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Savvy Company wins HUGE award

Posted by Alexandra Kay

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021
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Ottawa Businesswoman Receives
National Wine Award

Ottawa businesswoman Debbie Trenholm has been a long-time champion of the Canadian wine community. For over sixteen years, she and her team of sommeliers at Savvy Company have worked to connect Canadian winemakers and Canadian wine consumers through social events and home deliveries.

In recognition of her unparalleled leadership, commitment and passion in supporting Canadian wines and winemakers, Debbie is this year’s recipient of the Wine Industry Champion Award presented by Wine Growers Canada, the national wine industry body that represents Canadian vintners.

 

“Debbie and her Savvy Team have been the ultimate ambassador for Canadian wines for almost two decades. From her popular wine club to hosting consumer events, she has introduced Canadian wines to Canadian consumers, and supported the rise and popularity of our growing wine sector,” says Dan Paszkowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wine Growers Canada“Debbie was not only nominated once for this award, she was nominated multiple times, which speaks volumes about her unstoppable efforts for the people who make Canadian wines and the people who enjoy them.”

Connecting Canadian wineries with Canadians

Everything Debbie & the Savvy Team creates brings Canadian wineries closer to consumers via direct sales opportunities. During the pandemic, Debbie and her team have been curating & delivering record numbers of ‘Savvy Care Packages’ of Canadian wine complemented with “Meet the Makers” virtual tastings & private events.

“The Karlo Estates team has been working with Debbie & her team at Savvy Company for several years now,” says Sherry Karlo, Vintner of Karlo Estates in Prince Edward County. “Debbie shines the spotlight on The County & its great wines, as well as wineries from other regions across Ontario. She’s been a great support to many of us struggling to stay connected to wine lovers during the pandemic. Debbie truly loves to support local and I can’t think of a better champion of Canada’s wine industry.”

Across the country, wineries in British Columbia are also applauding the news

“We were elated to learn that Debbie Trenholm is the recipient of the 2021 Wine Industry Champion Award,” says Kimberly Hundertmark, Hospitality Manager at TIME Family of Wines in Penticton, B.C. I have witnessed the evolution of this business model for over ten years and recognize the hard work and passion that have contributed to its growth. Debbie’s tireless efforts to promote Canadian wines has contributed to the success of our industry.  Savvy Company, under Debbie’s leadership, has introduced wines from across Canada to a new broad audience of wine enthusiasts and we thank her for that. Congratulations, Debbie!” 

Thrilled, honoured & delighted

Debbie is thrilled to receive the award, and is optimistic about what it will mean for Savvy Company’s continued efforts to champion the Canadian wine industry.

“This award has my name on it, yet I share it with the incredible group of sommeliers & professional marketers that I work with”, says Debbie. “It is an incredible privilege to have our work recognized by the wineries we proudly partner with, and we hope that this recognition will help us continue to grow so that we can promote even more outstanding Canadian wines to wine lovers.”

Located in Ottawa, Savvy Company offers of-the-month subscription clubs and also organizes Taste & Buy events to showcase the wines, craft ciders & artisan cheeses that are made across Canada.

Savvy Company also markets, manages & hosts the Kingston International Wine Festival, and most recently, the first Ontario Rosé Wine Festival online – all in an effort to connect wine-loving consumers with the dynamic people who create the products and give them a deeper appreciation of Canada’s wine industry. Across the country, wineries in British Columbia are also applauding the news.

 

Kudos & Rave Reviews…

“Congratulations Debbie! This award is so well deserved. Thank you for all of your support of our industry.” –  Christa-Lee McWatters
General Manager of Five Vines Cellars, Okanagan, British Columbia

“Congratulations Debbie!  Well deserved” – Leslie D’Angela, CEO of Noble Estates Winery, Okanagan, British Columbia

“Congratulations Debbie and team!!! Well deserved!!!” – Lorraine Mastersmith, Owner of KIN Vineyards, Carp, Ontario

“Hip Hip Horray!!! Gold Star Girlfriend! So proud – great job.” – Sue-Ann Staff, Owner & Winemaker of Sue-Ann Staff Estates Winery, Niagara, Ontario

“Debbie has been a great support to many of us struggling to stay connected to wine lovers during the pandemic. Debbie truly loves to support local and I can’t think of a better champion of Canada’s wine industry.” – Sherry Karlo, Vintner of Karlo Estates Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario

“We were elated to learn that Debbie Trenholm is the recipient of the 2021 Wine Industry Champion Award.” – Kimberly Hundertmark, Hospitality Manager at TIME Family of Wines in Penticton, British Columbia 

“Wine Growers Canada is proud to honour Debbie for her exceptional and ongoing promotion of wines from all regions of the country. Through hard work and leadership, Debbie’s dedication to Canadian wines of origin has supported the education of thousands of Canadians to become passionate advocates for the Canadian wine industry” – Dan Paszkowski, President & Chief Executive Officer of Wine Growers Canada

 

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Fan Mail!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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We LOVE to hear from our Savvy Fans!

 

“I needed a speedy thank you gift for a client & contacted Debbie. She jumped into action to get it organized, packaged and ready for delivery in less than 18 hours. She is a true professional who takes pride in her selection of wines and delivering absolutely top notch customer service. Thank you Debbie for all your years of help, support and friendship – CHEERS.”

– Tom Burrow, mortgage broker and long-time Savvy client  

 

“Just got my package!! I can’t wait to try all these new (to me) wines! I have enjoyed the last two care packages so very much. What a surprise Ontario wines have been! Thanks again!”

-Linda in Ottawa

 

“My wine arrived today and I appreciated the delivery company contacting me to arrange a time. This was all very efficient-and now we have some good tastings ahead. You are doing a super job-much appreciated.”

-Pam in Ottawa (long time Savvy Wicked Wines club subscriber)

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Westcott Vineyards: Delphine Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Delphine Rosé

$16.95
Niagara

Blended from Cabernet Franc and “just a little” Pinot Noir, Wescott’s “Delphine” rosés have always been known for their elegance and flavour.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Aromatic, dry, and supple, there are notes of strawberries and orange, along with some bracing lemony acidity. The bright pink of the wine is a visual treat, and it looks every bit as mouth watering as it tastes!

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with semi-soft cheeses like Gruyère and Havarti.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Vieni Estates: Red Trillium Ripasso

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2013 Red Trillium Ripasso

$16.95
Niagara

Always one of the most popular wines among Savvy customers, the Red Trillium Ripasso is made by “re-passing” a blend of Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon wine over the freshly dried grape skins leftover from their Appassimento wine. It remains in contact with the pomace of the Appassimento for about ten days at which time a second fermentation occurs.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Fruity and rich, with black cherries, dried figs, and black currants. There’s a little mint and cedar here, too, with medium tannins and acid. This full-bodied wine is a crowd-pleaser.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will work well with Italian cuisine, BBQ ribs, or even just a juicy hamburger.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Vieni Estates: Sparkling Rosé Brut

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2012 Sparkling Rosé Brut

SHOW SPECIAL! $16.95 (regular $29.95)
Niagara

Previously restricted to restaurant sales, Two Sisters has generously made the last of their 2012 Estate Red available to Savvy customers. Aged 25 months in a mix of French (75%) and American (25%) oak (15% new), it’s a blend of half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot. Enjoy it while you can!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: One of our favourites from Two Sisters, this complex and medium-bodied wine will wow you with its flavours of smoke, red and sour cherries, mint, and cedar. It’s a wonderful table wine, with supple tannins and medium acidity.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with grilled lamb chops and spring vegetables to celebrate the season.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Two Sisters Vineyards: Estate Red

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2012 Estate Red (Limited)

SPECIAL! $25
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Previously restricted to restaurant sales, Two Sisters has generously made the last of their 2012 Estate Red available to Savvy customers. Aged 25 months in a mix of French (75%) and American (25%) oak (15% new), it’s a blend of half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot.   Enjoy it while you can!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: One of our favourites from Two Sisters, this complex and medium-bodied wine will wow you with its flavours of smoke, red and sour cherries, mint, and cedar. It’s a wonderful table wine, with supple tannins and medium acidity.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with grilled lamb chops and spring vegetables to celebrate the season.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Two Sisters Vineyards: Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Rosé

$35
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Another dry rosé, this estate-grown wine is made with 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. It’s as pretty as the tear-drop bottle it comes in.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This pink rosé has wonderful big flavours: red cherries, lemon, and orange. It’s dry but smooth with medium-plus acid. 

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this with a salad of escarole, beets, and goat cheese.

Cellaring: Drink now.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Trail Estate Winery: Wild-Ferment Pinot Noir

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2016 Wild-Ferment Pinot Noir

$30.00
Prince Edward County

Another example of winning wild fermentation, this Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels with no new oak for nine months. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Don’t get fooled by the light colour here: this is a full-flavoured wine! Earthy, with notes of red licorice, sour cherry, and red cherries, it’s going to surprise you with it’s power and elegance. Medium acidity and medium tannins show off this brilliant Pinot Noir.

Suggested Food Pairing: Have this with grilled pork chops with a side of butter-sautéed onions and mushrooms.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 2 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Trail Estate Winery: Unfiltered Chardonnay

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2015 Unfiltered Chardonnay

$21.95
Prince Edward County

Trail does a lot of “wild ferments”, which means they allow the natural yeasts already found on the berries to ferment the wine, as opposed to killing the wild yeast with sulfur and then introducing engineered yeast, as most wineries do. Wild ferments are risky but often bring unexpected – and unexpectedly wonderful – elements to the wine. This is a splendid example! Aged for 11 months in French oak, 40% of it new, the juice was also allowed to oxidize slightly.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There are fruity notes of peach, lemon, and apricot here, overlaid with coconut, butter, and vanilla. There’s also a hint of sherry, lending the wine an unusual but very interesting complexity. This is a dry Chardonnay, with medium acidity, and is sure to please the Chard lovers in your crowd.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pair this with Coquille St. Jacques for a fancy dinner, or with chicken and waffles for fun!

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 2 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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Tawse Winery: Pinot Noir

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2013 Pinot Noir

$21.95
Niagara

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: With a very light cherry colour, this Pinot Noir has an interesting array of flavours: candied fruit, red licorice, light tobacco, and sour cherry. It’s tart and dry with a long licorice finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: I love Pinot Noir with mushroom dishes – try it with a mushroom ragu or stuffed mushroom hors d’oeuvres.

Cellaring: Drink now or within 3 years.

If you would like to order this bottle of wine, call your friends at Savvy Company at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us at cheers@savvycompany.ca. We’ll deliver with a smile!

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