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Huff Estates Winery: Rosé (pre-release)

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Rosé (pre-release)

$19
Prince Edward County

100% Prince Edward County Cabernet Franc, made in a style that’s quickly becoming popular in Ontario: a dry, flavourful rosé that packs a wallop!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Pale salmon in colour, there are notes of strawberries and tobacco here, similar to the famous rosés of Tavel. It’s certainly dry, bringing medium acidity to balance the fruity flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this rosé on its own or with a Salad Niçoise.

Cellaring: Drink now, and throughout the summer.

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Huff Estates Winery: Pinot Gris (pre-release)

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Pinot Gris (pre-release)

$22
Prince Edward County

Huff left this fruit on the vine quite late in the season, allowing the berries to soak up the warm fall sun and develop good acidity. It’s 100% county fruit, left on the lees during fermentation.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautifully perfumed with white flowers, pineapple, and other tropical fruit, there’s a light sweetness but medium-plus acidity here. It has some body, too, and the pretty floral notes persist to a long finish. This is a wow! wine, especially for lovers of French Pinot Gris.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will go well with poached chicken in a rosemary sauce, lending mouth watering acidity to the dish.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Huff Estates Winery: Riesling Off Dry

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Riesling Off Dry

$20
Prince Edward County

Unusual for Huff – one of the County’s best-established wineries – this lovely Riesling is made entirely from Niagara fruit.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Barely off-dry, there is a lot of fruit and minerality here. Peaches and melons dominate, with some pretty lemon tartness. It’s well balanced and delicious!

Suggested Food Pairing: The winemaker recommends buttered scallops with this Riesling, and we agree. It would also go well with curries and other spicy foods.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Creekside Estate Winery: Laura’s Red

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2015  Laura’s Red

$22
Niagara

Entirely grown and made on the Creekside estate, this is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc with smidgen of Malbec and Petit Syrah to fill out the palate. It was aged for 12 months in French oak. The winemaker recommends opening it an hour before drinking to let it breathe.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There’s lots going on here! Aromas of dark fruit, steak spice, leather, and cedar are matched on the palate, too. But there’s more – tobacco and mint begin to show up with subsequent sips. Loads of chewy tannins and medium sour cherry acidity make it a complex, full bodied wine. You won’t be disappointed!

Suggested Food Pairing: A big wine deserves big flavours. We recommend braised short ribs or a rack of lamb to complement the wine.

Cellaring: Ready to drink now, it could be aged up to 5 years.

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Creekside Estate Winery: Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc

$22
Niagara

The Backyard Block vineyard gets its name honestly – it’s directly behind Creekside’s winery. This single-vineyard wine is made entirely on the estate.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Described by the winemaker as “New Zealand-style”, you’ll certainly find notes of canned green vegetables and grass here. But there’s a distinctive floral note, too, and good steely minerality. The citrusy acidity is mouth watering, and the finish tart and fruity.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pair this with anything that goes well with a squeeze of lemon – whitefish or raw oysters would be perfect.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Closson Chase Vineyards: Vineyard Chardonnay

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2014 Vineyard Chardonnay

$28.95
Prince Edward County

100% Estate grown in Prince Edward County, winemaker Keith Tyers took great advantage of a cooler growing year, drawing out both the acidity and minerality of the terroir. Aged for 16 months in French oak, it shows off the restraint and delicacy of the vineyards. This wine won a Gold Medal at the National Wine Awards in 2016.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Incredibly complex, there are notes of vanilla, toast, melon and apricot, with an underlying expression of minerals and hay from the lees. Food friendly, there’s lots of lemony acidity to excite the palate. 

Suggested Food Pairing: The toasty flavours and green apple acidity will work well with a cream-based soup, like a New England clam chowder.

Cellaring: Ready to drink right away, this could be cellared for up to 2 years.

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Closson Chase Vineyards: K.J. Watson Pinot Gris

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 K.J. Watson Pinot Gris

$22.95
Prince Edward County

From a single vineyard on the 13th Street estate, you’ll find this pretty Gamay best if served cool.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Juicy, medium bodied, and dry, the Whitty Vineyard Gamay is a perfect patio red. It brings together flavours of red cherries and mint, with balanced acidity that makes it perfect to serve with food.

Suggested Food Pairing: Toss some turkey burgers on the BBQ – this wine will make them sing.

Cellaring: Ready to drink now or hold 1 or 2 years.

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13th Street Winery: Whitty Vineyard Gamay

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Whitty Vineyard Gamay

$23.95
St. Catherine’s (Niagara)

From a single vineyard on the 13th Street estate, you’ll find this pretty Gamay best if served cool.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Juicy, medium bodied, and dry, the Whitty Vineyard Gamay is a perfect patio red. It brings together flavours of red cherries and mint, with balanced acidity that makes it perfect to serve with food.

Suggested Food Pairing: Toss some turkey burgers on the BBQ – this wine will make them sing.

Cellaring: Ready to drink now or hold 1 or 2 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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13th Street Winery: Burger Blend Rosé

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Burger Blend Rosé

$14.95
St. Catherine’s (Niagara)

Part of 13th Street’s “Burger Blend” series, these fun and affordable blends are perfect for summer! This barely off-dry rosé combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautiful, summery notes of strawberries and orange with a hint of red cherry. While there’s a bit of sweetness, there’s also bracing acidity – and it’s that sweet and sour affect that real makes this wine a pleaser. It’s crisp and citrusy.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try this with a chilled cucumber soup on a warm day or enjoy it all by itself!

Cellaring: The Burger Blend Rosé is ready to drink now.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Westcott Vineyards: Estate Chardonnay

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Estate Chardonnay

$27.95
Niagara

This was fermented in oak barriques, then aged a further 11 months in old oak. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There are lush flavours of pineapple, melon, and apricot overlaid with butter and smoke. A great Chard for those who enjoy a big, ripe, oaky wine.

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