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Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by David

Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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The dog-days of summer mean vacations, backyard BBQs and hitting the beach to escape cool down. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll find a glass of these refreshing Rosé wines are both refreshing and delightfully surprising.

Our Savvy Sommeliers discovered five wonderful Rosé wines made in Ontario to feature in this month’s Bouquet of Rosés. Mark our words…you’ll love how they pair with everything that defines your summer:bouquet-of-roses

 Aure Wines White Gamay – award-winning Rosé
– Back 10 Cellars “Rose Coloured Glasses” – this is not a whimpy Rosé!
DiProfio Wines Gamay Rosé– Rich and fruity
– Palatine Hills Pinot Gris – easy drinking (maybe TOO easy!)
– Rosehall Run Pixie – a perfect summer sipping sparkling
– Trail Estates Winery Pinot Noir Rose
– A gem from The County

Your Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special, as none of the wines are available at the LCBO.

If you would like to order additional bottles or other hard-to-find Ontario wines (we do craft beers, too!), contact me at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or debbie@savvycompany.ca.

I’ll be happy to arrange a special delivery for you.

Here’s to summer!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

In this Bouquet of Rosés you will find…

~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, David Loan ~

 

Aure Wines White Gamay VQA 2014Aure Wines White Gamay VQA 2014

$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

Did you know? This wine won a Bronze Medal at the 2015 National Wine Awards. Well deserved!

 Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Spicy and savoury, sweet and sour – the descriptors just kept coming as we tasted this. With a peach colour, just tinged with orange, it offers ripe honeydew and rose blossom notes. There’s honey, too, which pairs perfectly with its high acidity. The finish is quite complex, with honey and melon and tangerine.

Suggested Food Pairings: When our Savvy Team got together to sample the wines, Savvy Sommelier Debbie knew just what she wanted with this wine – Prosciutto Wrapped Cantaloupe (very simple recipe follows).

 

Back 10 Cellars ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ VQA 2015back 10 cellars

$18.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

Did you know? The wine’s fun name was inspired by one of the winery owners’ daughters, who always wears her sunglasses with rose-coloured lenses, “because it makes the world a prettier place”.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Blended from Pinot Noir and Gamay, this wine offers the best of both. It has a spectacular pomegranate juice colour and aromas of sour cherry, smoke, watermelon, and mint. The flavours surprise, with candied red fruit, slate and tobacco. Barely off-dry, with medium acidity, it finishes with red cherry notes that won’t quit.

Suggested Food Pairing: Go ahead and challenge this food with big, bold flavours
such as Buffalo chicken wings or ribs slathered in BBQ sauce; this wine will handle it.

 

 

DiProfio Wines Gamay Rosé VQA 2015Di Profio Wines Gamay Rosé VQA 2015

$14.45
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Did you know? Gamay is best known as the grape of Beaujolais Nouveau, but it has a growing reputation as a true Ontario star! Thriving in our cool climate, Niagara Gamay balances bright, fruity cherry and raspberry notes with lively acidity.

 Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There’s an explosion of red currants when you sip this, tempered with great minerality, orange blossom, and pomegranate. At 13 per cent alcohol by volume, it’s medium-bodied and has a hint of sweetness. It’s a big, complex rosé that’s ready for the dinner table.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will stand up to spicy food, such as Mexican food.

 

 

Palatine Hills Pinot Gris VQA 2015Palatine Hills Pinot Gris VQA 2015

$15
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Did you know? Palatine Hills is located on land that was once a battleground during the War of 1812. An historic artifacts display in their tasting room shows some of the relics found in the vineyards, including officers’ buttons, clay pipes and musket balls!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Not labeled as a Rosé, but winemaker Jeff Innes has let the skins of the lightly-purple Pinot Gris grapes bleed into the grape juice giving it a lovely copper colour. This shines with typical Niagara minerality, strawberry and gorgeous pink grapefruit flavours. It reminded us, too, of Juicy Fruit gum. This wine is just off-dry, with a pithy and white pepper finish.

This Pinot Gris is so new that at the time of writing it isn’t even on Palatine Hills’ website yet. You are the first to enjoy it. A true Savvy discovery!

Suggested Food Pairing: This accommodating wine easily accompanies summer dishes ranging from grilled peaches to BBQed Pizza (recipe below).

 

Rosehall Run Pixie VQARosehall Run Pixie VQA

$19.95
Prince Edward County

Did you know? Sparkling wines made by the “Charmat Method” become bubbly through secondary fermentation in a large tank, in contrast to “Champagne Method” where it takes place in the bottle. Either way, bottles are initially capped with beer bottle-like “crown caps”, and more and more winemakers are choosing to leave these easily removed caps in place.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Oh, boy, do we love this wine! Blended from Riesling and Chardonnay, it has just enough Zweigelt (one of owner/winemaker Dan Sullivan’s signature grapes) added to give it a lovely gold hued peach colour. The bubbles are light and fun, and this is gently sweet with some bracing lemon acidity for balance. And the flavours! Rhubarb, peach, strawberry, and lots of lemon on the finish.

 Suggested Food Pairing: We’d love to share this with friends in the backyard over a bowl of  Chilled Cucumber Soup – check out our recipe below.

 

Trail Estates Winery Pinot Noir Rosé VQA 2014

$21.95
Prince Edward County

Did you know? Trail Estate is one of the newer wineries to enter the scene in Prince Edward County, and they have wasted no time making a name for themselves. Hildegard & Anton Sproll had just retired from running Sproll’s Fine German Bakery in Kitchener-Waterloo for 30 years.  Then, as the story goes, on a trip to The County, they fell in love with region.  They never intended to start up another business, but…

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautiful pale pink colour. Wild strawberry and an interesting clover flower notes on the nose give only an illusion of sweetness to come. There are hints of cherry vanilla, tangerine, and orange blossom, and a spice one taster thought was cinnamon.

The palate starts slightly sweet vanilla-cherry, with a slight roundness before going to rhubarb and cranberry for a crisp finish. The 6% Gamay adds some nice structure to the 94% Pinot, and the neutral barrel ferment gives that roundness noticed.

Suggested Food Pairings: A very versatile wine that will work with many dishes including summer salads (grilled lettuce), light appetizers, and grilled salmon.

 

 

 

• Rosé Recipe Box •
Summer time favourites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés

 

Chilled Buttermilk-Cucumber Soup

Recipe and photo from marthastewart.com
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients Cucmber soup

2 cucumbers (14 ounces or 400 grams total), peeled, halved, and seeded, plus thin cucumber rounds, for serving
2 cups (500 mL) buttermilk
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving

Method

Roughly chop 1 1/2 cucumbers; dice remaining cucumber half.

Place roughly chopped cucumber in a blender with buttermilk and

blend until smooth, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide soup among four bowls and stir in diced cucumber.

Scoop out into bowls and top with cucumber rounds, a drizzle of oil, and more pepper, if desired.

 

Grilled Pizza

Recipe and photo from: Simply Recipes

Serves 4

Following these directions you can make this summer pizza as simple (frozen crust, bottled sauce) or complicated (everything from scratch) as you want.

Ingredientsgrilled pizza

Pizza dough or frozen pizza crust

Olive oil

Standard toppings of tomato sauce, herbs, cheese (fresh buffalo mozzarella is the best!), and maybe some thinly sliced onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, or pepperoni

Some flour or corn meal for dusting the cookie sheet or pizza peel

Method

Make the pizza dough or use prepared pizza dough.

Prepare the grill for high direct heat. Prepare a small bowl with olive oil for greasing the grill grates and for brushing the pizza. Prepare the toppings so they are ready to go on the pizza—tomato sauce, cheese, and anything else you wish.

Shape the pizza dough by flattening it with your hands on a lightly floured surface. Either use your fingers to stretch the dough out, or hold up the edges of the dough with your fingers, letting the dough hang and stretch, while working around the edges of the dough.

Once you’ve stretched the dough, let it sit for 5 minutes and then push out the edges with your fingers again, until you have a nice round shape, about 12-inches in diameter. Do not make a raised rim, it will interfere with the grilling process.

Once the grill is hot (you can hold your hands an inch over the grates for no more than 2 seconds), dip a tightly folded up paper towel in olive oil and use tongs to wipe the grill grates. Then place a pizza dough round on a lightly floured (or you can use cornmeal) rimless cookie sheet (or pizza peel if you have one). Let the dough slide off the cookie sheet onto the hot grill grates. Close the lid of the grill and let cook for 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes, open the grill and check underneath the dough to see if it is getting browned. If it is on one side, but not another, use a spatula or tongs to rotate the dough 90 degrees and cook for another minute. If it is not beginning to brown, cover the grill and continue to cook a minute at a time until the bottom has begun to brown. It should only take a couple minutes if you have a hot grill. The top of the pizza dough will start bubbling up with air pockets.

Once the pizza dough has browned lightly on one side, use your cookie sheet or pizza peel to remove it from the grill. Use a spatula to flip the dough over so that the grilled side is now up. Keep the grill covered so it retains its heat for the next step.

Paint the grilled surface of the pizza with a little olive oil, then cover with 1 ladle of sauce – no more, or you’ll end up with a soggy pizza. Sprinkle on your toppings, ending with Mozarella cheese (if using), and if using meat, put that over the cheese. Remember to go light on the toppings, or your pizza will be heavy and soggy.

Slide the topped pizza back onto the grill. If you are using a gas grill, reduce the heat. If working with a charcoal grill, close the vents on the cover almost all the way. Close the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes more, or until the bottom begins to char and the cheese is bubbly. Pull off the grate with a spatula onto a cutting board or other flat surface and let rest for a couple minutes before cutting into slices.

Slice and serve!

 

Red Curry Lentils

Recipe and photo from Pinch of Yum

Serves 6

Ingredientslentils

1½ cups (300 g) lentils, rinsed and picked over
½ large onion, diced
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) butter
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) red curry paste
½ Tablespoon (4.5 g) garam masala
1 teaspoon (3 g) curry powder
½ teaspoon (1.5 g) turmeric
1 teaspoon (3 g) sugar
1 teaspoon (3 g) minced garlic
1 teaspoon (3 g) minced ginger
a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
1 14 ounce (385 mL) can tomato puree
¼ cup (125 mL) coconut milk or cream
cilantro for garnishing
rice for serving

Method

Cook the lentils according to directions. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant and golden. Add all the spices (curry paste, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne, sugar, garlic, ginger) and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce; stir and simmer until smooth.

Add the lentils and the cream. Stir to combine and simmer for another 15-20 minutes (the longer, the better)!

Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Recipe from Savvy Company
Photo credit: Pinterest

Serves 8 (hors d’oeuvres)

Ingredients wrapped melon

One cantaloupe
4 oz (112 g) paper-thin prosciutto

Method

Peel and seed the cantaloupe. Cut it into cubes or wedges.

Wrap each piece of cantaloupe with a slice of prosciutto.

Serve and enjoy the rave reviews!

 

Have your fridge full of Rosés all summer long…bouquet-of-roses

Always have refreshing Rosé wines on hand this summer. To order additional bottles of your new-found favourite Rosés from this assortment OR to receive a Bouquet of Rosés next month call the Savvy Team at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose.

The August Bouquet of Rosés will have a completely different selection of hard-to-find wines.

To order the August Bouquet of Rosés, call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 Cheers & Enjoy your summer!

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Want to be a ‘Very Important Taster’?

Posted by Amanda

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been to Prince Edward County?  Don’t miss your chance because we’re bringing ‘The County’ to you, with over 100 wines, craft beers & ciders being showcased at  County in the Capital on Wednesday April 8th. This Taste & Buy event grows in popularity every year…and so does Prince Edward County!  Though the main event is almost sold out, you have another opportunity to enjoy tasting & chatting with the makers:

Announcing the V.I.T. Pass

Be a Very Important Taster!  With a record number of wineries, cideries & The County’s only brewery at County in the Capital, we don’t want you to miss anything!  To ensure that you take it all in, we are offering a special V.I.T. Pass that provides you advance access from 5 to 7pm as well as your own personal Sommelier…then stay as long as you like for the main event. 

How does a V.I.T. Pass work?

If you are already a ticket-holder for the main event, then we are offering you something  EXTRA SPECIAL!  If not…it’s easy. Buy a ticket online and then…

For just $25 more upgrade & become a V.I.T!  

As part of this select group, you can enjoy longer conversations & leisurely tastings at each of the featured winemakers, cider makers…and have lots of time to sample all 9 County craft beers while you chat with the brewmaster too!  There is no reason to rush, because as a V.I.T., you can stay until the event finishes at 9:30 pm.  Or slip away to take in dinner at the Marriot’s Spin Restaurant (they will have special offers on their menus just for us).  

PLUS…with the V.I.T. Pass, you will have a dedicated Savvy Sommelier to help you find ‘must try’ wines, craft beers and ciders at the event that will WOW you.  You can call on your personal Sommelier at any time during the advance tasting to help arrange your order of your new County favorites.  

Be Savvy!  V.I.T. Passes are limited.  Buy yours now >>

 

So many wines, beers & ciders…so little time!

County in the Capital is shaping up to be the largest gathering in Ottawa outside of The County! Look at who is coming…

pec mapBarley Days Brewery
Bergeron Estate Winery & Cidery Co.
Casa-Dea Estates Winery
County Cider Company
Del-Gatto Estates Winery
Devil’s Wishbone
Half Moon Bay Winery
Harwood Estates Winery
Hillier Creek Estates & Winery
Huff Estates
Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Lacey Estates Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Long Dog Winery
Rosehall Run Vineyard
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Stanners Vineyard
The Grange of Prince Edward
Thirty Three Vines Winery
Three Dog Winery
Trail Estate Winery
Traynor Family Vineyard

Come & see for yourself why Prince Edward County has so much to offer. This is a Taste & Buy event, so any of the wines, craft beers & ciders that you sample at this event you may order for delivery straight to your home or office. FREE shipping on any assortment of 12+ bottles.

See you there!
The Savvy Team

 

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Winner of a Pinot Noir shootout!

Posted by Eva

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
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Pinot Noir is known around the world by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape”.  This grape variety needs care & nurturing around the clock. Difficult to grow in the vineyard & always changing in the cellar, crafting a good wine of Pinot Noir is the pinnacle of any winemaker’s personal achievement.

Rosehall Run Vineyard has a growing reputation of producing some of the best Pinot Noir wines in Prince Edward County (aka ‘The County’). This past March, Rosehall won a gold medal in the international Pinot Noir shootout in San Francisco, California – now that is impressive!

Cheers & Enjoy!

Rosehall Run Pinot Noir County Cuvée VQA 2009

$21.95
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This Pinot Noir has delicious aromas & tastes of strawberry, raspberry & red licorice with a dash of vanilla on the long finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pinot Noir is a versatile wine – it can be served chilled or at room temperature.  As the wine warms up, aromas, tastes & levels of acidity change too. Classic matches with Pinot are roast duck & mushrooms & grilled salmon too.

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Rosehall Run has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. You won’t find this outstanding wine on the shelves at the LCBO.  Would you like this wine? Subscribe to our wine of the month club or call on us to make the arrangements for a special delivery to your home or office!

Food & Wine Pairing

Here’s a recipe our Savvy Sommeliers picked to enjoy with the Rosehall Run Pinot Noir.

Grilled Duck Breast with Red Wine Reduction
Everyday Dining with Wine

The key to this recipe are the dried cherries in the sauce which are a classic with duck and a great cherry flavor to match the silky-textured Pinot Noir.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup pinot noir (or other left over dry red wine)
1 shallot finely chopped
1/3 cup of dried cherries
2 boneless duck breasts about 12 ounces each
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

METHOD
Combine the stock, wine, shallot, and cherries in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until the sauce is reduced by half and thickened – 15-20 minutes. (The sauce can be made one day in advance and refrigerated, reheat before serving.)

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Split each duck breast into 2 halves.With a sharp chef’s knife trim away any overhanging fat so that only about a strip of skin about 2 inches wide attached to each breast. Sprinkle the breast halfs on both sides with salt and pepper, place on the grill skin side down and grill covered until well browned about 8 minutes. Turn and continue to grill covered about 3-4 minutes more for medium rare, or longer if desired, but be careful not to over-grill or it will be dry. This can also be done in a sauté pan but make sure the pan is very hot before adding a couple of tablespoons of oil so the breasts will brown.

Remove breasts from grill and cover loosely with foil, let stand 5 minutes to rest. Stir the sage and thyme into the sauce and re-warm. Slice each breast to fan out on a plate and serve with the sauce on the side or drizzle over top.

Enjoy!

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The Best of the Fest …Cheese Festival that is!

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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I laughed, I cried (they were tears of joy for the abundance of cheese), and ate a heck of a lot of cheese. Close to 4000 cheeselovers assembled in Picton, (aka Prince Edward County) June 1st to 3rd to celebrate their love for curd at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. A plethora of over 125 different types of cheese showcasing our nation’s best from PEI to Vancouver Island were ripe and ready – soft cheese, hard cheese, blue cheese, stinky cheese, pungent cheese, young and old cheese, rustic cheese, raw cheese, and sheep, cow, goat and even buffalo milk cheese.  Joining them in the Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair were all the best compliments to cheese — artisan foods of crackers, breads, charcuterie, jams, chutneys, jellies, honey, and fine wines, ciders, and craft beer.

I was adamant to not miss a single second of my cheesey weekend, and so planned to leave on Thursday early evening.  After packing the car to the hilt with event supplies, my large electric cooler, and other cheesey bits and pieces for my tutored tasting I was on the road again, although much later than expected, but happy my destination yet again involved cheese.  Of course, I had to fit in a last minute stop/cheese pick up at Clarmell Farms on the way, for chèvre & goat gouda cheese as a special treat for the Cooks & Curds Gala chefs on Saturday night.  Big hugs and thanks to Paul & Grace Mussell for the snack & extra coffee to keep me awake as I hit the road.

Rain, rain go away!  Friday began ducking raindrops during quick wine stops at Rosehall Run & Huff Estates before heading to the Crystal Palace to check out the site and check in for volunteer duties.  Despite crappy weather, the show must go on – dedicated volunteers diligently worked to set up the site, get exhibitors moved in, assemble registration packages, complete guest cooler bags, get volunteers oriented, cut & organize cheese, direct trucks/rentals arriving, set up special event facilities, and decorate, among many other logistical tasks. Amid very organized chaos, everyone silently prayed as one mind to the cheese gods for beautiful weather Saturday and Sunday (thank you, cheese gods).  Friday ended with a casual meet & greet of the stellar lineup of chefs featured at Saturday’s Cooks & Curds Gala, courtesy of Swallow’s Ivy Knight, chef wrangler extraordinaire, Ottawa’s own Michael Blackie  – Executive Chef of the National Arts Centre – among them.

Saturday started peacefully with more prayers (thank you, cheese gods) and quickly turned to cheese frenzy with tutored tastings on cheddar & cheese 101, ongoing demos, sampling of all kinds, a cheese food court, Food Network celebrity Bob Blumer’s grilling artisan cheese pizza, and me taking it all in from behind the scenes helping cheesemakers, selling cheese, and organizing hospitality for the chefs, post-gala.  Congrats to Chef Michael Blackie for top honors for the second year in a row, recognized by the People’s Choice Award he shared with Montreal’s Francois Gagnon at Cooks & Curds for his delicious Highland Blue Cubic Melt.   An outstanding 400 guests took part in the strolling dinner.

Family day Sunday arrived too early after a late night, but provided more of an opportunity to chill & chat with the Quebec cheesemakers featured in my “Taste of Quebec” tutored session and sample my picks one last time.  I wandered at a more leisurely pace to nibble on yet more cheese, take in the milking demo, photograph Yvette the water buffalo in the dairy farm before showcasing the best of La Belle Provence. I was pleasantly surprised to see friend & Ottawa cheesemonger Peter Fiander volunteering with the prep team in the kitchen under the guidance of newly certified Cheese Sommelier and festival cheesemonger Jackie Armet.  Thanks to Savour Ottawa member Maggie Paradis, of Fromagerie les Folies Bergères for the spotlight goat milk cheese on my plate – soft, surface-ripened La Sorcière Bien Aimée.  Made on April 24, our advanced planning made sure it was perfectly “à point”.  Jackie’s daughter Clare can certainly attest – she enjoyed every finger lickin’ moment of it.

Volunteering is a great way to get closer to cheese, meet cheesemakers and increase your cheese IQ.  Consider joining the cheese team for 2013.

All in all it was a whirlwind, but super cheesey weekend.  Here’s my roundup of “Best of the Fest” and here’s a look at the photos I took too!  Just looking at them will make you hungry!

–  Monforte Dairy launching a new Spanish-styled, dry, crumbly, pasteurized sheep’s milk blue – rustic, powerful – and in need of a name – tweet @monfortedairy  if you have ideas for Ruth.  The Piggy Market carry Monforte products locally.  My tasting notes for Black Sheep can be found here

–  Glengarry Fine Cheese expanding their horizons with a new artisan buffalo milk blue and goat gouda made with milk from Clarmell Farms. Often found at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market, Thyme & Again Creative Catering, Farm Boy, Sobey’s, The Piggy Market, and Serious Cheese

– Tosano sheep’s milk cheese from Mariposa DairyI was thrilled to again try my outstanding cheese bite for 2011, Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar which is rarely available anywhere – if you see it, snap it up without hesitation.

–  New friends at Seed to Sausage – best pairing of charcuterie for cheese around (also great party pals).  Available at The Ottawa Bagel Shop & The Piggy Market locally as well as being featured at Play Food & Wine, Beckta Dining & Wine, Murray Street Kitchen, and Town, among others. The venison and fennel salami was a fave.  Thanks again for your support!

–  Shout out to budding cheesemakers at Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese – in business for a mere 6 months now, and new on the Ontario cheesemaking scene with Gouda & Swiss style soft, firm and hard farmstead cow’s milk cheeses.

–  BackForty Artisan Cheese, even with a change of ownership to Jeff & Jenna Fenwick still continues to shine with Madawaska, Bonnechere, and beautiful rustic wheels of Highland Blue.  We look forward to tasting Jeff’s own creations in 2013 (or sooner in Ottawa!).  Look for them at the Carp Farmer’s market on Saturdays.

–  Cheesewerksthrilled to see my old cheesey classmate Kevin’s dream turned into reality – well done on the branding and delivering on the promise of superb artisan grilled cheese, as the festival’s Official Grilled Cheese.

–   Michael’s Dolce – with new Rhubarb & Black Pepper Jam (pair with Coulée Douce, Laliberté, Riopelle, Bliss or Figaro) & unbelievable Citrus Ginger Chutney (fresh chèvre, Sorcière Bien Aimée).  Peach Cardamom Jam is my pick for his most versatile, goes with every cheese flavor.  I had fun making pairing recommendations on the fly as we chatted with visitors at the Taste of Ottawa booth.

–   Thanks to friends of cheese – wine & craft beer makers Karlo Estates, Rosehall Run, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company & Barley Days Brewery for the donations to keep our Cooks & Curds Gala chefs happy (very important to keep the chefs happy, so huge thank you!)

–  Hats off to The Ontario Waterbuffalo Company/Quality Cheese for their first ever cheddar made from waterbuffalo milk.  Mild, creamy & a great snack.

–  Always great to see friends Vicki from Empire Cheese (very creative, your new cheddars flavored with Mrs. McGarrigle’s Mustards), Black River Cheese (love Maple Cheddar), Best Baa Dairy (wouldn’t be a cheese fest without you, Eweda, Mouton Rouge & Ramembert), and the team from Glen Echo – featuring Cow’s Creamery Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar from PEI, Salt Spring Island Cheese (oh, Juliette!) & Kootenay Alpine Cheeses (Alpindon made its way into Bob Blumer’s blue cheese cappuccino)

Sightings of cheeseheads young and old sparks  an idea for 2013 – think there should be a cheesehead fashion show next year Georgs? King & Queen Curd perhaps?

–   Lise Morrisette & Plaisirs Gourmets who brought Quebec to Ontario including the talented Marie-Chantal Houde Fromagerie Nouvelle France maker of multi award-winning Zacharie Clouthier, her raw sheep’s milk cheese.  And, Jean Morin of Fromagerie du Presbytère  – his cheeses were an easy sell – they speak for themselves – Brie Paysan showing especially ripe & ready with rustic vegetal aromas & flavors, and renowned Bleu D’Elizabeth & Louis D’or , 9 month & rare 2 year.  If you see Jean at an event, ask him for the good stuff – he usually has it along with him hiding under the counter somewhere.

–  New from Niagara – Upper Canada Cheese’s Nosey Goat Camelot alongside classic Niagara Gold – a bit reminiscent of Cape Vessey – coming along nicely as a cheese, much further developed, soft, subtle than when first released.

–   Mad Mexican’s Jose Hadad provided my snack for the drive home to Ottawa. Amazing I didn’t end up with more of his salsa, roasted tomatillo/avocado and salsa verde in my lap.

–   Lastly stunning craft beer & cider matches in Beau’s Beaver River, Mill Street Brewery’s Wit & County Cider Company’s County Cider paired with robust cheeses from my Taste of Quebec session – best with Petits Vieux (Fromagerie Médard), Zacharie Clouthier, Fleuron (Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde – it’s a beautiful thing), & Fromagerie F.X. Pichet’s organic Baluchon among others.

Hats (or cheeseheads) off to all the hardworking staff, volunteers, cheesemakers, artisan food producers, winemakers, presenters, chefs, celebrities, sponsors, speakers, supporters, mother nature and in particular, all you cheese lovers who attended for making this best celebration of Canadian curd yet.  If you didn’t make it, grab a pen and book the June 1st weekend in your calendar right now for the third annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival in 2013.

My photo album of The Cheese Festival is on Savvy Company’s Facebook page – enjoy!

-Vanessa

 

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