Posts Tagged ‘Sommelier led wine tasting’

Let’s go to Australia!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Have you ever dreamed about packing your bags & getting away from it all to head downunder to Australia? Sydney Opera House, Ayres Rock, Great Barrier Reef, kangaroos & koala bears.   These are all icons imbedded in our heads about this faraway place.  Rather than a 20+ hour flight and crossing the international date line, uncorking a bottle of Australian wine take us there quickly.

For a taste of Australia, try these wines:

T Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

LCBO# 19471
A unique white wine 93% Sauvignon Blanc & 7% Semillon grapes, this refreshing blend reminds me of a tropical fruit salad – mango, guava, passion fruit – with a refreshing squeeze of white grapefruit.  Chill & sip on its own or with grilled seafood or a pack for a picnic.

Hickinbotham Shiraz/Cabernet 2009

LCBO# 159632
Very VERY deep purple in colour & as smooth as velvet. This red wine is concentrated with tastes figs, cassis, black olives, tar & tobacco aromas. With one sip you can melt with the rich tastes of dark chocolate, black fruit & medium firm tannins. Where’s my steak mate?

Sip & Savour Aussie wines with me!

Leave your luggage at home & join me for a fun Sommelier led wine tasting on Tuesday July 31st at the Ottawa Rowing Club. As the sun sets on the water (… alright, it is the Ottawa River not Sydney Harbour!), there’ll be ‘shrimps on the barbie’ along with hors d’oeuvres & artisan cheeses paired with an array of Australian wines. Buy tickets online now!

… or grab your passport & let’s hop aboard a flight

If your bags are already packed  – come with me on Taste Your Way Around Australia trip that I will be co-hosting in March 2013 organized by Aussie Travel.  It’ll be a 23 day extravaganza of delicious Australian cuisine, winery tours, dinners with chefs, boutique hotels & unique cultural excursions.

Going downunder is definitely a fantastic trip. Warning: you may not come back!


Little known Aussie facts …

  • Australia’s first vineyards were planted in 1788 in a small area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • There are now 64 designated wine regions in Australia
  • Australia is the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world
  • Canada ranks as Australia’s 3rd largest market (behind US & UK).

Full details about Debbies Australian wine tasting on July 31 at


Hurry! Our Savvy Seat Sale is over May 1 at midnight…

Posted by Debbie

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Our Savvy Event calendar in May is overflowing with Ontario wine, artisan cheese and craft beer events. We don’t want you to miss any of these fun nights out!

We’re having a Savvy Seat Sale!

Buy online before the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday May 1st and save $10 off any ticket to our Savvy Events in May. Simply click on the event link and quote PROMO CODE: SAVVYSALE

Hurry! There’s limited seating and special pricing ends on Tuesday May 1 at midnight.

Join us at one event or come to them ALL – with each ticket purchase, you’ll save $10 off the regular ticket price.


May 2Ontario Artisan Cheese Tasting with our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons – she will show you the ‘whey’ with plates of locally made cheese. Named as one of Ottawa’s ‘Must do events’ – only 6 seats left!
Savvy Seat Sale: $50 (reg $60)


May 9 – An Ottawa first: County in the City wine tasting featuring over 15 winemakers and winery owners from Prince Edward County who will be serving their best wines from ‘The County’. Sip, sample + stock up on new favorite wines from The County.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)


May 15Craft Beer 101 ‘class’ featuring local brews. Our most popular beer tasting event. Join us at Ottawa’s own Kichesippi Beer Co to learn the lingo, pour a perfect pint + taste an array of brews – all made in Ottawa. Homework never tasted this good!
Savvy Seat Sale price: $50 (reg $60) – only 8 seats left!


May 30 – All 28 wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake are hitting Highway 401 and traveling to Ottawa to showcase 56 Wines from One Unforgettable Place . Taste + try wines that are perfect for summer sipping. Buy them directly from the winemaker – you won’t find these outstanding wines at the LCBO.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)

Can’t decide which Savvy Event to attend?
Buy an all inclusive ticket for these 4 Savvy Events at a SUPER SEAT SALE price of $180 (save $50).

Have you already purchased tickets to a Savvy Event this May? No worries. We’ll give you a credit for the difference in ticket prices to apply to an upcoming Savvy Event. All ticket prices include HST.

This Spring Seat Sale is a Savvy first. Hop on online to buy your tickets and join us for delicious discoveries of Ontario’s best wines, artisan cheese + craft beers.

We look forward to seeing you this month at Savvy Event.

The Savvy Team

PS – Looking for a reason to travel? Here’s our recommended getaways:

May 26Terroir – A County Wine Celebration – All Prince Edward County wineries are under one roof for this special festival – a perfect way to sip your way around Canada’s fastest growing wine region – only 3 hour drive from Ottawa + Toronto!

June 1 to 3 – Love cheese? You’ll love the Great Canadian Cheese Festival . This delicious weekend in Picton offers loads of opportunities to learn + explore that Canadian cheese is more than just cheddar!

March 9 to 31, 2013 – Pack your bags + join Debbie Trenholm on a one-of-a-kind trip to “Taste your way around Australia” . Cooking classes, winery visits, fine dining, boutique hotels + outdoor market trips to meet Australia’s cheesemakers, olive oil producers + chocolatiers – and this is just a start! Check out the itinerary + grab your passport!

Fine print: Savvy Seat Sale does not apply to these out of town getaways.

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