends Rosé $18.00

2011 The Admiral’s Blend $25.00

2011 Merlot $25.00

Hubbs Creek Vineyard

2013 Pinot Gris $17.95

2012 Rosé $17.95

2011 Pinot Noir $28.95

Huff Estates

2012 Riesling Off Dry $17.95

2010 South Bay Chardonnay $29.95

2012 Merlot $19.95

2012 Gamay $24.95

Karlo Estates

2012 Riesling $22.00

2012 Chardonnay CHOA $25.00

2011 Pinot Gris $21.00

2011 Frontenac Gris Rosé $16.00

2011 Cabernet Franc $24.00

2011 Merlot $24.00

2010 Pinot Noir $29.00

2010 Quintus $35.00

2010 The 5th Element $39.00

2010 VanAlstine White Port $29.00

2009 VanAlstine Red Port $29.00

Keint-He Winery

2012 Voyageur Chardonnay $16.00

2012 Portage Chardonnay $20.00

2011 Voyageur Rosé $15.00

2011 Portage Pinot Noir $25.00

2012 Voyageur Pinot Noir $18.00

Lacey Estates Winery

2011 Chardonnay $24.00

2013 Pinot Gris $19.95

2013 Riesling $25.00

2011 Baco $20.00

Lighthall Vineyards

2012 Progression Sparkling $20.00

2011 Chardonnay $20.00 – special price

2012 Gewürztraminer $25.00

2010  Pinot Noir $25.00

Long Dog Winery

2008 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $18.00

2009 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $22.00

2010 Bella Riserva Chardonnay $25.00

2008 Top Dog Pinot Noir $24.00

2009 Top Dog Pinot Noir $30.00

2010 Top Dog Pinot Noir $30.00

Rosehall Run Vineyards 

2011 Pixie Rosé $17.95

2012 Pinot Gris Cuvée County $21.95

2011 JCR Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard $29.95

2012 Gamay Noir Cuvée County $19.95

2011 Cabernet Franc Cuvée County $24.95

2011 JCR Pinot Noir $39.00

Sandbanks Estate Winery

2012 Shoreline White $14.95

2012 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95

2012 Cabernet Franc Réserve $29.95

2011 French Kiss (Cabernet-Merlot) $19.95

2012 Late Harvest $14.95

Stanners Vineyard

2011 Riesling $23.00

2012 Chardonnay $25.00

2011 Straw House Red $20.00

2010 Pinot Noir $30.00

2011 Pinot Noir $30.00

The Grange of Prince Edward

2012 Estate Riesling $15.95

2010 Estate Gamay Noir $14.95

2012 Estate Pinot Noir $14.95

2009 Estate Pinot Noir $16.95

 Thirty Three Vines

2012 Frontenac Blanc $15.00

2012 Chardonnay $17.00

2012 Riesling $17.00

2011 Baco Noir $15.00

2011 Merlot $15.00

2011 Cabernet Franc $25.00

2010 Pinot Noir $25.00

 

 

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Taste a glass…buy a bottle!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Everything is all set for our next wine tasting events: Wine & Cheese with a TWIST! Tuesday January 29th in Rockcliffe Park & Wednesday January 30th in Westboro.  We are delighted to be hosting 7 wineries from Prince Edward County and Niagara-on-the-Lake who will showcase their best wines.

Are you interested in joining us? A limited number of tickets are left!

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that are ready for you to enjoy – most you will not find at the LCBO – so this is a perfect evening out sipping and stocking up on new wine discoveries.  There will be over 30 different outstanding wines ranging in prices from $15 to $40 – sparkling wines, lots of white and red wines & a dessert wine.  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, members of  our Savvy Sommeliers will be there to help you sharing wine tips & recommendations to find wines that you will undoubtedly enjoy.

We’re hosting 2 back-to-back wine tastings!

If you can’t attend either event, don’t despiar…you can still place your order with us.  Have a look at the list of wines that will be showcased and email us or call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) & we’ll be happy to make the arrangements for your order.

Cheers,
Debbie & the Savvy Team

Featured wineries & wines:

Casa Dea Estates Winery from Prince Edward County

  • 2011 Dea’s Cuvée Sparkling Wine $18.95
  • 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay $15.95
  • 2010 Pinot Noir $19.95
  • 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve $24.95

Fielding Estates Winery (Beamsville Bench – aka Niagara Escarpment) 

  • 2011 Viognier $19.95     Special price (regular $25.95)
  • 2010 Merlot $29.95
  • 2010 Syrah $34.95
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95     Special price (regular $44.95)

 Lighthall Vineyards (Prince Edward County)

  • 2009 Chardonnay $25.00
  • 2010 Chardonnay $25.00
  • 2011 Gewurztraminer $25.00
  • 2010 Pinot Noir $25.00

Palatine Hills Estates Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

  • 2010 Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $18.95
  • 2010 Neufeld Vineyard Chardonnay $22.95
  • 2010 Neufeld Vineyard Cabernet Franc$19.95
  • 2010 Neufeld Vineyard Meritage $29.95

Pondview Estates Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

  • 2010 Cabernet Merlot $18.95
  • 2011 Bella Terra Pinot Gris $29.95
  • 2010 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc $29.95
  • 2010 Bella Terra Meritage $39.95
  • 2011 Select Late Harvest18.00 (375ml)

Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery (Beamsville Bench)

  • 2011 Long Rows White $13.00
  • 2011 Mimas Block Riesling $20.00
  • 2009 Merlot Reserve $32.00
  • 2008 Mead ROYALE $15.00

Sue-Ann Staff Winery (Beamsville Bench)

  • 2011 Sparkling and SASSY $27.95
  • 2011 Grace’s Dry Riesling $21.00
  • 2011 Pinot Grigio $21.00
  • 2010 Baco Noir $14.95

 

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Prince Edward County is coming to Ottawa

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Prince Edward County is Canada’s fastest growing wine region. Not to be mistaken with Prince Edward Island, ‘The County’ as it is commonly referred to, is only a three hour drive from downtown Ottawa.  In the heart of The County, the quaint Loyalist town of Picton boasts restaurants, inns, shops, Sandbanks Provincial Park and most importantly 25+ wineries await your visit. It is no wonder that, ‘The County’ is a perfect day trip or weekend getaway.

The County is coming to the City!

No need to wait for the summer to discover The County since over 15 wineries (both large operations & small family run wineries) are coming to Ottawa on May 9thto give you a ‘taste’ of what is in store when you visit their property. This is the first time that the wineries have come together to host a wine tasting event of this magnitude in Ottawa.  Rest assured that anyone (wine enthusiasts and novices alike) can attend to meet the winery owners & winemakers to learn more about their winery, their vineyards … and, of course, sample their best wines. More info about this special wine tasting event on www.countyinottawa.evenbrite.com

 

Take note that the wines from Prince Edward County have been quickly making an impression.  Internationally renown wine writer, Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator Magazine, named Norman Hardie’s Prince Edward County Chardonnay VQA 2008 as one of his top wines of 2011: “This is a truly great Chardonnay of compelling character.”  And Kramer has MANY wines from around the world to choose from to make his annual top wine list. While this Chardonnay was singled out, there are several other Whites, Reds and even Roses that are turning heads.

At this event, it is your turn to be impressed. 

And you can buy your favourite wine too. Most of The County wineries have small inventory, so their wines are not stocked on the LCBO shelves.  When The County comes to the City, you can order any combination of your favourite wines directly from the winemakers to be delivered straight to your home or office.

The #1 reason to go to The County… Terroir Wine Festival

Hop in the car & join Savvy Company & many other wine enthusiasts on Saturday May 26th to celebrate the wines of Prince Edward County at Terroir – A County Wine Celebration. Sip, savour & graze around the historic Crystal Palace from 12pm – 8pm meeting winemakers & taking in seminars hosted by Savvy Company, winemakers & other wine personalities showcasing wines, cheeses & food in The County. Tickets $35 in advance ($40 at the door). We look forward to seeing you there!

 Hop on our bus! We are working on a roundtrip bus package from Ottawa. Interested? Email us to receive info as soon as it is ready.

 


 

 

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Hurry! Our Savvy Seat Sale is over May 1 at midnight…

Posted by Debbie

Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Our Savvy Event calendar in May is overflowing with Ontario wine, artisan cheese and craft beer events. We don’t want you to miss any of these fun nights out!

We’re having a Savvy Seat Sale!

Buy online before the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday May 1st and save $10 off any ticket to our Savvy Events in May. Simply click on the event link and quote PROMO CODE: SAVVYSALE

Hurry! There’s limited seating and special pricing ends on Tuesday May 1 at midnight.

Join us at one event or come to them ALL – with each ticket purchase, you’ll save $10 off the regular ticket price.

 

May 2Ontario Artisan Cheese Tasting with our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons – she will show you the ‘whey’ with plates of locally made cheese. Named as one of Ottawa’s ‘Must do events’ – only 6 seats left!
Savvy Seat Sale: $50 (reg $60)

 

May 9 – An Ottawa first: County in the City wine tasting featuring over 15 winemakers and winery owners from Prince Edward County who will be serving their best wines from ‘The County’. Sip, sample + stock up on new favorite wines from The County.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)

 

May 15Craft Beer 101 ‘class’ featuring local brews. Our most popular beer tasting event. Join us at Ottawa’s own Kichesippi Beer Co to learn the lingo, pour a perfect pint + taste an array of brews – all made in Ottawa. Homework never tasted this good!
Savvy Seat Sale price: $50 (reg $60) – only 8 seats left!

 

May 30 – All 28 wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake are hitting Highway 401 and traveling to Ottawa to showcase 56 Wines from One Unforgettable Place . Taste + try wines that are perfect for summer sipping. Buy them directly from the winemaker – you won’t find these outstanding wines at the LCBO.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)

Can’t decide which Savvy Event to attend?
Buy an all inclusive ticket for these 4 Savvy Events at a SUPER SEAT SALE price of $180 (save $50).

Have you already purchased tickets to a Savvy Event this May? No worries. We’ll give you a credit for the difference in ticket prices to apply to an upcoming Savvy Event. All ticket prices include HST.

This Spring Seat Sale is a Savvy first. Hop on online to buy your tickets and join us for delicious discoveries of Ontario’s best wines, artisan cheese + craft beers.

We look forward to seeing you this month at Savvy Event.

The Savvy Team

PS – Looking for a reason to travel? Here’s our recommended getaways:

May 26Terroir – A County Wine Celebration – All Prince Edward County wineries are under one roof for this special festival – a perfect way to sip your way around Canada’s fastest growing wine region – only 3 hour drive from Ottawa + Toronto!

June 1 to 3 – Love cheese? You’ll love the Great Canadian Cheese Festival . This delicious weekend in Picton offers loads of opportunities to learn + explore that Canadian cheese is more than just cheddar!

March 9 to 31, 2013 – Pack your bags + join Debbie Trenholm on a one-of-a-kind trip to “Taste your way around Australia” . Cooking classes, winery visits, fine dining, boutique hotels + outdoor market trips to meet Australia’s cheesemakers, olive oil producers + chocolatiers – and this is just a start! Check out the itinerary + grab your passport!

Fine print: Savvy Seat Sale does not apply to these out of town getaways.

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What is La Vendemmia?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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What is La Vendemmia?

Wherever there’s a planted field there’s a harvest, and around the world that time is bustling with activity in the community. The work isn’t done, but the bounty of hard labour is being reaped and everyone can imagine how good it tastes.

In Italy, “la vendemmia” refers to the fall grape harvest, a time that’s difficult to predict since it’s not something that can be scheduled, it happens when the grapes are ready at the peak of their ripeness. In every region of Italy, the focus is on getting the grapes off the vine and into the vats. When the work is done there are large tables filled with food, wine and hungry friends who worked hard with the promise of the season’s best meal waiting for them.

In Ottawa’s Little Itlay neighbourhood, you will find other nationalities represented in addition to Italian.  Here is what harvest is in their language:

China: Zhongqiu ??? (CHONG-choh)
France: la récolte (RAY-colt)
Germany: Ernte (URN-tuh)
India: Pongal (PAHN-gah-leh)
Italy: la vendemmia (VEN-dem-mee-ah)
Ireland: fómhar
South Africa: oes (OOS)
Turkey: hasat (hah-SAHT)
Vietnam: thu ho?ch (THO-whah)

How do these countries celebrate the harvest? In Germany, aside from the famous Oktoberfest, is the world’s largest wine festival called Winemarkt. Originally a meeting place for farmers and winemakers in Bad Dürkheim, the wine & food sales attracted pilgrims and eventually grew into a celebration. In Southern India, the Pongal festival celebrating harvest in January is both a festival of bounty and rebirth – old clothes are burned alongside overflowing rice pots. For the mid-autumn Zhongqiu, also known as the Moon festival, in China, family members gather to celebrate the harvest moon and share moon cakes, sweet pastries filled with red beans and almond paste.

No matter where the harvest celebration takes place, it centres on gratitude for bounty and coming together in community. We invite you to come to Ottawa’s Preston Street to experience La Vendemmia – a fun filled four day festival from Thursday September 22 to Sunday September 25th. Up and down the street, the neighbourhood will be alive with activities for everyone.  

The complete festival schedule for Ottawa’s La Vendemmia is at www.lavendemmiaottawa.com

We look forward to seeing you!

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There’s a Renaissance in Ottawa’s Little Italy

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE USE

A Renaissance in Ottawa’s Little Italy
Preston Street is alive with this year’s celebration of Wine, Food & Art

OTTAWA (Wednesday September 7, 2011) – A Renaissance is sweeping through Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood.  Several languages are now overheard at the various international restaurants.  Artwork and statues line the new streetscape, each week local farmers bring the bounty of their harvest and music of all kinds fills the air.  Your host, the Preston Street BIA, invites you to celebrate this vibrant spirit of renewal at this year’s La Vendemmia harvest celebration.

From Thursday September 22 to Sunday September 25, La Vendemmia offers a fun filled itinerary of free and ticketed events as well as charity activities – something for everyone to enjoy. 

“The Renaissance in Europe fostered a very prolific period for artists. The BIA was looking to create more events that would appeal to the whole family, and it seemed only natural that art should be an important component of our village’s rebirth” says Mario Giannetti, Chairman of the Preston Street BIA. “The Plein Air Art Show and Sale makes space in our pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, where artists will be able to create and present their work. This open air art gallery fosters the connection between our visitors and our local artists”.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with the ever-popular Moveable Feast, a gourmet meal where diners visit various Preston Street restaurants for each course. On Friday night, a unique charity wine auction at Trattoria Caffe Italia complete with a Sommelier led wine tasting will benefit the Music and Beyond Festival. Over the weekend, up and down the street, there will be cultural seminars and activities including Preston Hardware with winemaking demonstrations, and at Divino Wine Studio there is an Olive Oil tasting and Italian language lessons. Learn about the importance of art in the neighbourhood with guided walking tours “Postcards from the Piazzas” led by artist, cj fleury, as well as tours of Little Italy’s landmarks led by entertaining local historian Luciano Pradal. C’est Bon Cooking will lead a delicious discovery in English and French sampling signature ingredients at various food shops. The Little Italy Farmers’ Market will bring local produce to the festival with demonstrations of how to make the most of the bounty, while the streets will be lined with an outdoor Plein Aire Art Paint-out and Sale. The festival’s grand finale event –  Taste of Preston Street Food and Wine Show – will showcase the breadth of the talent in Little Italy featuring both Italian as well as international food and wine.

For the complete listing of harvest celebrations, visit www.lavendemmiaottawa.com

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Media Contacts
Lori Mellor
Executive Director
Preston Street BIA
613-447-2879

Debbie Trenholm
Accredited Sommelier & President
Savvy Company
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First a winery in Tuscany… now a winery in Niagara

Posted by Susan

Friday, June 18th, 2010
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
features Alvento Winery
Canada’s wineries delivered to your doorstep
 

On a warm day in March this year, a team of Savvy Sommeliers – Susan, Wayne, Julie & Doug – met up with Bruno Moos & Elyane Grenier, the friendly couple who are co-owners of Alvento Winery. While the foursome wandered through the vineyards on this spring-like day with Bruno, he expressed his concern about the vines due to the mild winter & early warm weather. Like all grape growers, he is constantly watching Mother Nature’s effect in his vineyard & experimenting at every stage of the growing season. When we visit wineries, we often hear winemakers say, “wine is made in the vineyard” – what happens in the vineyard is just as (or more important) than what happens during harvest & in the cellar.

 

This deeply rooted couple has a rich history that helps explain how their approach to viticulture & winemaking at Alvento. Elyane & Bruno met in Montreal in 1975. Bruno was trained as an architect, yet his wine connection is with his Swiss grandparents who were winemakers & his father was a wine connoisseur. When the couple tired of city living & the long Canadian winters, their thoughts turned to living a more rural lifestyle & to living ‘from the land’. In 1983, they moved to Europe, traveling through the wine regions of Spain & Italy looking for just the right location for a winery of their own. They found it in the hills of Tuscany, near Pisa, where Soiana Winery was born – on the site of an ancient fortress that had been destroyed during the war of 1498 between Florence & Pisa. Their 100-metre cellar was beneath the castle ruins, part of the original fortification.

 

The 1980s was a time of crisis in the Italian wine industry – vineyards were readily available, winemakers were challenged to find buyers for their product in a marketplace inundated with inexpensive & low-quality wine. Elyane & Bruno reminisce about the great fortune they had when they met the experienced & knowledgeable local viticulturalists & winemakers, who helped them establish their Soiana. “We learned the hard way, yet were also very lucky. We met Piero Salvadori, a retired winery owner & oenologist with generations of knowledge of viticulture & wine making. He agreed to share his knowledge with one condition: that we commit to work hard & make the best wine in Italy. In addition to this wealth of information, we were fortunate to live next door to Renzo Belcari, whose family had their own winery for generations & gained his skills from notable Professor Racca – a teacher at Pisa University who had developed specialized pruning methods & other very meticulous viticulture practices after the phyloxera crisis”, recalls Bruno.

 

Soiana wines first become known in Northern Europe, while Tuscan wines became an alternative to French wines. With the advent of Super Tuscans, which Soiana was producing using rigorously selected grapes & low yields, the winery gained international profile & a reputation for high quality wine. Their commitment to hard work was rewarded; soon their wines had a cult following & were sold out before they were released. Soiana is the pedigree of Alvento – read on to learn about Bruno & Elyane’s move back to Canada & the creation of Alvento.

 

We’re pleased to featured three unique Alvento wines (from different vintages):

§   Alvento Vio VQA 2007

§   Alvento Emilie VQA 2006

§   Alvento Elige VQA 2005

 

Enjoy these fine wines & matching recipes – one was provided by Elyane. We’re just a click away should you wish to order more Alvento wines or others featured in the Savvy Selections. If your travels take you to Niagara, Bruno & Elyane would be delighted to welcome you to Alvento.

 

Cheers & Enjoy!

Debbie & Savvy Team

 

 

ALVENTO WINERY
Presented by Sommelier Susan Desjardins

 

After much consideration, Bruno & his wife Elyane decided to move back to Canada, after selling Soiana in 1999. About 10 years earlier, they had met Morrie Neiss, a Montreal businessman, philanthropist & wine collector. Over a number of years, Morrie & his wife visited the couple & participated in the harvest at Soiana. When Bruno & Elyane decided to establish a winery in Niagara, he partnered with them.

They searched for a property where they could implement some of the techniques they had learned through their years in Tuscany. In 2001, they found a 5-acre fruit orchard on the current site in Vineland. Says Elyane, “The land was planted as an orchard with cherries, peaches, pears, apples and plums. Cherry & peach trees are an indicator of good land for vines, according to Tuscan wisdom. And the property is near Lake Ontario and takes advantage of the cool breeze in the summer, facilitating photosynthesis even on very hot days.”

Most of the vines were planted in 2001: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Vigonier – using tightly spaced planting techniques to reduce yields but increase the concentration of the fruit. In 2002, Bruno decided to plant Nebbiolo, as he felt this grape could do well in Niagara given that it grows at quite high altitudes in Piemonte, Italy. The winery was named Alvento (translation: facing the wind) since the wind is omnipresent in the vineyard.

The wind did seem to be blowing against them for a few years! Although the vines grew quickly, the cold winter of 2003 destroyed the buds on the vines. While the roots survived, the new growth demanded substantial pruning to control the vigorous growth and to shape the vines for future production. Hard to believe, but this happened again in 2004 & 2005. Despite these setbacks, they were more determined than ever to create the wines they dreamed of at Alvento. Like their neighbours, they invested in a wind machine to protect the vines from the cold.

Finally, in 2006, the weather co-operated & they were able to harvest their first grapes & produce their first commercial vintage.

Their focus is on three different styles of Bordeaux-type blends:

          Elige is in the style of Medoc (a wine region in France)

          Sondra in the style of Pomerol

          Emilie in the style of St-Emilion.

These three blends were aged 18 months in Burgundian-style oak barrels.

In terms of white wines, only Viognier is crafted. Viognier is a popular grape variety stemming from France that is now starting to grow in other countries. The 2007 Viognier included in your Savvy Selections is unoaked unlike the previous vintage (it was interesting to try the 2 vintages side by side to taste the difference). They expect to release the 2007 reds later this year or early next. As our subscribers know from other Savvy eZine reports, 2007 was an outstanding vintage in Ontario – we look forward to tasting Bruno’s reds!

Bruno explains, “We spend many, many hours in the vineyard taking care of the vines. What we learned in Italy is that you cannot make a great wine without excellent grapes. Many of the practices of oenology consist of adding substances to the wine that in reality imitate the qualities of grapes that are fully mature. To obtain that level and character, grapes have to be continuously attended to by hand to make sure that there is no rot or that there is no over production. It takes many hours of vineyard work and it can not be done by machine. While you cannot cut corners in the cellar, or use inadequate equipment, the most sophisticated apparatus & the use of the most recent oenological innovations cannot replace good mature grapes.”

While these wines come to you, the Alvento team – Bruno, Elyane & Greg, their assistant – continue to monitor the vines. Spring warmth was followed by a cold snap, but with the help of their wind machine, the vines were saved. Greg, who completes his diploma in Oenology & Viticulture this year & who will become a father in September, is convinced this will be a good vintage – he’ll be putting aside a few bottles to open on his child’s eighteenth birthday!

Cheers & Enjoy!

-Susan

 

~ Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes ~

Alvento Vio 2007 VQA, $25.95

Produced from hand-harvested grapes, this Viognier was fermented sur lie (winespeak: with the yeast) in stainless steel to retain the lively fruit aromas and flavours.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Pale gold & clear, the wine has a subtle & appealing nose of sweet stone fruit & light notes of white flowers & pineapple. It’s a dry mid-weight wine, with fresh vibrant flavours of ripe apricots, juicy nectarines & a hint of exotic tropical fruits with a splash of citrus. Lively acidity & fresh fruits linger on the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Slightly chilled, this wine will pair well with fresh summer salads, grilled fish, or light appetizers.

Cellaring:  Drinking well now, this wine may be cellared for up to 2 more years.

 

 

Alvento Elige 2005 VQA, $24.95

A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, this blend went through malolactic fermentation in stainless, followed by aging for 18 months in part new, part seasoned Burgundian barrels.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A regal, semi-opaque ruby, this elegant wine offers rich & complex aromas of berries, vanilla, sweet spice and some underlying notes of cedar and exotic dried fruits. It’s dry, with ripe well-integrated tannins, fresh cherry and red berry fruit—raspberry and field strawberries—and underlying notes of toast and cocoa. Medium bodied, it has lovely balance and a lengthy finish.  . 

Suggested Food Pairing: Bring on the beef!  Elyane has shared one of her special recipes for this wine on the following pages.

Cellaring:  Designed to be aged, the wine would benefit from decanting for about an hour if you plan to enjoy it now.

 

 

Alvento Emilie 2006 VQA $23.95

Grown on the sandy loam of Alvento’s waterfront property, the grapes for this unique blend were tended by hand on the vine & hand harvested – as with all Alvento grapes. The blend includes 70% Cabernet Franc & 30% Merlot, fermented in similar fashion to the Elige, & aged 18 months in French barrels, a slightly higher proportion of them being new.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Displaying a well-defined garnet hue, this wine displays alluring aromas of chocolate, exotic spice, sweet kitchen herbs (bay and sage), black fruits, vanilla & toast. It’s dry, medium-full bodied, with silky round tannins, pleasant crispness & ripe fruity flavours of field berries underlaid with tangy hints of pepper. Well balanced, with well-integrated toasty oak notes, it delivers a full-flavoured and lingering finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: A classic match for this food-friendly wine would be grilled lamb or beef, or later in the year, a hearty vegetable and beef ragout .

Cellaring:  This wine will also age well and benefits from decanting. Our tasting panel noted that the wine changed dramatically in the glass!

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your Savvy Selections ~

With Alvento Vio VQA…

Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Salad

From LCBO Food & Drink Magazine

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 oz. oyster mushrooms, trimmed

4 0z. shitake mushrooms, stemmed
8 C mixed greens

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Dijon or grainy mustard

Freshly ground pepper

 

Method

1.      In a large bowl, combine 2 Tbsp of the oil, mustard, rosemary & garlic. Add chicken and turn to coat. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat & grill chicken, turning once, for about 12 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Remove to cutting board & slice thinly.

 

2.      Toss mushrooms with 1-2 Tbsp oil & place on greased grill over medium-high heat. Grill, turning once, for about 5 minutes or until tender and golden. Remove to plate.   

 

3.      Place greens on large platter and top with sliced grilled chicken and mushrooms.

 

4.      Whisk together remaining oil, lemon juice, mustard and pepper to taste and drizzle over salad. Enjoy!

 

 

With Alvento Elige VQA …

Tagliata with Arugula

From the kitchen of Elyane Grenier, Alvento Winery

Serves 4

Ingredients
¼ C balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ lb. beef tenderloin
2 Tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 Tbsp coarse salt
2 C sliced arugula
1 lemon, halved

High quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese shavings

 

Method

1.   Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. 

 

2.   Place beef on platter, spoon marinade over and turn to coat completely. Let stand 1 hour. Sprinkle meat all over with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add beef and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes (the meat may be grilled on the BBQ) 

 

3.   Transfer beef to platter and let rest 10 minutes.

 

4.   Slice beef thinly and divide among 4 plates. Drizzle any juices from platter over beef. Sprinkle with salt & top with arugula. Squeeze lemon over, then drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

 

5.   Enjoy with Alvento Elige!

 

 

With Alvento Emilie VQA…

Peppered Beef with Balsamic Strawberry Relish

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp whole peppercorns, cracked
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ lb. grilling steak (~ 1” thick)

Strawberry Relish
1 ½ C chopped strawberries
3 Tbsp chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped sweet yellow pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tsp granulated sugar
Salt & pepper to taste

Method

1.  In a small bowl, combine mustard, cracked peppercorns, garlic; rub an even coating on both sides of meat. Grill steak over high heat or broil for about 4 minutes each side for medium-rare, or until desired degree of doneness.

2.  For the relish: In a bowl, combine strawberries, onion, yellow pepper, parsley, vinegar, oil, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Slice steak thinly across the grain and serve with a dollop of the strawberry relish.  

 

Cheers & Enjoy!

 

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