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Corks & Forks – Kingston’s International Wine Festival

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018



Kingston’s 2nd annual International Wine Festival

A wine experience like no other in Ontario! 

We invite everyone who enjoys wine to spend the weekend in Kingston to discover the world of wine and learn from talented winemakers & wine industry notables.

Corks & Forks promises to be jam-packed with wine & food events, tastings led by experts and seminars hosted by some of the country’s top Sommeliers, wine writers and pros.

Festival Passes & Tickets
now on sale >>



Ole! Shining the spotlight on Spain…

New this year, you can travel across Spain’s wine regions without leaving Kingston.  Kick off the festival on Friday night at the Grand Opening – Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101.  While celebrating with a glass of Cava sparkling wine, learn from a panel of experts while you sample Spanish wine, tapas & music too.  Continue discovering more about Spain and the world of wine on Saturday & Sunday with interesting, seminars & tasting panels.

Discover more about Spain and the world of wine on Saturday & Sunday with interesting, seminars & tasting panels.

In addition to new seminars on Spanish Food and Wine Pairings, Natural Wines and even Japanese Sake; some of our most popular seminars from last year are back – including Sparkling Wines of the World, our Cheese Extravaganza, & Discover the Difference in a Wine Glass.  Homework never tasted this good!


Evenings will Sparkle!

In addition to Ole! Savour Spain grand opening,  Saturday evening will be the ever popular Discover the Wine World International Tasting Hall, featuring wines from around the world served by winemakers & importing agents as well as top notch wines from Niagara & Prince Edward County.

PLUS there will be themed dinners at various restaurants throughout the city.  It’s a great way to explore Kingston at night.


NEW: Best Bites of Kingston

The grand finale event on Sunday afternoon is new to the festival line-up: Best Bites of Kingston – featuring top talent from Kingston’s finest restaurants, creating appetizers right before your eyes.  Enjoy wines from around the world along with those gourmet goodies.


Lunch with Experts & Winemaker Dinners

Hosted at restaurants throughout the city, enjoy a multi-course meal paired with wines selected by wine industry experts or a featured winemaker.  During these delicious meals you will learn the backstory about the wine region, wine styles & food pairings.

Seating is limited  at these popular events– act fast!

These special dining events are currently being finalized. To be the first to know when tickets go on sale, email


Where will all the events take place?

Throughout the city of Kingston! The main hubs for the festival will be the Delta Hotel Kingston Waterfront & the Residence Inn by Marriott Waterfront with satellite events at restaurants throughout the city.

At any time you need help navigating, call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us on



* Festival Pass & Ticket Prices *

Over 30 wine & food events to enjoy during 3 days – where do you start? 


Festival Pass: $99 – for 2 people

The best value for the weekend.  Provides TWO people (you read that right) entry to the festival kick-off event on Friday night – Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101 ‘ class’ and  Saturday evening admission for 2 people to Discover the Wine World (no extra tickets needed..all samples included!).  Perfect for a date night or spending time with friends.


NEW: Festival Pass PLUS: $149 – for 2 people

Make the weekend even more delicious with this extra special pass which includes admission for 2 to:

> Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101 ‘class’ on Friday evening,

> Discover the Wine World on Saturday evening

> PLUS 2 seminars (1 per person) on either Saturday or Sunday during the day – you pick!


Seminars & Tasting Panels: $40 each

Think that wine & food school is cool?  The weekend offers 20+ seminars to learn from top Sommeliers in Canada, winemakers, agents, wine writers & industry pros – all who KNOW wine & have neat stories to share with you.  Fill your Saturday & Sunday learning from them.

Buy your Festival Pass & spot in a seminar >>



More festival events will be announced – soon!

This is just the beginning with more events being finalized as the festival grows.

Keep coming back to see what new events have been added to the weekend’s itinerary or keep tabs by following the news on the festival’s Instagram & Facebook.

As well, you can call us anytime at  613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or e-mail to be notified when new events are announced & tickets go on sale.




Festival Passes & Tickets are ONLY available in advance at
Admission at the door will NOT be available.


Book a getaway – stay in Kingston

Corks & Forks has so much that you’ll want to take it all in AND you’ll also want some time to explore this vibrant city.  Enjoy the weekend to its fullest by staying at Kingston’s hotels with the special festival packages and room rates. It is the best way to enjoy the festival AND the city.



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Be ready to be WOWed!

The dedicated team at Savvy Company is constantly designing & developing every detail of the Corks & Forks events.  To keep in touch with the latest news about this festival, email our festival team on

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Special thanks to Neon Lilth PhotographyTourism Kingston for the photos in this post.




BC Wines & Pinots: What a combo at the 2009 Playhouse Winefest

Posted by Susan

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Have I got you thinking about joining us at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival?  The Festival website now provides comprehensive information about all of the week long events planned from March 23 to 29, 2009.  Here are my ‘insider tips’ of some of the great opportunities available to all who participate – there will be over 180 wineries from 15 different countries pouring more than 1,600 wines at 61 unique events – heaven for any wine enthusiast!

This year, the Festival is an opportunity to showcase for the British Columiba wine industry to showcase it’s “coming of age”, showcasing over 150 grape wineries, several fruit wineries and thousands of acres planted to the vine.  The wineries of BC are driven to express the unique character of their terroir (winespeak for the microclimate, the soils, the vineyard aspect and the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of BC wines).  From Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley to the Okanagan – from north to south – you’ll find wineries and wines that suit your palate.  Unfortunately, if you live in eastern Canada, you won’t see very many BC wines on your local wine store shelf as many of the wineries are relatively small.  Over 70% of their wines are snapped up by appreciative connoisseurs in BC and Alberta.  All the more reason to join the wine lovers heading join the Savvy Sommeliers in Vancouver.

Did you see the movie, Sideways?  Did you wish you were there, sampling all those wonderful Pinot Noir wines?  Well, here’s your chance.  The featured varietal at the 2009 Playhouse Festival is Pinot.

To quote the Festival organizers, Pinot is “believed to be derived from the characteristic pinecone shape of the grape bunches, the name Pinot encompasses a cluster of different varietals. Led by Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc – the Big Three, as it were – each grape asserts completely different characteristics and can be produced in a variety of styles. Pinot Noir can range from restrained and earthy to full and fruity, with every incarnation in between. Pinot Gris’ name even changes when the style changes. Pinot Grigio is used to describe the dry, grassy, refreshing style of Pinot Gris created by the Italians. Pinot Gris is generally fuller bodied when developed in cooler climates like Alsace, Oregon and British Columbia, where it can take on completely different flavours and reach amazing depths of complexity. And don’t forget about Pinot Blanc, which also produces fresh, exciting wines in a wide variety of styles. BC Pinot Blanc is reminiscent of summer fruit, pinched from the roadside fruit stand.”

If you come to the Festival, there are many opportunities to taste many BC wines and to sample Pinot from around the world.  For instance, on Monday or Tuesday, you could attend a winery dinner.  Consider tasting Burrowing Owl wines at the Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar, or enjoying Cuisine de Terroir at DB Bistro Moderne, paired with premium wines from Mission Hill Family Estate.

Consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Thursday, when you can attend the Osoyoos Larose Component & Vertical Tasting.  I will be there!  Last fall, I had a private visit with Pascal Madevon, the French-born winemaker of Osoyoos-Larose, who asserted that he spends 80% of his time in the vineyards.  An engaging and articulate individual, Pascal talked about his passion for the vines, and his great expectations of his Okanagan wines.  I think you’ll agree this is a great opportunity to try the individual elements of this classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The Pinot-Rama wine seminar on Thursday, led by Vancouver’s own David Scholefield, features an entertaining, educational tour of the world of Pinot, with a tasting of great pinots from around the world.  Friday and Saturday, join the thousands of people attending the International Festival Tasting, where over 180 wineries from 15 countries will be serving more than 700 wines.  Don’t worry, our Savvy Tasting Trails can help you find a path through the insanity.

Saturday, a wide range of lunch tastings are available, including:Our Land, Our Best (featuring BC wines), New Zealand’s Perfect Pairings, and Argentina’s Culinary Tango! 

You can also attend a wine seminar, Icons of British Columbia, which will feature benchmark examples of red and white BC wines.  Finally, if you sign up early, you might get a ticket to Sunday’s event-defining Vintner’s Brunch, where local chefs prepare delicacies artfully paired with a featured wine.  Or, if you prefer a Sunday evening event, consider the Great Estates of the Okanagan dinner, to be held at the Blue Water Café.

Excited?  Delighted?  Thrilled with the opportunity?  Don’t hesitate to contact Savvy Company for assistance with the planning of your trip to the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.  Tickets are selling fast.  Get ready to pack your bags – I will be providing you more insider tips on my blog about the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival!


A Savvy Makeover

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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


Debbie & the Savvy Team

Debbie Trenholm
Accredited sommelier & president