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Yeah! It’s Rose wine season

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
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I love this time of the year.  When wineries start getting excited about releasing their Rosé wine, it is always a sure sign that summer is around the corner!

Made with the grapes harvested last fall, Rosé wine is a perfect drink to enjoy after a winter of heavy red wines.  Rosés quench your thirst, they are low-ish in alcohol (usually 11-12%) and pair with many spring & summertime foods – especially brunch, lunch, picnic or backyard BBQ fare.

Unlike other styles of wine, Rosés can be made with any kind of red grapes – a single variety or a blend of several. There are even a few made from a blend of red & white grapes! Winemakers have the liberty to use anything from the vineyard to craft a Rosé wine like an artist creating a masterpiece.

Sometimes it can be hard to know whether you’ll love a Rosé when picking a bottle based on grape variety, price, pink colour or creative labelling. But half the fun with Rosés is discovering new favourites every year – and our Sommeliers are here to help with taste tips about the latest releases.

 

Savvy Sommelier Tips for Rosé…

> Rule of thumb: drink by Christmas the year that you bought the wine.

> Typically Rosé wines come in a clear bottle so you can enjoy the colour before opening the bottle…it will make you thirsty!

> Chill in the fridge for 20-30 mins before serving….as the Rosé wine warms up, notice how the aromas & taste change.

> Rosés are not all sweet – trust us! (Pink Zinfandel from California or those called ‘blush’ are often sweeter)

> Price points are usually $15 – $30

> Real men drink Rosé wines!

 

How is Rosé wine made?

It’s all in the skins!  The majority of grapes used in winemaking have a white flesh, so when crushed, the juice is white. The skins of red grape varieties – such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc etc. – contain a red pigment.

After the grapes have been crushed and the juice is collected, the winemaker keeps the grape skins sitting with the juice for a few hours – or a couple of days – in order to achieve the colour that they want for the wine. This is the same process for red wines, except that for reds, the grape skins are left in the juice much longer – typically for several weeks. Removing the grape skins earlier when making Rosé results in a lighter coloured – and lighter tasting – wine.

Once the grape skins are removed, the juice is allowed to ferment into alcohol in a stainless steel tank.  I have yet to come across a Rosé wine that has been barrel aged. Making Rosé wine takes just a few months, whereas red wine can take a few years from harvest to bottling.

 

Where to start? Our Sommeliers have got you covered!

Our team of Savvy Sommeliers has done the ‘guess work’. We’ve been sampling the latest Rosé wines made across Ontario & each month during the summer, we will put together an assortment of the most refreshing Rosé wines for you.

Beginning in May, we will curate 6 pack assortments of Rosé wines as part of our Savvy Care Package offerings. Several of these Rosés have just been released & you’ll be the first to enjoy them! These bottles are not available at the LCBO…they’ll come straight from the winemakers to you.

You can order a one-off, or you can subscribe to auto-magically receive REALLY good Rosés delivered to your doorstep each month.

And…don’t forget to treat your Mom to a special Bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day too!

 

Meet the winemakers…online! 

We will be hosting a Clink & Drink Pink Party on Wednesday May 12th. Order a ‘Bouquet of Rosés’ Care Package and we will include an exclusive invitation to join the Savvy Team & the 6 featured winemakers on Zoom. You’ll learn about how each beautiful bottle was made.

 

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Fan Mail!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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We LOVE to hear from our Savvy Fans!

 

“I needed a speedy thank you gift for a client & contacted Debbie. She jumped into action to get it organized, packaged and ready for delivery in less than 18 hours. She is a true professional who takes pride in her selection of wines and delivering absolutely top notch customer service. Thank you Debbie for all your years of help, support and friendship – CHEERS.”

– Tom Burrow, mortgage broker and long-time Savvy client  

 

“Just got my package!! I can’t wait to try all these new (to me) wines! I have enjoyed the last two care packages so very much. What a surprise Ontario wines have been! Thanks again!”

-Linda in Ottawa

 

“My wine arrived today and I appreciated the delivery company contacting me to arrange a time. This was all very efficient-and now we have some good tastings ahead. You are doing a super job-much appreciated.”

-Pam in Ottawa (long time Savvy Wicked Wines club subscriber)

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Westcott Vineyards: Delphine Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Delphine Rosé

$16.95
Niagara

Blended from Cabernet Franc and “just a little” Pinot Noir, Wescott’s “Delphine” rosés have always been known for their elegance and flavour.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Aromatic, dry, and supple, there are notes of strawberries and orange, along with some bracing lemony acidity. The bright pink of the wine is a visual treat, and it looks every bit as mouth watering as it tastes!

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with semi-soft cheeses like Gruyère and Havarti.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Vieni Estates: Sparkling Rosé Brut

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2012 Sparkling Rosé Brut

SHOW SPECIAL! $16.95 (regular $29.95)
Niagara

Previously restricted to restaurant sales, Two Sisters has generously made the last of their 2012 Estate Red available to Savvy customers. Aged 25 months in a mix of French (75%) and American (25%) oak (15% new), it’s a blend of half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot. Enjoy it while you can!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: One of our favourites from Two Sisters, this complex and medium-bodied wine will wow you with its flavours of smoke, red and sour cherries, mint, and cedar. It’s a wonderful table wine, with supple tannins and medium acidity.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with grilled lamb chops and spring vegetables to celebrate the season.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Two Sisters Vineyards: Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Rosé

$35
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Another dry rosé, this estate-grown wine is made with 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. It’s as pretty as the tear-drop bottle it comes in.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This pink rosé has wonderful big flavours: red cherries, lemon, and orange. It’s dry but smooth with medium-plus acid. 

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with a salad of escarole, beets, and goat cheese.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Tawse Winery: Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Rosé

$15.95
Niagara

This delicate rosé is made from an unusual blend of red grapes: Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Fresh and fruity, the main flavours are orange and raspberry. There’s a hint of earthiness, too, with medium acidity bringing out the flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: Definitely a starter wine, serve this with canapés before the meal.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Huff Estates Winery: Rosé (pre-release)

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Rosé (pre-release)

$19
Prince Edward County

100% Prince Edward County Cabernet Franc, made in a style that’s quickly becoming popular in Ontario: a dry, flavourful rosé that packs a wallop!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Pale salmon in colour, there are notes of strawberries and tobacco here, similar to the famous rosés of Tavel. It’s certainly dry, bringing medium acidity to balance the fruity flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this rosé on its own or with a Salad Niçoise.

Cellaring: Drink now, and throughout the summer.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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13th Street Winery: Burger Blend Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Burger Blend Rosé

$14.95
St. Catherine’s (Niagara)

Part of 13th Street’s “Burger Blend” series, these fun and affordable blends are perfect for summer! This barely off-dry rosé combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautiful, summery notes of strawberries and orange with a hint of red cherry. While there’s a bit of sweetness, there’s also bracing acidity – and it’s that sweet and sour affect that real makes this wine a pleaser. It’s crisp and citrusy.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try this with a chilled cucumber soup on a warm day or enjoy it all by itself!

Cellaring: The Burger Blend Rosé is ready to 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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Keint-He Estates: Portage Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Portage Rosé

$25
Prince Edward County

Made from 100% estate Pinot Noir. The colour of candy floss, this is a beautiful, Provençal-style Rosé.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Big flavours of strawberry and tobacco with a hint of jam, it’s dry and tart and big. This is a Rosé to serve to any friends who think all pinks are light and sweet.

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Huff Estates Winery: Cuvee Janine Sparkling Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Cuvee Janine Sparkling Rosé

SPECIAL! (reg $30) $27.00
Prince Edward County

Huff Estates made this wine in the traditional Champaign method from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir grapes, this sparkler has a beautiful mousse and elegant salmon colour.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: It’s crisp and dry with notes of green apple and lemon. Perfect for the holiday season!

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 cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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