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Neat Easter Treats

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 25th, 2016
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Ahhh, it’s the lonnnnnng weekend. Time to chill out, relax with family & friends.  Here are the top picks of ‘neat Easter treats’ of wine & craft beer from our team of Savvy Sommeliers & Brew Crew – all locally made & available at the LCBO.   Use this as your shopping list so you can spend less time figuring out what to buy & more time enjoying the weekend.

I’ll drink to that!

 

Savvy Sommelier Top Picks
for Easter long weekend


MacKinnon Brothers Brewery Crosscut Canadian Ale

Bath, Ontario
$2.85 per can (LCBO #414870)

MacKinnon Brothers Brewery - CrosscutThis 5.2% Alcohol by volume (ABV), 15 International Bitterness Units (IBU) Golden Ale is the MacKinnon Brothers’ rendition of a traditional Canadian ale. They use Herkules and Sassasprat hops and add a portion of wheat from their farm to the grain bill. This beer starts with a sweet malt smell and an upfront cereal flavour and subtle honey flavour. The hops kick in mid-sip with a subtle herbal note before being washed away in a wave of carbonated crispness. This may have been designed to be an easy drinking, sessionable beer, but there’s a wonderful layered flavour that will make you pause after each sip. With a strong malt bill and palate cleansing scrubbing bubbles (a good carbonation level), Crosscut can sit alongside spicy chili, roast duck, BBQ ribs, sticky chicken or braised beef.

 

Barley Days Loyalist LagerBarley Day’s Loyalist Lager

Prince Edward County, Ontario
$2.00 per bottle (LCBO#286526)

Brewed in the Czech Pilsner style with Saaz hops, this 4.5% ABV beer is easy to drink no matter who your allegiance is to. Starts slightly sweet with some caramel, grain and cereal notes, but with a slight earthy/spice hop flavour. There’s a nice balance between the hops and malt which makes this light bodied lager crisp and easy to drink. Serve alongside roast of ham, chicken, seafood….or lots of appetizers!

Beau’s Le Coeur Noir Black IPA

VanKleek Hill, Ontario
$7.95 (LCBO #442533)

beaus coeur noirThis beer is the 11th in Beau’s Pro-Am Series which features beers that are designed by amateur brewers, and brewed at Beau’s. Le Coeur Noir Black IPA was brewed in collaboration with the winner of the 2013 Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest, Jordan Rainhard. This 7.1% abv beer is one of Beau’s cutting styles, an American Black IPA.  It pours with an opaque brown hue and shows pronounced notes of black molasses, spruce tips, cacao nibs, roasted malt and touch of grapefruit rind.  The mouthfeel is rich and full bodied with a long grapefruit pith finish.  Christening the BBQ this weekend? Enjoy this beer with a burger – beef, bison, elk – with a slice of blue cheese on top.  Blue cheese is an incredible example of pairing an assertive style of beer with an assertive style of food. (If you are a subscriber of our Savvy Cool Curds cheese-o-month-club, some of the Back Forty Highland Blue treat we sent this month will be PERFECT! the trick!)

 

Domaine Félibre Givré Ice Cider 2012

Domaine Félibre Givré Ginger Ice Cider

Québec
$19.95 (Vintages #393611) 6.5% alcohol

This was a flyer and I really liked it! A Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Berlin International Wine Competition soothes with its fresh ginger, honey & ice cider combination. Not too powerful in flavour nor too sweet either. This ice cider is refreshing and flavourful. WOW your guests with it as an on arrival drink, after or after a meal. Chill & serve it straight up, over ice or mixed with sparkling wine.

 

 

Fielding Gewürztraminer VQA 2013Fielding Gewürztraminer 2012

Niagara, ON
$18.95 (Vintages #146753)  12.5% alcohol

Everything Fielding’s winemaker Richie Roberts makes seems to turn to gold. This yummy Gewürztraminer will get your heart racing with its spring-like aromas and flavours. Floral aromas combined with candied ginger and tropical fruit tastes (think mangos, kiwi) make this a well balanced and delicious medium bodied white wine. Chill and sip while you make dinner or serve with something spicy like Phad Thai, Indian curry or Mexican dish.

 

Creekside Estate Queenstown Road Pinot Noir VQA 2014Creekside Estate Queenston Road Pinot Noir 2014

VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula
$18.95 (Vintages #415877) 12.5% alcohol

Great things grow along that Queenstown Road, even if the vineyards are situated some 105 metres above sea level. Cherry and cranberry aromas and tastes, smooth as silk on the palate, medium bodied weight and tannins with some beloved St. David Bench earthiness and minerality on the spine of this red wine. For Pinot lovers, don’t miss out.

 

Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir 2013Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir VQA 2013

VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula
$19.95 (Vintages #444745) 13.3% alcohol

In 2012 and 2013 Peller Estates vintages won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines. The 2012 also won a Gold Medal from Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2014, Silver Medal from the International Wine & Spirit Competition UK 2014, and Silver Medal from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014. How’s that for credentials?

 

Lakeview Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013Lakeview Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$29.95 (Vintages #53397) 11% alcohol

How sweet it is! Like bubbles, nothing makes an evening or occasion more festive than having a finale with ice wine. Aromas of red roses, tastes of ripe red and black currants, strawberries at their peak, with just enough acidity to keep you going back. Elegant and refined and plain delicious, it’s desert on its own but with some strong stinky cheese it would be over the top.

 

 

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Newlsetter June 2014 – Red Hot tix for All-Canadian wine event & new Rose wines – delivered!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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It’s summertime and the living is easy . . . and we have 2 hot-hot-hot pieces of news that will make your summer super cool.

LAUNCHED TODAY! One Dozen Rosés – an assortment of 12 bottles of Ontario’s finest Rosé wines delivered to your home, office . . . even cottage, any month during the summer.

Our next Savvy Event will be hands down the best one yet. Our FIRST EVER All-Canadian wine tasting. That’s right 100% Canadian wines all night. And we have a red-hot ticket price for you until Canada Day!

 

Celebrate Red & White! An All Canadian Night – July 16th

 

O-O-O-O-O Canada! We are so excited to host this special Taste & Buy event showcasing 100% Canadian wines. There’ll be over 60 wines from BC, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia too. With each sip, you’ll be WOWed & proud of the wines made across the country. And there will be artisan cheesemakers & gourmet foods – everything is made in Canada! Check out all the cool Canadians you will meet at this event >>

Buy 1 ticket for $55 & bring a friend – on us!

This red-hot ticket offer is available now until the fireworks are over on Canada Day. It is THE Savvy Event of the summer & will sell out quickly. Buy your tickets >>

Stock up on great Canadian wines!

 

This Taste & Buy event is a fun night out to meet the winemakers, taste their wines & order your favorite wines for BBQs, backyard parties or simply unwinding on the deck or dock. Your order will be shipped directly from the winery to your home, office or cottage! And you can buy artisan cheeses & gourmet foods at the event too.

Can’t make it but want to order? Call our Sommeliers on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to arrange a special shipment for you.

Event Details . . .

Advance Tickets Only
Date: Wednesday July 16
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Location: Canada Agriculture & Food Museum – on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Round up your friends & join the fun!

 

Buy one ticket, you’ll get one ticket on us! Buy 2 tickets, we’ll give you 2 complimentary tickets for your friends which will be emailed to them directly. Show up wearing red & white from head to toe & we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate for tickets to upcoming Savvy Events.

Hurry, this special offer runs out on Canada Day at midnight! Buy your tickets now>>

Pssst . . . want our T-shirt?

Everywhere we go, people want our shirt right off our backs! At this all-Canadian wine event, order yours (in red & white of course). $20 in advance or $25 at the event. Click to order your T-shirt & tickets >>

 

Rosé wines delivered to your doorstep!

 

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyJUST LAUNCHED! Introducing the brand new One Dozen Rosés – wines that is! Our Savvy Sommeliers tasted countless bottles of Rosé wines from all across Ontario & hand-picked the finest in this one-of-a-kind assortment. There were so many good Rosés that we will offer a new combination of 12 bottles each month.

Next to the taste, the best part is FREE shipping. Order now >>

Each month throughout the summer – July, August & September – we will offer a different selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines. You can choose to automatically receive all three months or order just one. Check out the Rosé wines in the July assortment.

You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to order. One Dozen Rosés is only one click away www.savvycompany.ca/rose or call our Ontario Wine Hotline on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

The cost . . .

Each month the cost will vary slightly depending on the combined retail price of the wine selection. July’s assortment is only $200 plus bottle deposit & shipping is FREE.

 

Summer is too short not to clink & drink pink!

 

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

PS – Show your Canadian colours – raise a glass of Red, White or even Rosé wine – to celebrate Canadian Wine Day on June 28th & Canada Day too!.

 

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