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The summer heat wave is coming!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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It’s that time of year again…time to Clink & Drink Pink! With the longer days, tulips bursting & the temperature rising, all the signs are that summer is around the corner. And we can’t wait!

Rose wine in a Savvy glassTo jump start the summer sipping season, make room in your fridge for another sign of summer – Rosé wines. Refreshing, dry, crisp & delicious, there is a Rosé wines for absolutely everyone.

You may have noticed at your local LCBO that the store shelves have ‘changed’ colour. More shades of pink are now available. With so many to choose from, where do you start?

Enter in stage right: Bouquet of Rosés. It’s our new & improved Savvy Sommelier service this summer – a different assortment of Rosés wines each month – all are made in Ontario and you won’t find them at the LCBO. Why? These wines are made in small batches and frankly, they are so good that the winery sells out of them – quickly.

Our Sommeliers started thinking about summer in the middle of the freezing cold. We have been chatting with winemakers about their Rosé wines and as soon as they are ready, cases have been set aside for us to feature in our Bouquet of Rosés.

Every month is different!

Our Sommeliers have tasted and tested all of the Rosés and have picked the best of the crop. Every month we are offering a different assortment of wines for you to enjoy. New this year, we are offering 2 sizes of ‘Bouquets’ – a small one (contains 6 different bottles of Rose wines) and a large bouquet (2 bottles of each of the 6 featured Roses.) You can order month by month or auto-magically have a bouquet delivered each month all summer long. Yup, its PINK MAGIC!

What to serve with Rose wines?

A few suggestions our Sommeliers blurted without hesitation when the question was asked:  a book, a sunset, picnic lunch, grilled shrimp, strawberry spinach salad, BBQed burgers…even pork chops.  How’s that for anything goes!

As you can see, pretty much any summer time favorite food can go with Rosés wine. Even a thick BBQed steak – try it!

Summertime reading

To give you even greater enjoyment of this year’s crop of Rosé wines – with every monthly bouquet, we will publish “The Rosé Report”. May sound formal for a not-so-formal drink, yet it is full of our Savvy Sommeliers’ tasting notes, tidbits about the featured winery & winemaker and best of all…our favorite summertime recipes for you to try when you have a bottle of Rosé chilling in your fridge.

For starters, here is one of Debbie’s favorite – Watermelon & Black Olive Salad. Serve as a salad or as a different twist on skewers, this is delicious with any Rosé wine – from light to medium bodied, from pale pink or almost red.  Here’s to summer! I’ll drink to that!

 

Watermelon Black Olive Salad

From Savvy Sommelier Debbie’s kitchen
Serves many

Ingredients

Watermelon & olive salad4 cups seedless watermelon cut in ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions

For Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp garam marsala (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 store).
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

Method

Place cubed watermelon, olives & onions in a large salad bowl & set aside.

Mix together all ingredients for vinaigrette.  Gently toss vinaigrette to cover watermelon mixture

Chill until ready to serve.

This can be enjoyed as a 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!

 

Get it before it’s gone!

May’s Bouquet of Rosés is only available to order until Sunday May 15th. Place your order with us – call us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online – and we’ll deliver your Bouquet of Roses to your home, office, even cottage…and shipping is FREE.

Click & pick a small or large bouquet…then kick back on your lawn chair to enjoy the summer!

It’s time to Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

 

 

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Weekender Report – wines from DiProfio, Harwood & Good Earth

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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The Long Weekend has come & gone, but you can still enjoy summer with our help. We take the legwork out of shopping for wine – simply order our Wines for the Weekend and voila, they arrive at your door!  Our Savvy Sommeliers have tried 100s of wines and selected those that will be delicious to serve as summer turns to fall. We want to make it easy for you to enjoy the best of Ontario wines.

You don’t even have to leave your office!
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Wines for the WeekendWines for the Weekend are bottles of hard-to-find wines that can be enjoyed any day of the week. All you have to do is order by Tuesday and your wines will arrive on Friday….just in time for the weekend.

Below is our Weekender Report telling you a bit more about each wine.  Watch this space for our Recipe Box with neat recipes from local chefs. You will find all the makings of a great weekend (or two) or even a dinner party.

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Featuring wines from…

Di Profio, Good Earth & Harwood

 

Di Profio Sparkling Rosie

DiProfio sparkling rosie$24.95
20 Valley (Niagara Escarpment)

This lovely sparkling wine is named after winery owner Joe DiProfio’s mother Rosie. Unique, as it is made with Gamay grapes grown in the vineyards that surround Di Profio Winery.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Made with Gamay grapes, this unique bubbly is crisp, dry & delightfully refreshing. With each sip, delicate aromas and tastes will remind you of red roses, tart cranberry or perhaps wild raspberries.

Food Pairing Suggestions: When our Savvy Sommelier Debbie visited the winery, Joe was busy hand labeling the bottles. Intrigued, Joe gave her a bottle to enjoy on her summer holidays. The sample bottle was tucked away in her suitcase then popped open in Nova Scotia to accompany a lobster feast. “The pairing was heavenly”, Debbie reports. If you are not planning a lobster dinner, enjoy this sparkling wine with a picnic, tapas such as chicken satay, marinated olives or try something completely different…serve it with BBQed Hanger Steak & Chimichurri…wait for fireworks to explode in your mouth when the fresh spices meet the delicate bubbles.

Di Profio Wines Kitchen Zinc 2013Di Profio Kitchen Zinc VQA 2013

$16.80
20 Valley (Niagara Escarpment)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This wine has quickly become Di Profio’s most popular wine and continues to sell more every year even with increased production! This delicious white wine is light and fresh on the palate. It offers a nose of tropical fruit –namely gooseberry, passion fruit, kiwi, and sweet, ripe melon. Behind the tropical fruit are lighter citrus, fresh cut grass, and wet river stone notes. There is an initial hit of the sweet tropical fruit, and then a cleansing, tart lemon refreshes before the long grapefruit pith finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled swordfish, an asparagus quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus, or a tropical salad!

 

Good Earth Wine Viognier VQA 2013

$24.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

Pronounced Vee-on-NYAY, originally only grown in the Rhone region of France, this grape variety is quickly becoming a favorite around the world. Wineries in South Africa, Australia (they are blending it with Shiraz) & California are now also growing Viognier. Some winemakers predict that it will become the next big white wine.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Get ready for a new favorite! The Good Earth winemaking team nailed it when they made this Viognier! Swirl your glass and enjoy delicious aromas of white flowers, fresh peaches, lemon (or is it lemon curd?) with a touch of oak. A crisp and refreshing wine that finishes clean and crisp with a citrusy zip.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Winery owner Nicolette Novak reports, “The cool growing season in 2013 allowed the grapes to retain their natural acidity while also keeping the alcohol level low, resulting in a very tasty, food friendly and refreshing Viognier.” She recommends to pair with seafood, roast chicken or a dish laden with farm fresh vegetables. We suggest to pick up a bag of fresh peas at your local farmers market, to make the recipe for Sweet Pea Soup in the TGIF Recipe Box below.

Good Earth Big Fork RedGood Earth Wine Big Fork Red VQA 2013

$21.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

As winery owner Nicolette states, “This wine is like no other!  Taste it and its mystery will intrigue you…a unique blend of 49% Merlot, 38% Pinot Noir, 9% Cabernet Franc & 4% Syrah that will certainly tantalize your taste buds. This wine is all about purity of fruit”.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Overflowing with aromas and tastes of red and black cherries, raspberry jam with a touch of something earthy (black licorice or tobacco perhaps?).  The blend offers both a fresh zip and a touch of tannins that catches you wanting more.

Food Pairing Suggestions: The gamut! Pizza, pasta with meat sauce, BBQed burgers and spicy sausages.

 

Harwood Windward White 2013Harwood Windward White VQA 2013

$18.00
Prince Edward County

Made with a unique blend of Vidal Blanc Chardonnay Riesling grapes, this wine amazed us all. At our grand tasting, everyone in the Savvy Team was asking each other…have you tried the Windward White yet?? We are excited to share it with you.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A dry & fresh white wine, it is loaded with aromas and tastes of white stone fruit (think peaches, nectarines, apricot) as well as crunchy green apple, a zip of acidity. along with a bit of residual sugar for a delicious finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: A crowd pleasing wine that will pair well with a lot of food including spinach and strawberry salad, peach and goats cheese pizza, Lebanese Fattoush and steamed mussels with lemongrass. Let us know what food you like with this wine!

Harwood Gamay_Noir 2013Harwood Gamay Noir VQA 2013

$25.00
Prince Edward County

The team at Harwood explain that ‘the Gamay grape is a natural cross-pollination between Pinot Noir and an ancient white varietal known as Gouais. If you aren’t familiar with Gamay Noir, it is a surprise waiting to find you!” And surprised we were when we tasted this amazing wine during the Savvy Team grand tasting. “This is friggin’ delicious” said Savvy Sommelier Shawn.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in colour with well balanced aromas and tastes of smoke, wild strawberry and red candy with a delicious acidity to finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: What to have with this great wine? Something off the BBQ – grilled pizza, saucy ribs or The Masonry Lamb Burger (recipe below).

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

 

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.Wines for the Weekend

When you order Wines for the Weekend, you will always have outstanding Ontario wines on hand. To order additional bottles of your new found favorites from this assortment by calling the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926). OR, continue to make your weekends even easier with an automatic delivery of Wines for the Weekend all year long – a completely new selection of hard-to-find wines will arrive at your home or office.

To order, simply call us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or visit www.savvycompany.ca/TGIF

Ready to get your wine glasses out again next month? Stay tuned to this blog, where we will post a list of the wines that we plan on featuring each month.

 

With Di Profio Sparkling Rosie…

Fireside Steaks with Chimichurri

From Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 located in in Waterloo, Ontario
The online version of this recipeis on Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance web site
Serves 4

OCTA Fireside steaks with chimmicurriWant some tips, tricks and recipes to make your outdoor cooking experiences great? This one is from Chef Nick Benninger, Owner of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 and a self-proclaimed avid camper; here he shares his go-to canoe trip recipe!

“This is a day-one of the canoe trip meal, a nice reward for a hard day of paddling and portaging and the only day of the trip where such a feast is possible due to a lack of refrigeration.  I take my steak marinade to my local butcher and have him vacpack them in the marinade for me so I can freeze the steaks prior to packing up, ensuring they will be safely cooled the whole time, this also provides some coldness for the other ingredients packed in the “day one dinner” food bag!”

Ingredients

4 steaks your favorite cut (Chef Nick suggests Hanger Steaks)
½ cup canola oil
½ cup spicy BBQ rub (Chef Nick suggests Taco Farm’s Local Chili Mix)
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno
Handful of fresh mint
Handful of fresh oregano
Handful of fresh cilantro
Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: ½ cup crème fraiche

Method

Purée canola oil, BBQ rub, 4 cloves of garlic, dried oregano and salt. If you are camping or heading to the cottage with this ready-made recipe, take the marinade to your local butcher shop and have them vacpack the steaks in the marinade for you. Then freeze the steaks for at least 24 hours to ensure a deep freeze. If you are not taking this dish on holidays with you, place steaks in a Ziploc or covered container & marinade overnight.

Once on site, build yourself a cooking fire. Once you’ve built up a good bed of coals, place your grill over the hottest point. Or fire up your BBQ.

Char the Jalapenos and let cool.

Remove steaks from marinade, let excess marinade drip off. Place on the hot, hot grill.

Meanwhile, chop the fresh herbs, charred jalapenos and remaining garlic cloves really fine. When the mixture is smooth, if using, fold in the crème fraiche.

Flip the steak only once to ensure a nice amount of charred bits. Cook until medium rare and let rest off the heat for 7 minutes.

Once rested, slice steaks and serve alongside chimmichuri mixture, grilled veggies and pop open the sparkling wine!


With Good Earth Wine Viognier…

Sweet Pea Soup

From The Prune Restaurant in Stratford
The online version of this recipe is onOntario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 2

High in all sorts of vitamins, these little green gems really pack a punch.

Stratford is well known as the “home” to approximately 75 students from across Canada attending the Stratford Chefs School where they put an emphasis on seasonal, fresh and locally foraged food.

OCTA Sweet Pea SoupIngredients

1 bouquet garni
4 leeks, whites only, finely diced
2 bunches scallions, whites only, finely diced
½ lb butter for cooking
½ lb butter for finishing, cubed and cold
1.5 kg fresh peas
2.75 L water

Instructions

Melt ½ lb of butter in a large pot.Add leeks and scallions, season and sweat the vegetables for 5 – 10 minutes.

Add ½ L of water and braise the vegetables until soft.When soft add the remaining water and the bouquet garni and bring the mixture to a boil.

When boiling add the peas and cook for 60 seconds.Immediately transfer the soup to a blender and puree. Then add the remaining ½ lb of butter gradually as you blend so it becomes emulsified into the soup.

Check seasoning.

Chill the soup immediately to preserve the colour.

 

With Harwood Gamay Noir…

The Masonry Lamb Burger

OCTA Masonry Lamb BurgerFrom The Masonry in Perth, Ontario
The online version of this recipe is on Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 4

Sometimes you just want something a bit different for dinner. Thanks to The Masonry, we’ve got you covered with this awesome lamb burger! This is such an easy twist on a classic meal that is sure to have you savouring each and every bite!

Located in Perth, The Masonry offers and ever changing seasonally themed and local menu. On top of that you can sip on a one of the ten Ontario craft beers on tap, or two or three, we don’t judge. What’s even better, when you leave The Masonry you can even take some tasty local eats home front their market.

Ingredients

1lb ground lamb
2 eggs
2 greenhouse red peppers
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
½ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp white wine vinegar
250ml cold pressed canola oil
2 Tbsp basil chopped
4 Tbsp crumbled sheep’s milk feta
Handful of arugula
4 pretzel buns

Instructions

For pepperonata, sauté onions and peppers till translucent in a medium frying pan. Add garlic. Cook till relish consistency. Set aside to cool.

Mix lamb, one egg and black pepper together until well combined. With cold hands, make four even sized patties and season with salt. Toss onto searing hot cast iron skillet and cook roughly 4 minutes per side until medium.

Meanwhile, in a food processor start basil mayo. Blitz remaining egg, vinegar and dijon. Add the cold pressed canola oil in a slow steady stream. Mixture should emulsify and look like a mayonnaise. Fold in basil, season with salt and pepper.

To serve, smear pretzel bun with basil mayo. Top with crumbled sheep’s milk feta, fresh arugula and generous spoon of pepperonata. Slide the lamb burger on in there and replace the bun top.

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Ready to get your tasting glasses out again next month?  Soon we will be updating the list of the wines that we plan on featuring in the months to come, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for news on more great Ontario wines.

 

Cheers & enjoy these wines on the weekend!

 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Vieni, Vineland & Greenlane

Posted by Debbie

Monday, August 24th, 2015
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As Summer rolls along you’ve still got lots of time to enjoy Rosé wines from across Ontario and we have made it easy for you with a bouquet of One Dozen Rosés…wines that is. Each month this summer we are offering a different assorted case of Rosé wines for you to sample & enjoy, along with recipes to enjoy with the different wines .

dozenroses_180pxWatch this spot for weekly updates to our Rosé Report.  Our Savvy Sommeliers take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle. Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés as well as great recipes that we feature to help make your summer wining & dining easy.

Keep calm & carry on with summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
Vieni, Vineland & Greeenlane…

 

Vieni Momenti Rose SparklingVieni Estates Momenti Rosé Extra Dry

$16.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: If this wine could speak, it would say “let’s party!”. Bright cream soda like colour, crisp with tastes of cherry & cranberry wrapped up with a whiff of fresh bread. The refreshing acidity is delicious, while the mousse & fine bubbles make this a great crowd pleasing wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Here is a fun (not to mention eye catching) hors d’oeuvre to serve at your next party – Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. If you are not a fan of jalapenos, try bacon wrapped scallops or put out a charcuterie plate with this bubbly.


Vieni Alleria Rose WineVieni Alleria VQA 2012

$13.95
20 Valley, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: An interesting blend of Riesling & Pinot Noir, this light salmon wine has subtle floral notes with a dash of white pepper. With your first sip, you’ll remark on the vibrancy of acidity that will either quench your thirst or smooth out when you enjoy with food.

Food Pairing Suggestions: This is definitely a picnic wine. Easy drinking, especially perfect for those who are white wine lovers, this wine would be delicious with hummus, tabbouleh, green salads or smoked salmon. Simply, chill, sip & enjoy.

 

Greenlane roseGreenlane Rosé 2013

$15.95
Beamsville Bench, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Summertime in a glass! Refreshing notes of strawberry & rhubarb…but not tart. This wine is dry, crisp with a light sweetness. Smooth custard like mouthfeel, it is a delicious & well balanced wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions: when pairing with food, it is good to accentuate the dominant flavour – in this case rhubarb. Make your favorite rhubarb dish like the Rhubarb Salad we have in the Rosé Recipe Box on the following pages. If you’d rather accentuate the strawberry taste then serve with the Perch with Strawberry Salsa.

 

Vineland Rose The Game Changer 2014Vineland Estates The Game Changer VQA 2014

$16.95
Vineland, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon this pretty salmon colour has bright refreshing acidity, floral & berry aromas that continue into the taste. There’s a base of minerality that makes this medium bodied rosé so delicious. Imagine the remarkable red wine that could be created if they took the same grapes and let them sit on the skins long (with the juice).

Food Pairing Suggestions: Our friend Chef Brad Long shares in our Rosé Recipe Box his Fast Poaching Lil Fish recipe which would hit top marks with this wine. If fish is not your forte, then try with light dishes like prosciutto & asparagus, lemon roasted chicken, corn chowder…or a summer salad.

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~


With Vieni Momenti Sparkling Dry Rosé…

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno PoppersFrom Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 10

Take your patio party up a notch with these homemade jalapeño poppers. They make excellent party food and are a fun way to spice up mood at your next soiree (see image at right, photo credit: OCTA)

“Spicy, cheesey AND wrapped in bacon? Has there ever been a more perfect food? If you’re feeling particularly industrious, pop these on the grill and flip them every couple minutes. They need to be watched in the oven though, as the cheese can be particularly mischievous! One last tip? Make twice as many as you think you’ll need. Trust me.”

Ingredients

12 jalapeño peppers
½ cup cheeses of choice – try half cheddar, half chevre mix
12 slices bacon

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut each jalapeño in half-length wise. Remove seeds and ribs, but leave on the stems. Be careful not to rub your eyes! (a rookie mistake!).

Mix cheeses together in a bowl until evenly blended.

Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture — like a little pepper boat.

Gently wrap each stuffed pepper half with a half slice of bacon. You may need to secure it with a tooth pick if the slice of bacon is too short.

Arrange bacon-wrapped peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes.

 

With Vineland The Game Changer…

Fast Poaching Lil’ Fish

Fast poaching lil FishFrom Chef Brad Long
Serves 4

Chef Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada. His talents are highly acclaimed by some of the country’s toughest food critics – VQA Restaurant Awards of Excellence and Globe and Mail Top 10 restaurants of the year.

Currently Long is chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering. He is a Co-host of the Food Network Canada smash hit Restaurant Makeover and is currently in post-production of a new provocative food documentary.

Ingredients

3 lbs trout filets, skin on
1L water
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, cut into four
3 bay leaves
1 sprig of thyme
2 ribs celery (optional)
½ bulb fennel, chopped (optional)

Method

Begin by removing any remaining pin bones left in your fish filets. Tweezers work best for this job.

Portion your trout in even, one per person pieces. Lay trout skin side down in a greased square sided pan, do not pile or overlap. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place water, onion, garlic, lemon, bay, thyme and celery/fennel, if using, in a stock pot. Bring it to a boil. Once boiled, salt generously. It should taste like a slightly too salty soup.

Reheat (or cool) liquid to 175F – use a thermometer. Once it reaches the correct temperature pour over fish filets until all pieces are covered.

Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 4-7 minutes. For a medium rare fish cook it less time. For a well done piece of fish, use the full 7 minutes.

To serve, gently lift the portion of fish from the broth with a wide, flexible fish spatula. Briefly drain on a clean cloth and then onto the plate.

With Greenlane Rosé

Rhubarb & Radish Salad

From Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 4

Think you know your rhubarbs? Hothouse-grown rhubarb is light pink and often has these unmistakable, almost florescent yellow leaves. Field-grown, which will appear in a couple weeks, is a more vibrant red color. Both are equally delicious, so get yourself to market now!

Rhubarb radish saladIngredients

1 bunch radishes, cut into matchsticks or thin rounds
2 large rhubarb stalks, cut into matchsticks or ribbons
1 shallot, very thinly sliced
1 cup mint leaves
½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
1½ tsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
¾ tsp honey
¾ tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp olive oil

Method

Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, and mustard in a large bowl to blend. Whisking constantly, gradually add oil and whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Add radishes, rhubarb, shallot, and mint to bowl and toss to coat.

Taste and season with salt and pepper.

 

Clink & Drink Pink all summer long!

Have refreshing Rosé wines in your fridge while the summer sun shines. To order additional bottles of your new found favorite Rosés from this assortment calling Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926). OR, continue to receive One Dozen Rosés in September – a completely new selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines. To order, call us or visit www.savvycompany.ca/rose.

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that will be in September’s bouquet:

-Château des Charmes Rosé VQA 2014, Niagara-on-the-Lake
-Good Earth Winery Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville Bench (Niagara)
-Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville
-Rosehall Run One Rosé VQA 2014, Prince Edward County
-Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling, Prince Edward County
Trail Estates Rosé, VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

-…and a few other bottles.

Order your One Dozen Rosé at
www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 

 

 

 

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Wines for your weekend from Greenlane, Keint-He & Ridgepoint

Posted by Debbie

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Well the Long Weekend is upon us – do you have your wine fridge filled up? Whatever you’re doing on this hot & sunny 3-days off, be sure to look into having Wines for the Weekend delivered every weekend this summer.

Order your assorted case of great Ontario wines now and have them delivered. Why spend time aimlessly roaming the store shelves for wine when you can have a personal Sommelier & have fine wines delivered?

Wines for the WeekendOur Savvy Sommeliers travel to Ontario wineries all the time & sample 100s of wines.  We’ve picked the best 12 bottles of summer sippers for you to have on hand with Wines for the Weekend.  

With each entry in our Weekender Report, our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up inside your case of wine   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some top Ontario wines that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your Wines for the Weekend.

Start your weekend now!  Click & order >>

 

Featuring wines from…

Greenlane, Keint-He & Ridgepoint

 

Keint-He Voyageur Riesling 2013Keint-He Voyageur Riesling VQA 2014

$18.00
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: ”Riesling is my little black dress of wine”, explains Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “It is delicious on its own and can create WOW factor with all kinds of hors d’oeuvres at a party.” This particular Riesling WOWed our team of Savvy Sommeliers with its aromas of crisp stone fruit (think peaches, apricot, nectarine), zippy lemon peel and minerality that you can find in several Rieslings in The County. These aromas continue into the taste along with a hint of honey to round out the delicious-ness of this easy drinking wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: With so many potential pairings with this wine, we encourage you to be adventurous and try it out with ceviche. If you are not keen on making this dish, then a light white fish would go well or try your hand at the shrimp cocktail recipes in our TGIF Recipe Box.

 

 

Keint-He Voyageur_Pinot Noir 2013Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir VQA 2013

$19.00
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, this easy drinking Pinot Noir is a beautiful blend of fruit and barrel aging. Aromas of cooked red fruit (think: cherry, raspberry and strawberry) that fills the glass and continues into its taste. Medium bodied with tannins that will soften when food is introduced or as the wine ages in your cellar…but this wine is perfectly good to serve now. The delicious undertone of vanilla (or perhaps it is cola) rounds out the mouthfeel as the taste moderately lingers.

Suggested Food Pairing: A classic food pairing to Pinot Noir is grilled salmon or a dish laden with mushrooms. If you are taking a break from the BBQ, we have something completely different for you… Osso Buco made in the slow cooker…so you can spend more time outside than in the kitchen this summer. Enjoy!

 

Greenland Cabernet Franc 2012Greenlane Cabernet Franc VQA 2013

$23.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

From a small boutique winery, this amazing red wine is turning heads. Cabernet Franc is a grape variety that is often used for blending yet it grows so well in Ontario that winemakers are opting to make wines to showcase the ripe fruit characters of Cabernet Franc rather than blending it with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to make a classic Bordeaux style wine.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Deep red in colour with complex aromas of blackberry, dark overripe fruit, leather, pencil shavings topped with a hint of dark chocolate. With just one sip, all these delicious dark aromas are found in the taste with a touch of fresh ground pepper and well integrated tannins to make this a well-balanced and well-made red wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a no fuss wine. It would be delicious with anything off the grill – burgers or sausage. Our long time Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club subscriber Nancy offered her go-to Meat Lovers Pizza recipe. Grill the pizza on your BBQ or pop it in the oven – either way it will be a sure fire hit with this wine.

Greenlane G2 2013Greenlane G2 VQA 2013

$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This wine is ready to impress you! Made with Gamay grapes G2 (Gav’s Gamay) holds a story that well…you just need to plan a trip to the winery to find out more about it! (or subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club to get the inside scoop about who Gav is when we feature the winery & their wines in October.)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “This wine is all about raspberry & chocolate” remarked Patty when she tasted it for the first time. Do you find this same combination in your glass? Other aromas that come to mind are fresh ground pepper, caramelized sugar and even a faint hint of black licorice. When you take a sip, the medium bodied wine fills out with tastes of black cherry and pomegranate. A delicious juicy wine that impressed our Sommeliers from start to finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: A great summer red wine that would be delicious with sausages with fennel, BBQed vegetables. When wild mushrooms are in abundance, keep this wine & recipe in mind: Creamy Mushrooms on Toast. Easy and delicious as either hors d’oeuvre or appetizer, the full recipe is in the TGIF Recipe Box.

 

Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet MCA 2010Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet Aglianco VQA 2010

$20.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This small-batch wine is aged in French and American oak for up to 24 months. It’s predominantly Merlot, with a small portion of Cabernet Franc and fully air dried (almost to the point of raisins) Aglianico grapes added for depth and intensity in aromas and flavours.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Our tasting panel loved this unique wine, with its rich, ripe berry and plum notes, hints of dried fruit and spice. It’s full bodied, generous and velvety, the texture warm and spicy, the tannins supple, with a clean acidity that lifts the tasty fruit flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this unique blend with classic Italian meat pasta dishes. Be sure to try your hand at our recipe for Potato Cake with Soppressata…not sure what this is? Check out the recipe in the Weekender Report.

Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 2-3 years.

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.

With Keint-He Voyageur Riesling…

Cartagena Ceviche

 

From Taste & Travel Magazine– January 2015 issue

Since this dish does not involve any cooking, use the freshest seafood you can find at your local fish monger.

Ingredients

½ lb shrimp, shelled & deveined
½ lb calamari, cleaned & cut into bit size pieces
1 lb white fish, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 hot green chili pepper, chopped (optional)
½ cup red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp salt (or amount to taste)
½ cup freshly chopped cilantro
saltine crackers

Method

Wash the seafood in cold water, drain and place in bowl. add the salt and 1 cup of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Drain the fish, discarding the lime juice. Add the onion, chili, red pepper, cilantro, orange juice and remaining lime juice. Season with more salt if needed

Serve in small bowls or martini glasses with saltine crackers

 

With Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir…

Easy OssoBuco – slow cooker version

From MyRecipes.com
Serves 8

Ingredients

1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3 lbs cross-cut bone-in beef shanks
1 Tbsp canola oil, divided
Cooking spray
2 cups sliced onion
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup chopped carrot
2 Tbsp tomato paste
8 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup unsalted beef stock
¼ ounce dried porcini mushrooms, chopped
½ cup dry red wine
2 tsp cornstarch
¾ tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
8 plum tomatoes
6 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1Tbsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp minced garlic

Method

Preheat broiler and sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt over beef. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 ½ teaspoons oil & swirl to coat. Add beef and cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned.

Add beef to a 6-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Add 1 ½ teaspoons oil to skillet and swirl around. Add onion, celery, carrot, tomato paste, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add stock and mushrooms.

Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock mixture, wine, cornstarch, pepper, and bay leaf to slow cooker.

Place tomatoes on a jelly-roll pan. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place tomatoes on beef, pressing lightly to crush.

Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until beef is tender. Remove beef from cooker. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Stir meat and 1 ¼ teaspoons salt into cooker. Discard the bay leaf. Combine parsley, rind, and garlic. Sprinkle on top.

 

With Greenlane Cabernet Franc…

Homemade Meatlovers’ Pizza

From Nancy’s Kitchen (Nancy is a ‘lifer’ & long time Savvy Selections subscriber)
Makes 2 pizzas

Nancy uses this pizza recipe so often that she offers some extra tips!

Ingredients for Nancy’s pizza dough

1 package dry yeast – (I use quick rise)
1  cup lukewarm water
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup olive oil ( I often use flavoured like Tuscan herb oil from the store called the unrefined olive)
2 Tbsp honey
½ tsp salt

Method

Mix dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine and knead, let rise about 30-45 minutes

Ingredients for pizza toppings

pepperoni salami
smoked bacon
Italian sausage
tomatoes
red peppers
feta cheese or Bocconcini
good Parmigiano-Reggiano crumbled on top
Sprinkle any or all of the ingredients on top of the pizza dough and bake at 350 for 20 mins.

Buon Appetito!


 

With Greenlane G2…

Creamy Mushrooms on Toast

Recipe & photo from www.epicurious.com
Makes 4 (appetizers servings)

A delicious dish to serve as a hors d’oeuvre or appetizer course.

Ingredients

1 oz dried morel mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
1 lb button mushrooms, trimmed, wiped clean and thinly sliced
1 cup buttery white wine, such as Chardonnay
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
½ cup crème fraîche or heavy, non ultra-pasteurized cream
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 good-sized (about 6 x 4 inches) slices of freshly baked, crusty bread
Chervil sprigs, for garnish

Method

Place the dried morels in a medium-sized bowl and pour the water over them.

Let sit for 1 hour, then lift the mushrooms from the soaking water, and strain the water if necessary through several thicknesses of cheesecloth. Reserve the soaking liquid.

Place the morels and the button mushrooms in a medium-sized, heavy bottomed sauté pan, pour the wine over them and place over medium-high heat. Cook the mushrooms in the wine, which should remain at a vigorous boil, stirring from time to time so they cook evenly, until all but about 1 tablespoon of the wine has evaporated, and the mushrooms are still moist, not dry which will take 8 to 10 minutes.

Lower the heat to medium, add the butter to the mushrooms and stir until it has melted, then sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and stir constantly for about two minutes, so the flour is completely mixed into the mushrooms.

Add the mushroom cooking liquid and stir until it is thoroughly blended with the ingredients in the pan and has begun to thicken, about 4 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche and cook until it is thickened and completely incorporated into the ingredients and the mushrooms are tender though not completely limp, 4 to 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the bread lightly on each side, and place two pieces on each of four plates. Pour equal amounts of mushrooms and sauce over the bread. Garnish the plates with the chervil, and serve immediately.

 

With Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet Aglianico…

Potato Cake with Soppressata

From www.bcliquorstores.com
Serves 12

What is soppressata you ask? A special dried Italian salami found in most grocery stores. This hearty torte is a delicious combination of potato, cheese and infused with the delicious sausage.

Ingredients

4 large eggs

½ cup homogenized milk
¼ cup ricotta cheese
½ tsp dried oregano, crushed
4 lb russet potatoes (about 6 large)
1 ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino or Grana Padano cheese
½ lb soppressata, prosciutto or salami, cut into 1” pieces
¼ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
¾ lb fresh mozzarella, cut into ¼” slices

Method

Preheat oven to 450F. In mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk, ricotta and oregano, mix well and set aside. Boil whole potatoes until tender, 30-40 minutes.

Drain & peel potatoes; while still warm, pass through a food mill or grate into large mixing bowl. Fold in Parmesan, then stir in soppressata and parsley.

Gently mix in egg mixture. Do not over-mix or potato starch will make mixture tough.

Butter 9” spring-form pan with 2 Tbsp butter & dust with some bread crumbs. Transfer half potato mixture into pan and gently smooth I to edges. Spread mozzarella slices over potato mixture to within ½” of edge. Top with remaining potato mixture and carefully smooth over with wet spatula. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs dot with remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to stand 15 minutes before unmolding. Serve in wedges with a green salad. Can be made the day before, covered and refrigerated. Reheat at 350F uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

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Sneak peak… here’s what’s in store next month

Ready to get your tasting glasses out again in August?  Here is a list of the wines that we plan on featuring next month, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for more updates.

Wines for the Weekend in August

Casa-Dea Estates Melon de Bourgogne (white), Prince Edward County
Casa-Dea Estates Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County
DiProfio Wines The Kitchen Zinc (white blend), 20 Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Wines Zinc-tastic (red blend), 20 Valley
Harwood Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Riesling, Prince Edward County
Harwood Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir, Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, 20 Valley
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2014, 20 Valley
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot Reserve, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery,Trois Femmes Rosé, 20 Valley (Niagara)
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery, Locked & Loaded (red blend), 20 Valley

 

Cheers & have a great weekend!

 

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Wines for your weekend from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni Estates

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Everybody’s working for the weekend…Wines for the Weekend that is! Order your assorted case of great Ontario wines now and have them delivered. Why spend time aimlessly roaming the store shelves for wine when you can have a personal Sommelier & have fine wines delivered?

Wines for the WeekendOur Savvy Sommeliers travel to Ontario wineries all the time & sample 100s of wines.  We’ve picked the best 12 bottles of summer sippers for you to have on hand with Wines for the Weekend.  With each entry in our Weekender Report , our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up inside your case of wine   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some top Ontario wines that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your Wines for the Weekend.

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Featuring wines from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni…

 

Vieni Bollicine sparkling 2012Vieni Bollicine Sparkling

$22.45 (special Savvy price)
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

A special price on this bubbly! We were delighted when the team at Vieni Estates offered us an extra special price (regular $24.95) so we could include their bubbly in this month’s assortment.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Crunchy apples & butterscotch came to mind when our Savvy Sommeliers popped the cork on this beautiful sparkling wine. With each sip, the wine showed off its crisp refreshing tastes, “surprisingly, without a tart finish”, one of our Sommeliers noticed. A smooth buttery taste that makes this sparkling wine elegant and OMG delicious. Chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge, or 30 minutes in an ice bucket filled with an ice and water mix.

Food Pairing suggestions: This versatile sparkling wine will sing with food that will emphasize its crisp yet buttery taste. Lobster, seafood or fish would definitely fit the bill. In the TGIF Recipe Box below, we offer a Grilled Ginger Salmon recipe. With its unique yogurt coating and fresh ingredients, it will be delicious as an appetizer or main course.

 

Vieni Alleria Rose 2012Vieni Alleria Rosé

$13.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: A pretty light pink colour, this is a unique blend of Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes. Sun-kissed and fresh, this wine has subtle aromas that resemble white flowers and white pepper. The wine gets more lively with each sip as tastes of rhubarb comes to mind.

Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or chilled gazpacho soup. Our Savvy Team member Amanda makes a to-die-for gazpacho that is synonymous with summertime. She shares her quick & easy recipe with you in our TGIF Recipe Box. Get your food processor ready to whip up a batch. Olé!

 

Traynor Sauvignon Blanc 2014Traynor Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2014

$24.95
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A classic Sauvignon Blanc, this one is made with Niagara grapes, yet crafted in the Traynor’s new winemaking facility in The County. The result? A delicious zippy refreshing white wine with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime, gooseberry and a hint of either pine or lime zest – which do you think describes that aroma best? Each sip is refreshing with a taste that has the zippiness of white grapefruit – another classic characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc.

Suggested Food Pairing: Another wine to pack for a picnic or serve on your dock. Chill & enjoy on its own, with tabbouleh, hummus or quinoa salad. Our Savvy Sommeliers figured that this wine would be delightful with shellfish too – crab legs, shrimp or better yet, freshly shucked oysters! Check out our TGIF Recipe Box for 3 different ways to serve up the classic shrimp cocktail.

Have your own mini wine-tasting – Pinot Gris vs. Pinot Grigio

Have you been to one of our Sommelier led wine tastings? If there’s one thing you might have taken away it’s the ‘eyes, nose, mouth’ trick. As you sample these wines remember to look, smell & taste and you will appreciate these fine wines even more.

Traynor Pinot Gris VQA 2014

$24.95
Prince Edward County

From one of The County’s newest winery, this is a complex Pinot Gris.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  With one sniff, this wine shows off it’s layered aromas of tropical fruits (think mango & kiwi), minerality (wine lingo: flint) along with a fresh-out-of-the-oven bread smell. All these aromas continue into the taste! A well balanced wine with fruit and acidity, it is amazing that the winemaker got this one so right…in their first year of business.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  The warm finish of the wine makes you realize that this wine can stand up to a menu that includes cheese, garden fresh veggies and a flavourful sauce. In the Recipe Box, our Sommelier Debbie shares with you her Mother’s recipe for Linguine with Garden Fresh Tomatoes. A recipe that is easy and delicious for this time of year as the garden is in full bloom.

 

Riverview Pinot Grigio 2013Riverview Pinot Grigio VQA 2013

$13.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

At your mini wine-tasting, try the Traynor Pinot Gris & the Riverview Pinot Grigio side by side to see how the same grape variety (Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio are identical, just one takes on the Italian name) differs between winemakers.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Aromas of white flowers, pear, apricot & apples waft from the glass. These delicious aromas carry through into the taste with a touch of something that we had a hard time putting our finger on. “It reminds me of lemon drop candy like my grandmother used to give me when I was a kid.” commented Eva during the tasting. Remember that taste? It’s amazing how wine can activate those wonderful childhood memories!

Suggested Food Pairing: Chicken Satay, Fish Tacos, Spanish Frittata and Pulled Pork were discussed as potential pairings. Have a recipe for one of these? Give it a try…or play with the wine & food pairing by serving this wine along with the Traynor Pinot Gris with the Shrimp Cocktail 3 ways recipe in our TGIF Recipe Box. You may find some of the sauces pair better with different wines!

 

 

Riverview Caberenet Sauvignon 2012Riverview Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2012

$29.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This reserve wine is the BIGGEST one of the bunch. Rich with all of the dark fruits – plum, blueberry, black berry and black cherry laced with a warm spice on the nose. These aromas continue into the taste with the introduction of tobacco, cedar and grippy tannins that are balanced with a long finish of dark fruit. This wine goes to show that deep red wines can be made in Ontario!

Suggested Food Pairing: Uncork for that special long summer evening or tuck away in your cellar for a few years more, this wine shines! “This makes me want to have a dinner party!” vowed Savvy Sommelier Erin. Fire up the BBQ and bring out your favorite cut of steak to enjoy with this wine.

Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 3-7 years.

 

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.


With Vieni Bollicine Sparkling…

Gingery Grilled Salmon

From ‘Eating Well Magazine’
Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ cups nonfat plain yogurt
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp freshly grated lime zest
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp canola oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
4, 4-5 oz. pieces salmon fillet, about 1” thick

Method

Whisk together marinade ingredients.

Place salmon in a shallow glass dish and pour marinade over it, turning to coat all sides. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, turning once or twice.

Heat grill. Using long-handled BBQ brush, coat grill rack with oil. Place salmon, skin-side up, on grill. Cook for 5 minutes. Using 2 metal spatulas, carefully turn the salmon pieces over and cook just until opaque in the center, 6-8 minutes longer. With 2 spatulas, remove salmon from grill and slip off skin.

Serve over mixed greens with a simple lime, canola oil and honey dressing.

 

With Vieni Alleria Rosé…

Gazpacho

From Amanda’s Kitchen

This is a summertime classic that the Savvy Team enjoys whenever Amanda brings it to the office. Refreshing and perfect for any hot day, it tastes just like you’re sitting in sunny Spain! Serve with a rosé wine or any of the whites in your Wines for the Weekend…even the sparkling wine too!

Ingredients

15 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 each red & yellow red peppers, chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
½-¾ cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp garlic (more is better)
3 Tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
½ tsp salt
¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped (more is better)
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Method

Chop everything then purée in batches in food processor, adding some liquids (broth, vinegar, oil) each time.

Chill at least two hours and up to 1 day. Garnish with three croutons and serve.

 

With Traynor Sauvignon Blanc AND Riverview Pinot Gris…

Shrimp Cocktail with 3 Sauces

From Martha Stewart www.marthastewart.com
Makes 25 pieces

Martha says…”This recipe for shrimp cocktail is three times more delicious than ordinary versions of the classic appetizer, thanks to a trio of dipping sauces: a traditional tomato-horseradish sauce, a mango-basil sauce, and remoulade sauce. Leave the shrimp with their peels on for a bit of hands-on fun.”

For the Shrimp

Coarse salt
1 pound (about 25) large shrimp, heads (optional) and shells on

To make the shrimp prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Boil shrimp until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, and transfer to ice-water bath to cool. Drain, and refrigerate.

Sauce #1 – Remoulade

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp spicy stone-ground mustard, preferably Creole
3 Tbsp finely chopped celery
1 ½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
½ Tbsp finely chopped scallion
Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. Stir in celery, parsley, and scallion. Season with black pepper. Serve immediately (or refrigerate for up to 1 day).

Sauce #2 – Tomato-Horseradish Sauce

1 cup chili sauce, such as Heinz
½ cup prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper

Stir together chili sauce, horseradish, and lemon juice. Season with black pepper. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.)

Sauce #3 – Mango-Basil Sauce

2 small mangoes, peeled and chopped
½ lemon, peeled and rind finely chopped (2 teaspoons)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp rice vinegar (not seasoned)
½ tsp salt
Pinch freshly ground white pepper
5 basil leaves, thinly sliced

Make the mango-basil sauce: Pulse mangoes, lemon rind and juice, vinegar, salt, and white pepper in a food processor until smooth. Fold in basil. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.)

Assembly of Shrimp Cocktail

Place shell-on shrimp in a large bowl, or peel shrimp and arrange in small serving dishes. Serve with the 3 sauces on the side.

 

With Traynor Pinot Gris…

Linguine with Garden Fresh Tomatoes

From Dixie’s Kitchen (Savvy Company’s founder & Sommelier Debbie Trenholm’s favorite recipe that her Mom makes in the summer!)
Serves 4

Ingredients

12 oz linguine
1 medium onion – chopped
¼ cups grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
4-5 cups tomatoes chopped – Roma are best   (I use a mixture, but usually more Romas!)
¼ cup chopped fresh basil (or 2 Tbsp dried)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

Method

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain well and toss in cheese and butter.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in med size fry pan.

Sauté onions and garlic (Mom adds mushrooms and fresh out of the garden yellow zucchini too) until tender, stir in tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper (also about ¼ tsp sugar). Heat thoroughly 3-5 minutes until hot.

Spoon hot linguine onto plates and top with sauce, sprinkle with parsley.

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Sneak peak… here’s what’s in store next month

Ready to get your tasting glasses out again in August?  Here is a list of the wines that we plan on featuring next month, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for more updates.

Wines for the Weekend in August

Casa-Dea Estates Melon de Bourgogne (white), Prince Edward County
Casa-Dea Estates Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County
DiProfio Wines The Kitchen Zinc (white blend), 20 Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Wines Zinc-tastic (red blend), 20 Valley
Harwood Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Riesling, Prince Edward County
Harwood Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir, Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, 20 Valley
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2014, 20 Valley
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot Reserve, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery,Trois Femmes Rosé, 20 Valley (Niagara)
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery, Locked & Loaded (red blend), 20 Valley

 

Cheers & have a great weekend!

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Creekside, Rosewood & Sue-Ann Staff

Posted by Debbie

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Why not stock up on Rosé wines for the August Long weekend? What better way to celebrate summer in all its sunny glory than toast with a glass of pink in hand.  Our One Dozen Rosés is back with a different assorted case of Rosé wine each month this summer &  you can read all about each bottle that you will receive when you place your order.  We make buying Rosé wine so easy, just click & sip!

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyWith each entry in our Rosé Report, our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle.

Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés as well as great recipes that we feature to help make your summer wining & dining easy.

Bring on summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
Creekside, Rosewood & Sue-Ann Staff wineries…


Creekside Cabernet Rose 2014Creekside Estates Cabernet Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Another great winery to visit when you take a summer getaway to wine country. Not only do they make lots of great wines, but their patio overlooking the vineyard is also worth stopping for.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright neon pink in colour with gorgeous aromas of wild strawberries, flowers& green apple that follows into the taste. This crowd-pleasing wine is juicy yet dry. Medium bodied and well balanced with refreshing acidity…it is summer in a glass.

Suggested Food Pairing: You can’t go wrong with this wine. The colour, the bouquet & the taste…they all will remind you of summer. This versatile wine can be served chilled on its own or with any of the creations in our Rosé Recipe Box. Be sure to have a batch of the Rosemary & White Bean Dip in the fridge at the cottage just in case you feel the urge coming on to crack open this bottle of wine as the sunsets.

 

 

Rosewood Trois Femmes Rose 2013Rosewood Trois Femmes Rosé VQA 2014

$15.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

From the family run winery and Ontario’s first Meadery, this year’s Rosé from Rosewood is 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The wine was made with the skins intact with the juice for 3-5 days then fermented until it reached the fruity flavours and the colour that the winemaker wanted to create.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: One word will describe this wine: STRAWBERRY. From its colour, the aroma and taste, this wine has the wonderful summery taste of fresh strawberries. “It has the zippiness of rhubarb too”, commented Savvy Sommelier Debbie during the Savvy Team tasting of 40+ Rosé wines. A very well-balanced, smooth wine that combines notes of strawberry tastes of watermelon and freshly crushed ripe berries – all things that are iconic about summer.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a no fuss wine. It would be delicious with anything off the grill, seafood, homemade pizza, charcuterie and light meals. Try something completely different – Beet-zza!

 

Sue Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink 2013Sue-Ann Staff Foxy Pink VQA 2013

$17.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This has been an amazing year for our friend Sue-Ann. In April, she decided to finish the chapter of her career where she was making wine at other wineries and focus 100% on her namesake winery – Sue-Ann Staff Estates. And the decision quickly paid off. Her new Fancy Farm Girl wine brand has won label design awards as well as accolades for her wines. This one is the Rosé in her portfolio. Be sure to read the back label to learn more about Sue-Ann’s style – a farm girl who loves to be a diva too!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The bright coral pink colour alludes to the style of this wine. Bright vivid aromas of watermelon, strawberry candy, even marshmallows leap from the glass. These aromas continue as you sip on this off-dry wine, then the bright zippy acidity will make your mouth water while prepping your palate for another sip and another.    Enjoy on its own with friends (or not!) or with sushi, tuna, salmon, pizzas, picnics, salads and soooo much more.

Suggested Food Pairing: Keep chilled in your fridge for when friends come over for a spontaneous get together. Call out for sushi or fire up the gill with some salmon steaks or better yet…get fancy with the Grilled Chicken & Strawberries with Balsamic.

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~


With Creekside Cabernet Rosé

Rosemary & White Bean Dip

From Serious Eats
Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

1 (15 ½ oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Place beans, garlic, and lemon juice in the work-bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until beans are roughly chopped.

With motor running, slowly pour 1/4 cup of oil through feed tube. Process until mixture is smooth.

Transfer bean mixture to a small bowl. Stir in rosemary, lemon zest, and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serve with Greek pita wedges or pita crisps.

 

With Rosewood Trois Femmes Rosé

Beet-zza

From Chatelaine Magazine
Serves 4-6

beet-zzaIngredients

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 beaten egg
½ cup very thinly sliced beets
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp crumbled feta
fresh basil to garnish

Method

Unroll puff pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a paring knife to score a ½in. border around pastry square. With a fork, prick holes all over pastry.

Bake at 400°F for 15 min.

Brush egg evenly over pastry. Layer with sliced beets. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with feta.

Bake at 400°F in bottom third of oven until golden, 15 to 20 more min.

Sprinkle with fresh basil.

 

With Sue-Ann Staff Foxy Pink

Grilled Chicken & Strawberries with Balsamic Syrup

From Fine Cooking Magazine
Serves 4

Grilling gives strawberries a slightly smoky flavor and a striking appearance. Balsamic vinegar adds a rich note that highlights and deepens the flavor of both the strawberries and the chicken, tying the meal together.

Ingredients

Grilled Chicken & Strawberries arugula from Fine Cookingbalsamic vinegar
strawberries
chicken breast cutlets
olive oil
kosher salt
black peppercorns
basil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
20 medium strawberries (unhulled)
4, 5-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
handful of arugula, as desired

Method

In a 1-quart saucepan, boil the vinegar until reduced by half, about 2 minutes; set aside.

Thread 5 strawberries on each of 4 skewers. Brush the chicken cutlets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

Grill the chicken and strawberries until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side, and the strawberries have slight grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Serve drizzled with a little olive oil and the reduced vinegar and sprinkled with basil.

 

Clink & Drink Pink all summer long!

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that will be featured in the upcoming months.

In August the One Dozen Rosé will include:

Casa-Dea Cabernet Franc Rosé, VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

Devil’s Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

Greenlane Rosé VQA 2013, Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

Henry of Pelham Sibiling Rivilary Pink VQA 2014, Beamsville

Vieni Momenti Sparkling Rosé, Beamsville (1 bottle)

Vieni Alleria Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville (1 bottle)

Vineland Estates ‘The Game Changer’ Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville

Order your One Dozen Rosé at www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Kacaba & DiProfio Wines

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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The temperature is soaring & those lazy days we’ve been dreaming of all winter are now here!  Our One Dozen Rosés is back by popular demand &  you can read all about each bottle that you will receive when you place your order.  We make buying Rosé wine so easy, just click & sip!

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyWith each entry in our Rosé Report , our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle.   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés.

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

Bring on summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
DiProfio Wines & Kacaba Vineyards…


These 2 boutique wineries are located in Twenty Valley along the Beamsville Bench and they illustrate that small is BIG.  These Rose wines pack a punch of taste & quality that our Sommeliers are always on the lookout for in Ontario wines.


Di Profio Gamay Rose 2013
Di Profio Gamay Rosé

$15.70
Twenty Valley  (Beamsville Bench)

This boutique winery has a growing reputation for making outstanding wines. Sandwiched between the 20 Valley region and Niagara-on-the-Lake, this is definitely worth the stop…and they have a wonderful B&B on the estate!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A stunning colour in the glass. Aromas of beets, candy floss, it smells sweeter than it is…in fact, it is deliciously dry. Each sip is loaded with tastes of red fruit (cherry, raspberry or strawberry perhaps). This Rosé has a nice refreshing acidity, a long berry finish. Bring on summer with this outstanding wine!

Suggested Food Pairing: Another one to pack for a picnic or serve on the dock. Chill & pack in your basket (no need for a corkscrew) to enjoy with tabbouleh, hummus, quinoa salad. In our Rosé Recipe Box below, we have included a Chickpea, Barley & Feta Salad that will do the trick!

Trip Tip: Among The Vines B&B

Planning a roadtrip to Niagara? Try to get accommodation at Carollynn & Joseph Di Profio’s B&B located next door to Di Profio Wines. It is truly a way to enjoy the fullest wine experience in a very personal way.  The 10 acres of vineyards with both mature vines & newly planted ones too are filled with activity during the day and tranquility at night. They promise the vines won’t disturb your sleep. Awake to a fresh breakfast laced with Di Profio’s own icewine – now that is the way to start a day in wine country!

 

Kacaba Rebecca Rose 2014Kacaba Vineyard Rebecca Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Looking for great red wines made in Ontario? Kacaba Vineyards is definitely one of our top picks. This year’s of rosé wine is made with 100% Gamay grapes grown on the estate, this is ‘not just another summer sipper’ states John Tummon, Kacaba’s winemaker. It is a wine to be enjoyed year round… before or during a meal.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright cotton candy pink colour. Concentrated aromas of fresh juicy red cherries, ripe red berries and cotton candy of course! These aromas continue into the taste with an added cranberry flavour to give it even more body. A smooth texture in your mouth, this bright and refreshing wine is so easy to enjoy.

Suggested Food Pairing: One definitely to serve during a meal – lunch or dinner. Chicken satay, grilled vegetable kebabs would be delicious. We also think that it would be perfectly paired with pan seared fish – such as the perch recipe that we’ve provided for you from Port Restaurant located in Pickering – recipe below.  Enjoy!

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~

With Di  Profio Gamay Rosé

Chickpea, Barley & Feta Salad

From Bon Appetit Magazine www.bonappetit.com
Barley has nice heft and chew, but don’t feel limited—use cooked farro, quinoa, or brown rice if you prefer.

Ingredients

8 oz. green beans, halved crosswise
Kosher salt
1 cup pearled, hulled, or hull-less barley
1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
1 can ( 15.5-oz.) chickpeas, rinsed
4 oz. feta, crumbled
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a sieve or a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Return water to a boil, add barley, and simmer until tender (refer to packaging for timing); drain. Let cool on a baking sheet.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook sunflower seeds, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes; let cool.

Toss green beans, barley, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, feta, dill, lemon juice, and vinaigrette in a large bowl.

Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Toast coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Let cool, then chop.

Whisk with oil, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Vinaigrette can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and chill or toss into salad & chill until serving.

 

With Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé

perch with salsa verdePan Seared Perch with Salsa Verde

From Port Restaurant in Pickering (recipe & photo credits)
Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 bunch Ontario flat-leaf parsley
1/2 bunch Ontario basil
l1/2 bunch Ontario mint
1 clove Ontario garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2-3 anchovy fillets
1 Tbsp Ontario mustard
4 Tbsp Pristine Gourmet Sunflower OiL
1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Ontario egg
1 cup Ontario cream
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 lb fresh, skin on Ontario perch
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

Before prepping fish, place herbs, garlic, capers, anchovies, mustard, sunflower oil and vinegar in a food processor. Season generously with salt and pepper. Pulse until mixed, but still course. Add more oil if necessary.

Next, mix flour, paprika, and salt together and set aside.

Heat butter in a large sautee pan. Dip perch fillets into the flour mixture and gently shake off excess. Carefully place them into the heated, buttery pan, skin side down. Once golden brown, flip and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the butter and drain on a paper towel to absorb excess butter. Spoon on salsa and serve immediately.

Enjoy…and Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

 

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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

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Long weekend on the way & nowhere to go? Stay home and do some armchair-travel with a glass in hand…discover Ontario’s best Rosé wines with One Dozen Rosés. Another perk of summer  for our Savvy customers who received an assortment of 12 bottles of Rosé wine delivered to their door.  All it takes is a click of a button & tada wines are on the way to you.  July’s wines were a big hit and in August we’re offering a completely new assorted case of Rosé wines – Get some while they’re still available.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy Company

There may be constant reminders about back-to-school, but relax, Rosé wines are good any time of day, anytime of year!  You won’t find any of these special Rosé wines at the LCBO. Check out the  One Dozen Rosés wines in the August ‘bouquet’. Next to the taste, the best part is FREE shipping.

The 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 …

 

 

 ~ The Rosé Report ~

 

Our Sommeliers do it all the time…now it is your turn.  In your One Dozen Rosés this month, there are wines from 2 wineries – Huff Estates (see previous Rosé Report) and Tawse Estates Winery (featured here) – with bottles from different vintages. It makes a great party trick to do your own tasting and take note of all the similarities & differences.

Your own at-home wine tasting

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:

 

Tawse Estates Winery

Moray Tawse is a name in the wine industry that is synomous for high quality.  His wines = class act.  These two Rosé wines live up to that description.

With two rose wines from the same winery, this calls for a wine tasting!  Go ahead and serve blind for fun.  Whether you sip on these wines for lunch, during ‘Happy Hour’ or dinner, serve them side by side and decide which one you prefer…and why.

Rose Tawse 2012 (2)Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rose VQA 2012

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Strikingly different colour from other roses, this one you could swear is Riesling if you closed your eyes. Aromas of wildflower honey, beeswax, citrus& wild strawberry will waft from your glass.  Take a sip and you will enjoy citrus (think lemon lime) grapefruit as well as tangerine.  Stunning!

Food Pairing Suggestion: Have extra cooking wine on your hands?  Try our recipe for Drunken Pasta ( very easy to make ) and enjoy with this wine.  Amanda – this recipe was in one of the previous eZines (that Eva did this year)

Tawse 2013 Growers Blend RoseTawse Growers Blend Rose VQA 2013

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A unique blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. This wine was made using a French process called “saignée” where the winemaker Paul Pender gathers the free-run juice of these grape varieties from one particular vineyard before he presses them normally to begin the red wine making process. The result is a slightly off-dry Rose wine loaded with red fruits (think red currants, strawberries and cherries).  The light sweetness is well balanced making this an incredibly delicious wine.  Mark our words…have a sip of this wine and you may be calling us for more!

Food Pairing Suggestions: Incredibly food friendly, this wine will enhance a meal with pork tenderloing, cheesey risotto or simple charcuterie.  Be sure to try it with a dish dominentated by goat cheese!

 

Casa-Deas RosejpgCasa-Dea Dea’s Spakling

One of the oldest wineries of Prince Edward County, Casa-Dea is making a big impression with this sparkling rosé wine.  No need to only serve this during the summer, this can be enjoyed on any occasion and for exactly this reason we included it in this month’s One Dozen Roses.  Winemaker Paul Battilana was originally trained as a butcher, before he made the leap to winemaking after his curiousity of winemaker transformed his career. And the wine industry is taking note as he was named by MacLean’s magazine earlier this fall ‘as a winemakers to watch’

Savvy Sommelier Tasting notes: Pretty in the glass, it is refreshing, bright, and reminds us of summer…all throughout the year. Light aromas of strawberry and juicy peaches, the acidity of this wine makes is perfect to start any occasion.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Chips.  Light heavily seasalted potato chips. The salt plays with the bubbles of the wine and fireworks start off in your mouth.  Try it!

 

Sandbanks RoséSandbanks Rose VQA 2013

A summer fun location for many – Sandbanks Provincial Park – is minutes from Sandbanks Estates Winery. If you haven’t visited this winery, be sure to add it to your must visit list when you are next doing a wine tour of Prince Edward County.  Owner Catherine Langlois and her team are will make sure you relax and enjoy soaking up the surroundings when you arrive at the winery.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Cotton candy pink in the glass, with just one look at a glass of this Rose wine, naturally a smile comes across your face.  As the wine warms up ever so slightly, aromas build and the wine comes alive with juicy ripe berries, cantaloupe, perfumed red roses.  Elegant Easy sipping summertime wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  Thai food such as pad Thai or BBQed pork vermicelli dish would be delicious.  If summer passes by you too quickly, then serve with Thanksgiving turkey with cranberries to have a delicious feast!

 

~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosés ~

 

Pad Thai

From Mike’s Pilliteri’s (of Riverview Cellars) Kitchen

Ingredients

1 package of pad thai noodles (approx. 400g)
½ white onion (sliced julienne)
1 clove garlic
1 tea spoon of shredded ginger
2 table spoons coconut oil
2 table spoons peanut butter
2 large carrots (sliced julienne)
1 large red pepper (sliced julienne)
12-15 large shrimp uncooked
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce
2-6 drops of sirachi sauce (depends on desired heat)
1 green onion1 handful of cilantroSalt & pepper

Method

Get large wok ready to a medium heat.

Put vegetable oil and toasted sesame oil in pan while adding onions, garlic, ginger. Sautee until translucent, then add sliced carrots and peppers along with peanut butter, coconut oil, sweet chili sauce, and srirachi .

Boil noodles until soft and add to wok when ready.

Add shrimp into wok and cook with mixture until the shrimp turns pink.  Add salt, pepper and herbs to taste.

Toss frequently and serve, enjoy!

Drunken Spaghetti (in Italian: Spaghetti Ubriachi)

From David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Cookbook
Serves 4

Ingredients

1lb. (500 grams) spaghetti
1 bottle red wine (a bold style wine – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc , Malbec or Merlot)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 anchovies, finely chopped (optional)
Chilli pepper flakes to taste
1 small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
½ cup crumbled blue cheese, or to taste

Method

Savvy Company - Drunken PastaIn a large pasta pot, put your wine and bring to boil. Add pasta & a splash of oil so the noodles don’t stick together.

In a frying pan, heat up the olive oil. Add garlic, anchovies and chilli flakes if using and cook on medium heat until the anchovies melt into the oil and the garlic is softened. Set aside.

Now, add your spaghetti to the boiling wine, give it a good stir and finish cooking the pasta until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.

When the pasta is ready, the wine will have infused the spaghetti, giving it a gorgeous ruby color. Don’t worry about the wine being too strong for the sauce. The alcohol will burn off and leave a sweet delicate taste.

Drain spaghetti from the wine, toss in the skillet with the garlic, anchovy sauce and finish cooking for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with a bit of the parsley and the blue cheese. Finish with a few toasted pine nuts if desired.

Note: if blue cheese isn’t for you this dish would work beautifully with a freshly grated pecorino or asiago cheese. Don’t be shy to add vegetables such as grilled asparagus, broccoli or beef it up with thinly sliced grilled meat or sausages.

Serving tip:  This stunning and colourful pasta dish will present well on a simple white plate or pasta bowl, giving it a very bistro style look!

 

Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!

 

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Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by Debbie

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Summer is just not summer without uncorking a bottle or two of Rosé. With so many to choose from, our Savvy Sommeliers have hand-picked the best to make a bouquet of Rosé wines (aka a variety of 12 bottles) from different wineries across Ontario.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyYou won’t find any of these special Rosé wines at the LCBO. Check out the  One Dozen Rosés wines in the August ‘bouquet’. Next to the taste, the best part is FREE shipping.

Here’s our Rosé Report with stories, tasting notes & summertime recipes for the Rose wines in the August selection.

Stock your wine rack with Rosés now!

Cheers & enjoy the sunshine!
The Savvy Team

 

~ The Rosé Report ~

 

fred picardHuff Estates

Huff’s winemaker Frederic Picard is true to his French roots.  Raised amongst the vineyards and wineries in Burgundy France, this man has wine running through his veins.  These dry crisp Rose sparkling and table wine are great examples of how he lends his winemaking talent (nurtured in France, South Africa & other parts of the world) to craft elegant wines in the Canada’s fastest growing wine region – Prince Edward County.

 

Huff Estates Cuvée Janine Sparkling

Huff 2012 Cuvee Janine 2012SPECIAL OFFER ON THIS SPARKLER! We were delighted when General Manager Jason Sharp offered us a special price so we could include this bubbly in the August assorted case of One Dozen Rosés.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: 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 with the class French Method Champagnoise meaning that it is the second fermentation that creates the bubbles occuring in each bottle.  Much care in the cellar is taken to make this elegant crisp sparkling wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  Put in your fridge for any occasion – a beautiful sunset, friends dropping by or to begin a long weekend with the popping of its cork.  Chill & enjoy every sip.

 

Huff South Bay Rosé 2012Huff Estates Rose VQA 2013

Savvy Sommeliers Tasting Notes: bone dry with a light pink hue that resembles classic Rose wines from Tavel, France. To sum it up in one word: pink grapefruit.  Added to that light floral notes with citrus (think lime and mandarin) to create a solid refreshing balance.

Food Pairing suggestions: Served chilled on its own to unwind, sushi or pack for a picnic.  A beaut!

 

Château des Charmes Cuvée d’Andrée VQA 2013

Château des Charmes continues to impress the Savvy Team.  While a household name, their wines are top notch. This multi generational family business never ceases to impress.  We were certain that this wine honouring Madame Andrée Bosc – wife, mother and winery matriarch – would be enjoyed by everyone who opens a case of our One Dozen Rosés.  The winemaker’s goal was to make a wine with as much joie de vivre as Madame and this vibrant pink certainly makes a statement!

Chateaau des CharmesSavvy Sommeliers Tasting Notes:  In one word: Refreshing & lively. This salmon coloured wine has characteristics often associated with Sauvignon Blanc wine: grassy, green apple with a zippy minerality.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Cedar plank Salmon and grilled fish off the BBQ would be a stunning match. Don’t stop there! Steamed mussels, clam chowder even lobster would be outstanding.  But take it straight from the experts – Michèle BoscDirector of Marketing for Château des Charmes, is responsible for all aspects of the guest experience at the winery and highly recommends her Cuvée d’Andrée with Pan-Seared Scallops (see recipe below).

 

~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosés ~

 

Pan-Seared Scallops with Herbed Butter

From Fine Cooking magazine
S
erves 3

Ingredients

For the scallops

1 lb. dry large sea scallops
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

3 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into six  pieces
2 Tbs. finely diced shallot (1 medium shallot)
1/4 cup dry white vermouth or dry white wine
1/4 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley and chives
1/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 lemon wedges for serving

Method

pan seared scallopsRemove the tough abductor muscle from the side of each scallop (some scallops are sold with the muscle already removed). If you feel any grit on the scallops, rinse them under cold water. Pat the scallops dry with paper towels; surface moisture impedes browning.

Heat a 10- or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil and butter, if using, and heat until quite hot. Pat the scallops dry once more and put them in the pan in a single, uncrowded layer.

Season with salt and pepper and let sear undisturbed until one side is browned and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, turn the scallops and sear until the second side is well browned and the scallops are almost firm to the touch, 2 to 4 minutes.

Take the pan off the heat, transfer the scallops to a plate, and set them in a warm spot. Let the pan cool for a minute before you make the sauce.

Return the pan to medium heat. Add a piece of the butter (1/2 Tbs.) and the shallots and sauté until the shallots begin to soften, about 1 minute.

Add the vermouth or wine and simmer until reduced by about half, another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the herbs and lemon zest. Reduce the heat to low, add the remaining butter, and whisk constantly until the butter melts into the sauce.

Return the scallops and any accumulated juices to the pan. Gently roll the scallops in the sauce to warm them through. Taste for salt and pepper and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over the scallops.

 

Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

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