Posts Tagged ‘Savvy Company Sommelier Tasting Notes’

Rosé Report: Good Earth Rosé VQA 2016

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

You’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the giant fork standing among the vines at Good Earth Food & Wine Company. And it may not even be big enough, if you want to try everything here….enjoy a meal at the bistro set amongst the vineyard or take part in a hands on cooking class – life is good!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  An interesting petal-soft texture of this wine makes summer sipping even more enjoyable.  The medium to full bodied flavours of fresh sweet red berries, watermelon with a dash of floral and crisp acidity that balances out every sip.

Complete Wine Deets:
Good Earth Food & Wine Company – The Good Wine Rosé VQA 2016

Ontario Wine Region: Twenty Valley (Niagara)


Suggested Food Pairing:  We’d recommend to serve it with a delicious Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing. (recipe follows)


Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

From: Yummly
Serves 4



Salad dressing

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powder ginger
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


6 cups baby spinach leaves, washed, and dried
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 of a whole red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, sliced



Combine all salad dressing ingredients, except for sesame seeds, and using only 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Whisk until emulsified. Taste your dressing and add another 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, if desired, to make it saltier. Add 2 tablespoons sesame seeds to the dressing and mix them in.

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, except for 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and chicken. Add the salad dressing to the salad and toss – do not add all salad dressing at once: you might not need all of it. Add just enough salad dressing to coat the salad ingredients.

Serve the salad in the individual serving bowls and top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and sliced chicken.




There’s no cork in this sparkling wine!

Posted by Eva

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

With a wine route map on her knee, Savvy Sommelier Debbie followed the country roads that lead to this new boutique winery in the depths of Prince Edward County.  Definitely worth the visit! Lighthall Vineyards owner & self taught winemaker Glenn Symons was eagerly awaiting her visit as he was excite to pour a glass of his soon-to-be-released sparkling wine.  This was Glenn’s new creation and you could see that he was ‘bubbling’ over with excitement.  With coaching from his friend Frederic Picard (winemaker at Huff Estates), Glenn has every reason to be proud of this bubbly. ..and his other wines too as he is making a big impression already!

Lighthall Progression Sparkling VQA 2011

This sparkling wine is different is several ways.  First, there is no cork, just secured with a bottle cap like closure.  And it is made with Vidal grapes that are often saved for dessert wines – yet this wine is far from being sweet!

 Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There’s delicious refreshing acidity with aromas of citrus, pear & crunchy apple with a crisp finish.

Suggested food pairings: Served well chilled, this wine is lovely on its own, with oysters, or paired with light appetizers. Be sure to pack a bottle of this sparkling wine for your next picnic.

Cheers & Enjoy!


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Different & delicious – Cattail Creek Chardonnay Musque

Posted by Eva

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

There is a growing trend in Niagara of grape growers transforming their family business to include a winery.  The Dyck family has done exactly that.  For 3 generations they’ve been growing grapes for larger wineries, yet 4 years ago, the family realized their dream of opening their own winery – Cattail Creek Family Winery –  using only the best grapes from their well established vineyards.

This delicious white wine is made with the unique Chardonnay Musqué grapes.  Don’t be misguided that it is anything like a Chardonnay wine, rather it is a clone that is intensely aromatic – similar to that of Muscat grapes.  This wine is a hands down favorite of several Savvy Selections wine club subscribers – what do you think?

Cheers & Enjoy!

Cattail Creek Chardonnay Musqué VQA 2011

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Intense aromas of pear, white peach, & lemongrass jumps from your glass then continues in the taste with added flavours of ripe tropical fruit (do you find mango? pineapple? banana?). This medium bodied wine is well balanced & lingers forever.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Great to sip on its own or with light curry dishes, shrimp, soft cheese or stuffed pork tenderloin would be a delicious food pairing.



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Cattail Creek Estate Winery has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Want to buy this wine or some of their other outstanding wines? We can help! Simply call on our Savvy Team by phone 613-SAVVYCO or email & we will gladly offer our wine recommendations of Cattail’s wines.

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An uber premium Pinot

Posted by Eva

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Klaus Reif (pronounced ry-fe) is one of the pioneers of the Canadian wine industry.  He immigrated from Germany in 1977 & transformed an orchard into a vineyard.  By 1983, Reif Estates Winery opened.

When Savvy Sommelier Derek interviewed Andrea Kaiser, Reif’s Director of Retail Operations and Promotions when Reif was the feature winery for our Savvy Selections wine of the month club, she stressed the importance of Reif’s First Growth collection of wines,  “These wines are our über premium wines that showcase the terroir of the Niagara River sub-appellation”.  For wines to carry the distinctive First Growth label, Reif established early on that the following criteria must be met:

1. The wines must be produced from fruit that comes from Reif’s older vineyards

2. The wines are only produced in exceptional vintages

3. The wines are made under stricter conditions and with greater TLC such as handpicked fruit.

“Reif’s First Growth collection of wines is one of Klaus’ &  winemaker Roberto (aka Rob) DiDomenico, dream come true & it is something that they are completely proud of”, beams Andrea.

To date, only four First Growth wines have been crafted by Reif Estate’s (2001, 2002, 2007 & recently, 2010 has been named exceptional). You are in for a treat with this wine!

Cheers & Enjoy!

First Growth Pinot Noir

Reif Estates First Growth Pinot Noir 2007 VQA


Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Bright ruby red with enjoyable aromas of cherries, raspberries, leather & pencil shavings waft from the glass.  The palate will totally blow you away with flavors of sour cherries, ripe raspberries & dark chocolate.  With a velvety mouth feel & a long lingering cherry finish, this is an incredible wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: Peking duck or BBQed lamb chops with a rosemary rub, even grilled salmon would pair very well.

Cellaring: Drinking well now through to 2015.


Want to buy this wine?  We can arrange for it to be delivered!

Reif Estates Winery has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Read more about Reif & their wines in our Savvy eZine.

Want to purchase this uber premium wine? Simply contact us to arrange a special delivery of this wine or a mixed case of other Reif wines that we recommend.  Or better yet, subscribe to Savvy Selections & wines will be delivered to your home or office!


A classic summer sipper!

Posted by Eva

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

The prospect of a family-owned winery was often discussed at family gatherings, yet the idea became fruition one day while Sue-Ann was thinning the vineyard with her father Howard.

‘What are you doing?” he asked.

“I’m thinking that there’s no reason I couldn’t start my own winery,” replied Sue-Ann.

Soon after, in 2009 Sue-Ann Staff Winery opened & her wines have been turning heads ever since! Sue-Ann is a well-known winemaker in Canada & is particularly proud of her Semi-Dry Riesling as it is her first as a winery owner!

Cheers & Enjoy!

2008 Semi Dry Riesling

Sue-Ann Staff Semi-Dry Riesling 2008 VQA

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  This is a classic Riesling.  Light to medium bodied with refreshing & crisp aromas of petrol, citrus, tropical fruit (mango perhaps?), crunchy green apple, pears with a persistent long finish.  Our Savvy Sommelier Susan Desjardins who reviews wines for the LCBO, gave this wine 4 of 5 stars!

Suggested Food Pairings: Perfect chilled on its own.  Or serve with spicy Thai or Indian dishes would make this wine sing!


Want to buy this wine?  We can arrange for it to be delivered!

When we featured Sue-Ann Staff Winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club, we discovered that she has amazing wines.  Would you like bottles of this wine or an assortment of her wines?  Call us to make the arrangements for a delivery to your home or office…of even cottage!   Or subscribe to our wine of the month club & you will recieve outstanding wines like Sue-Ann’s arrive at your doorstep each month.


With each sip, you can taste the history

Posted by Eva

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A visit to The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery is not only an opportunity to taste the wines, explore the vineyards and marvel at the historic restored buildings on site; a visit provides a Canadian history lesson too.

The County is one of the areas settled by United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. In 1972, Robert Granger purchased the 150-acre home farm on the original Trumpour family patent, including the mill which produced most of the lumber used in the historic barn (built in 1826) which houses The Grange tasting room and barrel cellar. The Trumpour family arrived in Canada after the Revolution, driven from the Thirteen Colonies by their allegiance to the British Crown. Roughly 50,000 Loyalists emigrated, many from disbanded Loyalist regiments, and settled in the upper St. Lawrence valley. They brought with them their customs, British Law and land tenure, and representative government. After lobbying by the Loyalists, the British Parliament passed the Canada Act in 1791, effectively dividing Québec into Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Québec) Canada. Building on the deep history of this property and region, Robert and his daughter Caroline Granger partnered in 2002 to establish one of the first wineries in the newly developing wine appellation of Prince Edward County (PEC).

Robert’s daughter Caroline is at the helm of the family winery & exudes energy and enthusiasm as she guides you around the property and through the wine cellar and winemaking facilities. Although her father’s career was focused in Toronto, he purchased the property with the intention of giving his children the experience of growing up on a farm. Caroline spent her youth there, leaving at the age of 16 when she was whisked away to Paris and a modeling career that kept her in Europe for 10 years. This career eventually took her to the United States, where she married and began to raise her family. In 1997, she moved back to the farm, looking for a career that would allow her to spend more time with her three children.

Caroline recalls that one wet spring day, she helping plant grape vines at a nearby vineyard.  This prompted her to suggest to her father that they plant 10 acres to vines. “This place has always been a working farm. I saw the vineyard as a way to re-establish a viable, sustainable role for the property.” As part of a college course she was taking at the time, Caroline developed a business proposal to discuss with her father. With his agreement and support, she took the wine technician program at Loyalist College and, in 2001 the first vines were planted.

Cheers & Enjoy!


Grange of Prince Edward Northfield Cabernet Franc VQA 2007 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Cabernet Franc is often used in red wine blends (one of the varietals in a Bordeaux blend) yet in Ontario, this grape grows so well that winemakers are now keeping it aside to craft outstanding Cabernet Franc wines. From the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage – the growing & harvest conditions were outstanding – this elegant & impressive wine has aromas of ripe red & black fruit, leather & cigar box (can you find these in your glass?). Concentrated flavours of cherry, raspberry, red roses & typical County limestone. There’s a punch of dark chocolate that lingers with the soft tannins.

Suggested Food Pairing: Simply put – Lamb anyone?

Cellaring: Delicious now, this wine will cellar a further 3-4 years.


Want to buy this wine?  We can arrange for it to be delivered!

Grange of Prince Edward has been a feature winery in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club. Few of their wines are available at the LCBO, while their premium wines are not.  To order, call the Savvy Team to arrange a shipment of this wine or an assortment of wines from The Grange. Or another idea is to subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine club & outstanding Ontario wines like this one will be delivered to your home or office!