Posts Tagged ‘Sommeliers’

Discover what makes The County so cool!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

They’re ba-a-a-a-a-ck!  On Thursday April 20th, the 6th annual County in the Capital will be THE event in Ottawa to meet the makers of wines, spirits, craft beers & ciders all made in Prince Edward County.  And there will be artisan cheese as well as gourmet artisan goodies.

Oh…so many bevvies to Try & Buy

There will be something for everyone – sparkling, white, rose, red & dessert wines along with refreshing craft ciders, beers & artisan spirits too. All of the bevvies at this event are ones that you probably haven’t tried before. You definitely won’t find them at your local LCBO, grocery stores or The Beer Store. This is one of the neat things about our Taste & Buy events…you get to sample the newest bevvies & meet the cool people who make them.

Mark my word, there will be over 100 different drinks to try and buy.  To help you prep your power shopping, we will email you the entire list of featured products AND at the event, our team of Savvy Sommeliers will be on hand to give you tips & help you find new County favorites.

Shopping never tasted this good!

This night is all about stocking up on your new found favorites.  When you order ANY combination of 6, 12 or more bottles from ANY of the showcased wineries, breweries, cideries or distilleries, shipping is absolutely FREE. Your parcel will be hand delivered by courier to your home or office soon after the event. It is that easy to always have The County at your fingertips.

Tickets are now on sale…

Buy a $80 ticket & bring a friend for FREE>>

Bring a group of 4 for $150>>

UPGRADE your ticket for $25 & be a V.I.T. (Very Important Taster)>>
These prices include absolutely everything – samples galore, Savvy tasting glasses & good ol HST.

Check out who is coming:

Barley Days Brewery

Craft Cider
401 Cider Brewery
Clafeld Cider House
County Cider Company

Artisan Spirits
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits (new owners of 66 Gilead Distillery)

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
Del-Gatto Estates Winery
Devils Wishbone
Half Moon Bay Winery
Huff Estates
Karlo Estates
Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Lacey Estates Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Stanners Vineyard
The Grange of Prince Edward
Trail Estate Winery
Traynor Family Estates
Waupoos Estate Winery

La Fromagerie Folie Bergeres
Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy

Gourmet Artisans
Emerson Pringle Carpentry

Travel Tips
Prince Edward County Tourism

…and there will be many more. Watch this space or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates too!

Unable to join us?  You can still order…

The Savvy Team is ready to help you stock up on your County favorites. Simply call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to place your order. FREE shipping applies to orders received by April 23rd.


Our Savvy Taste & Buy Events always sell out quickly.
Buy your tickets >>





What is La Vendemmia?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, September 9th, 2011

What is La Vendemmia?

Wherever there’s a planted field there’s a harvest, and around the world that time is bustling with activity in the community. The work isn’t done, but the bounty of hard labour is being reaped and everyone can imagine how good it tastes.

In Italy, “la vendemmia” refers to the fall grape harvest, a time that’s difficult to predict since it’s not something that can be scheduled, it happens when the grapes are ready at the peak of their ripeness. In every region of Italy, the focus is on getting the grapes off the vine and into the vats. When the work is done there are large tables filled with food, wine and hungry friends who worked hard with the promise of the season’s best meal waiting for them.

In Ottawa’s Little Itlay neighbourhood, you will find other nationalities represented in addition to Italian.  Here is what harvest is in their language:

China: Zhongqiu ??? (CHONG-choh)
France: la récolte (RAY-colt)
Germany: Ernte (URN-tuh)
India: Pongal (PAHN-gah-leh)
Italy: la vendemmia (VEN-dem-mee-ah)
Ireland: fómhar
South Africa: oes (OOS)
Turkey: hasat (hah-SAHT)
Vietnam: thu ho?ch (THO-whah)

How do these countries celebrate the harvest? In Germany, aside from the famous Oktoberfest, is the world’s largest wine festival called Winemarkt. Originally a meeting place for farmers and winemakers in Bad Dürkheim, the wine & food sales attracted pilgrims and eventually grew into a celebration. In Southern India, the Pongal festival celebrating harvest in January is both a festival of bounty and rebirth – old clothes are burned alongside overflowing rice pots. For the mid-autumn Zhongqiu, also known as the Moon festival, in China, family members gather to celebrate the harvest moon and share moon cakes, sweet pastries filled with red beans and almond paste.

No matter where the harvest celebration takes place, it centres on gratitude for bounty and coming together in community. We invite you to come to Ottawa’s Preston Street to experience La Vendemmia – a fun filled four day festival from Thursday September 22 to Sunday September 25th. Up and down the street, the neighbourhood will be alive with activities for everyone.  

The complete festival schedule for Ottawa’s La Vendemmia is at

We look forward to seeing you!


A Savvy Makeover

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The Savvy Grapes has been inviting people to experience and learn about the world of wine for the past five years. I am excited to announce we are broadening our scope of activities under a new name— Savvy Company.

The change marks a natural progression in our growth as a business and gives us the opportunity to expand beyond wine.

Together, the Savvy team of accredited sommeliers—myself, Gina, Susan, Wayne and Patti—will continue to deliver the ever-popular Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club, host winemakers’ dinners and sommelier-led wine tastings as well as private and corporate events. And we will be branching out into new areas as well: wine education with Savvy U and wine tourism through Savvy Tours.

We’ve captured the flavour of our new offering with a fresh look that reflects our passion and zest for discovery. Despite all that’s changed, what remains constant is our desire to share our expertise and experience—creating opportunities for you to learn, explore and, most of all, enjoy good company. We think the name Savvy Company embodies this spirit.

Get at taste of Savvy Company online at, which we’ve filled to the brim with wine information, special offers and other discoveries.

I trust you’ll find lots to stimulate your senses in what Savvy Company has to offer, and hope you are as excited as we are about all that lies ahead.


Debbie & the Savvy Team

Debbie Trenholm
Accredited sommelier & president