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Beat the heat bevvies

Posted by Debbie

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Question: What drink make you think of summer?

A) Refreshing Rosé
B) Mouth-watering Cider
C) Cold Radler Beer
D) Big bold Cabernet
E) Fruity Sangria
F) All of the above!

This is a multiple choice quiz that none of us can get wrong! With more sun-filled days, long weekends and lazy afternoons lounging on your deck or dock, summer brings more time to relax & unwind with a glass in your favorite beat-the-heat bevvy.

To help you shift from winter warming drinks to summer sippers, here are some tips from our team of Savvy Sommeliers & Brew Crew:


Fielding RoseFielding Estate Rosé VQA 2015

from: Niagara, Ontario

Nothing says summer like a glass of chilled Rosé wine. There are plenty to choose from all parts of the world, ranging in colour from a hint-of-pink to bright candy floss. With a sip, you will discover tastes from bone dry to a touch of sweetness.   To tip you off on just one Rosé to buy is difficult. When the Savvy Sommeliers got together for our spring kick-off, we were impressed with Fielding’s Rosé wine. A soft pink colour with aromas and tastes that will remind you of ripe strawberries and rhubarb. It’s a lovely wine that will be delicious with fish (poached or grilled), prosciutto wrapped asparagus, lemon roasted chicken, corn chowder or even a summer salad.

$15.95 per bottle available at the LCBO all summer long.

County Cider Pear bottle shotCounty Cider Co. Pear Cider

from: Prince Edward County, Ontario

County Cider Company is a family-run operation that has been crafting ciders in The County since 1995 – long before the region became known for its wines. The Pear Cider was inspired when the cidery owners Jenifer & Grant Howes visited Normandy, France – an area renowned for Cavardos (Pear and Apple Brandy). For this summer sipper, pear juice has been blended with carefully selected apple cider – for a dry, delicious quench thirsting summer drink.

$7.95 per bottle – available when you visit The County this summer or contact Savvy Company to deliver some to your doorstep.

radler-can_2048x2048Kichesippi Brewery Radler

from Ottawa, Ontario

Last summer, it seemed that every craft brewery was making a Radler! They are not a new creation, rather a resurgence of a summertime beer that was first introduced in Deisenhofen, Germany back in 1922. Intentionally made to be lower in alcohol (typically 3%), this is a great beer to enjoy during lunch on the patio, or to pop into your panier to quench your thirst during a bike ride. Kichesippi’s Radler is a blend of their lager with grapefruit soda. Be sure to try plenty of Radlers this summer to find your favorite.

$2.85 per can – available at the LCBO throughout Ottawa only for the summer.


13th Street Meritage13th Street Estate Winery Meritage VQA 2012

from Twenty Valley (Niagara), Ontario

A powerhouse red blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot & 33% Cabernet Franc. Get out your largest wine glasses as this BIG red wine is begging to be served with anything off the BBQ. Think thick steak, lamb chops, spicy sausages with loads of fresh grilled veggies. A very special wine as only 220 cases were made. Every sip will remind you of black cherry, dark chocolate , black plum with a dash of fresh ground pepper and warm spices (think cloves, Chinese 5 Spice & steak spice). At $34.95 per bottle, this extra special wine is only available when you visit the winery this summer. Alternatively, subscribe to Savvy Selections wine-o-month club & the wine will auto-magically arrive at your home or office.

 Summer won’t last forever, so mix it up with a pitcher of sangria. Whether you make it with red wine or take a new approach and use white wine, this fruit ladened cocktail make your summertime Happy Hour, even happier!


Debbie’s Secret recipe for Sangria

from Debbie’s kitchen to yours…

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1 bottle of red wine (select something under $18…afterall you will be adding fruit to it!)
10 to 15 strawberries, sliced
A handful of blackberries
1 lemon, sliced & quartered
1 lime, sliced & halved
1 orange, sliced & quartered
½ of a tin of frozen Five Alive juice concentrate
½ to a full can of Club Soda or 7-Up (optional – if you want a little spritz to your sangria. 7-Up will make your sangria sweeter.)

Place fruit into a large pitcher or jug. Pour in Five Alive concentrate, club soda or 7-Up (if using). Fill with red wine. Stir until well mixed. Chill in fridge for 1 hour before serving to let the fruit marinate. Pour into a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with a slice of fruit on the rim. Enjoy.


Love Rosé wines? You’ll love this…

bouquet-of-rosesWe make it easy to Clink & Drink Pink! Each month throughout the summer, our Savvy Sommeliers will select a different assortment of six Rosé wines from across Ontario. These are extra special as you won’t find them at the LCBO.

Order a small bouquet (a parcel of 6 different Rosé wines) or a full bouquet (a parcel containing 12 bottles – 2 of each of the featured Rosé wines).

There is a different bouquet of Rosés each month!

Next to the taste, the best part of this new way to buy hard-to-find rosé wines is free shipping.

Order yours or give as a gift at


Beat the heat with a pitcher of Sangria!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Ole! Cool down with a pitcher of Sangria this summer.  This Spanish favorite summer drink are typically made with red wine, seasonal fruit with a splash of soda or sparkling wine (Spanish Cava is perfect) to give it a refreshing spritz. Did you know that Sangria was introduced to North America in the Spanish Pavilion at the 1964 New York’s World Fair.

Super easy to make, not to mention goes down easy too – Sangria can appeal to your friends who are not “into wine.”  You can use a variety of different wines in the recipe. Even use open bottles of wine that are sitting on your counter.

As seen on TV!

Watch me whipping up red & white wine sangria on CTV Ottawa Morning Live with host Kurt Stoodley – and you will find out my 2 secret ingredients!

Which types of wines to use?

Save your finest Bordeaux or wines that are deep in your cellar for a special occasion, when mixing up Sangria look for these grape varieties or styles of wine:

White Sangria

Pinot Gris
Muscato or Muscat
Off Dry Riesling
Prosecco (Italy) or Cava (Spain)
…or replace white wine with a Rosé wine – why not?

Red Sangria

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gamay Noir
Red wine blend

These wines are perfectly fine on their own.  I selected these grape varieties for their fruity & full bodied flavor profiles and bold style that would complement the added fruit.

Go Local!

Make this a All-Ontario summer drink by using Ontario wines, with locally grown fruit & finish off with a splash of Ottawa’s own Harvey & Vern’s Ginger Beer (available at Kichesippi Brewery or ask for it at your grocery stores).


Crowd Pleasing Classic Sangria

Serves: 6 to 8 people

Easy to sip on any day of the week, with brunch, lunch or unwinding after work. Refreshing red sangria is fruit-laden without too much alcohol!


1 bottle of red wine (see above for list of recommended red wines)
1 lemon – cut into slices – cut into halves
1 orange cut slices – cut into halves or quarters
1 lime cut into wedges or slices
1 can of Five Alive concentrate
2 splashes of gin or triple sec (optional)
1 cup of berries (raspberries, strawberries) –  fresh or frozen
2 cups of ginger ale  **make it local by using Harvey & Vern’s Ginger Beer
ice – for WOW factor, make a large ice cube with empty plastic containers & float fruit then freeze


Pour wine into one or two large pitchers.  Squeeze into the wine half of the sliced lemon, orange and lime. Once juiced, toss in the citrus fruit into pitcher.  Add remaining sliced fruit into mixture. Stir in Five Alive & Gin or triple sec if using. The best Sangrias are chilled overnight (or more) in the fridge to allow the flavors to mellow (and seep the fruit too!).

If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Just before serving, add in ginger ale, berries and ice. Enjoy!

Photo credit: LyndseyLew Photography

A Wow-Pow White Sangria

Serves: 6 to 8 people


1 bottle of white wine (see above for list of recommended white wines)
2 oranges – thinly sliced & cut in half
1 lemon – cut into slices – cut into halves
1 lime cut into wedges or slices
1 small tin of mandarins – with juice
2 oz. Brandy (optional)
1 can of Five Alive concentrate or orange juice
2 cups of ginger ale (our pick Harvey & Vern’s Ginger Beer), club soda or sparkling wine (Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy)
More fruit – sliced strawberries, star fruit, peaches, nectarines, handful of fresh blueberries, a kiwi


Pour white wine into a decorative pitcher.  Squeeze into the wine, the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges – leaving out seeds . Add brandy if desired.

Chill overnight. Just before serving, add ginger ale, club soda or sparkling wine to the pitchers.

If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice.

Photo credit: LyndseyLew Photography

Here’s to the lazy hazy days of summer!