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100+ hard-to-find wines, craft beers, ciders & cheeses too!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
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This is THE hottest ticket in town…and you’re invited to join us & bring a friend for FREE. We’re hosting the always popular 5th annual Outstanding in their Fields Taste & Buy event where you will meet the makers of the finest wines, craft beers & ciders from across Ontario…and gourmet artisans too!

 

Sip & Stock up for the holidays

On your mark….get set…Power Shop! To prep you for this special Taste & Buy night, we’ll send you the list of featured products AND our Savvy Sommeliers & Cicerones will be at the event ready to share ‘must try’ tips.

There’ll be wines of all kinds – sparkling, white, red & even port, PLUS a variety of craft beers & ciders too. You won’t find any of the featured bevvies at the LCBO or grocery stores.

Special PROMO
Buy a $70 ticket + bring a friend FREE

 

Look who is coming from Niagara, The County & Ottawa region too!

Amazing Wines * Aure Winery * Chateau des Charmes * County Cider Company * Fielding Estates Winery * Legends Estates Winery * Karlo Estates * KIN Vineyards * Melville Winery * Trail Estates Winery * Tuque de Broue Brewery * Veini Estates * Vineland Estates Winery …and more will be announced!

 

FREE Shipping

This is an OUTSTANDING offer! At this event, order 6, 12 or more bottles of ANY of your favorites & we’ll deliver by courirer to your home or office – absolutely FREE.

 

Event Deets

DATE: Thursday December 1st
NEW VENUE! Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne, Ottawa
V.I.T. RECEPTION: 5 to 7pm – special passes required
MAIN TASTING EVENT: 7 to 9pm

 

Shop for cheeses too

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will be shining the spotlight on hard-to-come-by cheeses from Ontario & Quebec that we’ve featured in our Savvy Cool Curds cheese-o-month-club. You can buy your new cheesey favorites to take home for the holidays.

 

Get the red carpet treatment….be a V.I.T.

Buy a Very Important Taster Pass (V.I.T.) for an additional $25 & enjoy advance access from 5 to 7pm…then stay on as long as you like for the main event. Limited to 150 passes.

This OUTSTANDING event always sells out quickly.
Buy your tickets >>

 

Hold on!!! There’s MORE…

For the Love of Cheese

Did you know it’s Cheese Month at the Canadian Agriculture & Food Museum? We are co-hosting these cheese-y activities every Tuesday evening – join us!
Nov 15: Wine & Cheese with a TWIST
Nov 22: Holiday Cheese Boutique
Nov 29: Fondue Fest & Racelette Rendez-Vous

FREE Tix!

Email us your favorite Canadian cheese & we’ll add your name to our draw for 2 tickets to any of these events. Need some help with pickin’ cheese? Check out our monthly Curd on the Street Magazine.

A FUNdraiser not to miss…

The Canadian Nurses Foundation called on us to create Sip & Savour FUNdraising event to help raise $1 million in one year to develop educational & special health care programs that will increase the number of nurses in Indigenous communities.

Join us on November 16 at The Westin Ottawa where Executive Chef Kenton Leier will be pulling out all of the stops to prepare an incredible menu paired with fine Ontario wines. It will be a delicious night with chefs & winemakers. Only 150 tickets….and selling quickly!

Don’t miss this event. Click to get your tickets >>

 

See you at all of these OUTSTANDING events…
– Debbie & the Savvy Team

Savvy Company
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Is 2014 your year to learn more about wine, cheese & beer?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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New Years resolutions of ‘eat more artisan cheese’ or ‘stop buying the same wines’ or ‘go local at the pub & drink different beers’ or ‘give blue cheese a chance’ make our team of Sommeliers smile – BIG time.

Once you venture into the world of wine, artisan cheese & craft beer, you can make delicious discoveries. The hardest part (if there is a hard part) is starting.  Don’t despair because we have made it easy to keep your 2014 resolutions and begin as soon as this month!

Wine tips & tricks all day long

Debbie Trenholm - Savvy Company SommelierJoin me for my annual Wine Appreciation 101 ‘Class’ on Saturday January 18.  While called a ‘class’, it is really a full day of enjoying wines you may never have tried, learning wine lingo, tasting the difference glassware makes & deciphering a restaurant wine list to name a few of the things we’ll cover.  And because I absolutely LOVE wine, I will sprinkle in all kinds of tips and even party trick…learn how to easy it is to sabre (yes, with a sword) a bottle of bubbly just like Napoléon did when he won a battle.  Mark my words, this is one ‘class’ that you will definitely WANT to do the homework!

The class will naturally take place in Ottawa’s coolest wine venue: Must Kitchen & Wine Bar in the Byward Market.  Gourmet lunch is included to give you first hand experience with food & wine pairing. This class always sells out, so register early & save $15 or bring 4 friends for a special group price.  Everyone, regardless of their wine knowledge….is sure to learn more about the world of wine & have a new shopping wine list.

Or have wines delivered!Savvy Selections - Ontario wine of the month club

Can’t make my Saturday class? No problem, I can arrange wines delivered to you.  Simply subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine of the month club and each month our Savvy Sommeliers will choose the best wines in Ontario & have them delivered to you at your home or office.  Learn more about the winemaker, the winery & the wines in our monthly Savvy eZine & try your hand at recipes that our Sommeliers have selected to go with the 3 different wines.  And these wines are hard-to-find as you won’t see them on the shelves at the LCBO.  Stick to your resolution by subscribing for 4, 6 or 12 months.

More cheese please…

Vanessa Simmons - Savvy Company Cheese SommelierCome in from the cold to nibble & nosh all day as you learn about fabulous fromages from our Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons.  She will introduce you to new cheeses from around the world, share stories about cheesemakers & show you the ‘whey’ as you learn cheesey FUN-damentals. Vanessa will even make cheese before your eyes!

During the day you will learn the ‘whey’ to buy cheese, make a delicious cheese board, cook with cheeses & the talk the cheese talk like a BIG fromage!  Like my wine ‘class’, this will be a fun day tasting a wide variety of cheese from all parts of the world.  And there’ll be a pop quiz: is cheese better with wine or craft beer?  Think you know the answer? You are in for a surprise!

Join Vanessa for this all-day ‘class’. Warning: you will have loads of fun!

Does your New Years resolution include both wine & cheese? 

Join us for a Wine & Cheese Extravaganza – register for both classes $250 per person – all in! Life seriously does not get any better than this!

Did you say something about a beer ‘class’?

We are working on it…and we have another announcement ‘brewing’ too!  Email us to be the first to get the brew news.

Mark my words, it will be an absolutely DELICIOUS year!

Cheers,
-Debbie

Keep in touch with us!

Follow Debbie on Twitter: @SavvyDebbie @SavvyCompany.  Vanessa is on Twitter too: @SavvyVanessa

And we are on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/savvycompany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terroir: A County Wine Celebration

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
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Did you know that there are over 30 wineries in Prince Edward County?

Taste them all at this year’s Terroir – a County Wine Celebration on Saturday May 25th where all of the wineries will be under one roof at the historic Crystal Palace in the heart of Picton. This is a great day trip from Ottawa or Toronto, or plan a weekend getaway.

Hop on the Savvy Bus!

New this year, we are running a coach service to Terroir. The Savvy Bus will depart from 2 locations in Ottawa. A Savvy Sommelier will be on board offering tips on wine, cheese or ‘County’ questions along the way. It will be a delicious day trip!

 

Book your seat on the Terroir bus > >

Many County wineries will introduce their new 2012 wines – perfect for summertime sipping.  Enjoy with artisan cheeses and other delicious gourmet foods made by local County chefs.

Here is a list of the wineries from Prince Edward County that will be popping the corks on their wines at Terroir include:

33 Vines Winery

Bergeron Estate Winery

Broken Stone Winery

Casa Dea Estates Winery

Closson Chase

Devil’s Wishbone Winery

Exultet Estates

Half Moon Bay Winery

Harwood Estate Vineyards

Huff Estates Winery

Karlo Estates

Keint-He Winery and Vineyard

Lacey Estates Vineyard and Winery

Lighthall Vineyards

Long Dog Winery

Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard

Rosehall Run

Sandbanks Estate Winery

Stanners Vineyard

Sugarbush Vineyards

The Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery

See you under the Big Top – Terroir Tent

Take a break from sipping & sampling the finest Ontario wines and take part in seminars & demonstrations by wine personalities including 2 seminars hosted by Savvy Company!   Debbie will be at the table with County wine industry pioneer Norman Hardie and newcomer winery owner & winemaker Glenn Symons.  They will be rolling up their sleeves to talk dirty…about Terroir that is!

Then our own cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will give you a taste of what it makes cheese `artisan`.

Plan your day around this seminar schedule:

12:30pm – Shawn McCormick – “Using Social Media to Improve Your Winery Visit”

Featuring winemakers & winery owners:

1:30pm – 86’d with Ivy Knight from Toronto`s Drake Hotel – BBQ Sauce competition featuring top County wines and local chefs

2:30pm – John Szabo – Prince Edward County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a worldwide context: Master Sommelier John Szabo leads a fascinating comparative tasting with wines from other cool spots on the planet

3:30pm – Ange Aiello – Wine 101

4:00pm – Debbie Trenholm – “Terroir” Round Table discussion

Featuring winemakers:

  • Glenn Symons, Lighthall Vineyards
  • Norm Hardie, Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard

4:45pm – Vanessa (Savvy Company) – Cheese comparison

5:15pm – Tyler Philip – Wine Cellar Techniques

Discover the benefits of cellaring your collection with wine writer Tyler Philip.  This seminar and tasting will explain how to choose a storage location that will maximize the drinking potential of your best bottles

Get your Terroir tickets…

$35 in advance – Save $5 (inclusive of all taxes and online service charges)
$40 at the door (subject to availability)

Tickets can be purchased at www.countyterroir.ca

 

 

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Soft Chèvre Superb for a Spring Menu

Posted by Vanessa

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
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My cheese pick this week hails from Canada’s West coast, as a tasty way to swing into spring.  Soft Chèvre is only one of many unique, handcrafted goat and sheep milk cheeses from David Wood’s Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, nestled among the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Colombia.  Having discovered this quaint, artisan community almost 20 years ago while on a chartered sailing adventure, I experienced firsthand how lifestyle is the order of the day for the local residents.

Beautifully packaged, the very small round containers are designed to show off a variety of flavors & garnishes including red peppercorns, edible flowers, roasted garlic, rosemary and basil to name a few.  Inside you’ll find a soft, pasteurized, unripened goat’s milk chèvre that is smooth & creamy with a hint of tanginess.  Festive and fabulous for entertaining – serve on homemade crackers, spread on crispy baguette with smoked salmon, melt over grilled vegetables, fold into omelets, mash into potatoes, crumble on salad or toss into fresh pasta.   Makes a great “alternative” hostess gift.  Find at Jacobson’s Gourmet Concepts in Ottawa’s East end or if you happen to be in BC, stop by the Salt Spring Island Saturday market to sample their fresh never packaged chèvre for a not to miss experience.

Factbox:

Cheese:  Soft Chèvre
Producer: Salt Spring Island Cheese Company
Interesting Fact: Fresh chèvre has a higher level of acidity than found in all other cheeses.

 

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Soft Chèvre by Vanessa Simmons

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Pecorino Classico

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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I’ve been called fanatical about artisan cheese.  More than once.  I’m especially passionate about our hardworking, creative and talented local artisan cheesemakers. Thus this week’s cheese pick, Pecorino Classico from Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy, in Finch, Ontario.  Styled after one of Italy’s oldest cheeses (and hundreds of varieties), the name means “little sheep”.  Josef Regli’s adaptation is a table Pecorino that farmers produce for their own consumption.

Pecorino Classico is a firm, raw, pressed and cooked sheep’s milk cheese.  Naturally aged for a minimum of two months (better at 4 to 8 months), it has a velvety interior with a striking dark charcoal colored exterior due to being rubbed with virgin olive oil.  This acts as a protectant, keeps the cheese from drying out, helps manage molds and adds distinct flavor.  Flavors are milky, fruity and sweet, fully coating the palate, with a building earthiness closer to the rind.

Find Josef Saturdays on the East side of the Byward Market Square for the winter season.



FACTBOX:

Cheese: Pecorino Classico
Producer: Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy
Interesting Fact: Most Pecorinos from the Toscana region of Italy are D.O.P. cheeses (Denominazione di Origine Protetta), a mark of distinction and quality.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

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Le Sieur de Duplessis

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Extraordinary farmhouse cheeses are made from one of Atlantic Canada’s first sheep’s milk cheese producers in New Brunswick, La Bergerie aux 4 Vents. Monique Rouselle and André Martineau started cheesemaking with two imported sheep that they crossed with a local breed. Now home to a few hundred, they produce a variety of products including additional goat and cow’s milk cheeses.

Canada’s first “tomme” cheese, is named after the lord (land lord) who lived on the seigneury (small settlement) where the farm now stands. Le Sieur de DuPlessis is my cheese choice this week. A firm, unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese, it’s covered by natural, bone-colored, patterned rind that lends a rustic, almost antique quality to the cheese. The ivory paste inside is a complex bundle of earthy, grassy, goodness and balanced salt content. Shave thinly on to artisan crackers or have it shine in the spotlight on your next cheese board.

Federally certified, La Bergerie aux 4 Vents cheeses can be enjoyed across Canada.



FACTBOX:

Cheese:
Le Sieur de DuPlessis
Producer:
La Bergerie aux 4 Vents, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent
Interesting Fact:
“Tomme” style cheeses are round in shape, often taller than other wheels, and traditionally have a natural rind.

 

Enjoy! – Vanessa

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