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Clink & Drink Pink – the latest Rose Report

Posted by Bethany

Monday, June 27th, 2016
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We have ants in our pants!  Eager for the school year to be done, to get the camper packed up with gear, and finally hit the road for the beach, cottage or country getaway. Looking for something different to add to the cooler? Why not a bottle or two of rosé wine! bouquet-of-roses

Our Savvy Sommeliers have carefully selected six exceptional wines for this month’s Bouquet of Rosés, each of them brimming with summer appeal and ready for some down time on the deck:

– Chateau des Charmes Rosé Cuvée d’Andree and Sparkling Rosé an elegant tribute to the Bosc Family matriarch and a fun sparkler for any special occasion
Kacaba Vineyards and Winery ‘Rebecca’ Rosé – Brilliant and bold
Pondview Estate Winery Rosé – an Old World classic
Redstone Winery Rosé – busting out of the rosé stereotype
Traynor Family Vineyards Alta Rosé – one-of-a-kind wine from a little-known grape varietal

Your Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special, as they aren’t available at the LCBO. If you would like to order additional bottles or other hard-to-find Ontario wines (we do craft beers, too!), contact me at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or  debbie@savvycompany.ca.

Cheers….it is summer!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

In this bouquet of Roses you will find

~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, Bethany Harpur ~

 

Traynor Family Vineyards Alta Rosé VQA 2015 

$25
Prince Edward County

Did you know? Committed to sustainability, Mike Traynor installed a series of Tesla and EV charging ports outside the winery for customers to plug in their electronic or hybrid cars. New this summer, visitors can recharge their own batteries with tacos from the winery’s on-site food truck, Guapo’s Cantina.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Made from estate-grown Frontenac Gris, this limited-edition stunner shows off with a brilliant, fiery-sunset copper shine. Aromas of apricot, orange peel, wet stone and traces of cedar are followed by a crisp, light-bodied acidity that’s tangy through the finish. Would make a terrific white sangria or a special sipper for camping with friends.

Suggested Food Pairing: A mixed grill of scallops, shrimp and salmon. Or try your hand at the  Asparagus Tart recipe below.

 

Pondview Estate Winery RoséPondview Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Four Mile Creek (Niagara)

Did you know? Pondview recently became one of the first wineries in Canada to use a special seal on its icewines to assure customers they have the real deal in their hands. The QR-coded “prooftag” was introduced to combat the growing counterfeit icewine trade in Asia.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Old World-style in pale peach flecked with bright orange. A nostalgic bouquet brings midway cotton candy and candied apples to mind. The wine’s high acid produces a lively ‘spritz’ effect on the palate, with flavours of mango, passionfruit and white pepper, and lingering herbs on the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Crisp summer salads or grilled sausages would make a great match, or try some crispy Fish Tacos.  Check out the recipe below.

 

Chateau des Charmes Rosé Cuvée dAndrée VQA 2014

2014_Rose_NewLabel$15.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Did you know? None other than His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales sipped on Chateau des Charmes elegant Rosé Cuvée d’Andrée! The wine was served during a special dinner held for the Prince at Canada House in London, England, in May of this year.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This gorgeous rosé is dedicated to the family matriarch, Madame Andrée Bosc. With deep, coho-salmon colouring and a pronounced nose of strawberries and cotton candy, this Pinot Noir-based rosé behaves like a white wine, with a fuller body and complex structure, even a smidge of earthy tannin on the finish.

 Suggested Food Pairings: Prince Charles may have had it with Arctic char and salmon caviar, but we think it will be just dandy with a Goat Cheese and Mushroom Flatbread.

 

Chateau des Charmes Rosé Sparkling VQA 2012Chateau des Charmes Rosé sparkling

$28.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: New-baby-girl pink, with a lifted nose that brings you back to the corner store and those strawberry-marshmallow candies. Dry, with a mere hint of sweetness, and a distinct taste of smoke and ripe mango fizzing away in a fine mousse of bubbles.

Suggested Food Pairing: Sparklers are famous for being food-friendly. This one will pair nicely with appetizers on the deck: artichoke dip, smoked salmon rosettes or chicken satay.

 Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca’ Rosé VQA 2015
Kacaba Vineyards and Winery ‘Rebecca’ Rosé

$17.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

Did you know? To get to the tasting room at Kacaba, you have to cross what’s known as a Bailey bridge—a portable, pre-fab truss bridge invented by the British and first used by tanks to cross the treacherous terrain of battlefields during the Second World War.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The 2015 Rebecca Rosé is a blend of Gamay Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Riesling. It glows with a brilliant raspberry-ruby hue in the glass, while aromas of strawberry jam and spring flowers swirl through your senses. Full bodied, it has a slight suggestion of petrol on the dry finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Croque Monsieur with grainy mustard, or straight-up grilled cheese.  But go gourmet with some creamy Brie or a nutty Gouda.



Redstone Winery Ro VQA 2015

Redstone Winery Rosé$16.95
Lincoln Lakeshore (Niagara)

Did you know? Named for the rocky, red-clay soil on which the vines grow, Redstone is the brainchild of Moray Tawse, who has established Redstone Winery after the successful venture with the nearby award-winning Tawse Winery.  Both are located in the heart of the Twenty Valley (aka Niagara Escarpment).

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: We all agreed that this wine shatters any preconceptions of what people think rosé should be. The aromas alone are breathtaking: chokecherry, roses, cherries, orange peel and cinnamon candy hearts. This is a very approachable and easy-going wine that would be perfect year-round.

 Suggested Food Pairing: Try out the recipe for Orange & Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin from the Looneyspoons Cookbook for a great BBQ dish with this delicious Rosé.

 

 

~ Rosé Recipe Box ~

Summer time favourites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés

 

Baked Fish Tacos

Based on original recipe from Shortcuts by WeightWatchers 
Makes 4 servings
Photo credit: MrsDash.com

Ingredientsfish tacos

1 pound firm white fish, cut into inch-thick chunks
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp each of garlic powder, chili powder, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 425º. Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. 

Mix mayonnaise, spices and lime juice together. Roll pieces of fish in mayonnaise mixture until evenly coated. 

Spread out cornmeal in a shallow dish. Gently press pieces of fish into cornmeal until covered. Place on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. 

Bake 10 minutes or until browned.

Serve with all your favourite taco toppings, like sliced avocado and pico de gallo!

Orange & Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Looneyspoons Cookbook
serves 4 to 6

IngredientsLooneyspoons

1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (I used sugar free)
2 Tbsp each reduced sodium soy sauce and ketchup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 1/2 tsp each curry powder and ground coriander
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method

Trim pork of all visible fat.  Put pork tenderloins in large, heavy-duty ziplock bag. 

Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.  Pour marinade over pork and seal bag.  Turn bag several times to coat pork evenly.  Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight. 

At this point, you can either cook in the oven or BBQ. If in the oven  – place pork and marinade to a small roasting pan or baking dish.  Roast, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Pork should be slightly pink in the middle. If on the BBQ – cook on high heat for 20-25 minutes until done. 

Let pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing.  Slice thinly. 

In a small saucepan boil extra marinade into a reduction.  Pour over pork and serve with fresh veggies.

Fresh Asparagus Tart

Recipe & Photo credit:  Canadian Living Magazine
Serves 8 (or more)

This is simple to make and stunning to look at.  This spring tart offers a vegetarian option for a picnic, appetizer or even brunch!

Ingredients

asapargus tart2 bunches (1 lb each) thin asparagus, trimmed
1 pkg all-butter puff pastry, thawed (usually package includes 2 sheets of pastry)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1½ cups shredded Gruyère cheese
½ tsp coarsely cracked pepper
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk

Method 

Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease. Set aside. 

In steamer or rack in saucepan, cover and steam asparagus until tender-crisp, 3 minutes. Chill in cold water; pat dry.

Unroll each pastry sheet onto prepared pan. Spread evenly with mustard, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) border.

Arrange asparagus, side by side and alternating ends, on mustard; top with cheese and pepper. 

In a small bowl, beat egg with milk; lightly brush over pastry border.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 450°F (230°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until puffed and golden and cheese is bubbly, 18 minutes. (Make-ahead: Set aside for up to 6 hours.)

Cut each into 6 to 8 pieces; serve warm or cool.

 

Goat Cheese & Wild Mushroom Flatbread

Photo & Recipe from Domestic Superhero
Makes 2 flatbreads

IngredientsMushroom-and-Goat-Cheese-Flatbread-with-Balsamic-Glaze_thumb

2 large Naan slices, whole
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly (or any combination of mushrooms)
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tbsp butter
2 oz crumbled goat cheese

Optional glaze:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Method

Mix vinegar with brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Set aside. 

Preheat oven to 400ºF. 

In a large skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms and onions for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add thyme, salt & pepper, and sauté a few more minutes or until onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft.

Turn off heat and set aside. Brush the tops of the naan with olive oil. Add the mushroom mixture, spreading evenly. Sprinkle goat cheese on top. 

Place flatbreads on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cheese is softened.

Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t brown too quickly. Remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic glaze (optional) and serve.

 

Have your fridge full of Rosés all summer long

Rose wine in a Savvy glassAlways have refreshing Rosé wines on hand this summer.  To order additional bottles of your new-found favourite Rosés from this assortment OR to receive a Bouquet of Rosés next month call the Savvy Team at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose.

The July Bouquet of Rosés will have a completely different selection of hard-to-find wines including:

Aure White Gamay Rosé – Beamsville Bench (Niagara)
Back 10 Cellars Rosé Coloured GlassesTwenty Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Gamay Rosé Twenty Valley (Niagara)
Palatine Hills Pinot Gris – Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling Prince Edward County
Trail Estates Pinot Noir Rosé – Prince Edward County

 

To order the July Bouquet of Rosés, call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online www.savvycompany.ca/rose

Cheers & Enjoy your summer!

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Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report

Posted by Bethany

Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Anyone else feeling like they’ve had enough of Sprinter (spring + winter) yet? It was a chilly start to the season, but at long last the flowers are in bloom. And we have the best ones picked out just for you: back again for a third year, we are delivering to you a Bouquet of Rosés!bouquet-of-roses

These blushing beauties are all set for spring or summer sipping, whether it’s out in the garden, on the deck or brunching with friends.

Our Savvy Sommeliers have offered up their tasting notes along with some pairing tips and recipes to help you enjoy each wine to its fullest:


– Devil’s Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé 
– stunning!
– Casa-Dea Estates Rosé – Memories of Lily of the Valley (the official flower of May!)
– Creekside Estates Rosé – perfect for a picnic
– Good Earth Food & Wine Rosé – spring time in a glass!
– Huff Estates Cuvée Janine – A pretty sparkling wine perfect for your next grand affair
– Tawse Growers Blend Rosé – a classic crisp Rosé you’d think its from France

 

Each Bouquet of Rosés is EXTRA special.  None of the wines are available at the LCBO. If you would like to order additional bottles or other hard-to-find Ontario wines (we do craft beers too!), call the Savvy Team at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

 

In this Bouquet of Rosés you will find…

~ Tasting notes by Savvy Sommelier, Bethany Harpur ~

 

Casa Dea Cabernet Franc RoseCasa-Dea Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2015

$15.95
Prince Edward County

Care for a round of bocce? If you’re travelling to The County this spring, stop by Casa-Dea and try out this Italian version of lawn bowling on a hand-crafted pitch right beside the vineyards. Made even better with a cool glass of winemaker Paul Battilana’s Rosé.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Brilliant clarity in this pinky-peach concoction. Abundant aromas of wildflowers and strawberries, juicy peaches and lily of the valley, with subtle hints of fresh herbs. Silky texture balanced out with measured acidity and a lengthy finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try with Baked Brie & Strawberry Mint Topping – recipe to follow

 

Creekside Cabernet Rose 2014Creekside Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé VQA 2015

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (aka Niagara Escarpment)

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was left on the skins for three days before being pressed, this patio pleaser is big, bursting with fruit and ready to enjoy while you kick back and watch the hummingbirds. (Careful though, with a rosé this pink, the hummingbirds might think it’s for them!).

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Deep blush bordering on red ruby; complex aromas of red currant, cranberry and Twizzlers (yes! That is what our Sommeliers remarked during the tasting panel). Smooth texture with enough oomph and suggestion of tannin to have staying power; finishes dry, with subtle notes of tart strawberries.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is definitely a wine that would be lovely served with roasted duck, turkey or BBQed chicken. As having a turkey feast is not that typical in the heat of the summer, Savvy Sommelier Debbie shares her Mom’s recipe for Turkey Balls to serve as an appetizers, in a picnic or just to have in the freezer on hand for a quick meal.

 

Devil’s Wishbone Winery Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2015 original_227656-devils-wishbone-winery-pinot-gris-rose-2015-bottle-1461510859

Savvy Special: $19 (reg $22)
Prince Edward County

Look at a map of The County & you’ll see the distinctive wishbone shape where the Bay of Quinte and Adolphus Reach meet at Picton. The “devil” part of this winery’s name comes from the poor soil quality in the area, where early settlers found it nearly impossible to grow anything. Winery owner Paul Gallagher researched that the clay and limestone mixed soil is perfect for growing vines.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A colour that reminded all of our Sommeliers of a Ballerina-tutu (!) with an airy nose of fuzzy peaches, wild strawberries and maple sap. Slightly off-dry and juicy with a pleasant, late-spring feel. Absolutely delicious!

Suggested Food Pairing: This wine has a hint of sweetness that will sing alongside a Caramelized Onion Tart like the recipe on the following pages

 


The Good Earth Rose 2014Good Earth Food & Wine Company The Good Wine Rosé VQA 2015

$17.95
Twenty Valley (Niagara)

You’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the giant fork standing among the vines at Good Earth. And it may not even be big enough, if you want to try everything: enjoy a meal at the bistro amongst the vineyard or take part in a cooking class – life is good!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This delicate, petal-soft wine is spring & summer in a glass. The rose water aromatics bring baklava or Turkish delight to mind, while fresh, sweet red berries and crisp acidity balance out every sip.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve it up with proscuitto-wrapped melon bites or the Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad (recipe follows)

 

Cuvee JanineHuff Estates ‘Cuvee Janine’ 2011 Sparkling Rosé

Savvy Special: $25 (reg $30)
Prince Edward County

Huff Estates not only offers a spectacular range of wines, but is also home to the Oeno Gallery, a showcase of intriguing works from local and international artists. Mark my words, the outdoor sculpture garden will amaze you.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Named for winery owner Lanny Huff’s daughter, this 100% Pinot Noir-based sparkler shines with a glowing peach hue; on the nose, pink grapefruit, brioche and tangerine. Mineral-driven, almost smoky, with crisp acidity, a fine mousse and delicate fruit with notes of rhubarb. Elegant celebration wine, in a classic méthode traditionelle style (winespeak: made using the same technique for making French Champagne where the 2nd fermentation takes place in the bottle until ready).

Suggested Food Pairing: Brunch! Think smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, waffles with raspberry coulis. Also a great match with sushi.

 

Tawse 2013 Growers Blend RoseTawse Winery Grower’s Blend  Rosé VQA 2015

Savvy Special: $18.95  (reg $19.95)
Twenty Valley (aka Niagara Escarpment)

Every year, the vineyards on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment come alive with song with the Summer Solstice Concert at Tawse.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Candy-apple and grapefruit ruby red, with earthy scents of rhubarb and tinned mandarins. This is a full-bodied wine with lots of character and superbly food-friendly.

Suggested Food Pairing: Think salty and savoury: how about charcuterie and cheese plate featuring Cows Creamery Appletree Smoked Cheddar from our Savvy Cool Curds artisan cheese-o-month-club. This wine will also be delicious with BBQed chicken, pulled pork or ribs.

 

 

~ Rosé Recipe Box ~

Spring & Summer time favorites enjoy with your Bouquet of Rosés

 

Baked Brie with Strawberry Mint Topping

The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook
Makes 10 to 15 servings
Photo credit: DairySpot.com

Baked Brie with strawberry toppingIngredients

1 round (8oz/250g) Brie cheese
1/2 cup (125mL) chopped strawberries
2 Tbsp (30 mL) white wine (rosé would be best!)
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped & roasted nuts – for garnish (optional) 

Method

In bowl, combine strawberries, wine and mint. (Make-ahead tip: cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.)

Place Brie on baking sheet; spread with topping.

Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is softened.

To garnish, sprinkle with nuts (optional)

Serve with warm, sliced baguette or crackers.

 

Caramelized Onion Tart

From Smitten Kitchen, smittenkitchen.com
Makes 10 servings 

Ingredients

Caramelized onion tart1 deep dish pie shell (store-bought, or make your own)
1 1/2 pounds yellow onions (about 4 medium), halved and thinly sliced
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
Scant ½ tsp table salt
Pinch sugar
1 cup low-sodium beef, veal or mushroom stock/broth
2 tsp cognac, brandy or vermouth (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup grated Gruyere, Comte or Swiss cheese
1 large egg
½ cup heavy cream (half-and-half and milk work too, but cream tastes best)

Method

Melt the butter and olive oil together in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan, toss them gently with the butter and oil, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the onions for 15 minutes, then remove the lid, stir in the salt and sugar and sauté without the lid for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the onions are fully caramelized and have taken on a deep golden colour.

Pour in cognac, if using it, and the stock, then turn the heat all the way up and scrape up any brown bits stuck to the pan. Simmer the mixture until the broth nearly completely disappears, about 5 to 10 minutes. Adjust the salt, if needed, and season with freshly ground black pepper. Let cool until lukewarm.

You can hasten this process by spreading the onions out on a plate in the fridge, or even faster, in the freezer. In a medium bowl, beat the egg and cream together. Gently stir in the lukewarm onions into the custard.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Fill prepared tart shell with onion-egg mixture. Ideally, this will bring your filling level to 1/4-inch from the top, however, variances in shells, pans, pan sizes and even onion volume might lead you to have a lower fill line. You can beat another egg with cream together and pour it in until it reaches that 1/4-inch-from-top line if you wish.

Sprinkle cheese over custard and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a sharp knife inserted into the filling and turned slightly releases no wet egg mixture. Serve hot or warm, with a big green salad.

Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad

From Savoury Image
Serves 4

Ingredients

May report - watermelon salad1 small watermelon, skin removed, cut into 1-inch thick wheels
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp  olive oil for grilling
1 cucumber, sliced to 1/4-inch rounds (refrigerate to keep cold)
½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
¼ cup lime juice
2 tsp salt
12-20 large shrimp or prawns, peeled and deveined
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

Method

Preheat BBQ or grill pan to high.

Brush the watermelon lightly with olive oil to prevent sticking. Lay the slices directly on the grill racks and grill for 2 to 3 minutes. The slices should be easily lifted from the grill. Turn them over and grill on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly salt then remove them from the grill and cut into 1 inch sized chunks.

In a large bowl gently toss the warm watermelon with the cold cucumber, mint, lime juice and salt and the 1/4 cup olive oil.

Lightly brush the shrimp with olive oil and grill for 30 seconds per side or until they turn pink or red. Divide the salad between 4 serving plates, top with the shrimp and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

 

Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Lemon Pasta

Original recipe & photo credits: Jessica Alba
www.marthastewart.com

Ingredients

Turkey meatballs2 lbs ground turkey
1 cup bread crumbs (Japanese Panko crumbs are ideal)
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup onion, shredded
1/4 cup zucchini, shredded large eggs
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp sea salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
¾ cup low sodium chicken stock
Your favorite pasta
1/3 to ½ cup goat cheese to
½ of white or rosé wine
Zest & Juice of 1 lemon 

Method

 In a large bowl, mix turkey, panko, carrots, zucchini, onion, eggs, Italian seasoning, and salt until well combined; form into 1-inch balls. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, until browned, about 7 minutes.

Add ½ cup chicken broth, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is almost completely absorbed, about 7 minutes. Add remaining ¼ cup broth and increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until liquid is absorbed.

In a separate pot, cook your favorite pasta. Once al dante, drain the water & place pasta back into the pot on low heat.  Crumble in goat cheese & stir until melted.  To help the melting, add white wine periodically until a creamy consistency similar to cream sauce that coats the pasta.

To finish the sauce, squeeze the juice of one lemon into the sauce, toss in zest & gently stir.  Plate with a mound of pasta topped with turkey meatballs. 

 

Have your fridge full of Rosé wines all summer long…

Always have refreshing Rosé wines on hand this summer.  To order additional bottles of your new found favorite Rosés from this assortment OR to receive a Bouquet of Rosés next month, by calling the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose.

The June Bouquet of Rosés will have a completely different selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines including:

Château des Charmes Sparkling Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Château des Charmes Cuvée André Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Kacaba Vineyard Rebecca Rosé, Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)
Pondview Estates Cabernet Franc Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Redstone Estate Rosé, Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)
Traynor Family Winery & Vineyard Rosé, Prince Edward County

To order the June Bouquet of Rosés, call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or online at www.savvycompany.ca/rose 

Cheers & Enjoy your summer!

 

 

 

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The summer heat wave is coming!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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It’s that time of year again…time to Clink & Drink Pink! With the longer days, tulips bursting & the temperature rising, all the signs are that summer is around the corner. And we can’t wait!

Rose wine in a Savvy glassTo jump start the summer sipping season, make room in your fridge for another sign of summer – Rosé wines. Refreshing, dry, crisp & delicious, there is a Rosé wines for absolutely everyone.

You may have noticed at your local LCBO that the store shelves have ‘changed’ colour. More shades of pink are now available. With so many to choose from, where do you start?

Enter in stage right: Bouquet of Rosés. It’s our new & improved Savvy Sommelier service this summer – a different assortment of Rosés wines each month – all are made in Ontario and you won’t find them at the LCBO. Why? These wines are made in small batches and frankly, they are so good that the winery sells out of them – quickly.

Our Sommeliers started thinking about summer in the middle of the freezing cold. We have been chatting with winemakers about their Rosé wines and as soon as they are ready, cases have been set aside for us to feature in our Bouquet of Rosés.

Every month is different!

Our Sommeliers have tasted and tested all of the Rosés and have picked the best of the crop. Every month we are offering a different assortment of wines for you to enjoy. New this year, we are offering 2 sizes of ‘Bouquets’ – a small one (contains 6 different bottles of Rose wines) and a large bouquet (2 bottles of each of the 6 featured Roses.) You can order month by month or auto-magically have a bouquet delivered each month all summer long. Yup, its PINK MAGIC!

What to serve with Rose wines?

A few suggestions our Sommeliers blurted without hesitation when the question was asked:  a book, a sunset, picnic lunch, grilled shrimp, strawberry spinach salad, BBQed burgers…even pork chops.  How’s that for anything goes!

As you can see, pretty much any summer time favorite food can go with Rosés wine. Even a thick BBQed steak – try it!

Summertime reading

To give you even greater enjoyment of this year’s crop of Rosé wines – with every monthly bouquet, we will publish “The Rosé Report”. May sound formal for a not-so-formal drink, yet it is full of our Savvy Sommeliers’ tasting notes, tidbits about the featured winery & winemaker and best of all…our favorite summertime recipes for you to try when you have a bottle of Rosé chilling in your fridge.

For starters, here is one of Debbie’s favorite – Watermelon & Black Olive Salad. Serve as a salad or as a different twist on skewers, this is delicious with any Rosé wine – from light to medium bodied, from pale pink or almost red.  Here’s to summer! I’ll drink to that!

 

Watermelon Black Olive Salad

From Savvy Sommelier Debbie’s kitchen
Serves many

Ingredients

Watermelon & olive salad4 cups seedless watermelon cut in ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions

For Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp garam marsala (An East Indian spice mixture that generally includes coriander seed, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, tumeric, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon.  Purchase a package of this spice mixture at an Indian grocery store).
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

Method

Place cubed watermelon, olives & onions in a large salad bowl & set aside.

Mix together all ingredients for vinaigrette.  Gently toss vinaigrette to cover watermelon mixture

Chill until ready to serve.

This can be enjoyed as a salad or thread watermelon cubes on a skewer with black olives and pour vinaigrette over top and serve as a kebab.  Refreshing with a crunch and a zing!

 

Get it before it’s gone!

May’s Bouquet of Rosés is only available to order until Sunday May 15th. Place your order with us – call us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online – and we’ll deliver your Bouquet of Roses to your home, office, even cottage…and shipping is FREE.

Click & pick a small or large bouquet…then kick back on your lawn chair to enjoy the summer!

It’s time to Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

 

 

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Weekender Report – wines from DiProfio, Harwood & Good Earth

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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The Long Weekend has come & gone, but you can still enjoy summer with our help. We take the legwork out of shopping for wine – simply order our Wines for the Weekend and voila, they arrive at your door!  Our Savvy Sommeliers have tried 100s of wines and selected those that will be delicious to serve as summer turns to fall. We want to make it easy for you to enjoy the best of Ontario wines.

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Wines for the WeekendWines for the Weekend are bottles of hard-to-find wines that can be enjoyed any day of the week. All you have to do is order by Tuesday and your wines will arrive on Friday….just in time for the weekend.

Below is our Weekender Report telling you a bit more about each wine.  Watch this space for our Recipe Box with neat recipes from local chefs. You will find all the makings of a great weekend (or two) or even a dinner party.

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Featuring wines from…

Di Profio, Good Earth & Harwood

 

Di Profio Sparkling Rosie

DiProfio sparkling rosie$24.95
20 Valley (Niagara Escarpment)

This lovely sparkling wine is named after winery owner Joe DiProfio’s mother Rosie. Unique, as it is made with Gamay grapes grown in the vineyards that surround Di Profio Winery.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Made with Gamay grapes, this unique bubbly is crisp, dry & delightfully refreshing. With each sip, delicate aromas and tastes will remind you of red roses, tart cranberry or perhaps wild raspberries.

Food Pairing Suggestions: When our Savvy Sommelier Debbie visited the winery, Joe was busy hand labeling the bottles. Intrigued, Joe gave her a bottle to enjoy on her summer holidays. The sample bottle was tucked away in her suitcase then popped open in Nova Scotia to accompany a lobster feast. “The pairing was heavenly”, Debbie reports. If you are not planning a lobster dinner, enjoy this sparkling wine with a picnic, tapas such as chicken satay, marinated olives or try something completely different…serve it with BBQed Hanger Steak & Chimichurri…wait for fireworks to explode in your mouth when the fresh spices meet the delicate bubbles.

Di Profio Wines Kitchen Zinc 2013Di Profio Kitchen Zinc VQA 2013

$16.80
20 Valley (Niagara Escarpment)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This wine has quickly become Di Profio’s most popular wine and continues to sell more every year even with increased production! This delicious white wine is light and fresh on the palate. It offers a nose of tropical fruit –namely gooseberry, passion fruit, kiwi, and sweet, ripe melon. Behind the tropical fruit are lighter citrus, fresh cut grass, and wet river stone notes. There is an initial hit of the sweet tropical fruit, and then a cleansing, tart lemon refreshes before the long grapefruit pith finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled swordfish, an asparagus quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus, or a tropical salad!

 

Good Earth Wine Viognier VQA 2013

$24.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

Pronounced Vee-on-NYAY, originally only grown in the Rhone region of France, this grape variety is quickly becoming a favorite around the world. Wineries in South Africa, Australia (they are blending it with Shiraz) & California are now also growing Viognier. Some winemakers predict that it will become the next big white wine.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Get ready for a new favorite! The Good Earth winemaking team nailed it when they made this Viognier! Swirl your glass and enjoy delicious aromas of white flowers, fresh peaches, lemon (or is it lemon curd?) with a touch of oak. A crisp and refreshing wine that finishes clean and crisp with a citrusy zip.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Winery owner Nicolette Novak reports, “The cool growing season in 2013 allowed the grapes to retain their natural acidity while also keeping the alcohol level low, resulting in a very tasty, food friendly and refreshing Viognier.” She recommends to pair with seafood, roast chicken or a dish laden with farm fresh vegetables. We suggest to pick up a bag of fresh peas at your local farmers market, to make the recipe for Sweet Pea Soup in the TGIF Recipe Box below.

Good Earth Big Fork RedGood Earth Wine Big Fork Red VQA 2013

$21.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

As winery owner Nicolette states, “This wine is like no other!  Taste it and its mystery will intrigue you…a unique blend of 49% Merlot, 38% Pinot Noir, 9% Cabernet Franc & 4% Syrah that will certainly tantalize your taste buds. This wine is all about purity of fruit”.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Overflowing with aromas and tastes of red and black cherries, raspberry jam with a touch of something earthy (black licorice or tobacco perhaps?).  The blend offers both a fresh zip and a touch of tannins that catches you wanting more.

Food Pairing Suggestions: The gamut! Pizza, pasta with meat sauce, BBQed burgers and spicy sausages.

 

Harwood Windward White 2013Harwood Windward White VQA 2013

$18.00
Prince Edward County

Made with a unique blend of Vidal Blanc Chardonnay Riesling grapes, this wine amazed us all. At our grand tasting, everyone in the Savvy Team was asking each other…have you tried the Windward White yet?? We are excited to share it with you.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A dry & fresh white wine, it is loaded with aromas and tastes of white stone fruit (think peaches, nectarines, apricot) as well as crunchy green apple, a zip of acidity. along with a bit of residual sugar for a delicious finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: A crowd pleasing wine that will pair well with a lot of food including spinach and strawberry salad, peach and goats cheese pizza, Lebanese Fattoush and steamed mussels with lemongrass. Let us know what food you like with this wine!

Harwood Gamay_Noir 2013Harwood Gamay Noir VQA 2013

$25.00
Prince Edward County

The team at Harwood explain that ‘the Gamay grape is a natural cross-pollination between Pinot Noir and an ancient white varietal known as Gouais. If you aren’t familiar with Gamay Noir, it is a surprise waiting to find you!” And surprised we were when we tasted this amazing wine during the Savvy Team grand tasting. “This is friggin’ delicious” said Savvy Sommelier Shawn.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in colour with well balanced aromas and tastes of smoke, wild strawberry and red candy with a delicious acidity to finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: What to have with this great wine? Something off the BBQ – grilled pizza, saucy ribs or The Masonry Lamb Burger (recipe below).

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

 

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.Wines for the Weekend

When you order Wines for the Weekend, you will always have outstanding Ontario wines on hand. To order additional bottles of your new found favorites from this assortment by calling the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926). OR, continue to make your weekends even easier with an automatic delivery of Wines for the Weekend all year long – a completely new selection of hard-to-find wines will arrive at your home or office.

To order, simply call us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or visit www.savvycompany.ca/TGIF

Ready to get your wine glasses out again next month? Stay tuned to this blog, where we will post a list of the wines that we plan on featuring each month.

 

With Di Profio Sparkling Rosie…

Fireside Steaks with Chimichurri

From Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 located in in Waterloo, Ontario
The online version of this recipeis on Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance web site
Serves 4

OCTA Fireside steaks with chimmicurriWant some tips, tricks and recipes to make your outdoor cooking experiences great? This one is from Chef Nick Benninger, Owner of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 and a self-proclaimed avid camper; here he shares his go-to canoe trip recipe!

“This is a day-one of the canoe trip meal, a nice reward for a hard day of paddling and portaging and the only day of the trip where such a feast is possible due to a lack of refrigeration.  I take my steak marinade to my local butcher and have him vacpack them in the marinade for me so I can freeze the steaks prior to packing up, ensuring they will be safely cooled the whole time, this also provides some coldness for the other ingredients packed in the “day one dinner” food bag!”

Ingredients

4 steaks your favorite cut (Chef Nick suggests Hanger Steaks)
½ cup canola oil
½ cup spicy BBQ rub (Chef Nick suggests Taco Farm’s Local Chili Mix)
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno
Handful of fresh mint
Handful of fresh oregano
Handful of fresh cilantro
Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: ½ cup crème fraiche

Method

Purée canola oil, BBQ rub, 4 cloves of garlic, dried oregano and salt. If you are camping or heading to the cottage with this ready-made recipe, take the marinade to your local butcher shop and have them vacpack the steaks in the marinade for you. Then freeze the steaks for at least 24 hours to ensure a deep freeze. If you are not taking this dish on holidays with you, place steaks in a Ziploc or covered container & marinade overnight.

Once on site, build yourself a cooking fire. Once you’ve built up a good bed of coals, place your grill over the hottest point. Or fire up your BBQ.

Char the Jalapenos and let cool.

Remove steaks from marinade, let excess marinade drip off. Place on the hot, hot grill.

Meanwhile, chop the fresh herbs, charred jalapenos and remaining garlic cloves really fine. When the mixture is smooth, if using, fold in the crème fraiche.

Flip the steak only once to ensure a nice amount of charred bits. Cook until medium rare and let rest off the heat for 7 minutes.

Once rested, slice steaks and serve alongside chimmichuri mixture, grilled veggies and pop open the sparkling wine!


With Good Earth Wine Viognier…

Sweet Pea Soup

From The Prune Restaurant in Stratford
The online version of this recipe is onOntario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 2

High in all sorts of vitamins, these little green gems really pack a punch.

Stratford is well known as the “home” to approximately 75 students from across Canada attending the Stratford Chefs School where they put an emphasis on seasonal, fresh and locally foraged food.

OCTA Sweet Pea SoupIngredients

1 bouquet garni
4 leeks, whites only, finely diced
2 bunches scallions, whites only, finely diced
½ lb butter for cooking
½ lb butter for finishing, cubed and cold
1.5 kg fresh peas
2.75 L water

Instructions

Melt ½ lb of butter in a large pot.Add leeks and scallions, season and sweat the vegetables for 5 – 10 minutes.

Add ½ L of water and braise the vegetables until soft.When soft add the remaining water and the bouquet garni and bring the mixture to a boil.

When boiling add the peas and cook for 60 seconds.Immediately transfer the soup to a blender and puree. Then add the remaining ½ lb of butter gradually as you blend so it becomes emulsified into the soup.

Check seasoning.

Chill the soup immediately to preserve the colour.

 

With Harwood Gamay Noir…

The Masonry Lamb Burger

OCTA Masonry Lamb BurgerFrom The Masonry in Perth, Ontario
The online version of this recipe is on Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 4

Sometimes you just want something a bit different for dinner. Thanks to The Masonry, we’ve got you covered with this awesome lamb burger! This is such an easy twist on a classic meal that is sure to have you savouring each and every bite!

Located in Perth, The Masonry offers and ever changing seasonally themed and local menu. On top of that you can sip on a one of the ten Ontario craft beers on tap, or two or three, we don’t judge. What’s even better, when you leave The Masonry you can even take some tasty local eats home front their market.

Ingredients

1lb ground lamb
2 eggs
2 greenhouse red peppers
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
½ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp white wine vinegar
250ml cold pressed canola oil
2 Tbsp basil chopped
4 Tbsp crumbled sheep’s milk feta
Handful of arugula
4 pretzel buns

Instructions

For pepperonata, sauté onions and peppers till translucent in a medium frying pan. Add garlic. Cook till relish consistency. Set aside to cool.

Mix lamb, one egg and black pepper together until well combined. With cold hands, make four even sized patties and season with salt. Toss onto searing hot cast iron skillet and cook roughly 4 minutes per side until medium.

Meanwhile, in a food processor start basil mayo. Blitz remaining egg, vinegar and dijon. Add the cold pressed canola oil in a slow steady stream. Mixture should emulsify and look like a mayonnaise. Fold in basil, season with salt and pepper.

To serve, smear pretzel bun with basil mayo. Top with crumbled sheep’s milk feta, fresh arugula and generous spoon of pepperonata. Slide the lamb burger on in there and replace the bun top.

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Ready to get your tasting glasses out again next month?  Soon we will be updating the list of the wines that we plan on featuring in the months to come, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for news on more great Ontario wines.

 

Cheers & enjoy these wines on the weekend!

 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Vieni, Vineland & Greenlane

Posted by Debbie

Monday, August 24th, 2015
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As Summer rolls along you’ve still got lots of time to enjoy Rosé wines from across Ontario and we have made it easy for you with a bouquet of One Dozen Rosés…wines that is. Each month this summer we are offering a different assorted case of Rosé wines for you to sample & enjoy, along with recipes to enjoy with the different wines .

dozenroses_180pxWatch this spot for weekly updates to our Rosé Report.  Our Savvy Sommeliers take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle. Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés as well as great recipes that we feature to help make your summer wining & dining easy.

Keep calm & carry on with summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
Vieni, Vineland & Greeenlane…

 

Vieni Momenti Rose SparklingVieni Estates Momenti Rosé Extra Dry

$16.95
20 Valley (Niagara)

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: If this wine could speak, it would say “let’s party!”. Bright cream soda like colour, crisp with tastes of cherry & cranberry wrapped up with a whiff of fresh bread. The refreshing acidity is delicious, while the mousse & fine bubbles make this a great crowd pleasing wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Here is a fun (not to mention eye catching) hors d’oeuvre to serve at your next party – Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. If you are not a fan of jalapenos, try bacon wrapped scallops or put out a charcuterie plate with this bubbly.


Vieni Alleria Rose WineVieni Alleria VQA 2012

$13.95
20 Valley, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: An interesting blend of Riesling & Pinot Noir, this light salmon wine has subtle floral notes with a dash of white pepper. With your first sip, you’ll remark on the vibrancy of acidity that will either quench your thirst or smooth out when you enjoy with food.

Food Pairing Suggestions: This is definitely a picnic wine. Easy drinking, especially perfect for those who are white wine lovers, this wine would be delicious with hummus, tabbouleh, green salads or smoked salmon. Simply, chill, sip & enjoy.

 

Greenlane roseGreenlane Rosé 2013

$15.95
Beamsville Bench, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Summertime in a glass! Refreshing notes of strawberry & rhubarb…but not tart. This wine is dry, crisp with a light sweetness. Smooth custard like mouthfeel, it is a delicious & well balanced wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions: when pairing with food, it is good to accentuate the dominant flavour – in this case rhubarb. Make your favorite rhubarb dish like the Rhubarb Salad we have in the Rosé Recipe Box on the following pages. If you’d rather accentuate the strawberry taste then serve with the Perch with Strawberry Salsa.

 

Vineland Rose The Game Changer 2014Vineland Estates The Game Changer VQA 2014

$16.95
Vineland, Niagara

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon this pretty salmon colour has bright refreshing acidity, floral & berry aromas that continue into the taste. There’s a base of minerality that makes this medium bodied rosé so delicious. Imagine the remarkable red wine that could be created if they took the same grapes and let them sit on the skins long (with the juice).

Food Pairing Suggestions: Our friend Chef Brad Long shares in our Rosé Recipe Box his Fast Poaching Lil Fish recipe which would hit top marks with this wine. If fish is not your forte, then try with light dishes like prosciutto & asparagus, lemon roasted chicken, corn chowder…or a summer salad.

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~


With Vieni Momenti Sparkling Dry Rosé…

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno PoppersFrom Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 10

Take your patio party up a notch with these homemade jalapeño poppers. They make excellent party food and are a fun way to spice up mood at your next soiree (see image at right, photo credit: OCTA)

“Spicy, cheesey AND wrapped in bacon? Has there ever been a more perfect food? If you’re feeling particularly industrious, pop these on the grill and flip them every couple minutes. They need to be watched in the oven though, as the cheese can be particularly mischievous! One last tip? Make twice as many as you think you’ll need. Trust me.”

Ingredients

12 jalapeño peppers
½ cup cheeses of choice – try half cheddar, half chevre mix
12 slices bacon

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut each jalapeño in half-length wise. Remove seeds and ribs, but leave on the stems. Be careful not to rub your eyes! (a rookie mistake!).

Mix cheeses together in a bowl until evenly blended.

Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture — like a little pepper boat.

Gently wrap each stuffed pepper half with a half slice of bacon. You may need to secure it with a tooth pick if the slice of bacon is too short.

Arrange bacon-wrapped peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes.

 

With Vineland The Game Changer…

Fast Poaching Lil’ Fish

Fast poaching lil FishFrom Chef Brad Long
Serves 4

Chef Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada. His talents are highly acclaimed by some of the country’s toughest food critics – VQA Restaurant Awards of Excellence and Globe and Mail Top 10 restaurants of the year.

Currently Long is chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering. He is a Co-host of the Food Network Canada smash hit Restaurant Makeover and is currently in post-production of a new provocative food documentary.

Ingredients

3 lbs trout filets, skin on
1L water
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, cut into four
3 bay leaves
1 sprig of thyme
2 ribs celery (optional)
½ bulb fennel, chopped (optional)

Method

Begin by removing any remaining pin bones left in your fish filets. Tweezers work best for this job.

Portion your trout in even, one per person pieces. Lay trout skin side down in a greased square sided pan, do not pile or overlap. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place water, onion, garlic, lemon, bay, thyme and celery/fennel, if using, in a stock pot. Bring it to a boil. Once boiled, salt generously. It should taste like a slightly too salty soup.

Reheat (or cool) liquid to 175F – use a thermometer. Once it reaches the correct temperature pour over fish filets until all pieces are covered.

Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 4-7 minutes. For a medium rare fish cook it less time. For a well done piece of fish, use the full 7 minutes.

To serve, gently lift the portion of fish from the broth with a wide, flexible fish spatula. Briefly drain on a clean cloth and then onto the plate.

With Greenlane Rosé

Rhubarb & Radish Salad

From Ontario Culinary Tourism Association
Serves 4

Think you know your rhubarbs? Hothouse-grown rhubarb is light pink and often has these unmistakable, almost florescent yellow leaves. Field-grown, which will appear in a couple weeks, is a more vibrant red color. Both are equally delicious, so get yourself to market now!

Rhubarb radish saladIngredients

1 bunch radishes, cut into matchsticks or thin rounds
2 large rhubarb stalks, cut into matchsticks or ribbons
1 shallot, very thinly sliced
1 cup mint leaves
½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
1½ tsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
¾ tsp honey
¾ tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp olive oil

Method

Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, and mustard in a large bowl to blend. Whisking constantly, gradually add oil and whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Add radishes, rhubarb, shallot, and mint to bowl and toss to coat.

Taste and season with salt and pepper.

 

Clink & Drink Pink all summer long!

Have refreshing Rosé wines in your fridge while the summer sun shines. To order additional bottles of your new found favorite Rosés from this assortment calling Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926). OR, continue to receive One Dozen Rosés in September – a completely new selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines. To order, call us or visit www.savvycompany.ca/rose.

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that will be in September’s bouquet:

-Château des Charmes Rosé VQA 2014, Niagara-on-the-Lake
-Good Earth Winery Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville Bench (Niagara)
-Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville
-Rosehall Run One Rosé VQA 2014, Prince Edward County
-Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling, Prince Edward County
Trail Estates Rosé, VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

-…and a few other bottles.

Order your One Dozen Rosé at
www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 

 

 

 

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Wines for your weekend from Greenlane, Keint-He & Ridgepoint

Posted by Debbie

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Well the Long Weekend is upon us – do you have your wine fridge filled up? Whatever you’re doing on this hot & sunny 3-days off, be sure to look into having Wines for the Weekend delivered every weekend this summer.

Order your assorted case of great Ontario wines now and have them delivered. Why spend time aimlessly roaming the store shelves for wine when you can have a personal Sommelier & have fine wines delivered?

Wines for the WeekendOur Savvy Sommeliers travel to Ontario wineries all the time & sample 100s of wines.  We’ve picked the best 12 bottles of summer sippers for you to have on hand with Wines for the Weekend.  

With each entry in our Weekender Report, our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up inside your case of wine   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some top Ontario wines that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your Wines for the Weekend.

Start your weekend now!  Click & order >>

 

Featuring wines from…

Greenlane, Keint-He & Ridgepoint

 

Keint-He Voyageur Riesling 2013Keint-He Voyageur Riesling VQA 2014

$18.00
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: ”Riesling is my little black dress of wine”, explains Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “It is delicious on its own and can create WOW factor with all kinds of hors d’oeuvres at a party.” This particular Riesling WOWed our team of Savvy Sommeliers with its aromas of crisp stone fruit (think peaches, apricot, nectarine), zippy lemon peel and minerality that you can find in several Rieslings in The County. These aromas continue into the taste along with a hint of honey to round out the delicious-ness of this easy drinking wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: With so many potential pairings with this wine, we encourage you to be adventurous and try it out with ceviche. If you are not keen on making this dish, then a light white fish would go well or try your hand at the shrimp cocktail recipes in our TGIF Recipe Box.

 

 

Keint-He Voyageur_Pinot Noir 2013Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir VQA 2013

$19.00
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, this easy drinking Pinot Noir is a beautiful blend of fruit and barrel aging. Aromas of cooked red fruit (think: cherry, raspberry and strawberry) that fills the glass and continues into its taste. Medium bodied with tannins that will soften when food is introduced or as the wine ages in your cellar…but this wine is perfectly good to serve now. The delicious undertone of vanilla (or perhaps it is cola) rounds out the mouthfeel as the taste moderately lingers.

Suggested Food Pairing: A classic food pairing to Pinot Noir is grilled salmon or a dish laden with mushrooms. If you are taking a break from the BBQ, we have something completely different for you… Osso Buco made in the slow cooker…so you can spend more time outside than in the kitchen this summer. Enjoy!

 

Greenland Cabernet Franc 2012Greenlane Cabernet Franc VQA 2013

$23.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

From a small boutique winery, this amazing red wine is turning heads. Cabernet Franc is a grape variety that is often used for blending yet it grows so well in Ontario that winemakers are opting to make wines to showcase the ripe fruit characters of Cabernet Franc rather than blending it with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to make a classic Bordeaux style wine.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Deep red in colour with complex aromas of blackberry, dark overripe fruit, leather, pencil shavings topped with a hint of dark chocolate. With just one sip, all these delicious dark aromas are found in the taste with a touch of fresh ground pepper and well integrated tannins to make this a well-balanced and well-made red wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a no fuss wine. It would be delicious with anything off the grill – burgers or sausage. Our long time Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club subscriber Nancy offered her go-to Meat Lovers Pizza recipe. Grill the pizza on your BBQ or pop it in the oven – either way it will be a sure fire hit with this wine.

Greenlane G2 2013Greenlane G2 VQA 2013

$15.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This wine is ready to impress you! Made with Gamay grapes G2 (Gav’s Gamay) holds a story that well…you just need to plan a trip to the winery to find out more about it! (or subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club to get the inside scoop about who Gav is when we feature the winery & their wines in October.)

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “This wine is all about raspberry & chocolate” remarked Patty when she tasted it for the first time. Do you find this same combination in your glass? Other aromas that come to mind are fresh ground pepper, caramelized sugar and even a faint hint of black licorice. When you take a sip, the medium bodied wine fills out with tastes of black cherry and pomegranate. A delicious juicy wine that impressed our Sommeliers from start to finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: A great summer red wine that would be delicious with sausages with fennel, BBQed vegetables. When wild mushrooms are in abundance, keep this wine & recipe in mind: Creamy Mushrooms on Toast. Easy and delicious as either hors d’oeuvre or appetizer, the full recipe is in the TGIF Recipe Box.

 

Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet MCA 2010Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet Aglianco VQA 2010

$20.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This small-batch wine is aged in French and American oak for up to 24 months. It’s predominantly Merlot, with a small portion of Cabernet Franc and fully air dried (almost to the point of raisins) Aglianico grapes added for depth and intensity in aromas and flavours.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Our tasting panel loved this unique wine, with its rich, ripe berry and plum notes, hints of dried fruit and spice. It’s full bodied, generous and velvety, the texture warm and spicy, the tannins supple, with a clean acidity that lifts the tasty fruit flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve this unique blend with classic Italian meat pasta dishes. Be sure to try your hand at our recipe for Potato Cake with Soppressata…not sure what this is? Check out the recipe in the Weekender Report.

Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 2-3 years.

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.

With Keint-He Voyageur Riesling…

Cartagena Ceviche

 

From Taste & Travel Magazine– January 2015 issue

Since this dish does not involve any cooking, use the freshest seafood you can find at your local fish monger.

Ingredients

½ lb shrimp, shelled & deveined
½ lb calamari, cleaned & cut into bit size pieces
1 lb white fish, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 hot green chili pepper, chopped (optional)
½ cup red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp salt (or amount to taste)
½ cup freshly chopped cilantro
saltine crackers

Method

Wash the seafood in cold water, drain and place in bowl. add the salt and 1 cup of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Drain the fish, discarding the lime juice. Add the onion, chili, red pepper, cilantro, orange juice and remaining lime juice. Season with more salt if needed

Serve in small bowls or martini glasses with saltine crackers

 

With Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir…

Easy OssoBuco – slow cooker version

From MyRecipes.com
Serves 8

Ingredients

1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3 lbs cross-cut bone-in beef shanks
1 Tbsp canola oil, divided
Cooking spray
2 cups sliced onion
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup chopped carrot
2 Tbsp tomato paste
8 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup unsalted beef stock
¼ ounce dried porcini mushrooms, chopped
½ cup dry red wine
2 tsp cornstarch
¾ tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
8 plum tomatoes
6 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1Tbsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp minced garlic

Method

Preheat broiler and sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt over beef. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 ½ teaspoons oil & swirl to coat. Add beef and cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned.

Add beef to a 6-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Add 1 ½ teaspoons oil to skillet and swirl around. Add onion, celery, carrot, tomato paste, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add stock and mushrooms.

Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock mixture, wine, cornstarch, pepper, and bay leaf to slow cooker.

Place tomatoes on a jelly-roll pan. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place tomatoes on beef, pressing lightly to crush.

Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until beef is tender. Remove beef from cooker. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Stir meat and 1 ¼ teaspoons salt into cooker. Discard the bay leaf. Combine parsley, rind, and garlic. Sprinkle on top.

 

With Greenlane Cabernet Franc…

Homemade Meatlovers’ Pizza

From Nancy’s Kitchen (Nancy is a ‘lifer’ & long time Savvy Selections subscriber)
Makes 2 pizzas

Nancy uses this pizza recipe so often that she offers some extra tips!

Ingredients for Nancy’s pizza dough

1 package dry yeast – (I use quick rise)
1  cup lukewarm water
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup olive oil ( I often use flavoured like Tuscan herb oil from the store called the unrefined olive)
2 Tbsp honey
½ tsp salt

Method

Mix dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine and knead, let rise about 30-45 minutes

Ingredients for pizza toppings

pepperoni salami
smoked bacon
Italian sausage
tomatoes
red peppers
feta cheese or Bocconcini
good Parmigiano-Reggiano crumbled on top
Sprinkle any or all of the ingredients on top of the pizza dough and bake at 350 for 20 mins.

Buon Appetito!


 

With Greenlane G2…

Creamy Mushrooms on Toast

Recipe & photo from www.epicurious.com
Makes 4 (appetizers servings)

A delicious dish to serve as a hors d’oeuvre or appetizer course.

Ingredients

1 oz dried morel mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
1 lb button mushrooms, trimmed, wiped clean and thinly sliced
1 cup buttery white wine, such as Chardonnay
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
½ cup crème fraîche or heavy, non ultra-pasteurized cream
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 good-sized (about 6 x 4 inches) slices of freshly baked, crusty bread
Chervil sprigs, for garnish

Method

Place the dried morels in a medium-sized bowl and pour the water over them.

Let sit for 1 hour, then lift the mushrooms from the soaking water, and strain the water if necessary through several thicknesses of cheesecloth. Reserve the soaking liquid.

Place the morels and the button mushrooms in a medium-sized, heavy bottomed sauté pan, pour the wine over them and place over medium-high heat. Cook the mushrooms in the wine, which should remain at a vigorous boil, stirring from time to time so they cook evenly, until all but about 1 tablespoon of the wine has evaporated, and the mushrooms are still moist, not dry which will take 8 to 10 minutes.

Lower the heat to medium, add the butter to the mushrooms and stir until it has melted, then sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and stir constantly for about two minutes, so the flour is completely mixed into the mushrooms.

Add the mushroom cooking liquid and stir until it is thoroughly blended with the ingredients in the pan and has begun to thicken, about 4 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche and cook until it is thickened and completely incorporated into the ingredients and the mushrooms are tender though not completely limp, 4 to 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the bread lightly on each side, and place two pieces on each of four plates. Pour equal amounts of mushrooms and sauce over the bread. Garnish the plates with the chervil, and serve immediately.

 

With Ridgepoint Merlot Cabernet Aglianico…

Potato Cake with Soppressata

From www.bcliquorstores.com
Serves 12

What is soppressata you ask? A special dried Italian salami found in most grocery stores. This hearty torte is a delicious combination of potato, cheese and infused with the delicious sausage.

Ingredients

4 large eggs

½ cup homogenized milk
¼ cup ricotta cheese
½ tsp dried oregano, crushed
4 lb russet potatoes (about 6 large)
1 ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino or Grana Padano cheese
½ lb soppressata, prosciutto or salami, cut into 1” pieces
¼ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
¾ lb fresh mozzarella, cut into ¼” slices

Method

Preheat oven to 450F. In mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk, ricotta and oregano, mix well and set aside. Boil whole potatoes until tender, 30-40 minutes.

Drain & peel potatoes; while still warm, pass through a food mill or grate into large mixing bowl. Fold in Parmesan, then stir in soppressata and parsley.

Gently mix in egg mixture. Do not over-mix or potato starch will make mixture tough.

Butter 9” spring-form pan with 2 Tbsp butter & dust with some bread crumbs. Transfer half potato mixture into pan and gently smooth I to edges. Spread mozzarella slices over potato mixture to within ½” of edge. Top with remaining potato mixture and carefully smooth over with wet spatula. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs dot with remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to stand 15 minutes before unmolding. Serve in wedges with a green salad. Can be made the day before, covered and refrigerated. Reheat at 350F uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

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Sneak peak… here’s what’s in store next month

Ready to get your tasting glasses out again in August?  Here is a list of the wines that we plan on featuring next month, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for more updates.

Wines for the Weekend in August

Casa-Dea Estates Melon de Bourgogne (white), Prince Edward County
Casa-Dea Estates Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County
DiProfio Wines The Kitchen Zinc (white blend), 20 Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Wines Zinc-tastic (red blend), 20 Valley
Harwood Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Riesling, Prince Edward County
Harwood Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir, Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, 20 Valley
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2014, 20 Valley
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot Reserve, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery,Trois Femmes Rosé, 20 Valley (Niagara)
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery, Locked & Loaded (red blend), 20 Valley

 

Cheers & have a great weekend!

 

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Wines for your weekend from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni Estates

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Everybody’s working for the weekend…Wines for the Weekend that is! Order your assorted case of great Ontario wines now and have them delivered. Why spend time aimlessly roaming the store shelves for wine when you can have a personal Sommelier & have fine wines delivered?

Wines for the WeekendOur Savvy Sommeliers travel to Ontario wineries all the time & sample 100s of wines.  We’ve picked the best 12 bottles of summer sippers for you to have on hand with Wines for the Weekend.  With each entry in our Weekender Report , our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up inside your case of wine   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some top Ontario wines that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your Wines for the Weekend.

Start your weekend now!  Click & order >>

 

Featuring wines from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni…

 

Vieni Bollicine sparkling 2012Vieni Bollicine Sparkling

$22.45 (special Savvy price)
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

A special price on this bubbly! We were delighted when the team at Vieni Estates offered us an extra special price (regular $24.95) so we could include their bubbly in this month’s assortment.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Crunchy apples & butterscotch came to mind when our Savvy Sommeliers popped the cork on this beautiful sparkling wine. With each sip, the wine showed off its crisp refreshing tastes, “surprisingly, without a tart finish”, one of our Sommeliers noticed. A smooth buttery taste that makes this sparkling wine elegant and OMG delicious. Chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge, or 30 minutes in an ice bucket filled with an ice and water mix.

Food Pairing suggestions: This versatile sparkling wine will sing with food that will emphasize its crisp yet buttery taste. Lobster, seafood or fish would definitely fit the bill. In the TGIF Recipe Box below, we offer a Grilled Ginger Salmon recipe. With its unique yogurt coating and fresh ingredients, it will be delicious as an appetizer or main course.

 

Vieni Alleria Rose 2012Vieni Alleria Rosé

$13.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: A pretty light pink colour, this is a unique blend of Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes. Sun-kissed and fresh, this wine has subtle aromas that resemble white flowers and white pepper. The wine gets more lively with each sip as tastes of rhubarb comes to mind.

Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or chilled gazpacho soup. Our Savvy Team member Amanda makes a to-die-for gazpacho that is synonymous with summertime. She shares her quick & easy recipe with you in our TGIF Recipe Box. Get your food processor ready to whip up a batch. Olé!

 

Traynor Sauvignon Blanc 2014Traynor Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2014

$24.95
Prince Edward County

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A classic Sauvignon Blanc, this one is made with Niagara grapes, yet crafted in the Traynor’s new winemaking facility in The County. The result? A delicious zippy refreshing white wine with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime, gooseberry and a hint of either pine or lime zest – which do you think describes that aroma best? Each sip is refreshing with a taste that has the zippiness of white grapefruit – another classic characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc.

Suggested Food Pairing: Another wine to pack for a picnic or serve on your dock. Chill & enjoy on its own, with tabbouleh, hummus or quinoa salad. Our Savvy Sommeliers figured that this wine would be delightful with shellfish too – crab legs, shrimp or better yet, freshly shucked oysters! Check out our TGIF Recipe Box for 3 different ways to serve up the classic shrimp cocktail.

Have your own mini wine-tasting – Pinot Gris vs. Pinot Grigio

Have you been to one of our Sommelier led wine tastings? If there’s one thing you might have taken away it’s the ‘eyes, nose, mouth’ trick. As you sample these wines remember to look, smell & taste and you will appreciate these fine wines even more.

Traynor Pinot Gris VQA 2014

$24.95
Prince Edward County

From one of The County’s newest winery, this is a complex Pinot Gris.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  With one sniff, this wine shows off it’s layered aromas of tropical fruits (think mango & kiwi), minerality (wine lingo: flint) along with a fresh-out-of-the-oven bread smell. All these aromas continue into the taste! A well balanced wine with fruit and acidity, it is amazing that the winemaker got this one so right…in their first year of business.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  The warm finish of the wine makes you realize that this wine can stand up to a menu that includes cheese, garden fresh veggies and a flavourful sauce. In the Recipe Box, our Sommelier Debbie shares with you her Mother’s recipe for Linguine with Garden Fresh Tomatoes. A recipe that is easy and delicious for this time of year as the garden is in full bloom.

 

Riverview Pinot Grigio 2013Riverview Pinot Grigio VQA 2013

$13.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

At your mini wine-tasting, try the Traynor Pinot Gris & the Riverview Pinot Grigio side by side to see how the same grape variety (Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio are identical, just one takes on the Italian name) differs between winemakers.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Aromas of white flowers, pear, apricot & apples waft from the glass. These delicious aromas carry through into the taste with a touch of something that we had a hard time putting our finger on. “It reminds me of lemon drop candy like my grandmother used to give me when I was a kid.” commented Eva during the tasting. Remember that taste? It’s amazing how wine can activate those wonderful childhood memories!

Suggested Food Pairing: Chicken Satay, Fish Tacos, Spanish Frittata and Pulled Pork were discussed as potential pairings. Have a recipe for one of these? Give it a try…or play with the wine & food pairing by serving this wine along with the Traynor Pinot Gris with the Shrimp Cocktail 3 ways recipe in our TGIF Recipe Box. You may find some of the sauces pair better with different wines!

 

 

Riverview Caberenet Sauvignon 2012Riverview Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2012

$29.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This reserve wine is the BIGGEST one of the bunch. Rich with all of the dark fruits – plum, blueberry, black berry and black cherry laced with a warm spice on the nose. These aromas continue into the taste with the introduction of tobacco, cedar and grippy tannins that are balanced with a long finish of dark fruit. This wine goes to show that deep red wines can be made in Ontario!

Suggested Food Pairing: Uncork for that special long summer evening or tuck away in your cellar for a few years more, this wine shines! “This makes me want to have a dinner party!” vowed Savvy Sommelier Erin. Fire up the BBQ and bring out your favorite cut of steak to enjoy with this wine.

Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 3-7 years.

 

 

~ TGIF Recipe Box ~
Recipes to enjoy with your Wines for the Weekend

Our Savvy Sommeliers have chosen these recipes to pair with each wine in the Wines for the Weekend…to make your weekend even easier to enjoy to its fullest.


With Vieni Bollicine Sparkling…

Gingery Grilled Salmon

From ‘Eating Well Magazine’
Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ cups nonfat plain yogurt
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp freshly grated lime zest
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp canola oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
4, 4-5 oz. pieces salmon fillet, about 1” thick

Method

Whisk together marinade ingredients.

Place salmon in a shallow glass dish and pour marinade over it, turning to coat all sides. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, turning once or twice.

Heat grill. Using long-handled BBQ brush, coat grill rack with oil. Place salmon, skin-side up, on grill. Cook for 5 minutes. Using 2 metal spatulas, carefully turn the salmon pieces over and cook just until opaque in the center, 6-8 minutes longer. With 2 spatulas, remove salmon from grill and slip off skin.

Serve over mixed greens with a simple lime, canola oil and honey dressing.

 

With Vieni Alleria Rosé…

Gazpacho

From Amanda’s Kitchen

This is a summertime classic that the Savvy Team enjoys whenever Amanda brings it to the office. Refreshing and perfect for any hot day, it tastes just like you’re sitting in sunny Spain! Serve with a rosé wine or any of the whites in your Wines for the Weekend…even the sparkling wine too!

Ingredients

15 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 each red & yellow red peppers, chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
½-¾ cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp garlic (more is better)
3 Tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
½ tsp salt
¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped (more is better)
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Method

Chop everything then purée in batches in food processor, adding some liquids (broth, vinegar, oil) each time.

Chill at least two hours and up to 1 day. Garnish with three croutons and serve.

 

With Traynor Sauvignon Blanc AND Riverview Pinot Gris…

Shrimp Cocktail with 3 Sauces

From Martha Stewart www.marthastewart.com
Makes 25 pieces

Martha says…”This recipe for shrimp cocktail is three times more delicious than ordinary versions of the classic appetizer, thanks to a trio of dipping sauces: a traditional tomato-horseradish sauce, a mango-basil sauce, and remoulade sauce. Leave the shrimp with their peels on for a bit of hands-on fun.”

For the Shrimp

Coarse salt
1 pound (about 25) large shrimp, heads (optional) and shells on

To make the shrimp prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Boil shrimp until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, and transfer to ice-water bath to cool. Drain, and refrigerate.

Sauce #1 – Remoulade

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp spicy stone-ground mustard, preferably Creole
3 Tbsp finely chopped celery
1 ½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
½ Tbsp finely chopped scallion
Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. Stir in celery, parsley, and scallion. Season with black pepper. Serve immediately (or refrigerate for up to 1 day).

Sauce #2 – Tomato-Horseradish Sauce

1 cup chili sauce, such as Heinz
½ cup prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper

Stir together chili sauce, horseradish, and lemon juice. Season with black pepper. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.)

Sauce #3 – Mango-Basil Sauce

2 small mangoes, peeled and chopped
½ lemon, peeled and rind finely chopped (2 teaspoons)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp rice vinegar (not seasoned)
½ tsp salt
Pinch freshly ground white pepper
5 basil leaves, thinly sliced

Make the mango-basil sauce: Pulse mangoes, lemon rind and juice, vinegar, salt, and white pepper in a food processor until smooth. Fold in basil. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.)

Assembly of Shrimp Cocktail

Place shell-on shrimp in a large bowl, or peel shrimp and arrange in small serving dishes. Serve with the 3 sauces on the side.

 

With Traynor Pinot Gris…

Linguine with Garden Fresh Tomatoes

From Dixie’s Kitchen (Savvy Company’s founder & Sommelier Debbie Trenholm’s favorite recipe that her Mom makes in the summer!)
Serves 4

Ingredients

12 oz linguine
1 medium onion – chopped
¼ cups grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
4-5 cups tomatoes chopped – Roma are best   (I use a mixture, but usually more Romas!)
¼ cup chopped fresh basil (or 2 Tbsp dried)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

Method

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain well and toss in cheese and butter.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in med size fry pan.

Sauté onions and garlic (Mom adds mushrooms and fresh out of the garden yellow zucchini too) until tender, stir in tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper (also about ¼ tsp sugar). Heat thoroughly 3-5 minutes until hot.

Spoon hot linguine onto plates and top with sauce, sprinkle with parsley.

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Sneak peak… here’s what’s in store next month

Ready to get your tasting glasses out again in August?  Here is a list of the wines that we plan on featuring next month, so stay tuned to The Weekender Report for more updates.

Wines for the Weekend in August

Casa-Dea Estates Melon de Bourgogne (white), Prince Edward County
Casa-Dea Estates Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County
DiProfio Wines The Kitchen Zinc (white blend), 20 Valley (Niagara)
DiProfio Wines Zinc-tastic (red blend), 20 Valley
Harwood Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Riesling, Prince Edward County
Harwood Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir, Prince Edward County
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, 20 Valley
Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Grigio VQA 2014, 20 Valley
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot Reserve, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery,Trois Femmes Rosé, 20 Valley (Niagara)
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery, Locked & Loaded (red blend), 20 Valley

 

Cheers & have a great weekend!

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Creekside, Rosewood & Sue-Ann Staff

Posted by Debbie

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Why not stock up on Rosé wines for the August Long weekend? What better way to celebrate summer in all its sunny glory than toast with a glass of pink in hand.  Our One Dozen Rosés is back with a different assorted case of Rosé wine each month this summer &  you can read all about each bottle that you will receive when you place your order.  We make buying Rosé wine so easy, just click & sip!

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyWith each entry in our Rosé Report, our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle.

Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés as well as great recipes that we feature to help make your summer wining & dining easy.

Bring on summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
Creekside, Rosewood & Sue-Ann Staff wineries…


Creekside Cabernet Rose 2014Creekside Estates Cabernet Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Another great winery to visit when you take a summer getaway to wine country. Not only do they make lots of great wines, but their patio overlooking the vineyard is also worth stopping for.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright neon pink in colour with gorgeous aromas of wild strawberries, flowers& green apple that follows into the taste. This crowd-pleasing wine is juicy yet dry. Medium bodied and well balanced with refreshing acidity…it is summer in a glass.

Suggested Food Pairing: You can’t go wrong with this wine. The colour, the bouquet & the taste…they all will remind you of summer. This versatile wine can be served chilled on its own or with any of the creations in our Rosé Recipe Box. Be sure to have a batch of the Rosemary & White Bean Dip in the fridge at the cottage just in case you feel the urge coming on to crack open this bottle of wine as the sunsets.

 

 

Rosewood Trois Femmes Rose 2013Rosewood Trois Femmes Rosé VQA 2014

$15.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

From the family run winery and Ontario’s first Meadery, this year’s Rosé from Rosewood is 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The wine was made with the skins intact with the juice for 3-5 days then fermented until it reached the fruity flavours and the colour that the winemaker wanted to create.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: One word will describe this wine: STRAWBERRY. From its colour, the aroma and taste, this wine has the wonderful summery taste of fresh strawberries. “It has the zippiness of rhubarb too”, commented Savvy Sommelier Debbie during the Savvy Team tasting of 40+ Rosé wines. A very well-balanced, smooth wine that combines notes of strawberry tastes of watermelon and freshly crushed ripe berries – all things that are iconic about summer.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a no fuss wine. It would be delicious with anything off the grill, seafood, homemade pizza, charcuterie and light meals. Try something completely different – Beet-zza!

 

Sue Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink 2013Sue-Ann Staff Foxy Pink VQA 2013

$17.00
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

This has been an amazing year for our friend Sue-Ann. In April, she decided to finish the chapter of her career where she was making wine at other wineries and focus 100% on her namesake winery – Sue-Ann Staff Estates. And the decision quickly paid off. Her new Fancy Farm Girl wine brand has won label design awards as well as accolades for her wines. This one is the Rosé in her portfolio. Be sure to read the back label to learn more about Sue-Ann’s style – a farm girl who loves to be a diva too!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The bright coral pink colour alludes to the style of this wine. Bright vivid aromas of watermelon, strawberry candy, even marshmallows leap from the glass. These aromas continue as you sip on this off-dry wine, then the bright zippy acidity will make your mouth water while prepping your palate for another sip and another.    Enjoy on its own with friends (or not!) or with sushi, tuna, salmon, pizzas, picnics, salads and soooo much more.

Suggested Food Pairing: Keep chilled in your fridge for when friends come over for a spontaneous get together. Call out for sushi or fire up the gill with some salmon steaks or better yet…get fancy with the Grilled Chicken & Strawberries with Balsamic.

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~


With Creekside Cabernet Rosé

Rosemary & White Bean Dip

From Serious Eats
Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

1 (15 ½ oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Place beans, garlic, and lemon juice in the work-bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until beans are roughly chopped.

With motor running, slowly pour 1/4 cup of oil through feed tube. Process until mixture is smooth.

Transfer bean mixture to a small bowl. Stir in rosemary, lemon zest, and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serve with Greek pita wedges or pita crisps.

 

With Rosewood Trois Femmes Rosé

Beet-zza

From Chatelaine Magazine
Serves 4-6

beet-zzaIngredients

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 beaten egg
½ cup very thinly sliced beets
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp crumbled feta
fresh basil to garnish

Method

Unroll puff pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a paring knife to score a ½in. border around pastry square. With a fork, prick holes all over pastry.

Bake at 400°F for 15 min.

Brush egg evenly over pastry. Layer with sliced beets. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with feta.

Bake at 400°F in bottom third of oven until golden, 15 to 20 more min.

Sprinkle with fresh basil.

 

With Sue-Ann Staff Foxy Pink

Grilled Chicken & Strawberries with Balsamic Syrup

From Fine Cooking Magazine
Serves 4

Grilling gives strawberries a slightly smoky flavor and a striking appearance. Balsamic vinegar adds a rich note that highlights and deepens the flavor of both the strawberries and the chicken, tying the meal together.

Ingredients

Grilled Chicken & Strawberries arugula from Fine Cookingbalsamic vinegar
strawberries
chicken breast cutlets
olive oil
kosher salt
black peppercorns
basil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
20 medium strawberries (unhulled)
4, 5-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
handful of arugula, as desired

Method

In a 1-quart saucepan, boil the vinegar until reduced by half, about 2 minutes; set aside.

Thread 5 strawberries on each of 4 skewers. Brush the chicken cutlets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

Grill the chicken and strawberries until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side, and the strawberries have slight grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Serve drizzled with a little olive oil and the reduced vinegar and sprinkled with basil.

 

Clink & Drink Pink all summer long!

Here is a sneak peak of the wines that will be featured in the upcoming months.

In August the One Dozen Rosé will include:

Casa-Dea Cabernet Franc Rosé, VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

Devil’s Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2014, Prince Edward County

Greenlane Rosé VQA 2013, Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

Henry of Pelham Sibiling Rivilary Pink VQA 2014, Beamsville

Vieni Momenti Sparkling Rosé, Beamsville (1 bottle)

Vieni Alleria Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville (1 bottle)

Vineland Estates ‘The Game Changer’ Rosé VQA 2014, Beamsville

Order your One Dozen Rosé at www.savvycompany.ca/rose

 

 

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Clink & Drink Pink with Rosé wines from Kacaba & DiProfio Wines

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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The temperature is soaring & those lazy days we’ve been dreaming of all winter are now here!  Our One Dozen Rosés is back by popular demand &  you can read all about each bottle that you will receive when you place your order.  We make buying Rosé wine so easy, just click & sip!

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyWith each entry in our Rosé Report , our Savvy Sommeliers  take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up in each pretty pink bottle.   Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer.  Each week we will highlight some of the Ontario Rosés that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your One Dozen Rosés.

“Rosé wines unleash the creativity in a winemaker. They can be made from any combination of grape variety resulting in dramatically different styles,” says Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “There are so many exceptional Rosé wines made right here in Ontario but not all are available at the LCBO. We’ve brought back One Dozen Rosés and The Rosé Report to help you experience those hidden gems.”

Bring on summer! Order One Dozen Rosé now >>

 

Featuring Rosé wines from
DiProfio Wines & Kacaba Vineyards…


These 2 boutique wineries are located in Twenty Valley along the Beamsville Bench and they illustrate that small is BIG.  These Rose wines pack a punch of taste & quality that our Sommeliers are always on the lookout for in Ontario wines.


Di Profio Gamay Rose 2013
Di Profio Gamay Rosé

$15.70
Twenty Valley  (Beamsville Bench)

This boutique winery has a growing reputation for making outstanding wines. Sandwiched between the 20 Valley region and Niagara-on-the-Lake, this is definitely worth the stop…and they have a wonderful B&B on the estate!

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A stunning colour in the glass. Aromas of beets, candy floss, it smells sweeter than it is…in fact, it is deliciously dry. Each sip is loaded with tastes of red fruit (cherry, raspberry or strawberry perhaps). This Rosé has a nice refreshing acidity, a long berry finish. Bring on summer with this outstanding wine!

Suggested Food Pairing: Another one to pack for a picnic or serve on the dock. Chill & pack in your basket (no need for a corkscrew) to enjoy with tabbouleh, hummus, quinoa salad. In our Rosé Recipe Box below, we have included a Chickpea, Barley & Feta Salad that will do the trick!

Trip Tip: Among The Vines B&B

Planning a roadtrip to Niagara? Try to get accommodation at Carollynn & Joseph Di Profio’s B&B located next door to Di Profio Wines. It is truly a way to enjoy the fullest wine experience in a very personal way.  The 10 acres of vineyards with both mature vines & newly planted ones too are filled with activity during the day and tranquility at night. They promise the vines won’t disturb your sleep. Awake to a fresh breakfast laced with Di Profio’s own icewine – now that is the way to start a day in wine country!

 

Kacaba Rebecca Rose 2014Kacaba Vineyard Rebecca Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)

Looking for great red wines made in Ontario? Kacaba Vineyards is definitely one of our top picks. This year’s of rosé wine is made with 100% Gamay grapes grown on the estate, this is ‘not just another summer sipper’ states John Tummon, Kacaba’s winemaker. It is a wine to be enjoyed year round… before or during a meal.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright cotton candy pink colour. Concentrated aromas of fresh juicy red cherries, ripe red berries and cotton candy of course! These aromas continue into the taste with an added cranberry flavour to give it even more body. A smooth texture in your mouth, this bright and refreshing wine is so easy to enjoy.

Suggested Food Pairing: One definitely to serve during a meal – lunch or dinner. Chicken satay, grilled vegetable kebabs would be delicious. We also think that it would be perfectly paired with pan seared fish – such as the perch recipe that we’ve provided for you from Port Restaurant located in Pickering – recipe below.  Enjoy!

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with your One Dozen Rosés ~

With Di  Profio Gamay Rosé

Chickpea, Barley & Feta Salad

From Bon Appetit Magazine www.bonappetit.com
Barley has nice heft and chew, but don’t feel limited—use cooked farro, quinoa, or brown rice if you prefer.

Ingredients

8 oz. green beans, halved crosswise
Kosher salt
1 cup pearled, hulled, or hull-less barley
1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
1 can ( 15.5-oz.) chickpeas, rinsed
4 oz. feta, crumbled
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a sieve or a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Return water to a boil, add barley, and simmer until tender (refer to packaging for timing); drain. Let cool on a baking sheet.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook sunflower seeds, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes; let cool.

Toss green beans, barley, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, feta, dill, lemon juice, and vinaigrette in a large bowl.

Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Toast coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Let cool, then chop.

Whisk with oil, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Vinaigrette can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and chill or toss into salad & chill until serving.

 

With Kacaba Vineyards Rebecca Rosé

perch with salsa verdePan Seared Perch with Salsa Verde

From Port Restaurant in Pickering (recipe & photo credits)
Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 bunch Ontario flat-leaf parsley
1/2 bunch Ontario basil
l1/2 bunch Ontario mint
1 clove Ontario garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2-3 anchovy fillets
1 Tbsp Ontario mustard
4 Tbsp Pristine Gourmet Sunflower OiL
1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Ontario egg
1 cup Ontario cream
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 lb fresh, skin on Ontario perch
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

Before prepping fish, place herbs, garlic, capers, anchovies, mustard, sunflower oil and vinegar in a food processor. Season generously with salt and pepper. Pulse until mixed, but still course. Add more oil if necessary.

Next, mix flour, paprika, and salt together and set aside.

Heat butter in a large sautee pan. Dip perch fillets into the flour mixture and gently shake off excess. Carefully place them into the heated, buttery pan, skin side down. Once golden brown, flip and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the butter and drain on a paper towel to absorb excess butter. Spoon on salsa and serve immediately.

Enjoy…and Clink & Drink Pink!

 

 

 

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Stunning wines from Stratus Vineyards

Posted by Susan

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Savvy Selections wine of the month club 
Featuring Stratus Vineyards

– February 2014 –

 

Stratus Vineyards brings together the traditions of winemaking along with the values of innovation and commitment to environmental sustainability. The story of this unique winery caught the attention of our Savvy Sommelier Susan Desjardins who was eager to learn more the winery’s focus on precision design – in both the architectural design and in the vinification. When you visit Stratus – as Susan recently did – you will experience first-hand the importance of the honouring the environment at the winery’s estate, in the vineyard and in the cellar.

Being at the leading edge

The commitment to sustainable practices is noticeable at every turn when you visit Stratus. This winery is intentionally leading edge. On arrival, native plants grace the xeriscape (haven’t heard of this term before? It’s a style of sustainable garden with plants that do not have heavy reliance watering, fertilizer, etc.).

Stratus Vineyard exteriorThe dramatic glass, steel and wood structure sits lightly on the land and is the first building in Canada as well as the first winery in the world to be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  To achieve this first-of-its-kind status, the building that houses the winery, tasting room and cellar is constructed with a high percentage of recycled materials and super-insulation, the orientation of the windows optimize passive solar heat and light and there is a geothermal heating/cooling system. In the cellar, a pump-less wine-flow system assures gentle handling of the wine while the temperature and humidity in the 1000-barrel cellar are intricately managed through the geothermal system. But the genius behind Stratus wines lies with the winemaker: J.L. Groux.

As an aficionado of fine wines and CEO of Teknion, Stratus founder David Feldberg had a clear concept for the winery: “We had a vision to make wines of outstanding quality right in our own backyard in Niagara. We wanted a wonderful environment for people who visited our winery to taste our exceptional wines, so they would have a total experience that was out of this world. And we wanted . . . [everything] to operate in accordance with the most sustainable and environmentally friendly practices possible”. To bring this vision to life, David wooed J.L. who was at the time the winemaker at Hillebrand.  J.L. consulted with David on the winery concept and design, then joined Stratus in 2004 – a year before its official opening. In addition, J.L. brought to Stratus his expertise and passion for the art of assemblage – the synergistic blending of varietal wines to create unique, sophisticated and premium wines.

Taste the Talent

You will taste J.L.’s talent in this month’s Savvy Selections wines. Given the demand for Stratus wines, we are excited to showcase a fine selection from the 2011 vintage. Each wine represents one of the winery’s brands:

In your Savvy Selections you will find:

Stratus Gewürztraminer VQA 2011 – exotic & crisp – a classic Gewürztraminer loaded with aromas & flavour

Wildass Merlot VQA 2011 – ripe, fruity & lip-smackingly good red wine

Tollgate Red VQA 2011 (available only to restaurants) – mellow & earthy yet complex blend 

OPTIONAL WINE: Stratus Icewine Red VQA 2012 – not a typical icewine in so many ways – colour, acidity with savoury not sweet notes. Will create ooohs and aahs when you serve it at the end of a Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s alluring and luscious with a lively fresh finish! Like everything else that Stratus does…it is one-of-a-kind!

The cult following of Stratus wines

With excellent wines as the Savvy Selections, you will taste for yourself the reason why Stratus wines sell quickly.  Periodically their wines will grace the shelves at Vintages….but they sell out quickly. If you would like additional bottles of any of the Savvy Selections wines or other favorite Stratus wines, call on us to arrange a delivery for you. 

Cheers & Enjoy…and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Debbie & Savvy Team

 

Introducing…
Stratus Vineyards

Presented by Accredited Sommelier Susan Desjardins 

JL in Mesquite with Red_lowrezJ.L. (Jean-Laurent) Groux is a native of Loire, France who pursued oenology studies in Burgundy and Bordeaux before ‘touring the world’, stopping in a variety of places, including Niagara, to work in wineries and vineyards. He originally visited a family friend in Niagara in 1981, a time when the growth of the wine industry was just beginning. J.L. returned to Niagara several times, increasingly captivated by the changes he saw occurring.

Eventually, J.L. felt compelled to stay, joining Hillebrand, where he worked as winemaker for 15 years. His experience in Bordeaux was the inspiration behind Hillebrand’s highly sought after Trius Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot blends. With these wines, his talent for assemblage began to show.

The Artist

Assemblage is the art of creating a unique blend of wine, selected from the best barrels, to deliver the elusive character of the vintage and the vineyards. “David gave me an irresistible opportunity to be in on the ground floor and be involved in the creation of Stratus. And to focus on creating premium wines by taking the art of the blended wine to another level using a wider array of grapes that bring their character to the glass”, explains J.L. Each vintage is unique as reflected in Stratus’ flagship wines: Stratus Red and Stratus White. Once the signature blends have been defined, J.L. turns his attention back to the wines he has sampled to then determine those that will be released as small-batch varietal wines.

Status Vineyard Savvy SelectionsJ.L. marshalls outstanding raw materials to craft his complex, layered wines and he is very clear about the ultimate source of excellent wine: “Le vin se fait dans le vignoble” (the wine makes itself in the vineyard). When acquired, the 62-acre Niagara-on-the-Lake property was focused on growing grapes for yield rather than quality. While a limited number of vines were retained by the Stratus team – providing fruit from some of the oldest vines in Niagara region – all hybrids and many acres of low producing vitis vinifera vines were ripped out to make way for varieties personally selected by J.L. to craft unique Stratus blends.

A total of 11 red and 7 white grape varieties are now grown on 55 acres of the Stratus estate, Bordeaux varieties joined by the less-commonly seen – Viognier, Marsanne, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Tannat. Great attention has been paid to variations in soil and moisture, as well as the microzones (mini-microclimates in the vineyard) to determine where each will flourish on the estate.

Location. Location. Location

Stratus estate is located on the southeastern border of the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation where it benefits from some unique properties. The vineyards are far enough away from Lake Ontario that grapes requiring warmer summer temperatures consistently ripen well, yet, still close enough that the ‘lake effect’ protects the vineyard from early fall frosts. The clay loam sits over a limestone bed, is rich in organic matter and drains what limited rainfall occurs, so the Stratus vines reach deep for moisture in the soil, putting down roots that draw the true essence of the vineyard into the ripening grapes.

Recognizing that the site is conducive to prolific growth, J.L. ensures concentration and quality in the fruit through a variety of ‘low-yield’ practices. These include a modified open-trellis system, cluster management and aggressive fruit thinning. And Status commitment to the environment finds its way into the vineyard as well, with farm equipment run on bio-diesel, residue composted for fertilizer, and the vines grown free of herbicides.

The vines are hand trained and trimmed, the fruit hand picked and sorted by Stratus’ small team of vineyard workers. Once pressed, the wine begins its gentle journey through the pump-free and gravity-flow system into steel tanks and/or barrels. J.L. reiterated several times during the interview, “We are patient with our grapes”.

The story of the 2011 vintage

2011 was a difficult vintage. J.L. did not craft any of the Stratus signature red or white blends. The best grapes from the estate were used for varietal wines in the Stratus, Wildass and Tollgate brands – as you will taste with your Savvy Selections.

How does 2013 vintage look?

J.L. explains, “I was concerned about the rain during flowering and a cooler summer. We did some vigorous crop reduction in August and September, but the fall was long and warm, so we were able to begin harvest later and let the reds hang long into November. I am very happy with the results based on initial tasting.”

Be sure to visit Stratus next time you are in Niagara-on-the-Lake…the experience at the winery is like no other!

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

 

~ SAVVY SOMMELIER TASTING NOTES ~

Stratus Gewürztraminer 2011 VQA, $32.00

Stratus Vineyards Gwertztraminer postGreat care is taken in the vineyard to ripen to a higher sugar level that results is subtle aromas, then the wine is aged sur lie (winespeak: remains in contact with the yeast) in well-seasoned barrels. “The complex aromas of this wine really evolve in the bottle”, explains J.L.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautifully crafted and proffering tantalizing rose petal aromas, notes of tropical fruit, melon and exotic spice, this is a dry, spicy, juicy medium-bodied wine. The palate is silky with a touch of warmth, the rich, ripe tropical fruit complemented by clean, fresh acidity that flows through the long, cleansing finish. Absolutely lovely!

Suggested Food Pairing:  Classic matches are spicy Asian foods Phad Thai or curries. Susan suggests to enjoy with the roast chicken – with a twist.


Wildass Merlot 2011 VQA, $27.95

The fruit for this wine reflect the warm summer months of the vintage – full ripeness with concentrated sugar and displaying good tannins and acidity. This Merlot was aged 2 years in oak and is a blend of wines from the fruit of original and more recently planted vines.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Ripe fruit, sweet spice and hints of smoke waft from the glass of this attractive Merlot. Dry, medium bodied, it’s complex, with oodles of black cherry, black berry and plum notes, spice, vanilla and white pepper mingling with a touch of dried herbs. There’s underlying structure for balance and cellaring, well-integrated oak, and juicy acidity for verve at the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Lamb or other roast meats will be a fine match. Susan selected a Lamb Shoulder recipe she enjoyed at a Tinhorn Creek winery on a recent BC wine tour.

Cellaring:  This wine will cellar a further 3-5 years. 


Tollgate Red 2011 VQA, $26.00

This blend is a unique assemblage of separately vinified and aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Malbec – all grown on Stratus estate. Aged 12 months in barrel, it is designed to be paired with food.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Here’s a wonderful red blend that offers intriguing aromas of woodsmoke, cherry/berry, earth and mineral. It’s dry, yet mellow on the palate, offering dark fruit, dried fruit, rich, toasty oak and notions of five spice and dried fruit. Subtly structured, it displays great balance, depth and impact, with a long, full finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Sip away, or serve with veal chops with a mushroom sauce.

Cellaring: Ready now, it will cellar 3-5 years.

Curious about the Stratus names?

The name Stratus is inspired by a high-atmosphere cloud, as represented on the premium label.

Wildass
is the second tier label, is a bit irreverent – as the back label says “full of personality and best enjoyed with friends”.

Tollgate
is the restaurant brand, was named for a tollgate historically operated near the winery’s property.

~RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY SELECTIONS~

With Stratus Gewürztraminer…

Classic Roast Chicken with a Twist

A Matter of Taste Cookbook by Lucy Waverman & James Chatto
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
4 lb. chicken, butterflied
1 Tbsp chopped tarragon
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tsp kosher salt
3 tsp cracked black pepper

Gravy

2 C. chicken stock
21 tsp tomato paste
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
½ tsp chopped tarragon
2 Tbsp butter, diced

Method

Preheat oven to 400F and brush melted butter (or oil) over chicken skin.

Season both sides of chicken with tarragon, lemon zest, salt & pepper then lay chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.

Bake for 1 – 1 ½ hours, or until skin is crisp and juices run clear. Transfer chicken to carving board to rest 10 minutes while you make the gravy.

Remove all fat from roasting pan. Add stock, tomato paste & tarragon to pan, scraping up any bits from bottom of pan.

Bring gravy to boil over medium heat & boil for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat & stir in butter until absorbed.

Season with salt & pepper to taste. Cut chicken into 4 pieces & serve with gravy, roast baby potatoes & asparagus. 

 

With Wildass Merlot

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

From the kitchen at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery located in British Columbia
Serves 6

Ingredients

1 large bone-in lamb shoulder
1 tin anchovies
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ C grainy mustard
½ C extra virgin olive oil

Method

In a blender, purée anchovies, garlic, parsley, mustard and oil.

Season lamb with the mixture, rubbing it all over. Place in a baking dish & cover with foil then bake 3-5 hours at 225F, or until the meat falls off the bone.

Serve with roasted root vegetables.

 

With Tollgate Red…

Roasted Veal Chops with Mushroom Sauce & Truffle Oil

A Matter of Taste Cookbook by Lucy Waverman & James Chatto
Serves 2
WOW your Valentine’s sweetie with this recipe!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 French-cut Veal chops (about 1 ½” thick)
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Mushroom Sauce

2 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz wild mushrooms, trimmed & sliced
1 Tsp finely chopped garlic
¼ C mushroom or beef stock
½ tsp truffle oil

Garnish

½ C olive oil
12 fresh sage leaves

 

Method

Preheat oven to 450F. Heal oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season veal with salt & pepper.

Cook chops for about 2 minutes per side, or until browned then transfer to a metal baking dish & bake for 8-12 minutes, or until just pink.

To prepare mushroom sauce (while veal is cooking), heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms & sauté for about 3 minutes, or until limp. Add garlic & sauté for 1 minute longer. Add stock & bring to a boil. Drizzle with truffle oil

Heat oil for garnish in a small skillet over high heat. Add sage leaves & sauté for about 30 seconds or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Serve chops with mushroom sauce & sprinkle with sage leaves.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Selections!

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