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Our 1st ever NO TAX wine event!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
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Is your stash of wine depleted after the holidays?  Is your credit card balance a bit high with your splurge at the Boxing Day sales?  We have a solution…a single winery Taste & Buy featuring Coyote’s Run Estate Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

ALL of their wines are on sale!  bottles

Coyote’s Run is offering NO TAX price for all of their Estate & Rare Vintage wines. This is a rare occasion to save a whopping 13%. Check out the full list of wines on sale below – everything is on sale.

Order online – or better yet – join us on Jan 20th 

Winery owner Jeff Aubry & winemaker David Sheppard are coming to Ottawa so that you can sip & sample their wines before you place your order.  Join us on Wed Jan 20th to try over stunning white wines as well as BIG & BOLD red wines, along with Coyote’s Run award-winning signature Pinot Noirs.  Everything is available at special pre-tax prices (full price list below).

TIP: You definitely won’t find any of the featured wines at the LCBO.

And FREE Shipping!

As if the special prices were not enough, the winery is also offering FREE shipping on orders of 6, 12 or more bottles – any combination of your Coyote’s Run favorite wines.  Deliveries will be made by courier to your home or office within a week.

 

~ Coyote’s Run Estate & Rare Vintage Wines on sale ~

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2013 Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris $16.49 (Reg $18.00)

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris $16.49 (Reg $18.00)

White Wines – Rare Vintage

2014 Rare Vintage Chardonnay $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

 

Red Wines

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $18.23 (Reg $20.95)

2013 Red Paw Vineyard Syrah $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

2013 Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

2013 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir $28.67 (Reg $32.95)

Red Wines – Rare Vintage 

2013 Rare Vintage Pinot Noir $19.10 (Reg $21.95)

2012 Rare Vintage Cabernet Franc $28.67 (Reg $32.95)

2012 Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah $32.15 (Reg $36.95)

2010 Rare Vintage Meritage $34.46 (Reg $39.95)

Specialty Red Wine

David Sheppard Vintage 30 Cabernet Sauvignon $32.15 (Reg $36.95)

This special red wine marks David’s 30th vintage making Cabernet Sauvignon – one of his favorite grape varieties.

 

Dessert Wine

2014 Rare Vintage Late Harvest Pinot Gris $21.71 (Reg $24.95)

 

Friends, this is hands down an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

Buy your tickets to the Coyote’s Run Taste & Buy event or click to order wines online now.  These special prices will expire on Wednesday January 27th.

Cheers!

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DIY Wine Tasting – tips from our Sommeliers

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Have you been renovating all winter? Show off your new digs by having friends and neighbours over for a do-it-yourself wine tasting?  It does not need to be an overly grand production, rather a novel ‘reason’ to have people over to ooh and ahhh about your handy work.

Like hiring a designer or contractor, you can call on a Sommelier (check out our 17 Savvy Sommeliers who are there to help you) to take care of all the details and work with a caterer to prepare a menu paired with each wine.   Here’s our tips & trick on hosting your own wine tasting:

Savvy Company - GiancarloStep 1 – It’s all about the experience

Depending on how formal and structured you would like the experience to be, a wine tasting can be conducted at a large dining room table with rows of wine glasses waiting to be sampled.  For a more casual experience, try a reception style in your family room, but the reality is that everyone may end up in the kitchen. This way they can help themselves to a table full of different wines and platters of hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

Step 2 – What’s your theme?

Your wine tasting event can focus on exploring wines of a certain country or region or can examine one type of wine such as Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnays from various wine regions around the world.

The top 5 themes for wine tastings that our Savvy Sommeliers design & host are:

A Trip Around the World in 5 Glasses
Cheese, Chocolate & Wine!
An Endless Night of Bubbles! (showcasing different styles of sparkling wines)
Passionate about Pinot (featuring Pinot Gris & Pinot Noirs from around the world)
Be Adventurous – wines under $20 you’ve never tried

Step 3 – Wine shopping made simpleCathy Law with glasses

With your theme in mind, now comes the fun part of selecting the wines.  Here are tips from the pros at Savvy Company:

Welcome your guests into your newly-renovated home with a glass of sparkling wine.  The popping of the cork sets the mood for a party (watch that it does not spray onto your freshly-painted walls or hit the ceiling!) and a glass of bubbly cleanses and refreshes your palette, preparing it for the evening ahead of delicious wines and foods.

Feature 5 to 7 wines as too many wines will ‘numb’ your palette. Each sampling of wine should be approximately two ounces (about one inch in an ISO wine tasting glass…more about glasses below).  This equates to serving 10 people per bottle of wine.

Step 4 – What about food?

Wine is made to be enjoyed with food.  At a minimum, offer your guests sliced baguettes and water crackers to cleanse & refresh their palettes between wines.  To augment the food selection, have an artisan cheese board with an assortment of hard, soft and blue veined cheeses.  Go a step further and enhance the wine and food experience by pairing each wine with hors d’oeuvres.

Tip from the pros:  leave pickles, dips & vegetable sticks for another party and serve foods like grilled vegetables, hearty meatballs, chicken satay, roasted nuts & olives …and don’t forget cheese!

Now…Let the fun begin!

Savvy Company - AmandaEnjoying wine engages all of your senses.    There are no rules to wine tasting as everyone’s impression is personal and this makes for interesting conversation. I always say, “Wine tasting is as easy as eyes, nose and mouth.” With each wine, take note of the colour (eyes), the aromas (nose) and the flavours (mouth).

Let’s taste a wine together… Pour approximately two ounces into your wine glass.

Eyes…

Tilt the glass 45 degrees away from you, using a white tablecloth as the backdrop and notice:

The colour and clarity of the wine. 

What colour does it remind you of:
Whites – pale straw or golden
Rosés – cotton candy pink, salmon or terracotta
Reds – garnet, fire engine red, cherry, purple, ink or opaque 

Nose…

Aromas or bouquet, however you call it, Sommelier pros suggest to hold the ISO tasting glass by the stem, swirl the wine in a steady circular motion to introduce air into the wine to release the aromas.

What does the wine smell like? 

Basic descriptors are:
Sparkling wines – nutty, refreshing, crisp
White wines – dry, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, pears, apples
Reds – cherry, strawberry, blackberry, earthy, vanilla, leather, dried fruit

Mouth….

And now to taste! Take a sip, chew the wine (as if it were mouthwash) to coat your entire mouth.

Take note:
Is the wine light, medium or full bodied?
Does the wine taste the same as it smells?
Do the flavours linger or disappear?
Try each wine with food and note how the food changes your enjoyment of the wine.

Repeat…Repeat…Repeat!

After an evening of swirling, sipping and perhaps spitting, it is no wonder that a wine tasting is a fun way to explore the world of wines as well as socializing in your newly renovated home.

 

Tools of the trade

ISO wine tasting glasses: These tulip shaped glasses (right) allow you to easily swirl 2 ounces of wine and the narrow rim captures the aromas.  ISO glassesFor a formal tasting, one glass per featured wine is needed per person, or a casual cocktail style event requires one glass per person to re-use throughout the event.

White tablecloth:  drape your table with a basic white tablecloth so that your guests can use it white background to really see the colour of the wines

Pitcher of Water: for rinsing the glasses and refreshing your palette in between wines

Spitoon or bucket: used to empty unwanted wine and rinsing water.

Don’t forget the corkscrew!

 

Savvy Company - ShawnLet the experts do it for you!

If you are DIY-ed out and want a Sommelier to design and organize a fun wine event in your home, call on our Savvy Sommeliers us anytime 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926).

Or join us at our Taste & Buy events to sip and sample Ontario wines which are not available at the LCBO.

Next event: County in the Capital – Wednesday April 8th- featuring hard-to-find wines, craft beers & ciders from Prince Edward County. Tickets $65 + bring a friend for $1.  Buy your tickets quickly – this event will sell out fast!>>

Cheers!
Debbie

 

This article appears in the ‘Spaces’ issue of Ottawa Life Magazine – March/April 2015

 

 

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Are you going to Taste 3 Remarkable Terroirs?

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Wine lovers…we are in for a treat!  We are excited to host Ann Sperling & Peter Gamble – the husband & wife team who, in my opinion, are rockstars in the wine world.

gamble_sperlingWhen Ann called me to talk about hosting this event I was thrilled.  Make that THRILLED! I first met Ann one cold January night in the vineyard when she called on me to help her with the ice wine harvest at Malivoire (she knew that I was in Niagara as we were going to meet the next day!). Since then, I have been an ‘Ann fan’ enjoying many wines that she has crafted at various wineries – CedarCreek, Malivoire, Southbrook & Sperling Vineyards to name a few where she worked as winemaker or as wine consultant.

And I have marvelled at all that Peter has been involved in too.  He’s a behind the scenes man integral in building winery projects (wine industry speak for wine businesses). Recently he has used his ‘Midas touch’ to help establish one of Nova Scotia’s finest wineries Benjamin Bridge. Knowing that every wine region around the world looks for a signature style of wine, he has been the driving force in the creation of Tidal Bay – Nova Scotia’s a premium white wine that is turning many heads in the wine world.grapes

And if they weren’t busy enough already, this dynamic duo has a project Versado in Argentina where they have been tending to some of the country’s oldest vines of Malbec & crafting incredible wines.

Ann & Peter never seem to stop!

They are making a quick trip to Ottawa (before they head to Argentina for this year’s harvest) to showcase their latest wines. Join us on Thursday March 20th for Taste 3 Remarkable Terroirs – a Taste & Buy event to enjoy & order wines from:

Sperling Vineyards – Ann’s family business that has transformed from being a grape growers & now is a winery making remarkable Okanagan wines.

Benjamin Bridge – one of Nova Scotia’s wineries specializing in uber-premium sparkling wines.

Versado – an amazing Malbec vineyard planted nearly 100 years ago that Ann & Peter have been restoring.

 

Try the wine…buy the bottle

At this Taste & Buy event you’ll have the unique opportunity to order the wines from these wineries to be delivered to your home or office. Special rates on shipping will be offered.

Join us or place your order online >>

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2009 Brut Méthode Classique $44.50 (new release)
2013 Nova 7 Sparkling $24.95 (new release)
2013 Tidal Bay $21.95
Wine Futures – barrel samples will be tasted at the event.  Wine to be released in June
2013 Vero $21.95
Wine Futures – barrel samples will be tasted at the event.  Wine to be released in June
2009 Borealis Icewine $39.95

 

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2008 Sparkling Brut $39.95
2012 Pinot Gris
$19.00
2011 Old Vines Riesling
$34.95
2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir $22.00 (released last week in time for this event!)
2012 Pinot Noir $26.00
2011 Old Vines Foch $26.00
2011 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer $24.95

 

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2012 Versado Classic Malbec  $24.95
2010 Versado Reserva Malbec
$59.95

Don’t miss this event!

We look forward to having you join us to meet Ann & Peter while you discover their remarkable wines from 3 different terroirs.
Advance tickets only $25 >>

 

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Ontario wines fit for Her Majesty the Queen

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
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I will never forget the phone call when I was asked to be the Sommelier for a private luncheon for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her Canada Day visit to Ottawa. The caterers for this special event – Thyme & Again Creative Catering – requested that I handpick a selection of wines to pair with each course. The meal featured locally grown ingredients and produce – naturally, it was a prime opportunity to showcase Ontario wines and wow the guests.  

 

Below is the royal lunch menu and premium Ontario wine selection – enjoyed by her Majesty the Queen and 100 plus guests during the royal visit of the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on Wednesday June 30, 2010.

  

   

 

 

~ Upon Arrival ~

13th Street Winery Cuvée 13 Rosé VQA 2007, Niagara

A small number of Ontario’s 100+ wineries craft sparkling wine.  13th Street Winery is a boutique winery situated on the Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment) renown for their sparkling wines. This rare sparkling Rosé made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a splash of Syrah is extraordinary – dry, crisp with delicate aromas of wild strawberry, juicy red cherry with an elegant mousse that lingers as it refreshes. A delicious way to begin today’s celebration.

 

 

~ First Course ~

Green and White Asparagus Salad with Orange Segments,

Organic Baby Lettuces and Shaved Ontario Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Isabella’s Extreme Sheep’s Milk Cheese

 

Huff Estates South Bay Chardonnay VQA 2007, Prince Edward County

From Ontario’s fastest growing wine region – Prince Edward County – where over 20 wineries have emerged in the last 5 years and their wines are making a big impression in the wine world. This Chardonnay from Huff Estates won the prestigious White Wine of the Year from the annual Ontario Wine Awards and turned heads as it gained praises by British wine media last month when showcased at the Seriously Cool Chardonnay tasting at Canada House in London, England. This Chardonnay is a complex medium to full bodied wine, delicately threaded with French oak giving delicious tastes of vanilla custard, toasted nuts, warm spices with a hint of smoke.

 

 

 

~ Main Course ~

Roasted Breast of Barbarie Duck with Shredded Confit of Duck Leg
Mashed Potatoes
with Wild Blueberry & Thyme Jus

Local Spring Vegetable Bundle

 

Stratus White VQA 2006, Niagara

Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratus Vineyards crafts an ‘assemblage’ using the estate’s best Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Semillon & Viognier grapes.  The blend composition changes with each vintage. The result in the 2006 vintage is a medium bodied wine with aromas of peach & pear with a delicate hint of orange blossom balanced with the acidity & plush mouthfeel that will complement the ingredients in the main course for those who prefer white wine.

 

Lailey Vineyard Canadian Oak Pinot Noir VQA 2007, Niagara

A truly Canadian wine – this Pinot Noir has been aged in barrels made with native Canadian oak trees – an innovation in the Canadian wine industry.  Lailey Vineyard is one of the original six wineries who were integral to this experiment. They now they craft four wines exclusively aged in Canadian oak barrels to rave reviews.  This elegant medium bodied wine has aromas of cherry, cranberry & earthy tones that grace the glass with a soft texture of red fruit & fresh ground white pepper that lingers on the palate. Selected by the Sommelier as roasted duck & Pinot Noir are a classic food & wine pairing.

 

 

 

~ Dessert Course ~

Fresh Local Strawberry Compote with Lemon Poppyseed Shortcake

Vanilla Mascarpone Mousse
Maple Shortbread

 

Coffee and Tea Service

 

 

Media Coverage

Read the article that appeared in the St Catherine’s Standard on July 2, 2010 ‘Some Niagara wines for the royal palatte’ featuring this luncheon event.

 

 

 

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Stuntman Stu teams with Savvy Company to score big for Sens Foundation

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
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For his latest stunt, radio personality and voice of the Ottawa Senators, Stuntman Stu, has put his face on a bottle of Ontario wine. Stuntman Stu’s Red Line Merlot VQA 2008 is ready for its official uncorking at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show this weekend (November 6th to 8th at Lansdowne Park). Two dollars from the sale of every bottle will go directly to the Sens Foundation to support local charities that improve children’s lives.

 

An all-local initiative

Stuntman Stu partnered with Savvy Company sommelier Debbie Trenholm and a team of local creative partners to bring his project to life. The wine itself hails from Huff Estates Winery of Prince Edward County—just a few hours drive from Ottawa. Frederic Picard, Huff’s award-winning winemaker who crafted this delicious premium wine, is pleased it’s now being used to raise funds for the Sens Foundation.

 

Wine with character

Stuntman Stu’s personality demanded a wine of equal character: full of life, versatile and fun. Red Line Merlot is a medium-bodied wine with aromas and tastes of black cherry and plum and sporting a peppery finish. It pairs well with anything from pizza to barbecued steak.

 

Discover Red Line Merlot for yourself

Visit Stuntman Stu’s booth at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show this weekend and sample his Red Line Merlot. Help raise money for the Sens Foundation by ordering your own Red Line Merlot online for $19.95 a bottle ($239.40 per 12-bottle case) at either www.stuntmanstu.com  or www.savvycompany.ca 

 

“Wine always brings a sense of occasion. It’s something to be enjoyed with friends and family. I hope my wine and the cause it supports will be the start to some great conversations.”

Cheers & Enjoy!

Stuntman Stu

 

 

Stuntman Stu marque tout un point pour

la Fondation des Sénateurs avec le lancement

de son nouveau vin

En guise de nouveau défi, Stuntman Stu, annonceur maison des Sénateurs d’Ottawa et personnalité radiophonique de la région, lance maintenant son propre vin de l’Ontario. Le Merlot Ligne Rouge VQA 2008 est fin prêt pour son lancement officiel lors de l’Ottawa Wine and Food Show en fin de semaine (du 6 au 8 novembre au parc Lansdowne­). Pour chaque bouteille vendue, deux dollars seront remis à la Fondation des Sénateurs qui soutient des centaines d’œuvres de bienfaisance de la région dédiées à améliorer la qualité de vie des enfants.

 

Une initiative 100 % régionale

Stuntman Stu a travaillé avec Debbie Trenholm, sommelière accréditée de la région et présidente de Savvy Company, et avec une équipe d’agences de création afin de réaliser ce projet. Le vin lui-même provient du vignoble Huff Estates de Prince Edward County, situé à quelques heures de route d’Ottawa. Assemblé par Frédéric Picard, vinificateur primé du Huff Estates, celui-ci est bien heureux de savoir que le Merlot sert à amasser des fonds pour la Fondation des Sénateurs. 

 

Un vin qui a du caractère

La personnalité de Stuntman Stu se retrouve assurément dans ce vin : plein de vie, polyvalent et amusant. Le Merlot Ligne Rouge est un vin souple et moyennement corsé aux arômes de cerise tardive et de prune. Il se termine sur une note poivrée et se déguste aisément avec plusieurs mets tels la pizza ou le steak grillé. 

 

Découvrez le Red Line vous aussi!

Visitez le kiosque de Stuntman Stu lors de l’Ottawa Wine and Food Show en fin de semaine afin de goûter le Merlot Ligne Rouge. Aidez à amasser des fonds pour la Fondation des Sénateurs en commandant votre Merlot Ligne Rouge en ligne au prix de 19,95 $ la bouteille (239,40 $ la caisse de 12 bouteilles) au www.stuntmanstu.com  ou au www.savvycompany.ca

 

« Le vin apporte une touche festive aux moments que l’on partage entre parents et amis. J’espère que mon vin et la cause qu’il soutient seront au cœur de merveilleuses rencontres et de nombreuses conversations. »

 

À votre santé!

Stuntman Stu

 

 

 

 

 

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