Posts Tagged ‘wine tastings in Ottawa’

Wine & Art – a natural match

Posted by Debbie

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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For years, Ottawa was well known for rolling up the streets at 5 o’clock. Not anymore! This city is hopping with interesting events and cool new venues around town. Whether it is a ‘cinq à sept’ or a cocktail reception or an elaborate fundraising dinner, the venues around towncan be just as interesting as the people you meet.

Cool spots to host a party

Savvy-Company-Event-Erin-Sue-Bolling-serving-Denise-Yaternick-709x532When I started Savvy Company over 13 years ago, I intentionally built the business without our own venue, taking the approach of seeking out unique places in Ottawa to host our wine, craft beer and food events. Finding these hidden gems where we can host private & corporate events or large scale Taste and Buys is becoming less of a challenge in our city.

This week alone – and it is only Wednesday – I have discovered four places that I’ve never set foot inside the door. I eagerly returned to our office and exclaimed to my team “Wait till you see the amazing place I’ve discovered. I can’t wait to host do an event there!”

A working brewery, a private revolving room showcasing the entire city, a TV studio, cool art galleries, a loft packed from floor to ceiling with boxes of board games, Ottawa’s oldest wooden building, the best venue to see the sunset over the Ottawa River, a fire hall transformed into a gourmet kitchen, a new museum at a working farm, the most striking roof top patio in the city and a bank vault that is 7 stories underground. Have you been to an event at any of these places?

Mark my words, Ottawa definitely has more than hotel ballrooms and restaurant backrooms when you are looking for venue with cachet that will impress your guests. Call me if you need tips!

What’s new with Orange Art Gallery

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One of the newest places on my list is Orange Art Gallery. It’s located amongst the community of hip new businesses in the City Centre and when I walked into the gallery I knew instantly that I wanted to host a Savvy Event there….and soon!

1aOrange Art Gallery quickly outgrew their original space near the Parkdale Market. A year ago, owners Ingrid Hollander and her husband Matthew Jeffery hung out their shingle at a 100 year old building that was once the bank for CN Rail. “When we found this place we knew it was going to be perfect for our gallery”, remembers Ingrid. “The building is full of history which adds to the cool character of the space – perfect for art and special events.”

A perfect place for a pop-up wine shop!

While old on the outside, the rooms inside are now full of stunning contemporary artwork. “When Debbie shortlisted venues to host our portfolio wine tasting in Ottawa, the Orange Art Gallery fit perfectly”, stated Marcel Morgenstern, director of sales at Pondview Estates Winery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “They showcase the talent of local artists and our wine event was all about showcasing the winemaking talent at our winery.This venue was a natural choice.”

Tasting with family wineries

Sue Ann Staff of Sue Ann Staff Estates WineryPondview Estates Winery and Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, also located in Niagara, made a special trip to Ottawa to host an evening where 250+ consumers were invited to sample their wines and order their new favorites.

Few of the wineries’ products are available at the LCBO, so this event organized by Savvy Company provided ticket-holders with the opportunity to meet the winery owners and winemakers, try their hard-to-find-wines and order their favorite wines to be delivered to their home or office.

What’s a Taste & Buy?

Marcel Morgenstern - Jennifer Hanniman and Mathieu Deshaies“It is the new way to buy Ontario wine. It is like trying on clothes, you feel the material, try on various sizes, then buy what you like and what fits you best.

At our events you can sample any of the wines – sparkling, whites, roses, reds and dessert wines, even barrel samples of wines that are not released yet,talk with our winemaker and then order the wines you really liked. It is definitely a more personal and enjoyable way to shop than buying wines at the LCBO by reviews or reading shelf talkers,” Morgenstern (in photos at right) explains.

Most importantly, guests at this Savvy Taste & Buy Event enjoyed being at the Orange Gallery too. “I’ve never been here before and coincidentally, my office is nearby. It’s a cool space, there is free parking, it’s near Little Italy and Chinatown so we went to dinner after having enjoyed all the great wines”, raved Don Cook, investment advisor at RBC Wealth Management. “I’m definitely keeping this place in mind to host an event for my investment clients.”

More about Orange Art Gallery

www.orangeartgallery.ca
290 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa (steps away from Artisan Bakery)

Savvy Events

We always have fun events scheduled so Savvy Events for what’s happening with Savvy Company.  If you’d like help organizing your next event at a cool venue in Ottawa, email cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

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‘Simply Outstanding’ – reviews pour in about Twenty Valley wines

Posted by Debbie

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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All of us at Savvy Company love wine & we love to have fun introducing you to new wineries & their wines.  Last week we hosted 20+ wineries from Niagara’s 20 Valley to strut their stuff at Outstanding in their Fields Taste & Buy event in Ottawa.  Despite the first big snowstorm, the event was sold out & received many rave reviews from wine lovers & wineries.

Here is a great review from one the bloggers – Jane Staples – who offers wine tips to help you start your Christmas shopping!

And more great news….20 Valley wineries are coming back in November 2014.  Stay tuned for the details.  If you would like to receive an invitation to this signature event, simply let us know with an email to cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

GUEST BLOG by Jane Staples

A sold-out winetasting event at the NAC last night, showed how delightful a Savvy wine tasting can be.  Over 300 people braved the slippery streets to be greeted warmly by Savvy Company staff.  Dozens of  outstanding wines from Niagara’s Twenty Valley wine region were available to taste and to order.  This is probably the most fun you can have while doing some holiday shopping and stocking up for home entertaining at the same time. A disc jockey and a raffle added to the fun.

My top picks…

I started the evening’s tasting with some bubbly from Cave Spring: lovely green apple and citrus on the nose and palate, a fine creamy fizz and a long citrus finish made this a perfect way to wake up the taste buds and start the tasting adventure.

My favourite wine discovery (after all, I already knew that I love champagne) was Kacaba Pinot Noir VQA 2007. Earthy, plummy, tart fruit flavours and well-balanced acidity and tannins. Sure to pair well with roast pork, duck or turkey.

Another happy find was Green Lane Chardonnay VQA 2010.  Fresh citrus and pear on the nose, repeated with subtle oak and vanilla on the palate. Definitely a wine worth remembering.

Last stop was at the Vineland Estates table, where I sampled their 2011 Rose.  If you like strawberries or dreaming about summertime, this one’s for you. Fresh strawberries on the nose and tart berries on the palate, which sweetens during a lingering finish.

Want to order these outstanding Ontario wines?

No problem! You can order any of the wines featured at Outstanding in their Fields online or call the Savvy Team anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) to make arrange a shipment of Ontario wines for you.  Place your order before December 8th to take advantage of the free shipping offer on a case of wine.

This was Savvy’s last wine tasting event til 2014…we can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!

Hats off to Savvy Company for another terrific wine event!

– Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Taste & Buy Outstanding wines from Niagara’s 20 Valley

Posted by Debbie

Monday, November 25th, 2013
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Back by popular demand, for the 2nd year in a row, we are hosting the Outstanding in their Fields wine tasting, giving you the opportunity to Taste & Buy wines from Niagara’s 20 Valley region.   Discover new wines from one of the top wine regions in Canada with so many top-notch wines that are really outstanding.

Last year this event sold out.  Don’t miss it!  

Event Details
DATE: Wednesday November 27
EVENT BEGINS: 7pm
LOCATION: Panorama Room – 2nd floor of National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Tickets are selling fast. Buy yours >>

 

Taste the wines & buy a bottle… 

Have a look at all of the outstanding wines that will be available for you to discover & enjoy.  These wines are not available at the LCBO & several have special prices only available at this event.   To see all 50+ wines that await you click here or email us on cheers@savvycompany.ca for this wine list in a document that you can print & bring with you.

Mix ‘n Match…& FREE shipping too!

At this special Taste & Buy event you can order ANY combination of the featured outstanding wines from ANY of the 20 Valley wineries.  They will be delivered by courier to your home or office within a week. And that is not all – FREE SHIPPING on all orders of 12 bottles or more! 

 

Join us at Outstanding in their Fields event
OR order your wine online >>

 

Can’t make it but want to order wines?

No problem! You can order all of the wines featured at Outstanding in their Fields online or call our Savvy Team anytime on 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) to make arrange a shipment of Ontario wines for you.  Place your order before December 4th to take advantage of the free shipping offer on a case of wine.

 

Cheers!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

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