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The drumroll please….2014 wine winners

Posted by Amanda

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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HOT OFF THE PRESS!

The winners of this year’s Ottawa Wine Challenge – the wine competition associated to the annual Ottawa Wine & Food Festival – have been announced.  We are thrilled that for the first time in ever that the Best of Show winning wines are all made in Canada!  Move over France, Australia & Italy…Canadian wines are taking top marks and the owning the podium at this challenge.

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The Savvy Team seizes every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag & we are excited that several of the wineries that we feature in our Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month-club as well as our Taste & Buy events won medals in this wine competition.  <Insert big round of applause!>.

Those Canadian wineries we have featured are highlighted.  Be sure to visit the winemakers & winery owners at this weekend’s show or subscribe to Savvy Selections to have award winning wines delivered year round!

Best of Show…

WHITE WINE – Strewn Winery Cottage Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
RED WINE – Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario Canada
SWEET WINE – Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2012 – Quebec, Canada

Gold Medal Winners…

Konzelmann Estate Vidal Icewine 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate Prestige Sparkling Wine – Ontario, Canada
Oyster Bay Sparkling Rose Cuvee Brut Hawke’s Bay/Marlborough – New Zealand
Sideroad Twenty Cellars Red Tractor Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rosewood Estates Origin Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rosewood Estates Sussreserve Riesling 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Strewn Winery Cottage Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2012 – Quebec, Canada

Silver Medal Winners….

Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – New Zealand
Viticoltori d’Acqui Brachetto de’Acqui Sparkling Rose NV – Italy
Konzelmann Estate Special Select Late Harvest Vidal 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Mission Hill Family Estate Diabolica Red 2012 – British Columbia, Canada
Cantina Negrar Amarone 2010 – Italy
Domain Martin Plan de Dieu 2011 – France
Family Wine Merchants Sangre de Toro 2013 – Spain
Rosewood Estates Select Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Canada
Alpine Valley Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Loosen Brothers Villa Wolf Riesling 2013 – Germany
Pelee Island Winery Alvar Pinot Noir 2012 – Canada
Konzelmann Estate Shiraz 2013 – Canada
Rancourt Winery Merlot 2009 – Canada (a new winery that we have not featured yet!)

Bronze Medal Winners…

Konzelmann Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate 1812 Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012 – Ontario, Canada
The Wine Group Chloe Chardonnay 2012 – USA
Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2013 – New Zealand
Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2012 – Canada
Bodgas Santa Julia Santa Julia Chardonnay 2013 – Argentina
Stoneleigh Chardonnay Malborough 2013 – New Zealand
Vina Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay 2013 – Chile
Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Pinot Gris 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Pinot Grigio 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Mondo del Vino Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio 2013 – Italy
Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – New Zealand
Babich Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc Malborough 2012 – New Zealand
Sacred Hill White Cliff Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – New Zealand
Veramonte Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Chile
GA Schmitt Clean Slate Riesling 2013 – Germany
Rosewood Estates Mima’s Block Riesling 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Canada White Riesling 2011 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling Dry 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Pinot Blanc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Dunes White 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Laroche Laroche de la Chevaliere Viognier 2013 – France
LGCF Chateau Cleray Muscadet 2012 – France
Willm Gewurztraminer 2013 – France
Torres Vina Esmerelda Moscatel Gewurztraminer 2013 – Spain
Diamond Estates 1914 Honour White 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2013 – Argentina
Brumont Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – France
Coyote’s Run Estate Winery Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Gnarly Head Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 – USA
Don Sebastiani & Sons Aquinas Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2012 – USA
Rosewood Estates Origin Pinot Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Syrah 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Deakin Shiraz 2013 – Australia
Lailey Vineyards Unfiltered Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Neufeld Vineyard Merlot 2012– Ontario, Canada
Oyster Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013 – New Zealand
Irony Wines Merlot 2011 – USA
Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2012 – USA
Pelee Island Winery Vinedresser’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Spain
Gnarly Head Cellars Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – USA
Don Sebastiani & Sons Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – USA
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Argentina
Bodgas Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet 2012 – Argentina
Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – USA
Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – USA
Maison Louis Latour Gamay 2011 – France
Bodegas Trivento Fair Trade Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Alta Reserva Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2012 – Spain
Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Cabernet Franc 2012– Ontario, Canada
Pondview Estate Winery Bella Terra Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Reserve Baco Noir 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2011 – Spain
Costa Mediana Valpolicella Ripasso 2011 – Italy
Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Bodegas Portia Faustino VII Rioja 2011 – Spain
Don Sebastiani & Sons Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 – USA
Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Cabernet Syrah 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Heritage Red 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Lailey Vineyards Impromptu 2012– Ontario, Canada
Pelee Island Winery Singing Moon Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Shoreline Red 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Sandbanks Winery Mouton Noir 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Torres Infinite Red 2011 – Spain
Diamond Estates 1914 Valour 2013 – Ontario, Canada
Palatine Hills Estate Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Rancourt Winery Meritage 2009 – Ontario, Canada
Mondo del Vino Barone Montalto Nero d’Avola Cabernet 2013 – Italy
Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Reserva 2010 – Spain
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Shiraz Malbec 2013 – Argentina
Fuzion Wines Fuzion Organico Malbec Cabernet 2013 – Argentina
Distell Inception 2011 – South Africa
Rosewood Estates Lock, Stock & Barrel 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Connect Red 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Cellier des Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Rouge 2012 – France
Palatine Hills Estate Gamay Noir Rose 2013– Ontario, Canada
Chivite Chivite Gran Feudo Rosado 2013 – Spain
Konzelmann Estate Sparkling Riesling NV – Ontario, Canada
Konzelmann Estate Sparkling Rose NV – Ontario, Canada
Pelee Island Winery Secco 2012 – Ontario, Canada
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV – Spain
Henkell Cavas Hill NV – Spain
Segura Viudas Segura Viudas Cava NV – Spain

Now how is that for a shopping list!!

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

 

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Celebrate Red & White! Get your shopping list ready…

Posted by Amanda

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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O Canada! Prepare to be amazed. We’re putting the final touches on Celebrate Red & White!  An All-Canadian Night Taste & Buy event that will take place on Wednesday July 16.  A record number of wine lovers from the nations capital will be treated to wines from coast to coast as they nibble made in Canada gourmet goodies too. (more…)

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Days away ’til Harvest Noir Pop up Picnic

Posted by Debbie

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
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It’s back!  And we are back too…all of us in the Savvy Team are delighted to be the Sommeliers for this year’s Harvest Noir – the ultimate end-of-summer party & start-of-harvest ball in Ottawa. The date is set – Saturday September 7 – but the location is a BIG secret.  On the day, the venue for the all black ‘chic’ picnic will be revealed to all ticket holders by email.

Join us! Click to buy your Harvest Noir tickets & use promo code 2013SAVVY to receive 25% off.

Gather a groups of friends  of any age & dress in your lil black dress or sport a suit…or gents pull out your tux from the back of your closet as we all celebrate local food and fine Ontario wine at the picnic.  Harvest Noir last year was Canada’s 2nd-largest chic picnic, with 1,500 guests picnicking at Ottawa City Hall. This picture captured the fun (left to right in photo: Dixie, Locks, Debbie, Shawn & Debbie)

When the sun sets, the party will continue!  A fashion show featuring local designers and DJ TIMEKODE will have all of us on the dance floor all night long.

“Everyone dolls up to the nines as if is New Year’s Eve” commented Dixie who attended last year’s Harvest Noir for the first time.  And she has her picnic basket & black number ready to go again this year.

Click here to watch a video of a sneak peak at all of the fun that awaits.

How to get ready for Harvest Noir? It’s easy!

1. Round up some friends and family (kids are welcome too).  Designate one person to be the organizer or ‘host’ (aka table captain).  Go to www.harvestnoir.com to buy tickets for  the Table Captain and tickets for each person in your group.   TIP: use promo code SAVVY2013 to receive discounts on your tickets.

2. Plan your picnic menu – it is a potluck extraordinaire.  Tables with black linens & chairs will be provided.  Your group will need to bring everything else. There are prizes for the best decorated table – and remember to keep the black theme in mind.

3. At noon on the day, the location of this over-the-top picnic is revealed to the guest list by email. That is your cue to put on the final touches to your meal, pack up your picnic baskets and head to the party! It will be a fun evening noshing & nibbling on homemade foods & celebrate the end of summer and start of the harvest with friends old and new.

To add to the ambiance, you will enjoy this gourmet dining experience, accompanied music by The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.

And we have selected wines from Palatine Hill Estate Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake to be served at the cash bar.  The wine selection is:

1812 Chardonnay VQA 2012

1812 Cabernet-Merlot VQA 2010

We’ll see you at this year’s Harvest Noir – It’s blast!

 

 

 

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It’s a boy! Time to pop open the bubbly

Posted by Debbie

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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The news about the arrival of Kate & William’s baby boy is spreading like wild fire.  There are bottles of bubbly being popped all around the world – especially in London!

A royal occasion such as this deserves the finest Champagne, yet all of us in the Savvy Team love to showcase Canadian wines….so to celebrate the baby’s arrival, we are uncorking the most popular sparkling wine that we have featured in Savvy Bin Ends: Romeo Blanc de Noir made by Palatine Hills of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The good news is that this sparkling wine is as good as Champagne at half the price.  The bad news though is that it is almost gone!  We have heard from the winemaker that there are only 15 cases left at the winery…and it’s a steal at $22.95 (that is $7 off each bottle.)

Stock up to have this bubbly in the fridge for whenever the moment strikes – like the Royal’s news today – or for any occasion to pop the cork!

To order this fantastic bubbly click here >>

Hurry as this bubbly will sell out quickly…and when it is gone, it is gone for good!

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Order the best wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
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Another SOLD OUT Savvy Event!

Back by popular demand, One Unforgettable Taste & Buy provided 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.

Go to our Facebook page to see some photos of the event.

While the event is over for another year – don`t despair! Anyone can still order Niagara-on-the-Lake wines online using a new service we have created – Savvy Sip & Shop. 

Click here order Niagara-on-the-Lake wines! 

It is that easy to have your favorite Niagara-on-the-Lake wines delivered – within a week.


One Unforgettable Taste & Buy is about tasting, discovering & ordering …  

Have a look below at the large selection of outstanding wines that will be uncorked to enjoy.  None of these wines are available at the LCBO.

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

Featured wineries & wines:

Between The Lines Estate Winery

2011 Gewürztraminer $14.95

2011 Cabernet Franc $15.95

 

Cattail Creek Estate Winery

2012 Simply Stainless Chardonnay Estate $16.95

2010 Pinot Noir Estate $18.95

 

Château des Charmes

2010 Chardonnay Musqué Estate Bottled $16.95

2010 Gamay “Droit” St. David’s Bench $14.95

 

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

2011 Red Paw Pinot Gris $17.95

2011 Red Paw Pinot Noir $19.95

 

Diamond Estates Winery

2012 Lakewiew Cellars Syrah Rosé Reserve $16.95

2010 Lakeview Cellars Baco Noir Reserve $19.95

 

Hinterbrook Winery

2011 Riesling $18.00

2011 Rosé $16.00

 

Inniskillin

2012 Discovery Series P3 $19.95

2011 Merlot Reserve $22.95

 

Jackson-Triggs Winery

2012 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $19.95

2010 Grand Reserve Shiraz $19.95

 

Joseph’s Estate Wines

2010 Pinot Gris $13.95

2009 Baco Merlot $10.95

 

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $12.75

2012 Shira$12.75

 

Lailey Vineyard

2012 Chardonnay Unoaked $15.00

2011 Pinot Noir 3.7 $30.00

 

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2010 Dean’s List Chardonnay $27.95

Pinot Noir Balaance $18.95

 

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $12.85

2010 Cabernet Franc Neufeld Vineyard $19.95

 

Peller Estates

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Private Reserve $18.95

2011 Cabernet Franc Private Reserve $21.95

 

Pillitteri Estates Winery

2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented $15.00

2011 Dry Rosé $15.00

 

Pondview Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $16.00

2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented $25.00

 

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2011 Chardonnay Estate $24.00

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate $39.00

 

Reif Estate Winery

2012 Fortune Cabernet Rosé $12.95

2011 The Magician Pinot Noir/Shiraz $19.95

 

Riverview Cellars Winery

2012 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95

2011 Salvatores Malbec Reserve $29.95

 

Small Talk Vineyards

2011 Sauvignon Blanc $14.95

RSVP White Blend $14.95

 

Southbrook Vineyards

2012 Triomphe Chardonnay $21.95

2008 Triomphe Cabernet Merlot $23.95

 

Stratus Vineyards 

2012 Wild Ass Rosé $19.95

2009 Tollgate Fumé Blanc $24.95

 

Strewn Winery

2012 Fumé Blanc Terroir $18.95

2011 Meritage Canadian Oak $18.95

 

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Burgundy Plum $23.95

Chocolate Embrace (375 mL) $24.95

 

Trius Winery at Hillebrand

2012 Riesling Ghost Creek Vineyard $25.00

2012 Trius Rosé $15.75

 

One Unforgettable Taste & Buy – details

DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2013
EVENT STARTS: 7pm
EVENT ENDS: 9pm
LOCATION: The NEW Agriculture & Food Museum, 361 Prince of Wales Drive, located on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

 

Buy your tickets >>

Can’t make it but want to order wines?

No problem! Simply call our Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) to make the arrangements for you.  Place your order before June 1st and you can take advantage of the free shipping offer on a case of wine.

We look forward to seeing you at One Unforgettable Taste & Buy.
Everyone is welcome to join us!

 

Contact Savvy Company for more information about other Savvy Events
www.savvycompany.ca
613.SAVVYCO
613.728.8926
Cheers!


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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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Sip, Savour & ‘Selebrate’ with these wines on Thursday

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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There are many reasons to raise a glass at Sip, Savour & ‘Selebrate’! Ontario wineries have just finished picking this year’s stellar grape harvest (predicted to be the best vintage yet!), the Ontario craft beer industry is booming with impressive varieties of craft brews…and Savvy Company is celebrating its 10th year in business.  Bring your dancing shoes as there will be a jazz band too!

 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery – Prince Edward County
2009 Chardonnay $15.95
2010 Pinot Gris $18.95
2010 Gamay $14.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95

Cattail Creek Family Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $10.95
2009 Estate Merlot 2009 $16.95
2007 Estate Cabernet Merlot $14.95
2009 Select Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

Château des Charmes – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2008 Sparkling Rosé $28.95
2008 Gewurztraminer $19.95
2010 Equuleus $40
2007 Late Harvest Riesling $12.95
(Special price! Regular $21.95)

Closson Chase Winery – Prince Edward County
2010 Chardonnay $29.95
2011 Rosé $19.95
2010 Pinot Noir $39.95

Diamond Estate Wines – Niagara-in-the-Lake
2008 Lakeview Cellars GMR Sparkling Reserve $24.95
2007 Lakeview Cellars Merlot Reserve $19.95
2007 Lakeview Cellars Gewurztraminer Icewine (200mL) $34.95
Seasons Port $39.95

Kacaba Vineyards – Beamsville Bench
2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $22.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95
2009 Syrah $29.95
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

Keint-He Winery and Vineyard –Prince Edward County
2009 Chardonnay $20
2009 Foxtail Pinot Meunier $27
2009 Little Creek – Closson Pinot Noir $32
2008 Pineaux Sauvage (375mL) $50

Lailey Vineyard – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2011 Unoaked Chardonnay $15
2011 Sauvignon Blanc $20
2010 Chardonnay Brickyard $30
2010 Cabernet Franc $25
2010 Syrah $27
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $30

Lighthall Vineyards -Prince Edward County
2011 Progression Sparkling $20
2011 Gewurztraminer $25
2009 Chardonnay Réserve $25
2010 Pinot Noir $25

Marynissen Winery and Estates – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Road Block Chardonnay $15
2011 100Marks White Merlot $25
2009 Bottoms Up! $18
2010 Solstice $22
2010 100Marks Pinot Noir $45

Palatine Hills Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2011 Lakeshore White $13.95
2010 Neufeld Vineyard Chardonnay $22.95
2010 Cabernet Merlot $15.95
2010 Neufeld Vineyard Meritage $29.95

Pondview Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Riesling $16.95
2010 Bella Terra Chardonnay $24
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95
2010 Meritage $39.95

Rosehall Run Vineyard & Winery –Prince Edward County
2011 Unoaked Chardonnay Cuvée County $17.95
2010 Canadian Barrel Chardonnay Cuvée County $24.95
2010 Cabernet Franc Cuvée County $24.95
2010 ‘The Swinger ’Syrah Cuvée County $34.95

Sandbanks Winery –Prince Edward County
2011 Love Cassis Aperitivo $14.95
2011 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95
2011 Gewurztraminer $16.95
2010 French Kiss $24.95

 Strewn Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Strewn Merlot Terroir $16.95
2011 Strewn Riesling Terroir $25.80

AND… new this year, Ontario craft breweries are joining us to ‘Selerate with their award-winning brews:
Ashton Brewing Company – Ashton
Clocktower Brewpub –Ottawa
Hockley Valley Brewing Company– Orangeville
Kichesippi Beer Co –Ottawa
Mill Street Brewery –Ottawa &Toronto

 

Cheers!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

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Palatine Hills Estate Winery

Posted by Susan

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club
Featuring Palatine Hills Estate Winery
– July 2012 –

 

John Neufeld and his wife Barbara are the proud owners of Palatine Hills Estate Winery, named after a local gristmill dating back to the late 1700s. John, a history buff, has created a display case of small artifacts from the War of 1812, found on the farm that holds a prominent place in the tasting area. This year is the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and John is leading the charge to commemorate the war in Niagara. He has created two wines called ‘1812’ – a Merlot/Cabernet and a Chardonnay, that have become the official wines of the bicentennial celebration. Approachable, appealing and affordable, these wines are available in the LCBO. In fact, they were the official wines of the recent royal visit of Charles and Camilla. A percentage of the sales proceeds goes to support local historical societies staging 1812 commemorative events. And if that weren’t enough, these commerative wines are being served on all Via Rail trains.

John and Barbara purchased their property in 1972, and set about converting it from a fruit orchard to a vineyard. With 140 acres under vine, their focus is on vitis vinifera grape varietals, such as the Cabernets, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, along with some hybrid varietals such as Vidal. John explains, “producing grape juice for local winemakers, as well as bulk wine has always been and will remain part of our business”. His grape juice and wine finds its way to Québec and Nova Scotia, as well as to the northern United States. His venture into winemaking was serendipitous – with an excess of icewine juice in 1998, John and Barbara decided to try their hand at winemaking. Their first attempt at icewine won Wine of the Year at the 2003 Ontario Wine Awards! Just like that Palatine Hills was on the map. When our Savvy Sommelier Susan Desjardins asked during the interview which he was going to be – grape grower or a winemaker – John shared that he would go his own way. “I like to make my own decisions, so decided I would be a winemaker, and continue my business of producing grape juice and bulk wine”. As demand for this award-winning icewine sky-rocketed, a tasting room was hastily created and Palatine Hills Estate Winery opened its doors in 2003. In 2006, the winery was named Canadian Icewine Producer of the year.

The winery has come a long way since then – Susan recalls that her first sampling of Cabernet Sauvignon icewine was at the modest tasting room and the icewine is still as luscious as ever! Now the winery produces 35,000+ cases of wine, including fabulous reds such as the 2007 ‘Proprietors Reserve’ Merlot, recently awarded gold and best red wine at 2012 Cuvée (the Academy Awards of the Ontario wine industry).

It was a difficult task indeed to choose three wines—so, we haven’t! Yes, they are all that good, and great value. In your Savvy Selections, you will find:
Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2011 – suave & satiny
Cabernet Franc VQA 2010 – a well-rounded red wine
Meritage VQA 2010 – a full-on wine layered with delicious complexities.

Some of the subscribers added the luscious Gewürztraminer VQA 2010, elegant mouth filling Chardonnay VQA 2010, and the ‘bring me to the BBQ’ mid-weight Cab/Merlot VQA 2010. And you can’t forget Romeo – the Pinot Noir Sparkling. If you would like more of your favorite Palatine Hills wine, simply call on me to arrange a delivery as you won’t find these wines at the LCBO!

Cheers & Enjoy!
Debbie & Savvy Team
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Palatine Hills Estate Winery

Presented by Sommelier Susan Desjardins

After 40 years on this property, and many years as the Chair of the Ontario Grape Growers, John Neufeld is at ease discussing all aspects of the business at Palatine Hills. “The property is what’s known as Vineland clay loam, from sandy loam to light stony clay. It offers excellent drainage and allows the roots to penetrate deeply, creating very vigorous vines. We use the Scott Henry training system (cordons are trained horizontally along wires) to control vigor and reduce shading. Shoot positioning and leaf removal are used to maximize sunlight, with a focus in on creating flavour intensity.” If this is too technical for your liking, you can be assured that one thing is for certain, John is a highly respected grape grower.

Learning more about the War of 1812

When asked about the ‘1812’ wines, a twinkle appears in John’s eye. ‘When I found artifacts on the property, my interest in War of 1812 piqued.” For me to learn more, I delved into a recent article in The Globe & Mail that provided me a history lesson, explaining how the war started, in June 1812, when the Americans declared war against Great Britain. The British had established a blockade, preventing U.S. ships from reaching French ports during the Napoleonic wars, while the Americans were threatening to take territory from the British and to drive them out of North America. Canada became the theatre for this war, which included skirmishes and engagement over 2 ½ years and stretched along Lakes Erie and Ontario and up the St. Lawrence to Montreal. The G&M article highlights significant events of the war: “Sir Isaac Brock led English Canada and its native allies to victory [over the Americans] at Queenston Heights in 1812. Charles de Salaberry did the same for French Canada at Châteauguay, near Montreal, in 1813.” And some claim this war helped create a national identity and led to the Canada we know today.

Back to the wine …

While John focuses on growing the best possible fruit in the vineyard, Jeff Innes (left), who joined Palatine Hills as winemaker in 2010, focuses on a subtle winemaking process that is creating award-winning wines. After tasting a dozen wines, mostly from the 2010 vintage, Jeff’s wines have a distinctive style characterized by incredibly satiny textures, outstanding balance and the very subtle use of oak.

Jeff’s father wandered into the tasting room as we began sampling the red wines. He commented, “I’ve always loved being an amateur winemaker and entering my wines into various competitions.” This interest and dedication to his craft rubbed off on his son, who helped his dad from a young age. “My career started at Reif Estates, and from there I went to Vineland Estates. I was also involved in the first vintages for Harbour Estates and Peninsula Ridge. I eventually joined Harbour Estates as winemaker in 2000, then went down to Georgia to Three Sisters Vineyard for a year—yes, there is at least one vineyard in Georgia! I came back to Canada in 2003 and took on the role of winemaker at The Grange of Prince Edward, where I worked until joining Palatine Hills.”  Jeff’s dad says under his breath, “He’s far outstripped me now!”

When asked about influences on his career – other than his dad! – Jeff immediately mentions Brian Schmidt, the winemaker at Vineland Estates. “He has been my mentor for years, and helped me map out my career path. In fact, he’s still my sounding board!”  Brian’s mentoring coupled with the various work experiences have strongly influenced Jeff’s approach to winemaking. “A good varietal wine shows off the true character of the grape, and maintains that character through the aging process. Blends, for me, are all about balance and texture—when you taste the wine, you want the flavours to coat the palate and to maintain their consistency through the finish.”

Smooth as silk

Jeff’s great passion for his craft and his very hands-on approach to the winemaking process comes through as we taste the wines. Not only does he respect the traditions of old-world winemaking, he looks to meld those traditions with new technology and techniques, and to optimize the quality of the wine from the vineyard to your glass. A good example is the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, where he has used subtle oaking with a combination of one new and several neutral barrels on optimally ripened fruit from an outstanding vintage to create an incredibly flavourful, silky wine. He laughs and says “I think you’ve defined my style!”

Enjoy your Savvy Selections!


~ Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes ~


Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 VQA, $18.00

Jeff held his breath as we tasted this wine . . . then let us in on the secret. Sixty percent of the wine was barrel fermented – only one new barrel was used, the balance 5+ years seasoned – while 40% was fermented in stainless steel. Subtly handled oak provides the lovely satiny texture.|

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Offering attractive aromas of new-mown hay, tropical fruit and citrus, this fabulous wine caresses the palate with its suave, satiny texture. Crisp yet round, with flavours of passion fruit, tangerine and lemon-lime, it has a vibrant fresh finish with just a touch of butterscotch.

Suggested Food Pairing: There’s weight here for chicken or pork, or a spinach salad with goat cheese and grilled shrimp.

Cellaring: No need to wait! You’ll want to open this wine right now!

Neufeld Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010 VQA, $19.95

Displaying the rich well-ripened fruit and intense extraction of the vintage, this savoury Cabernet Franc was initially barrel-aged for 10 months. Jeff explains, “For this varietal wine, my assistant and I tasted each barrel, then chose select barrels for further aging in French and American oak (50/50).”

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Inky and perfumed, the notes of lavender and violet mingle with mixed berry fruit, vanilla and smoke. Dry, medium-full bodied, this well-rounded wine offers complexity of flavours–black cherries and berries, pepper, sweet spice, black olive and coffee bean. Subtly structured, lively, there’s great presence on the palate and a fruity, peppery finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Grilled lamb chops or a rare steak would be a good match. Given the War of 1812 theme, we couldn’t resist sharing the ‘Going into Battle Lamb Stew’ recipe!

Cellaring:  Enjoy now or cellar 3-5 years.

Neufeld Vineyard Meritage 2010 VQA, $29.95

The grape varieties for this intense classic blend (the Cabernets and Merlot) were aged separately in seasoned and neutral French and American oak (80/20) for 10 months, blended, then finished a further 6 months in oak.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Garnet hued, this outstanding blend offers layered aromas and flavours. Think dark fruit, smoke, cedar, vanilla and dried herbs. Dry, full bodied, smooth and round in texture, yet firmly structured, this wine is rich with mouthfilling dark berries and cherries, garnished with hints of sweet spice, pepper, dark chocolate and balsamic. There’s great balance and integration, and a lasting finish tantalizing the palate with notes of dark toast and coffee bean.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this wine with rare red meats.

Cellaring:  Drinking well now, this wine will cellar 5 to 7 years.

~ RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS ~

With Palatine Hills Sauvignon Blanc …

Orzo Salad with Grilled Veggies & Shrimp

Food & Drink Magazine

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 red onion
2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 red pepper, quartered
1 yellow pepper, quartered
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lb jumbo raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 cup orzo pasta
3 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 clove garlic, mined
Pinch hot pepper flakes (or Tabasco sauce)
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp each chopped fresh mint & basil
Salt & pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cut onion into 6 wedges; place in a large bowl. Add zucchini, peppers & 2 Tbsp oil. Place on a greased grill over medium-high heat and grill, turning once, for about 10 minutes or until golden and tender-crisp. Remove to cutting board and when cool enough, chop into bite-size pieces & place in large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo for about 8 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain & rinse & drain. Then add to grilled veggies.
  3. Toss shrimp with 1 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp of parsley, garlic & hot pepper flakes. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat & grill, turning once, for about 5 minutes or until firm & pink. Add to bowl.
  4. Whisk together remaining oil & parsley, white wine vinegar, mint, basil, salt & pepper to taste. Pour over salad & toss to combine.

 

With Palatine Hills Cabernet Franc …

Going into Battle Lamb Stew

Lorin Cook, from San Jose Mercury News

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 Tbsp olive oil, or more as needed
6 slices bacon, diced
Salt & pepper to taste
½ cup flour
2 lb. boneless leg of lamb, trimmed & cut into 1” pieces
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 C red wine
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp horseradish mustard
6 small red potatoes, peeled
3 small carrots, cleaned & sliced
½ C cranberries
1 C dried plums

Method

  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat, then cook diced bacon until almost crisp. Remove to plate, leaving bacon fat in pot.
  2. Combined flour, pepper, salt in large bowl. Add lamb & toss to coat.
  3. Add an additional tsp of oil, if needed, to the bacon fat, and brown the lamb on all sides. Add onion, mushrooms, garlic & wine.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, oregano & mustard; stir well. Pour over stew. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer for 1 ½ hours.
  5. Add cooked bacon, potatoes, carrots, cranberries & plums to the pot. Cover & simmer 2-3 hours more, or until tender. Serve on a bed of wild rice.



With Palatine Hills Meritage …

Grilled Sirloin of Beef

A Matter of Taste, Lucy Waverman & James Chatto

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 boneless sirloin steak (~3 lbs.), 2” thick, trimmed
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp dry seasoning rub

Dry Rub (combine ingredients):
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp kosher salt

Garnish:
1 bunch arugula, trimmed
1 C finely chopped red onions
1 ¼ C finely chopped parsley
1 Tbsp fleur de sel or kosher salt
1 Tbsp cracked peppercorns

Method

  1. Brush steak with oil on both sides & sprinkle rub over. Grill beef over high heat for 10 minutes. Turn and continue to grill for 5-10 minutes longer for medium-rare, or until steak reaches desired degree of doneness.
  2. Place steak on a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes. Carve steak against grain into thin slices.
  3. Fan beef slices on a serving platter over bed of arugula & sprinkle with onions, parsley, fleur de sel & peppercorns. Serve with grilled mushrooms & potatoes.

Cheers & Enjoy this month’s Savvy Selections!

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Celebrate Canada Day with a bubbly!

Posted by Eva

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
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Growing grapes on the farm and making wine at the winery are viewed as independent successes in their own right at Palatine Hills. Because of the weather conditions and the potential for developing vines that produce premium grapes with high acidity and good sugars, Palatine Hills’ acreage is renowned in the Canadian wine industry to producing some of the best Gewürztraminer vines in Canada. So much so, that other wineries purchase vines and/or grapes from Palatine for their own wines and vineyards.

Part of the successful business is due to the foresight and courage that owner John Neufeld exhibited in 1975 when he decided to completely replant the entire 187 acres of his established vineyards the with vinifera vines (winespeak: single grape varietal rather than hybrid grapes). Now, over 30 years later, Palatine has some of the oldest vines deeply rooted in the Niagara region.  Older vines draw untapped nutrients resulting in rich, luscious grapes for making premium wine.

Expanding from grape growing to include a winery in his business, John opened the winery in 1998. Winemaker David Hojnoski, was formerly the Executive Winemaker for Bright’s Wines for 30+ years.  Ten years later, Jeff Innes departed The Grange of Prince Edward Winery to join Palatine as cheif winemaker.  With each sip of his wines, you can taste that he continues the reputation of impressive wines at Palatine – like the Romeo sparkling wine reviewed by our team of Savvy Sommeliers

Cheers & Enjoy!

Romeo Blanc de Noir Sparkling VQA 2008

$29.95
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Why wait for a special occasion to pop open a bubbly?  Our Savvy Sommelier Debbie, believes that we don’t drink enough sparkling wine.  With the simple POP of the cork, is an easy way to set the fun mood of any gathering.  Blanc de Noir means that this wine is made Pinot Noir grapes made in the ‘methode traditionale’ style as French Champagne is crafted.  The result is a elegant light  pink colour in the glass with delicate mousse (winespeak: bubbles).  Romeo is crisp, dry with apple & citrus aromas that follows into the taste.

Suggested Food Pairings: Absolutely anything! Great sipped on its own, with light fare. For some fun, Debbie recommends to serve salt ladened potato chips (like Ms Vickie’s original chips) with sparkling wine.  The salt plays with the bubbles in your mouth & explodes like fireworks!

 

 

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