Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Gris’

Huff Estates Winery: Pinot Gris (pre-release)

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020

2017 Pinot Gris (pre-release)

Prince Edward County

Huff left this fruit on the vine quite late in the season, allowing the berries to soak up the warm fall sun and develop good acidity. It’s 100% county fruit, left on the lees during fermentation.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautifully perfumed with white flowers, pineapple, and other tropical fruit, there’s a light sweetness but medium-plus acidity here. It has some body, too, and the pretty floral notes persist to a long finish. This is a wow! wine, especially for lovers of French Pinot Gris.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will go well with poached chicken in a rosemary sauce, lending mouth watering acidity to the dish.

Cellaring: Drink now.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at We’ll deliver with a smile!


Huff Estates Winery: Pinot Gris

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020

2017 Pinot Gris

SPECIAL! (reg $22) $20.00
Prince Edward County

Huff Estate’s Pinot Gris is one of the County’s great pleasures, and this one shows us why.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Dry and crisp, with green apple and pineapple notes, there’s also a good punch of County minerality.

Suggested Food Pairing: Here’s a wine that begs to be served with seafood – raw oysters, mussels in a cream sauce, or lobster and garlic butter.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at We’ll deliver with a smile!


Broken Stone Winery: Pinot Gris

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020

2016 Pinot Gris

Prince Edward County

Broken Stone Winery ferments this wine in steel tanks, creating a rich wine. This wine undergoes an unexpected secondary fermentation, making it even more flavourful!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: It’s dry, but comes across as sweet-and-sour with its tropical fruit and wet stone notes and just a whisper of honey.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine even more by pairing it with a delicious meat & cheese platter!

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at We’ll deliver with a smile!


Wine & Cheese with a TWIST!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Chances are we have all been invited to a wine and cheese party. Not only is it a relatively simple way to entertain friends, neighbours or even clients – a glass of wine and a chunk of cheese are a classic pairing. With a wide variety of wines to choose from along with an array of soft, creamy, hard and even blue cheeses, there is a different taste sensation waiting to be enjoyed.

Which wine goes with which cheese?

The best way to figure this out is to experiment. My rule of thumb is the flavour of the cheese guides you to determine whether you may enjoy a light wine or a full bodied wine. Cheeses with mild taste such as young Cheddar, Feta, Goat Cheese, Parmesan, Havarti and Brie would be best with a glass of crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris or light bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or Gamay. When you bite into a chunk of cheese with bold aromas and tastes such as Gouda, Gorgonzola, blue cheeses, Stilton or older cheeses that are hard and crumbly, be sure to have a glass of heavier white – oaked Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc – or full bodied red wines – Merlot, Shiraz, red Zinfandel or red blends. With a great cheese and wine combo, you are in for a delicious treat!

What is a Wine & Cheese with a TWIST?

Go beyond just having wine and cheese on hand and have winemakers and cheese makers at the event too. Maybe even a cheese Sommelier!

“It is so fascinating to meet the people who make the wine and cheese we all enjoy.” comments Amanda Jackson who regularly attended Savvy Company’s wine tastings and cheese classes and now organizes them at Savvy Company. “Adding the people who make the wines provides more learning and a great atmosphere, they always have interesting stories and want to share their knowledge with you. After all, they produce their own wines for us to enjoy.”

Savvy Company is hosting two Wine & Cheese with a TWIST events that will take place in small venues and there will be a limited number of tickets available to make sure that each ticketholder has plenty of opportunity to chat with each of the winemakers who are coming from their boutique wineries in Prince Edward County and Niagara.  We invite you to join us in Rockcliffe Park on Tuesday January 29th or Westboro on Wednesday January 30th.

See the full list of Ontario wines that will be showcased those 2 nights.


And more winemakers are coming to Ottawa at these events:

LCBO’s Taste Ontario! – Monday February 11 at the National Art Gallery $65. To buy tickets call the LCBO on 1-800-266-4764

California Wine Fair – Friday, April 5th at Westin Ottawa. Tickets go on sale February 1st on

Don’t be shy…ask winemakers ANY questions!

Winemakers are some of the most interesting people and they enjoy meeting the people who buy their wine.  Here are some conversation starters:

How was this year’s harvest?

In the fall of 2012, Winemakers in Ontario broke records and started picking grapes earlier than ever – in some cases 3 to 5 weeks earlier than they have in the past 40 years.

What is happening at the winery right now?

With the cold snap this week, many have started to pick the grapes left on the vines for icewine

How did you become a winemaker?

Be ready to chat for awhile with this question! They may bend your ear for a bit with the story.

What is your favorite drink after work?

Watch out, the answer might be beer!

Some SAVVY wine tasting tips…

At these fun walk-about wine tastings, it can be overwhelming with so many bottle of wines open to try.

Be selective – You don’t have to try every wine. Decide ahead of time to taste a certain grape varieties (Riesling, Merlot, etc) then discover the differences from winemaker to winemaker.

Spitting is OK – Sommeliers do it all the time! By spitting, you’ll be able to taste more wines during the event. At each table, wineries will always provide a spittoon. If it is not there – don’t be shy & ask for it!

Dumping your wine is fine –Remember that this is a wine TASTING. There is no need to finish all of the wine in your glass. When you’ve tasted enough, it’s perfectly ok to pour the remaining wine into a spittoon. Rest assured that the winemaker won’t take it as a signal that you didn’t enjoy the wine, rather it’s a sign you’re ready to move on to taste the next wine.

Refresh with water – take a break from sipping wine and have a glass of water. This will give you a chance to relax and reflect on the great wines that you have and the water will refresh your palette.

Most of all….have fun!



Watermelon & Black Olive Salad

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

When watermelons are piled high at the supermarket ideas of summer picnics rush into my head. This unique recipe can be enjoyed as a side salad or I have thread watermelon cubes onto wooden skewers interchanging with black olives and the pour vinaigrette over top and serve as a kebab. Refreshing with a crunch and a zing!

Watermelon & Black Olive Salad

From Wish Magazine

For Salad:
4 cups seedless watermelon cut in ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions


Place all ingredients in a large salad bowl & set aside.

For Vinaigrette
1 Tablespoon *garam marsala
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

* garam marsala: An East Indian spice mixture that generally includes coriander seed, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, tumeric, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon. Purchase a package of this spice mixture at an Indian grocery or health food store.


  1. Mix together all ingredients for vinaigrette.
  2. Gently mix in vinaigrette to cover watermelon.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.

What bottle of wine to uncork?

There are many flavours in this recipe. Best with something light & refreshing like a Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris (same grape, different name depending on wine region made) or a dry Rosé from France.



TO DO: Relax in a Muskoka chair & enjoy this wine

Posted by Eva

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Curtis Fielding was a professional NASCAR driver, yet when his father began building the winery bearing the family name – Fielding Estate Winery, Curtis was intrigued by the new business. He tells us that he never looks back as he is having too much fun making wine!  Perched high up on the Niagara Escarpment, The Lodge as it is known is a must visit – it is a relaxed setting with an outstanding view of their vineyards & Lake Ontario.

Never heard of Pinot Gris?  Chances are you have as it is the same grape variety used to make the popular Italian Pinot Grigio wine.

Cheers & Enjoy!


Fielding Estates Pinot Gris VQA 2011


This wine is a gold medal winner at the 2011 All Canadian Wine Awards & bronze medal winner at the 2011 Intervin International Wine Awards.  Now that is impressive!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Crystal clear in colour with aromas of stone fruit (think peach, nectarine, pear), continues into the taste with a ‘zippy’ lime finish that continues long after your first sip.

Suggested Food Pairing: Sip on its own, serve with spicy food or with steamed mussels, BBQed chicken, pork chops or salmon or even shrimp.




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Matching wine with egg dishes

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Matching wine with egg dishes is always a sommelier’s challenge!

Remember to be gentle — match a quiche or soufflé with a light-bodied Pinot Gris or unoaked Chardonnay to avoid overpowering the delicate flavours of your egg dish.

Cheers & Enjoy!