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Clink & Drink Pink with Huff Rosé wines

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Summer is here and Canada Day is just around the corner! The great weather and the onset of outdoor festivals truly mean that it’s blue-sky & rosé-wine time.  Our One Dozen Rosés is back by popular demand and you can read all about the aromas & tastes of each bottle you will receive in your assorted case of Rosé wine.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyEach month, our Rosé Report will take the guess work out of what taste awaits in many bottles of rosés.  Watch this space for the full report throughout the summer at www.savvycompany.ca/rose-report.  Each week we will highlight a couple of must try Ontario Rosés that are enjoyed when you open a bottle of our One Dozen Rosés.

Come summer, it’s so easy to be a big fan of rosé.  Chilled and off-dry, it pairs beautiful with whatever you bring home from the farmer’s market.  That’s why we’re all so excited about our latest venture.  No more waiting in hot, sticky lines at the LCBO!

Bring on summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

Featuring Rosé wines from Huff Estates…

Huff’s winemaker Frederic Picard is true to his French roots when making wines at Huff Estates.  Raised amongst the vineyards and wineries in Burgundy France, this man has wine running through his veins.  Both of the selected wines from Huff are great examples of how Frederic lends his winemaking talent (nurtured in France, South Africa & other parts of the world) to craft elegant wines in Prince Edward County. Get your wine glasses ready!

Huff Cuvee-JanineHuff Estates Cuvée Janine Sparkling

$25.00 (regular $30)
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Everything about this wine exudes fun – the colour, the refreshing dry tastes and all of the possibilities for food pairings.  Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes, the wine is made using the classic French Méthode Champagnoise that is aptly named for the winemaking technique for Champagne. The second fermentation (that creates the bubbles) happens in each individual bottle.

A vibrant cranberry coloured bubbly with a lovely nose of red fruit, a touch of mineral and a hint of sweet citrus (pink grapefruit or blood orange). Very dry and medium bodied, it’s juicy and refreshing with tastes of red cherries, berries and tangy cranberries that play through garnished by a lively touch of white pepper on the finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  Put in your fridge for any occasion (we do!) – a beautiful sunset, friends dropping by or why not begin a long weekend with the popping of its cork!  Below we share with you a stunning looking (and delicious) Gorgonzola and Strawberry Canapé that is easy to make. Chill & enjoy every sip of this sparkling wine.

 

Huff Estates Rosé VQA 2013

Huff Rose 2013$19.00
Prince Edward County

This is one of Huff’s signature wines. Rosé lovers clamour for it every year.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Lively, this refreshing wine is bone dry with a light pink hue that resembles classic Rosé wines from Tavel, France. In two words: pink grapefruit.  Added to that, light floral notes with citrus (think lime and mandarin) to create a well-crafted refreshing balance. Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in The County, there is the regional characteristic minerality & crisp acidity that makes this a class act wine. Now that you’ve been tipped off about this wine, you’ll be on the lookout for it each year. Always a solid wine.

Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or pack for a picnic.  Below we have included the Smoked Salmon Sushi Pizza recipe to make for your next picnic.

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your Rosés ~

With Cuvée Janine…
Gorgonzola & Strawberry Canapés

From Food & Drink Magazine – Summer 2009 (recipe & photo credits)
Makes 24 canapés

Crisp, golden toasts are ideal for the bold, herb flavour of the Gorgonzola. A fruity and colourful topping of strawberries or grapes makes this an enjoyable fresh canapé, perfect for summer entertaining.

strawberry & gorgonzola canapes from LCBO Food & Drink MagazineIngredients

6 slices bakery white sandwich bread
2 Tbsp (25 mL) unsalted butter, melted
Freshly ground black pepper
6 oz (175 g) Gorgonzola cheese, softened
3 Tbsp (45 mL) whipping cream
2 Tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh basil
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
¼ cup (50 mL) chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
12 small strawberries, sliced or 6 each seedless red and green grapes, quartered

Method

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Trim crusts off bread and cut each slice into 4 squares. Brush with butter and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely.

Using electric hand mixer, beat Gorgonzola, cream, basil and thyme together until very smooth. Spread evenly on toasts. Sprinkle each with walnuts. Top each toast with strawberry slices or 1 of each grape quarters.

With Huff Rosé…
Smoked Salmon Sushi Pizza

From Bonnie Stern’s Kitchen www.bonniestern.com (recipe & photo credits)
Serves 16 to 25 pieces

Ingredients

sushi pizza2 cups (500 mL) short grain sushi rice
2 ¼ cups (550 mL) cold water
¼ cup (50 mL) seasoned rice vinegar
36 very thin slices English cucumber
¼ lb (125 g) lox or smoked salmon, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp (25 mL) honey mustard or 1 tbsp (15 mL) prepared wasabi
¼ cup (50 mL) light mayo or yogurt
1 sheet toasted nori (about 8×7 inches/20×18 cm)
¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh chives or green onions
1 Tbsp (15 mL) toasted sesame seeds 

Method

Rinse rice in several changes of water until water runs clear Drain well. In a medium heavy pot, combine rice and cold water. Allow to rest for 15-30 minutes.

Bring rice to a boil, covered, on medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes. Do not lift lid at any time during cooking and resting.

Transfer rice to large bowl and gently toss with vinegar. If rice tastes perfect, add a bit more vinegar (vinegar taste will dissipate as rice cools). Cover rice with damp towel if not using right away.

Line an 8 inch (1.5 mL) square baking dish with plastic wrap. Arrange cucumber slices, overlapping slightly, on bottom. Arrange smoked salmon slices on top of cucumber. Combine mustard and mayonnaise/yogurt and spread over salmon.

Gently and carefully spread half the sushi rice on top of the salmon. Dip your fingers into a bowl of water and gently pat down the rice. Place square of nori on top of rice. Pat on remaining rice. Cover with plastic wrap and weigh down with several heavy cans of food. Refrigerate for a few hours.

To serve, unwrap and invert onto a square serving platter. Sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds. Cut into small squares.

Watch this spot for more delicious Rosé wines & tasty dishes to accompany them.

 

Enjoy…and Clink & Drink Pink!

 

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Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by Debbie

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Summer is here! The great weather and the endless array of outdoor festivals truly mean that it’s blue-sky & rosé-wine time.  As part of our newly-launched One Dozen Rosés, you can read all about the aromas & tastes of each bottle you will receive in your case of wine.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyThe Rosé Report will take the guess work out of what taste awaits in many bottles of rosés.  Here are just a few of the rosés to enjoy in  One Dozen Rosés plus a recipe from the kitchen of a great Niagara winery bistro. Watch this space for the full report – and it is ongoing throughout the summer – at www.savvycompany.ca/rosereport.  Each week we will highlight a couple of must try Ontario Rosés.

Bring on summer! ORDER NOW …

Come summer, it’s so easy to be a big fan of rosé.  Chilled and off-dry,it pairs beautiful with whatever you bring home from the farmer’s market.  That’s why we’re all so excited about our latest venture.  No more waiting in hot, sticky lines at the LCBO!

It is not all rosy when it comes to rosé wines, as many people are stuck on the idea that rosés are sweet.  Truth be told, they are anything but sweet.  Similar to white wines, rosés are also dry with a refreshing zing to quench your thirst. Many are low in alcohol (9% to 13%) and can range from any shade of pink from pale salmon to candy floss to even light red.

“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 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 One Dozen Rosés and The Rosé Report to help you experience those hidden gems.”

 ~ The Rosé Report ~

 

Let’s have a Mini Wine Tasting!

Our Sommeliers do it all the time…now it is your turn.  In your One Dozen Rosés, there are wines from 2 wineries – DiProfio Estates & Harwood Estates – with bottles from different vintages.  This Rosé Report will look at Di Profio from Niagara, stay tuned next week for another segment on Rosé wines from the same vineyard but from 2 different vintages – this time from Prince Edward County.

Di Profio is a tucked-away winery, run by husband & wife team Joseph & Carolynn DiProfio – this boutique winery is making fantastic wines.  Interestingly, their son is the winemaker at Pondview Estates Winery as well as at the family business.

Grab 2 glasses and try a splash of each of the wines side-by-side to see and taste the difference a year makes. Notice the difference in the colour, the aromas & the tastes too.  We thought these wines were so dramatically different that we wanted you to try this experience – and experiment – too.  Our team of Savvy Sommeliers liked the wines both equally…here are our tasting notes:

DiProfio Gamay Rosé VQA 2012

Di Profio Gamay Rose 2012$15.70
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A gorgeous ruby or watermelon colour, this wine has aromas of strawberry jam & fresh rhubarb pie that continue into the taste.  There is an interesting mint & earthy note that has not appeared in other Rosés in your selection.  Our Sommeliers figure that this must be characteristic of Gamay Noir grapes.

Suggested Food Pairing:  ”My beet pizza would be great with this”, tempts Savvy Team member Deb White. To make, simply spread basil pesto on a pizza shell, sprinkle chopped cooked beets, crumble feta cheese and minced red onions.  Bake in the oven or on the BBQ until golden brown.  Easy as that!

 

DiProfio Gamay Rosé VQA 2013

Di Profio Gamay Rose 2013$15.70
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  A completely different colour than the 2012, this one is a stunning coral colour in the glass. Aromas of grapefruit & geraniums are noted with tastes of red fruit (cherry, raspberry or strawberry perhaps).  This Rosé has a nice refreshing acidity, a very long finish of lemon…or is it grapefruit? Definitely an outstanding wine.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Anyone for a picnic? Chill & pack in your basket (no need for a corkscrew) to enjoy with tabbouleh, hummus, quinoa salad, even a fruit salad. For something completely different, serve a glass of this Rosé with Chilled Cantaloupe Soup when you have friends over to unwind in the sunshine. Recipe is on the following pages

 

Welcome to life Among the Vines

As an added bonus, you can visit  their bed and breakfast, Among the Vines, nestled between Jordan Village and Jordan Station, among the vines of the Mia Cara vineyard and next door to their winery; home to Di Profio Wines. Come & enjoy the root of the wine experience in a very personal way.

The 11 acres of mature fruit bearing and newly planted vines are filled with activity during the day and tranquility at night. We promise that the vines won’t disturb your sleep. Awake to a fresh breakfast prepared by a truly caring chef.  Travel the Twenty Valley wine route and return for a relaxing evening in the friendly atmosphere of our home

 

The Good Wine Rosé VQA 2012

The Good Wine 2012 Rose$17.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

We tried both the 2012 & 2013 Rosé from The Good Earth Food & Wine Co. and the 2012 was the hands-down favorite. Winery owner Nicolette Novak says that “Rosé goes perfectly with everything they serve at the Bistro”.  On your next trip to Niagara, be sure to plan a visit to The Good Earth to enjoy their wines at their bistro & patio that looks out into their vineyard.  A perfect place for lunch or dinner. While you are there, be sure to ask for Nicolette – the wonderful woman who is the driving ‘force’ behind everything that goes on at Good Earth.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This bright, cherry-coloured wine is very aromatic.  It reminds everyone in the Savvy Team of cotton candy – the colour, aroma & taste.  Laced with fresh ground white pepper, herbs, watermelon & fresh cut grass, this wine is complex with all of its interesting aromas & flavors.

Suggested Food Pairing: Another Rosé that we thought was so good that you needed 2 bottles on hand – at all times!  Enjoy this wine with roast salmon with a raspberry coulis, or with herbed roast pork. Be sure to try Nicolette’s favorite recipe to serve with this wine: Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce & Toasted Hazelnuts.

Be sure to drop by The Good Earth Food & Wine Bistro to sample their excellent cuisine.

 

Rosé wines delivered to your home, office…even cottage!  ORDER HERE

Be sure to try the only assorted case of Rosé wine you will find in Ontario which is delivered right to your door – One Dozen Rosés . Each month throughout the summer – July, August & September – Savvy Sommeliers will offer 12 bottles of different rosé wines from across Ontario.  Next to the taste, the best part of this new way to buy hard-to-find rosé wines is free shipping. You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to order

 

~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosés ~

 

Gnocchi Pillow with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

From The Good Earth Cooking School
Serves 6

Ingredients
2 cups ricotta
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
½ C grated parmesan cheese
¾ C all-purpose flour
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
Pinch salt & pepper

Brown Butter Sauce

1 C + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
1 shallot, diced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ C thinly sliced fresh sage
¼ C toasted hazelnuts, chopped
¼ C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Method

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, eggs, egg yolk, nutmeg, salt & pepper. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be slightly sticky.

On a well-floured surface, section the dough into 8 equal parts & roll out into long ‘logs’ of approximately ¾ to 1” diameter. Create the gnocchi by cutting each log into ¾ to 1” pieces Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Drop about a quarter of the gnocchi into the water When the gnocchi float, cook for an additional minute.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to a cold water bath. This will stop the cooking and ‘set’ the gnocchi Repeat until all the gnocchi are cooked. Strain, lightly oil, and lay out in a lightly oiled baking sheet.

At this point you can refrigerate or freeze the gnocchi for future use. To reheat, simply bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add the gnocchi, cooking just long enough to heat through. Strain & serve.

Method – Brown Butter Sauce

In a large frying pan, melt 2 Tbsp butter & add shallots. You pan needs to be large enough to accommodate all the gnocchi, or as many as you wish to cook.

Cook butter for 2 minutes over medium heat then add the remaining butter; turn down the heat to a low setting & continue to cook for 8 minutes. The butter will begin to foam & take on a golden colour then remove from heat.

Carefully add the sage & hazelnuts. Add cooked gnocchi & toss gently.

Garnish with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano & serve with Rosé wine.

 

Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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“It’s summertime and the living is easy”. Our team of Savvy Sommeliers sampled countless bottles of rosé wines made in Ontario to compile The Rosé Report.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyThis will take the guess work out of what taste awaits in many bottles of rosés.  Here are just a few of the rosés to get you started. Watch this space for the full report – and it is ongoing throughout the summer – right here at www.savvycompany.ca/rosereport.  Each week we will highlight a couple of must try Ontario Rosés.  Bring on summer!

It is not all rosy when it comes to rosé wines, as many people are stuck on the idea that rosés are sweet.  Truth be told, they are anything but sweet.  Similar to white wines, rosés are also dry with a refreshing zing to quench your thirst. Many are low in alcohol (9% to 13%) and can range from any shade of pink from pale salmon to candy floss to even light red.

“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 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 One Dozen Rosés and The Rosé Report to help you experience those hidden gems.”

 ~ The Rosé Report ~

Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling Rosé 2012

Rosehall Run PixiePrince Edward County, $17.95
Where to buy? From the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

A glass of this bubbly will make anyone happy. A new creation by Dan Sullivan, the owner and winemaker at Rosehall Run Vineyards in ‘The County’, this is a one-of-a-kind mouth watering sparkling wine is made with a unique blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Zwiegelt grapes.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Aromas and tastes of ripe wild strawberries and juicy watermelon with zesty hints of lime and dried cranberries. The nice clean finish is dry with a crispness that lingers until the next sip…and the next…and the next…

Pop open when friends come over un-expectantly, or those nights when you call out for sushi or chill one for your next picnic. Try your hand at the Watermelon and Feta Salad recipe below – it is a hit with this wine.

 

Rosehall Run Just One Rosé VQA 2013

Rosehall Run 2013_Just_One_Rose_v2 (2)Prince Edward County, $17.95
Where to buy? From the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

An understated wine that transforms in your glass with each sip.  An interesting blend of Gamay Noir & Pinot Noir grapes from Prince Edward County, Rosehall’s winemaker Dan Sullivan again shows off his talent for making fine wines in ‘The County’.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A gorgeous salmon colour in the glass makes way for delicate yet zippy aromas & tastes of rhubarb, cranberry, sour cherry, floral & citrus (think pink grapefruit).

Suggested Food Pairing:  This light bodied & delicate wine can easily be overpowered with food, so chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge then uncork this bottle to sip on its own, enjoy with smoked salmon, chilled shrimp or a spinach salad.

 

Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2013

Pondview 2013 Cab Franc Rose-smNiagara-on-the-Lake, $15.00
Where to buy? LCBO, from the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

When he was only 19, Lou Puglisi saved enough money to buy a Camaro sports car…then his father talked him into buying farm land instead.  Taking the wise advice, Lou began as a grape grower, then 3 years ago, he opened his doors as Pondview Estates Winery…and he never did buy a sports car!

This rosé wine is made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes.  This grape is often used for blending, but now it is growing so well at numerous wineries throughout Ontario, winemakers are crafting wines without blending it with any other grapes.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  “Summer time in a glass” said Savvy Sommelier Shawn McCormick after one sip.  A stunning sunset colour, this wine is loaded with aromas and tastes of fresh picked strawberries, peaches & nectarines.  Slightly off-dry, this medium bodied wine has good acidity that makes it a refreshing for summer sipping. “A glass or two of this wine with a lawn chair and a good book would be a perfect pairing”, smiles Savvy Sommelier Eva Nagy.

Rosé wines delivered to your home, office…even cottage!

Introducing the brand new One Dozen Rosés . Each month throughout the summer – July, August & September – Savvy Sommeliers will offer 12 bottles of different rosé wines from across Ontario.  Next to the taste, the best part of this new way to buy hard-to-find rosé wines is free shipping. You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to order. www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 

~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosé wines ~

Watermelon Black Olive Salad Watermelon salad

Ingredients
4 cups seedless watermelon cut in ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions
Place in a large salad bowl & set aside

For Vinaigrette
1 Tablespoon garam marsala*
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

Method
Mix together all ingredients for vinaigrette.  Gently mix in vinaigrette to cover watermelon.  Chill until ready to serve.  This can be enjoyed as a side salad or thread watermelon cubes on a skewer with black olives and pour vinaigrette over top and serve as a kebab.  Refreshing with a crunch and a zing!

*Garam Marsala is an East Indian spice mixture that generally includes coriander seed, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, tumeric, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon.  Purchase a package of this spice mixture at an Indian grocery or health food store.

 

Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!

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