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139 Things to do in Prince Edward County

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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We are always asked for travel tips. One destination in particular is Prince Edward County.  Just a short 3 hour drive from Ottawa or 2 hours from Toronto, it’s an easy daytrip or a weekend getaway.

This region, surrounded by water, is turning heads as Canada’s fastest growing wine region.  And it is not all about the wine either! “The County” has been named as Maclean’s Magazine’s Canada TOP 10 Places You’ve Got to See in 2014.  The town of Picton, Bloomfield, Milford, Wellington, Cherry Valley and all the points in between was hopping four years ago…and now there’s even more reasons to visit; our list is just a start.

Our 101 Things to Do in Prince Edward County was so popular that we’ve refreshed and updated for the second time.  To help you discover all the neat things that are going on in The County, we got the Savvy Team together (over a glass of wine of course!) & jotted down our favorite things to do in Prince Edward County.  Then we had a contest on Instagram and Facebook asking for hidden gems in the area…and went to the best source – the locals who live there for their secret spots.  Here is the list for now….and if we missed something that needs to be included, don’t be shy….Let us know by email, Facebook or Instagram.

How far down the list can you get? 

Start the car…and get rolling!

1. Visit North America’s largest dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates. And if you’re lucky, you’ll meet Spencer – one of Karlo’s winemakers – in the vineyard or in the cellar. (Spencer with a glass of his soon-to-be-released Rose, shown in photo right) 

2. Visit the Oeno Gallery at Huff Estates. Be sure to take advantage of their sculpture celebration happening from May to October 1st.

3. Want your wine tours to have a more rustic feel? Check out the historic barns at The Old ThirdClosson ChaseKarlo EstatesThe Grange of Prince Edward County and Hinterland Winery.

4. Sample amazing aperitif and dessert wines (and ports) – Sandbanks WineryHillier CreekKeint-He WineryKarlo Estates

5. Taste some of the best Canadian-made sparkling wines at HinterlandHuff Estates , Rosehall Run, Casa-Dea Lighthall Vineyards.

6. Cheese Please!  All weekend long at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival (usually in June).

7. Sample County wines at great local restos – East & MainBlumen Garden & The Hubb.

8. Nothing goes “feta” with wine than cheese, so be sure to pop into Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. for some artisanal cheese.

9. The infamous Toronto’s Drake Hotel  now has a County location – Drake Devonshire.  Stay over or go for dinner.

10. Indulge in poutine and milkshakes at the Dari Bar in Wellington.

11. Enjoy some great apple cider & lunch of lamb burgers The County County Cider. (Owner, Jenifer Dean, serving her famous cider, in photo right

12. Need some coffee before OR after sampling wine? Miss Lily’s Café or the Bean Counter in Picton.

13. Find your favorite mantra pinned to the wall in the Cherry Valley General Store (hint: they’re all about slowing down to smell the roses!).

14. Stop by one of many veggie stands – Laundry FarmsHagerman FarmsCherryvale Organic Farm.

15. Sit on the porch at a B&B or your weekend cottage and read Geoff Heinrick’s book A Fool & Forty Acres.

16. Pop in to the Agrarian Cheese Market & Speakeasy, featuring craft brews on tap, great ciders, wine and killer cocktails with live music on Fridays & Saturdays.

17. Take a cooking class at From the Farm.

18. Dining delight at Countylicious– twice a year, 8 restos offer a prix fixe culinary celebration for $30 or $35 plus grats & tax.

19. Get inspired by sustainable growing while you chat with Lee & Bryan at Keint-He Winery.  They’ll help you pronounce that!

20. Hop on your bike & ride the back roads while exploring Canadian history along the Loyalist Parkway.

21. Take in Terroir Wine Festival at the Crystal Palace (Early June).

22. Plan for a beach day at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

23. Feel those rhythm mc-blues as you attend the PEC Jazz Festival (Mid August).

24. Discover new music talent from across North America at The Acoustic Grill in Picton.

25. Dive into the fantastic water sports at West Lake.

26. Take a billion pix of the gorgeous stain glass windows & hang out in the hammocks at Closson Chase ….then indulge in their wines.

27. Spend a Sunday afternoon on the patio at Huff Estates Winery listening to live musical talent. (Be sure to get a taste of their new wood-fired pizza! Photo on right)

28. And for more live music, enjoy some dinner-side entertainment at East & Main Bistro.

29. Red White & Blues festival at Rosehall Run features music in the vineyard. (September)

30. Meet the dogs & owners at Three Dog Winery. Or you can practice your downward dog at their built-in yoga studio

31. Get limbered up for the Full Moon Yoga Festival (August)

32. Hear James call his Chardonnay vines ‘Bella’ at Long Dog Winery.

33. Stock up on your picnic goodies at Chef Michael Hoy’s Weekend Market at 106 Bridge Street in Picton.

34. Start your day “sunny side up” with bacon & eggs at Picton Harbour Inn. Declared by Grapevine Magazing as the top breakfast joint in PEC.

35. Harvest parties at Sandbanks WineryHalf Moon Bay Winery Broken Stone are fun for the entire family.

36. Book a getaway room at The ManseNewsroom SuitesThe Inn at Huff EstatesMerrill Inn or the Cottage at Angeline’s.

37. Take an early morning walk on the ‘secret’ beach (at the bottom of Cold Creek Road).

38. Go apple picking at Campbell’s Orchards.

39. …or cool off with ice cream at Slickers.

40. Did you know that Hinterland Vineyards has peach slushies for the kids?

41. Visit the old-time school house at the Ameliasburgh Historical Museum.

42. Drinks & Dinner at Merrill Inn – guaranteed delicious!

43. What the heck is Wassail?  Ask around about this pre-Christmas festival where you sing for your drink.

44. Do a County Chardonnay-a-thon trying every Chard you can find.  Be sure not to miss Lighthall, Stanners, Exultet, RosehallKarlo….is just a start.

45. Pull a pint of Pumpkin Ale at Barley Days Brewing Co.

46. Maple in the County is a great spring weekend getaway

47. Check out the cideries that are popping up – 401 Cider Company, Apple Falls Cider, Clafeld Cider House, Kings Mill (in Stirling – near PEC), County Cider Co, and The Hard Way (in Bath – near Glenora Ferry)

48. Visit the Lavender Farm when the lavender is in full bloom (June/July) or take in the lavender from across The County at the Lavender Festival

49. Chat with Pat at Del-Gatto Estates .…where he lives la dolce vita!

50. What was that on the barn?  A Barn Quilt!  It’s a THING in The County & there are over a 100 of them.

51. They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure, so why not start your hunt at the many famous antique stores in Prince Edward County.

52. Discover a lost world of treasures at the County Spring and Fall Antique Show & Sale

53. Follow the Arts Trail & meet incredibly talented artists along the way.

54. In the summer, sip Rose wines as you tour around the Wine Trail – see how they all are different – different grapes used, hues of pink…and tastes!

55. Catch a movie at the Regent Theatre.

56. Visit the gallery at Small Pond Arts to see Milé Murtanovski’s paintings made with wine. The gallery recently reopened so be sure to make an appointment!

57. Unwind one of the few classic drive-in movie theatres in Ontario: Mustang Drive-In

58. Take a break for wine touring & leisurely shop on Bloomfield or Wellington Main Streets.

59. Meet the newest cider maker in town – Ryan Monkman.  In his ‘spare time’ he works for 8…yes eight!…other cideries to help them make world class hard cider – the craft way.  In addition to working with others, his FieldBird Cider is truly unique.

60. How about a visit to Dead Peoples Stuff? (antique store).

61. Lunch al fresco at Casa Dea Estates Winery, Huff Estates or The Grange.

62. Go house hunting – it does not cost anything to dream!

63. It might be a wine region, yet there is a distillery – Kinsip House of Fine Spirits – that is a must visit.  Especially for their Canadian Pine Vodka, Loyalist Gin, rums & whiskies too. (Photo on right) 

64. Watch the sunset over Hubbs Winery or let Batista – the winery owner – chat your ear off until the stars come out!

65. Enjoy classical music in a small church during the Prince Edward County Music Festival (September)

66. Make annual family traditions by renting one of the many of the Sunrise Cottages.

67. Drop by Highline Mushrooms to buy fresh gourmet mushrooms.

68. Homemade donuts like my grandfather would make await at Schroedter’s Market at Huff Corners – at Hwy 62.

69. Spend an hour or two checking out City Revival – a high end consignment shop.

70. Marvel at the Lake On The Mountain– it’s mystical up there. After you have figured out the geographic phenomena, head to the pub for a drink.

71. Stop at Black River Cheese Co. in Milford to try…and buy…all kinds of cheese.  Savvy Cheese Sommelier, Vanessa Simmons recommends: Maple Cheddar & fresh curds (TIP – when you put curds in the fridge, they lose their squeak)

72. Where else can wines be as easy as Not Red, Almost Red and Not White? At Sugarbush Wines.

73. Did we already tell you about North Beach Provincial Park? You gotta go!

174. Go strawberry, raspberry or blueberry picking on the roadside – they grow wild! (July, August, September)

75. Grab some wine after your round of golf at Picton Golf CourseBarcovan Golf Club or Wellington On The Lake Golf Course.

76. Pop in & out of all of the cool shops along Picton Main Street. Treat yourself with a crepe too!

77. Bird-watching!! And don’t miss BirdHouse City. If you can’t get enough birds, be sure to check out the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. (Trails are open-all-year-round but banding begins August 21).

78. More bird business…count how many birds yo spot at the Prince Edward County Birding Festival (May)

79. Take the scenic route. Drive along the Loyalist Parkway – Hwy 33.  Start in Kingston or Napanee and it will meander all the way to Trenton.

80. Gorge on the farm fresh food at Seedlings (formerly The Hubb) in Bloomfield.

81. Get tickets to TASTE! (late September).

82. The December Busy Hands Craft Sale at Books and Company & Miss Lily’s Café – great sale for gifts.

83. Pop into Rosehall Run Winery for neat locally made gourmet goodies.

84. Play life size chess in the vineyard at Casa Dea Estates.

85. Stop for Italian thin crust pizza at Bergeron’s Estate Winery…and have a glass of wine or cider too!

86. Take photos of Lake Ontario with morning fog near Moonlight on the Lake B&B.

87. Buy Ontario wine…craft beer…and cider too!– not available in the LCBO – shop directly from the makers while you are in Prince Edward County

88. Get married!

89. Running and drinking…drinking and running during Terroir Run (June) or County Marathon (Registration in Sept).Terroir boots logo

90. Taste wine in a converted cheese factory that now houses Exultet Estates.

91. Rent a cottage on the water for a week and really live The County life.

92. Stop at a yard sale.

93. Take the Glenora Ferry – its free & runs every 15 mins (in the summer) or every 30 mins (in fall & winter)

94. Take a workshop at The Red Barns, an artisan’s playground, featuring blown and stained glass, pottery, and iron art.

95. Visit Canada’s first off-grid winery Redtail Vineyard.

96. Browse the books and say hello to Miss Ella Vader, the book mascot at Books & Company.

97. Spend a weekend at Claramount Inn & Spa. H.E.A.V.E.N.L.Y.

98. Stop by Huff Estates and get your picture taken with the giant steel pinecones.

99. Tired of wine tours? Satisfy your craft cravings with breweries like 555 Brewing Co. , Midtown Brewery, Prince Eddy’s and Barley Days.

100. Find out what all the buzz is about at Honey Pie Hives and Herbals!

101. Buy local ad support local farmers at the Wellington Farmer’s Market (July & August)

And there’s more …

So there is 101 Things  – all new from our last edition of this blog – but there is still some many events and activities to see and to in The County.  Let’s keep going….

102. Get belly laughs at The County’s Summer Comedy Series (May to Sept)

103. Let The County bring out your history buff with a Historic Walking Tour of Picton (July to Oct)

104. See The County from the coastline at Point Petre Wildlife Conservation Area, Sandbanks Dunes Beach, Little Bluff Conservation Area,

105. Winter is a great season for the County too so strap on those snow shoes or skies and head to one of the many trails in PEC.  For a longer trail try the Millennium Trail – a whole 49km to enjoy!

106. Have a getaway for Family Day at the Sandbanks Snow Fest and other family friendly activities

107. Get out on the water in a canoe, kayak or paddle board rented from Twin Birch Suites & Cottages or right at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

108. They say that we’ll spend 29.75% of our lives sitting so why not get outside with a hike in the County.

109. Try not to tip over while you cycle through the County’s best wineries on one of the many bike routes.

110. Put your feet up at The Ferg: a Scandinavian historic house.

111. Feel the beat at one of the areas famous music festivals like the Sandbanks Music Festival (September), Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival (September), Prince Edward County Jazz Festival (August), PEC Fest (August) or County Pop (April).

112. Let the sweet and silvery voices take you to the south while to visit PEC’s Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration!

113. Park yourself down at a picnic table in the vineyards at Trail Estates or Traynor Family Vineyards

114. Stop and smell the roses at The County Blooms – The County’s Garden Show

115. Discover your artistic side at Art in the County (June/July) or at the old school Women’s Institute Art and Craft Sale

116. Show you national pride at Canada Day Celebrations in Wellington

117. Feel like royalty as you discover wineries in a horse drawn carriage with The County Carriage Co. (Photo on right)

118. Start practicing you lines to watch the Festival Players Theatre Company Productions

119. Get ready to rumble at the Consecon Soap Box Derby

120. Preserve the history of wine making, brewing, and more at the Ontario Fermentation Festival

121. Get your team together for the Wellington Lions Club Dragon Boat Festival (August)

122. It’s not Burning Man but you will get to camp in the woods and enjoy a line up of amazing performers for 4 whole days at the Country Jamboree (August)

123. Check out the cute pups and tractor pulls at the Picton Fair (September)

124. Get your bike in gear for the Gran Fondo (September). You can choose to a scenic ride of 50, 100 or 150 km.

125. Celebrate the harvest at Milford Fall Fair or Ameliasburgh Fall Fair

126. See The County with an artist’s eye at the PEC Studio Tour or the County Arts Fair

127. Support local at TASTE Community Grown (September) or The Makers Hand

128. Get into the Halloween spirit at Pumpkinfest (late September)

129. Come back at Christmas too for the Picton Santa Claus Parade

130. Ahoy! It’s time to set sail with the County Sailing Adventures. They can host private events or take you on a 2 or 3 hour cruises.

131. Find the plaque in Picton that explains the town’s claim to fame – where Sir John A. Macdonald grew up.

132. Be surrounded by creativity in the Rose Cottage Studio and Gifts in Picton.

133. Rest and recuperate at one of The Open Collaborative’s retreats. Choose from the “Run”, the “Activate”, the “Reset”, or the “harvest”.

134. Shop ‘til you drop at the Quinte Mall

135. Find your equilibrium on a Stand Up Paddleboard with Floating Lotus SUP

136. Get into the great outdoors with a luxury prospector tent at the Fronterra Farm Camp.

137. Find your perfect new outfit at Luna Boutique.

138. Be sure to veer off the highway and visit the newest winery in The County – Moranin Wines (just opened July 2018)

139. And last BUT definitely not the least…have breakfast, lunch and treats at Enid Grace Cafe in Wellington – go early because she makes only enough croissants, muffins, scones & cakes enough for the day.  Once your favorite treat is gone, you’ll have to wait til the next day.

 

 …and the list goes on!  

Even more tips and calendar of events can be found on Prince Edward County’s tourism web site is prince-edward-county.com

Wherever you decide to go – for a day trip, getaway or long weekend – why not work your way through this long list of things to see and do. It’s a beautiful place where you can make great memories of food, wine, great scenery – and more.  Call on our Savvy Sommeliers anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) for tips of places to visit.

Enjoy Prince Edward County!

 

 

 

 

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Top tips for your next visit to The County

Posted by Debbie

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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Prince Edward County…if you haven’t been…Start the car! Make a point to book a family vacation, play hooky and spend a long weekend or make a day of it. The County awaits!  To compile the 100+ things to do, I asked the locals and tourist for their tips. I was overwhelmed by the response….and as I write this article, more recommendations are flooding my inbox…and I will add updates to keep this list up to date.

101 Things (or more) to do in Prince Edward County

pec map for FBI have to admit that I haven’t done ALL the things on this list, but certainly plan to jump in my car soon! For starters… I always recommend getting off Highway 401 and taking the Glenora Ferry. This free ferry ride is less than 10 minutes (check the departure schedule). Mark my words, this ride will reset your pace to ‘County time’. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy being surrounded by water and get the welcoming 2 fingered wave from the ferry driver as you arrive.

Water all around

Be baffled by the geography of Lake on the Mountain. This unique body of water is one of Ontario’s natural wonders defying geographical and geological theories. Ponder its mystery over a drink at the Miller House Café and Brasserie…you can stay overnight here too!

Parks & beaches too

water-sandbanks-FOSPrince Edward County is synonymous for Sandbanks Provincial Park (photo at right), yet, there are many more beaches to discover: Wellington Beach and Park, North Beach Provincial Park, Westlake Beach. Switch from white sand to smooth pebbles and wander along Little Bluff Beach.

 

Old barns

Check out some great old barns at The Old ThirdClosson ChaseKarlo EstatesThe Grange of Prince Edward County and Hinterland Winery.

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Places to stay – oh so many!

Clarmont Inn & Spa, Merrill Inn, The Drake Devonshire, Waring House, Angeline’s Inn, The Manse Boutique Inn. All of these places have gourmet restaurants too – book a reservation to make sure you get a spot!

Where to dine

Sample County wines at many of the restos including East & MainBlumen Garden & The Agarian

Visit Angeline’s Inn in Bloomfield & pick up some of their neat postcards with historical photos of The County in years gone by. While you are there, book your reservation for lunch or dinner at The Hubb Eatery & Lounge. You will definitely make delicious memories here!

Craving a pizza? There are several wineries that have a wood oven pizza place including Norman Hardie Winery – the perfect place for pizza and a Pinot Noir (try saying that fast!)

Spend Sunday morning at the Sunday Market at 106 Bridge or brunch made by Chef Michael Hoy. And in the afternoon, enjoy live jazz & al fresco dining on the patio at Huff Estates Winery.

Cuddle baby lambs & explore forest trails to walk off the amazing meal of farm to table cuisine enjoyed at Windhover County – a 140 year old Victorian Farm that has been transformed into a boutique inn.

Take a break from gourmet meals and make your way to the Lighthouse Restaurant at the Picton Harbour Inn – a popular local hot spot for breakfast – best sausages ‘n eggs, mile high pancakes &french toast in town.

…or nibble

Top places for treats & tea: The Vic Café, The Pink Lunch Pail Bakery, Tall Poppy Café, Miss Lily’s

Hands down the best old fashioned doughnuts are at Schroedter’s Farm Market Bakery & Cafe. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, a bowl of homemade soup&sandwiches will hit the spot. There are great gluten free goodies too.

Take a break from visiting wineries and stop in to visit the Pyramid Ferments Gut Hut. A wide variety of artisan made Sauerkrauts, Kimchis and Kombuchas – all using seasonal ingredients – are made in small batches.

Have you tried Maple Cheddar from Black River Cheese Factory?

Nightlife

Think there’s no nightlife in The County? Ha! You haven’t been to the movies at Mustang Drive-In on County Road 1.

Picton’s Main street has got it all. At The Regent Theatre, check out the list of movies, live musical performances & special talks as well as the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. While you are there, snap a selfie with Sir John A Macdonald. His statue is located in front of the Armory.

Best view in town

The locals share this secret: enjoy the view of Picton from the Millenium Lookout – access it from County Road 22

Ice cream’s finest

Cave in…have ice cream at Slickers County Ice Cream in Bloomfield, stop in at Black River Cheese Factory or the locals hot spot is Cones & Shakes in Picton

Love museums?

Here is a ‘hit list’- Mariner’s Park Museum in South Bay, Rose House Museum in Waupoos, Wellington Historical Museum, Macauly Heritage Park and Ameliasburgh Pioneer Village

Wines, beers, ciders…and more

Pop into The County Canteen– Picton’s first brew pub – stop in for a flight of craft beers. The Acoustic Grill is a great place to see local bands.

Meet the dogs & owners at Three Dog Winery. In the summer they do yoga in the vineyard (the owners that is!) and XC ski parties too.

Ever been to a speakeasy? Click here to find where X marks the spot.

Pop the cork & taste some of the best Canadian-made sparkling wines at HinterlandHuff Estates, The GrangeBy Chadsey’s Cairns Lighthall Vineyards.

County Cider tasting June 2015Calling all cider lovers! You’ll want to hit these places for hard ciders made with County grown apples: The County Cider Co. (in photo at left), Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider House, and Clafeld Fruit

Head down at harvest and join in picking grapes at Sandbanks WineryHalf Moon Bay Winery Broken Stone – something that the entire family can do.

Chat with Bryan at Keint-He Winery.  He’ll help you pronounce that!

An open invitation to everyone! Brett French – the brewer at Barley Days Brewery – gives anyone reading this an invitation to drop by to sample his beers…ask for him and he will give you the skinny on how he makes each. And County Road Beer Co. just opened, so be sure to stop in here too!

Prince Edward County is known as a wine region, yet there is a distillery – 66 Gilead – that is neat place to visit & try their Canadian Pine Vodka, Loyalist Gin, rums & whiskies too.

Want some exercise? 

A local favorite bike ride is along Big Island Road following the beach on the northeast shore of Prince Edward County as well as along the Loyalist Parkway (Highway 33).

Drive or bike along the Barn Quilt Trail. There are over 100 barnswith painted quilts – neat!

Get running! The day after the annual Terroir Wine & Farmers Market Festival, get your shoes on to do the 10 km Terroir Run that winds through wineries along the way. The Wellington Women’s Half Marathon in June (complete with firemen handing out water along the route!) In October, The County Marathon is a great way to explore the backroads.

…and there is still more!

Lavender Farm by DT June 7 2015See a sea of purple at the Prince Edward County Lavender Farm. Tip: plan to visit the Lavender Festival or stop in when the plants are in bloom in mid to late June. Take photos in the gardens, learn how lavender is harvested & the oil is made. If you are lucky – stay at the B&B there too.

Play life size chess in the vineyard at Casa Dea Estates Winery.

The locals raved about –Birdhouse City with over 100 birdhouses of reproductions of historic buildings, whimsical designs & other recognizable structures.

A sign that will make you laugh as you drive by:Dead People’s Stuff Antiques.

Lose yourself flipping through neat books at Books & Company or the cool consignment shop – City Revival – on Main Street in Picton.

 

OenoGalleryToo many galleries to visit in one weekend! Some to make sure to visit: Oeno Gallery (photo at right courtesy of Oeno Gallery) Huff Estates Winery, Love Nest Studios. Follow the Arts Trail to discover incredible local artists along the way.

Crazy about airplanes? Lock-Sloy (aka Camp Picton) is one of Canada’s last intact 1940 British Commonwealth Air Training sites. Driving through here, it is easy to imagine what this place was like in the hay day.

If lighthouses are your ‘thing’, then make sure to visit Point Petre and South Bay Lighthouse – bring some local wine & cheese to have a picnic.

If vintage cars are your ‘thing’, then plan your trip to Prince Edward County to take in the Street Meet in early August. It is a blast reliving the past at this annual car show with over 200 classic cars come from all corners of Ontario and Quebec.

Karlo bridgeVisit North America’s largest dry stone bridge (in photo at right) at Karlo Estates – made by the winery owner & friends. A great place for a family photo or a picnic.

Sit on the porch at a B&B or your weekend cottage and read Geoff Heinrick’s book A Fool & Forty Acres all about the hard work of getting a vineyard planted in The County.

Take a cooking class at From the Farm. Tell Cynthia that we say hi!

Festivals galore

wine festivalFestivals that will give you a taste of The County: Maple in the County in March, then in May – Terroir where winemakers and artisan food producers are all under one roof. The Great Canadian Cheese Festival in June is a weekend of 100% Canadian artisan cheese (and wine and beer too).

TASTE – Community Grown in September (in photo at left) celebrates the harvest with local wines, ciders and farm fresh goodies. Join the fun at Wassail – a pre-Christmas festival where you sing for your drink. Check www.visitthecounty.ca for a comprehensive calendar.

Dining delight – Countylicious – twice a year, 8 restos offer a prix fixe culinary celebration for $30 or $35 plus grats & tax.

Red White & Blues festival at Rosehall Run features music in the vineyard.

PosterCool Collectibles

Collect a couple or all 8 of the cool County Posters with neat illustrations of all corners of Prince Edward County to remind you of the fun discoveries you had on your County getaway (photo attached –credit illustration by Marc Keelan-Bishop).

Sisters Jane Rutter & Susan Felton have brought pieces of history & heritage memorabilia back to life at the cool shop called Cannery Row.

Local produce abounds

In the summer, stop by one of many veggie stands – Laundry FarmsHagerman FarmsCherryvale Organic Farm & Vicki’s Veggies.

Stop in at Highline to grab a box of their gourmet mushrooms.

Only have time for a quick visit?

Go to the brand new The Local Store where all kinds of County treasures, artists & food stuffs are under one roof…in a heritage Loyalist barn.

Send us your tips on PEC!

As you can see, there are oodles of things to do in The County. While only 2 hours from Toronto or 3 hours from Ottawa, it is a place where you can really switch off! In fact, there are over 1000 places where you will probably lose cell phone reception.

Have fun as you discover Prince Edward County & email us with your favorite spots!
Debbie

 

Can’t get away?  Don’t worry….The County is coming to Ottawa!

Prep for your road trip by attending County in the Capital. Meet the makers from 20+ wineries, cideries, breweries &artisan food producers – all from The County. This is a unique opportunity to Taste & Buy your new favorites

County in the Capital picEvent Details:

Date: Wednesday April 20th
Time: 7 to 9pm
Place: Ottawa City Hall
Entry: Advance Tickets only: $55 (bring a friend for $5)
www.countycomes2ottawa.eventbrite.ca

This article was written by Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm & will be featured in Ottawa Life Magazine on May 22.

 

 

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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.

Ottawa wine challenge
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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101 Things to do in Prince Edward County

Posted by Debbie

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Where are you going this Long Weekend? We are always asked for travel tips. One destination we are frequently asked about is Prince Edward County.  Just a short 3 hour drive from Ottawa or 2 hours from Toronto, you can go for the day or a weekend getaway.

Stanners Vineyard vinesThis region, surrounded by water, is turning heads as Canada’s fastest growing wine region.  And it is not all about the wine either! The County has been named as Maclean’s Magazine’s Canada TOP 10 Places You’ve Got to See in 2014.

To help you discover all the neat things that are going on in The County, we got the Savvy Team together (over a glass of wine of course!) & jotted down 101 of our favorite (and there are still many more) things to do in Prince Edward County.

How far down the list can you get?  Do you know about other fun things to see & do in PEC that we can add to our list?

101 Things to Do in Prince Edward County Wine Country

 

1. Visit North America’s largest dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates.

2. Visit the Oeno Gallery at Huff Estates.

3. Do the Creepy Corn Maze (Oct).

4. Eat some freshly baked pizza at Norman Hardie’s.

5. Check out some great old barns at The Old Third, Closson Chase, Karlo Estates, The Grange of Prince Edward County and Hinterland Winery.

6. Sample amazing aperitif and dessert wines (and ports) – Sandbanks Winery, Hillier Creek, Keint-He Winery, Karlo Estates

wine_tasting_sparkling7. Taste some of the best Canadian-made sparkling wines at Hinterland, Huff Estates, The Grange, By Chadsey’s Cairns & Lighthall Vineyards.

8. Cheese Please!  All weekend long at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival (June).

9. Sample County wines at great local restos – East & Main, Blumen Garden & The Hubb.

10. Buy some artisan cheese to go with your wine at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.

11. Toronto’s Drake Hotel now has a County location – Drake Devonshire.  Stay over or go for dinner.

12. Indulge in poutine and milkshakes at the Dari Bar in Wellington.

13. Enjoy some great apple cider & lunch of lamb burgers The County County Cider.

14. Need some coffee after sampling wine? Miss Lily’s Café or the Bean Counter in Picton.

15. Find your favorite mantra pinned to the wall in the Cherry Valley General Store (hint: they’re all about slowing down to smell the roses!).

16. Stop by one of many veggie stands – Laundry Farms, Hagerman Farms, Cherryvale Organic Farm.

17. Sit on the porch at a B&B or your weekend cottage and read Geoff Heinrick’s book A Fool & Forty Acres.

18. Pop in to the Agrarian Cheese Market & Speakeasy, featuring craft brews on tap, great ciders, wine and killer cocktails with live music on Fridays & Saturdays.

19. Take a cooking class at From the Farm.

20. Dining delight – Countylicious – twice a year, 8 restos offer a prix fixe culinary celebration for $30 or $35 plus grats & tax.

21. Chat with Bryan at Keint-He Winery.  He’ll help you pronounce that!

22. Get on your bike & ride the backroads or along the Loyalist Parkway.

Terroir wine festival23. Take in Terroir Wine Festival at the Crystal Palace (May).

24. Plan for a beach day at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

25. Attend the PEC Jazz Festival (summer).

26. Discover new local music talent at The Acoustic Grill in Picton.

27. Slide down the dunes at West Lake.

28. Harvest grapes with Norman Hardie & celebrate afterwards with a pig roast & bbq (fall).

29. Take a billion pix of the gorgeous gardens at Closson Chase then indulge in their wines.

30. Spend a Sunday afternoon on the patio at Huff Estates Winery listening to live jazz.

31. Red White & Blues festival at Rosehall Run features music in the vineyard.

32. Meet the dogs & owners at Three Dog Winery.

33. Get lost on the back roads.

34. Hear James call his Chardonnay vines ‘Bella’ at Long Dog Winery.

35. Stock up on your picnic goodies at Chef Michael Hoy’s Weekend Market at 106 Bridge Street in Picton.

36. Best bacon & eggs in town are at Picton Harbour Inn.

Debbie at 2012 harvest37. Harvest parties at Sandbanks Winery, Half Moon Bay Winery & Broken Stone are fun for the entire family. Here I am (photo at right) picking grapes at last year’s harvest – boy that was hard work!

38. Book a room at The Manse, Newsroom Suites, The Inn at Huff Estates, Merrill Inn or the cottage at Angeline’s.

39. Take an early morning walk on the ‘secret’ beach (at the bottom of Cold Creek Road).

40. Ice cream at Slickers.

41. Go apple picking at Campbell’s Orchards.

42. Sparkling wine awaits at Hinterland Vineyards – and peach slushies for the kids.

43. Visit the old-time school house at the Ameliasburgh Historical Museum.

44. Drinks & Dinner at Merrill Inn –guaranteed delicious!

45. What the heck is Wassail?  Ask around about this pre-Christmas festival where you sing for your drink. Does this photo get you thinking about Christmas?

46. Do a County Chardonnay-a-thon trying every Chard you can find.  Be sure not to miss Lighthall, Stanners, Exultet, Rosehall, Karlo….is just a start.

maple_web_logo47. Pull a pint of Pumpkin Ale at Barley Days Brewing Co.

48. Maple in the County is a great spring getaway

49. All aboard!  Stop in at the red caboose at 33 Vines Winery – it is their tasting room.

50. Visit the Lavender Farm when the lavender is in full bloom (June).

51. Chat with Pat at Del-Gatto Estates…where he lives la dolce vita!

52. Kick back & chillax in a Muskoka chair with a glass of Sandbanks wine…in their vineyard (must trys – Cabernet Franc Reserve, Baco Noir, Marchel Foch).

53. Go antiquing.

artstrail-bluesign54. Follow the Arts Trail & meet incredible artists along the way.

55. In the summer, sip Rose wines around the Wine Trail – see how they all are different – different grapes used, hues of pink…and tastes!

56. Catch a movie at the Regent Theatre.

57. Visit the gallery at Small Pond Arts to see Milé Murtanovski’s paintings made with wine.

58. Unwind one of the few classic drive-in movie theatres in Ontario: Mustang Drive-In

59. Take a break for wine touring & leisurely shop on Bloomfield Main Street.

60. Six Barrels for Six Chefs at Huff Estates Winery (June).

61. Get your heirloom tomatoes and lots of other fresh from the farm veggies at Vicki’s Veggies

62. How about a visit to Dead Peoples Stuff? (antique store).

63. Enjoy heaven in a glass with a sip of VanAlstine White Port at Karlo Estates.

64. Lunch al fresco at Casa Dea Estates Winery, Huff Estates, The Grange or Norman Hardie Winery.

65. Go house hunting – it does not cost anything to dream!

66. It might be a wine region, yet there is a distillery – 66 Gilead – that is a must visit.  Especially for their Canadian Pine Vodka, Loyalist Gin, rums & whiskies too.

67. Watch the sunset at North Beach.

68. Enjoy incredible classical music in a small church during the Prince Edward County Music Festival (September)

69. Make annual family traditions by renting one of the many of the Sunrise cottages.

70. Drop by Highline mushrooms to buy fresh gourmet mushrooms.

71. Homemade donuts like my grandfather would make await at Schroedter’s Market on Hwy 62.

72. Spend an hour or two checking out City Revival – a high end consignment shop.

73. Be marvelled by Lake On The Mountain – it’s mystical up there.

Premium Goat Milk Cheddar, Back Forty Artisan Cheese Co. and Black River Cheese Company74. Stop at Black River Cheese Co in Milford to try…and buy…all kinds of cheese.  Savvy Cheese Sommelier, Vanessa Simmons recommends: Maple Cheddar & fresh curds (TIP – when you put curds in the fridge, they lose their squeak)

75. Where else can wines be as easy as Not Red, Almost Red and Not White? At Sugarbush Wines.

76. Ride the waves at North Beach Provincial Park.

77. Go strawberry, raspberry or blueberry picking on the roadside – they grow wild!

78. Grab some wine after your round of golf at Picton Golf Course, Barcovan Golf Club or Wellington On The Lake Golf Course.

79. Pop in & out of all of the cool shops along Picton Main Street.

80. Bird-watching!! And don’t miss BirdHouse City.

81. Take the scenic route. Drive along the Loyalist Parkway – Hwy 33.  Start in Kingston or Napanee and it will meander all the way to Trenton.

82. Order everything on the chalkboard at The Hubb Restaurant in Bloomfield.

83. TASTE! at the Crystal Palace (late September).

84. Have afternoon tea or a treat at Tall Poppy Café in Wellington.

85. The December Busy Hands Craft Sale at Books and Company & Miss Lily’s Café, hosted by Vicki’s Veggies – great sale for gifts.

86. Pop into Greer Road Grocer at Rosehall Run Winery for neat locally made gourmet goodies.

87. Play life size chess in the vineyard at Casa Dea Estates.

88. Stop for Italian thin crust pizza at Bergeron’s Estate Winery…and have a glass of wine too!

89. Take photos of Lake Ontario with morning fog near Moonlight on the Lake B&B.

90. Buy Ontario wine – and beer! – not available in the LCBO – shop directly at the wineries & brewery in Prince Edward County!

91. Get married!

92. Running and drinking…drinking and running during Terroir Run (June) or county Marathon (Oct).

93. Taste wine in a converted cheese factory that now houses Exultet Estates.

94. Rent a cottage on the water for a week and really live The County life.

95. Stop at a garage sale.

96. Take the free Glenora Ferry.

97. Take a workshop at The Red Barns, an artisan’s playground, featuring blown and stained glass, pottery, and iron art.

98. Visit Canada’s first off-grid winery Redtail Vineyard.

99. Browse the books and say hello to Miss Ella Vader, the new book mascot at Books & Company.

100. Spend a weekend at Claramount Inn & Spa. Heavenly.

101. Stop by Huff Estates and get your picture taken with the giant steel pinecones.

…and the list goes on!   Even more tips and calendar of events can be found on Prince Edward County’s tourism web site is prince-edward-county.com

 

Wherever you decide to go this Long Weekend…or anytime, why not work your way through this long list of things to see and do in Prince Edward County. It’s a beautiful place where you can make great memories of food, wine, great scenery – and more.  Call on our Savvy Sommeliers anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) for tips of places to visit.

Enjoy Prince Edward County!
Debbie

 

 

 

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Hidden gems of Ontario’s rosé delivered to your doorstep

Posted by Amanda

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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What makes you think of summer: fresh strawberries, cycling trips, BBQs and picnics? For the Savvy Sommeliers it’s the crisp, refreshing taste of rosé wine and now they are making it easier for you to enjoy them this summer.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyBuilding on the success of our wine and craft beer of-the-month-clubs, today we launched One Dozen Rosés, a unique delivery service that brings 12 bottles of the Ontario’s best rosé wines to your home, office or even cottage. Next to the taste, the best part is free delivery.

“Rosé wines unleash the creativity in a winemaker. They can be made from any combination of grape variety resulting in dramatically different styles,” says Savvy Company president & Sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “There are so many exceptional rosé wines made right here in Ontario but not all are available at the LCBO. We’ve launched this service to help Ontarians experience those hidden gems.”

Hand-picked Rosé wines delivered to your door

One Dozen Rosés take the guess work out of which rosé wines to buy and gives the consumer access to hard-to-find wines. The accredited Sommeliers from Savvy Company have sampled countless bottles and hand-picked the finest to be included in One Dozen Rosés, a one-of-a-kind assortment.

Summertime sipping made easy

Each month throughout the summer – July, August and September – Savvy Company will offer a different selection of 12 bottles of rosé wines. You can choose to sign up for all three months or just one.

To further the enjoyment, customers will receive The Rosé Report, a mini-magazine including interesting stories about the winery and winemaker, the Savvy Sommeliers’ tasting notes and summertime recipes perfectly paired with the selection of rosé wines.

Accolades from the wineries

Savvy Company ice bucket of rosesOne Dozen Rosés is brilliant! Tawse has three rosé wines currently available, two that are only available direct from the winery. This is an innovative way for consumers to enjoy our fine wines throughout the summer.” Daniel LaFleur, Sales Manager at Tawse Winery in Niagara. In July, One Dozen Rosés will showcase a not-yet-released rosé from Redstone Winery (Tawse’s newest venture). Tawse rosés will be included in the August assortment.

“I am proud that I have created two high quality rosés right here in Prince Edward County. With Savvy’s new One Dozen Rosés, everyone can enjoy my limited production wines and the convenience of having them delivered,” says Frédéric Picard, winemaker at Huff Estates in Prince Edward County. Huff will be featured in the August collection.

You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to take advantage of this offer. One Dozen Rosés can be ordered online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose

In July, One Dozen Rosés will include:

From Niagara…
DiProfio Gamay Rosé VQA 2012
DiProfio Gamay Rosé VQA 2013 (not yet released)
Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2013 – 2 bottles
Redstone Winery Rosé VQA 2013 – 2 bottles (new winery)
The Good Earth Rosé VQA 2012 – 2 bottles

From Prince Edward County…
Harwood ‘Friends’ Rosé 2011
Harwood ‘Friends’ Rosé 2013 (not yet released)
Rosehall Run Just One Rose Rosé VQA 2013
Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling

The cost, including delivery by courier within Ontario, for July’s One Dozen Rosés is $200 plus bottle deposit. Each month the cost will vary slightly depending on the combined retail price of the wine selection.

In August, One Dozen Rosés will include:

From Niagara…
Sue-Ann Staff Rosé VQA 2012 – 2 bottles (Gold medal winner at Ontario Wine Awards 2013)
Château des Charmes Rosé Cuvée d’Andrée 2013 – 2 bottles
Ravine Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2012 – 2 bottles
Tawse Winery Rosé 2012
Tawse Winery Growers’ Blend 2013

From Prince Edward County…
Huff Estates Rosé 2013
Huff Estates Cuvée Janine sparkling
Sandbanks Rose 2012 – 2 bottles

Enjoy these crisp & refreshing Ontario’s rosé wines delivered to your doorstep. Oh…and remember to clink & drink pink!

 

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Newsletter Dec 2013 – Savvy gifts just for you

Posted by Debbie

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
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Are you looking for THE perfect gift?  We’ve got it! Savvy Selections wine of the month club is our most popular holiday gift.  The phone is ringing off the hook & our inbox is overflowing with new subscribers joining our discovery of hard to find wines made in Ontario.

 Savvy Selections is as easy to wrap as 1, 2, 3!

#1 –Select a subscription for our 3 months (our special holiday promo!) OR subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

#2 – When you subscribe for 6 months, you’ll receive 1 month FREE delivery by courier

#3 – Receive a special Savvy Selections gift enclosure card to put under the tree

 Savvy Selections is the gift that keeps on giving every month of the year!

 

 What is Savvy Selections all about?

Savvy Selections has become Ontario’s largest wine of the month ‘club’ featuring Ontario wines not found at the LCBO. Every month, our Savvy Sommeliers select 3 different wines from a different Ontario winery & arrange delivery directly to the recipient’s home or office.  The featured wines range between $15 to $35 per bottle.  In our monthly Savvy eZine, you’ll get to know the winemaker & winery owners, learn more about the wines with our Savvy Sommeliers tasting notes & recipes that we have chosen for each bottle of wine. It is like having your own personal Sommelier!

Savvy Selections is THE perfect gift for the hard to buy for person on your list or any wine lover . . .yourself included!

Here’s the line-up of featured wineries

Savvy elves are standing by!

It’s easy to subscribe online www.savvycompany.ca/selections or to call our Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926).

 

And there’s even more ways our Savvy elves can help . . .

Scratch ‘buying wine’ off your To Do list

 

We are all pressed for time in the holiday season, so why not order our TGIF – Wines for the Weekend to have an assortment of sparkling, white & red wines from across Ontario that are ready to be uncorked & enjoyed over the holidays! The total cost for this mixed case of 12 bottles is around $250 (December’s selection is $242.65 to be exact).

Order online by noon on Tuesday December 17th & the wines will be delivered to your home or office in time for the holidays.

Our gift to you: we’ll pay for the shipping.

 

Planning a New Years Eve party?

 

Ring in 2014 by popping the corks of an incredible sparkling wine at an INCREDIBLE price of $18.95 (regular $27.95).  This bubbly is top notch – you’d think it is French Champagne.  Our Savvy Team frequently pours this sparkling wine for private events we are called on to host & be Sommeliers.

At this incredible price, why not buy a case to have on hand whenever the moment strikes? After all it is the holidays!

ORDER 6 or 12 bottles of this incredible bubbly > >

 

Our Savvy elves are here to help you during the holidays!

 

Call on our Savvy Team anytime to help make your gift shopping & holiday entertaining a breeze. We are available around the clock during this festive season.  Put us on speed dial: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us on cheers@savvycompany.ca.

And after the hectic holidays, you can still call on us anytime to arrange special wine deliveries, or organize Sommelier led wine, artisan cheese & craft beer events for your home or office.  We even have a team building event that involves making wine – it is a riot!

 

Here’s to a fun holiday season!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

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The Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario!

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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The 5th annual Prescott-Russell Wine & Food Show will take place this Saturday (September 21st) at The River Rock Inn in Rockland.  Billed as the ‘Best Cocktail Party in Eastern Ontario’ is a fun evening to feast on wines, beers, coffee, port, sparkling wine & gourmet bites from around the world.

Why not make it a date night out or grab some friends & head to Rockland. This is a different kind of wine & food show. You can vote on your favorite foods, wines and beers for La Cité Collégiale’s Crush Awards. There’s a Chocolate Extravaganza & Bubbly Bar too…and be sure to stop by the Savvy Company booth to share your wine, beer & food tips!. We are delighted to be one of the partners of this year’s show offering the new Savvy Sip & Shop service. 

What is Savvy Sip & Shop you ask?

Find a new favorite wine or beer at the show? Savvy Sip & Shop can deliver a case of all of your favorites – an assortment of any wines & beers – to your home or office within a week. Simply visit the Savvy Team at the Savvy Sip & Shop booth located in the Lounge Area.  Alternatively order online – it is that easy to have your new found favorite wines & craft beers on hand.

FREE SHIPPING on 12 bottles or more!

Exclusive at this show 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.  

Wines & Craft Beers you will find at the show…

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Lug Tread 4-pack $15.85 / 12-pack  $46.10
Night Marzen Single Bottle $4.35 / 12-pack  $52.20
Spruce Moose Single Bottle $7.85 / 4-pack  $31.40 

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

2011 Dea’s Cuvee Sparkling $18.95
2010 Chardonnay $15.95
2010 Pinot Gris $18.95
2010 Gamay $14.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95 

Cassel Brewery Company

Golden Rail Honey Brown Growler $16.00
Upper Canadian IPA Growler  $17.00 

Château des Charmes

2011 Generation Seven White $13.95
2011 Earth and Sky Riesling $14.95
2010 Generation Seven Red $13.95
2010 Earth and Sky Pinot Noir $15.95 

Domaine Perrault

2011 Pinot Grigio $14.00
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Sabrevois $20.00 

Harwood Estate Vineyard

2011 Gewurztraminer $20.00
2011 Chardonnay $32.00
2012 Pinot Gris $18.00
2011 Friends Rosé $18.00
2012 Gamay Noir $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $29.00
2010 Marquesa Red Port $29.00
2009 Just Desserts (Late Harvest) $25.00 

Huff Estates Winery

2011 Riesling Off Dry $18.00
2012 Rosé $18.00
2012 Pinot Gris $20.00
2010 South Bay Merlot $30.00 

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2011 Riesling $11.95
2011 Pinot Blanc $11.95
2011 Pinot Noir $11.95
2012 Shiraz $12.95 

La Cava Vino del Mundo Imports

2011 Bagordi Blanco $16.80
2011 Tobelos Blanco $24.50
2011 Recoveco $18.70
2011 Betolaza Tinto $18.70
2008 Usoa de Bagordi $24.55
2009 Tobelos Garnacha $35.65
2008 Bagordi Graciano $34.75

Lighthall Vineyards

2012 Progression Sparkling $20.00
2009 Chardonnay $25.00
2011 Chardonnay $25.00
2012 Gewurztraminer $25.00
2010 Pinot Noir $25.00
2011 Muté (500mL) $30.00 

Nickel Brook Brewery

Headstock IPA $2.75/can
Naughty Neighbour 6 pack $12.25
Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout $2.30/bottle
Saison Draft (750 mL bottle) $8.95
Gluten Free Beer $2.65/can
Babbling Brook Root Beer 24 bottles $33.60
Naughty Nick’s Ginger Beer 24 bottles $33.60 

Palatine Hills Winery

Juliet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling $18.95
1812 Chardonnay $11.95
2011 Quattro $14.95
1812 Cabernet Merlot $12.95
2011 Cabernet Franc $19.95 

Sandbanks Winery

Dunes White $12.80
2012 Shoreline White $14.95
2012 Riesling $14.95
Dunes Red $14.80
2012 Cabernet Franc $14.95
2012 Shoreline Red $14.95
2012 Baco Noir $14.95
2011 Baco Noir Réserve $19.95 

The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery

2011 Estate Pinot Gris $14.95
2011 Estate Chardonnay $15.80
2009 Estate Cab Franc $17.95
2009 Estate Pinot Noir $16.95

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amanda & the Savvy Team

 

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Terroir: A County Wine Celebration

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
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Did you know that there are over 30 wineries in Prince Edward County?

Taste them all at this year’s Terroir – a County Wine Celebration on Saturday May 25th where all of the wineries will be under one roof at the historic Crystal Palace in the heart of Picton. This is a great day trip from Ottawa or Toronto, or plan a weekend getaway.

Hop on the Savvy Bus!

New this year, we are running a coach service to Terroir. The Savvy Bus will depart from 2 locations in Ottawa. A Savvy Sommelier will be on board offering tips on wine, cheese or ‘County’ questions along the way. It will be a delicious day trip!

 

Book your seat on the Terroir bus > >

Many County wineries will introduce their new 2012 wines – perfect for summertime sipping.  Enjoy with artisan cheeses and other delicious gourmet foods made by local County chefs.

Here is a list of the wineries from Prince Edward County that will be popping the corks on their wines at Terroir include:

33 Vines Winery

Bergeron Estate Winery

Broken Stone Winery

Casa Dea Estates Winery

Closson Chase

Devil’s Wishbone Winery

Exultet Estates

Half Moon Bay Winery

Harwood Estate Vineyards

Huff Estates Winery

Karlo Estates

Keint-He Winery and Vineyard

Lacey Estates Vineyard and Winery

Lighthall Vineyards

Long Dog Winery

Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard

Rosehall Run

Sandbanks Estate Winery

Stanners Vineyard

Sugarbush Vineyards

The Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery

See you under the Big Top – Terroir Tent

Take a break from sipping & sampling the finest Ontario wines and take part in seminars & demonstrations by wine personalities including 2 seminars hosted by Savvy Company!   Debbie will be at the table with County wine industry pioneer Norman Hardie and newcomer winery owner & winemaker Glenn Symons.  They will be rolling up their sleeves to talk dirty…about Terroir that is!

Then our own cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will give you a taste of what it makes cheese `artisan`.

Plan your day around this seminar schedule:

12:30pm – Shawn McCormick – “Using Social Media to Improve Your Winery Visit”

Featuring winemakers & winery owners:

1:30pm – 86’d with Ivy Knight from Toronto`s Drake Hotel – BBQ Sauce competition featuring top County wines and local chefs

2:30pm – John Szabo – Prince Edward County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a worldwide context: Master Sommelier John Szabo leads a fascinating comparative tasting with wines from other cool spots on the planet

3:30pm – Ange Aiello – Wine 101

4:00pm – Debbie Trenholm – “Terroir” Round Table discussion

Featuring winemakers:

  • Glenn Symons, Lighthall Vineyards
  • Norm Hardie, Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard

4:45pm – Vanessa (Savvy Company) – Cheese comparison

5:15pm – Tyler Philip – Wine Cellar Techniques

Discover the benefits of cellaring your collection with wine writer Tyler Philip.  This seminar and tasting will explain how to choose a storage location that will maximize the drinking potential of your best bottles

Get your Terroir tickets…

$35 in advance – Save $5 (inclusive of all taxes and online service charges)
$40 at the door (subject to availability)

Tickets can be purchased at www.countyterroir.ca

 

 

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Prince Edward County wineries are coming to Ottawa!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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Wine enthusiasts in Ottawa will be the first to taste and buy wines made in Prince Edward County with grapes from the stellar 2012 harvest.  “2012 was remarkable, similar to the highly acclaimed 2007 and 2010 vintages in Ontario.  The 2012 grape growing season had an unusually early spring with a hot and dry summer with little rain during the harvest months.” explains Glenn Symons, winery owner and winemaker of Lighthall Vineyards.  “In fact, at several wineries across the province, grapes were harvested a record-breaking 3 to 5 weeks earlier than typical.  The result of this impressive vintage can now be tasted in the wines, as wine is made in the vineyard.”

Back by popular demand, Ottawa based business, Savvy Company, is hosting the 2nd annual County in the City Taste & Buy wine tasting on Thursday April 18th at 7pm in the Panorama Room on the 2nd floor of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.  This is the only event in Ottawa where a broad range of Prince Edward County red & white & sparkling wines can be sampled and purchased directly from the winemaker. 

Prince Edward County is Canada’s fastest growing wine region with over 30 family run and small boutique wineries.  Known as ‘The County’, the majority of the wines produced are not available at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).  Exclusively at this event, all of the feature wines will be available to order, providing event goers the opportunity to purchase any combination of wines from any of the County wineries.  As an extra bonus, free shipping by courier will be offered for orders of 12 bottles (a case) – a great way continue to enjoy the newly released wines from 2012 vintage.

County in the City Participating Wineries:

…and even more wineries will be announced.

Tickets are available in advance only and are $55.00 per person when purchased before April 12, 2013 and will be $65.00 after that date.  Groups of 4 people are $200.00. Ticket prices include HST.  Click here to purchase tickets.

 

What is a Taste & Buy event?

Consumers can sample any number of the featured wines and order directly from the winery.  Exclusive at this event, orders can be ANY combination of wines from ANY of the wineries and the wines will be delivered by courier to an Ontario address.   And Savvy Company’s Sommeliers will be on hand to share wine recommendations and guide event goers to ‘must try wines’ based on their personal preferences.

 

Media Contact:
Debbie Trenholm
President & Sommelier
Savvy Company
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)
cell: 613-851-1785
@savvydebbie

 

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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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