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Raising a glass to YOU!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 15th, 2021
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Since starting Savvy Company 16 years ago – we were known as The Savvy Grapes back then – the Canadian wine industry has exploded.  I have wine maps on the walls of my office proudly marking 5 wineries in Prince Edward County & about 40 in Niagara. Nova Scotia wines were ‘experimental’ and the first British Columbia wine region tour guide was a thin booklet of less than 30 pages…never mind wineries in and around Ottawa – they weren’t even imagined.   

Look at us now!

 

Approaching 800 wineries nationally with over 170 Ontario alone, the rapidly growing wine industry offers a significant contribution to our economy. I was inspired to begin my business while reading an article highlighting Donald Ziraldo, the co-founder of Inniskillin Winery & one of the pioneers of the Canadian wine industry. He was quoted as saying “What we need is more Canadians drinking Canadian wines.” I am proud that this has been the guiding principle of my business since day one.  And since then we have expanded to include Canadian craft ciders & artisan cheese too. We proudly and continuously wave the Canadian flag.

One advantage of the pandemic has been that people like you are discovering the importance of buying local and being impressed with the quality of the bevvies & goodies we have been delivering to your front door. Since the beginning of the lockdown, I have been uncorking bottles of Canadian wines that were in my stash dating back to my first wine tours in BC, NS, Ontario, Quebec…even PEI. Some bottles were 20+ years old.  These wines have impressed me with their longevity and quality.  Thank you for trusting  us to guide you on your discovery of Canadian wines, craft ciders and artisan cheeses. Ordering gifts, stocking up for the holidays or subscribing to our of-the-month clubs is truly the ultimate way to support local. We all benefit in countless ways. 

All of us in the Savvy Team are eager to send you the hidden gems that we discover.  Why not introduce your friends and family to Canadian wines this holiday season with a gift from us? Leave it to us to deliver the REALLY good stuff! 

 

Enjoy your holidays & here’s to all that is in store in 2021!  

– Debbie 

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Put Riesling in Your Stocking

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 15th, 2021
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by David Loan (a.k.a Savvy Santa) Sommelier and former kitchen owner of Ottawa’s ZenKitchen restaurant

 

Ontario produces a single-varietal white wine that is among the best of its kind in the world. Unfortunately, it’s a variety that many people are unwilling to try. That’s a shame, because it’s wonderful on its own, fantastic with well-paired foods, and a stellar example of the kind of top-notch product that our Canadian cool-climate viticulture can offer. I’m talking, of course, about Riesling. Many of us remember Riesling as that sweet-ish white that we tried as teenagers, possibly poured from a black tower-shaped bottle. We’re all too sophisticated to drink that today, right? If you think so, the holidays-Christmas, New Year’s, even Valentine’s Day-are a wonderful opportunity to give Ontario Riesling a fresh taste. It’s true that there’s possibly a hint of honey in many Rieslings, but that sweetness is there to balance the sharp citrusy notes from the high acidity in the wine. A good Ontario Riesling is rarely sweet, though. It’s fruity and tangy with a distinctive whiff of ripeness sometimes described as “petrol”. The Ontario examples often bring a muscular minerality to the glass, too. Best of all, Riesling goes so well with many traditional holiday foods. Serve it with canapés, or hard cheeses, or with this lovely olive-fig tapenade and crackers (recipe below). You’ll want to make Riesling an annual holiday tradition. You’ll find fantastic examples of Riesling from Tawse in the Niagara Escarpment, Southbrook Vineyard in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region, and from Huff Estates in Prince Edward County.

 

From our kitchen to yours!

 

French Fig Olive Tapenade

From David’s Kitchen – Makes 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:

5 cups of pitted brined & cured olives, canned or from a jar

1 large clove of garlic

8 dried black figs, stemmed

1 tablespoon of capers, drained

1 small bunch of mint, stemmed (about 3 large tablespoons)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Method 1 : Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and pulse to form a chunky purée.

Method 2: Add the olive oil and pulse until it forms a smooth mass. It is best to make this tapenade at least one day before you intend to serve it which allows the flavours to meld and develop.

Additions & Variations: The texture of this tapenade is totally up to you! You can even chop it by hand for a chunkier version if you prefer. Other herbs can be substituted for the mint, like fresh rosemary or thyme. And if you want it sweeter, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

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SHE SAID…HE SAID 

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Q: Now that the 2020 grape harvest is over and winemaking is underway, what are your favourite & least favourite parts of the winemaking process?

 

We ask two Savvy fans – this time both are Ontario winemakers – the same question. It’s interesting to see the similarities – or differences – that are revealed!

 

Andrea Kaiser

Winemaker at Drea Wines
Dreawine.com

SHE SAID:

 I love being able to share my father’s story through my wines. (Andrea’s father was Karl Kaiser, co-founder of Inniskillin Wines.) He was such an understated person who didn’t seek recognition for his significant and notable achievements in the wine world. I pay tribute to his legacy by using the skills and knowledge he passed down to me to make my Sauvignon Blanc & Rosé.

But after all of the winemaking work is completed, I’m always nervous when someone tastes one of my wines for the first time.  I hold my breath in anticipation of their reaction. I want everyone to love my wine, much like a chef who has cooked a great meal.

 

Brian Hamilton

Winemaker at KIN Vineyards
KinVineyards.com

HE SAID:

Once the grapes, or ‘grape must’ begins to ferment, I get a sense of the purity and depth of dimension that the wine I am creating will have. The aromas, mouthfeel and flavour all begin to reveal themselves and help to inform my wine making decisions over the coming months before bottling. It is like being at the birth of new wine!

But perhaps the most challenging part of the winemaking process can be filtration.  Because wine chemistry is extremely complex, a wine which appears clear to the eye can still contain enough suspended matter to make filtration difficult. So for those wines that do require some degree of filtration, you may have a very long and frustrating  cellar schedule.

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Fan Mail!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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A Truly Thankful Savvy Fan  

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

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Getting the Full Package

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Our Courier Partners

Supporting local businesses has always been important to us, and we thought it would be fun to share our courier partners’ backstories so that you know more about the delivery folks next time they arrive at your doorstep. Gopher It Deliveries (Ottawa-based) and Phyxiat (multiple locations) are both small family-run businesses founded by husband & wife teams…and, coincidentally, both the wives are the Big Cheeses.

Tell us about your team? Who are the Gophers and the Phyxies?

Kim Roussel (co-owner of Phyxiat): We look for people who are go-getters, who are personable, who are trainable – we are equal opportunity, and we have all ages in the warehouse and on the road. My daughter works on the dock & does deliveries too – she’s six feet, and can lift with the best of them! It’s hard to find the kind of people who are willing to go above and beyond, but we have drivers who will volunteer to work on a Saturday to make sure everyone gets their packages. They really understand how important quick and careful deliveries are in building the kind of trust that lasts. With every Savvy package, they are part of the Savvy Team too.

Jenn Hayward (co-owner of Gopher It): You might not expect it, but we have several standup comedians who work for us. Our business is all about customer service, so in addition to having a good attitude, we look for people who problem solve and are honest and transparent, because the trust starts with our drivers. Our Gophers take care so that each package is delivered not just in the state it was sent, but with the intent that it was given. And people are always excited when we’re delivering parcels from Savvy Company! We develop relationships with the people we deliver for, because we’re all working so hard to grow our businesses together.

What are some of your holiday traditions? Will they be changing this year?

Kim: Usually my daughter comes up for Christmas. On Christmas Eve my granddaughter and I will watch the Grinch together – she loves the Grinch – and we’ll make the stuffing for the bird. We have a new baby grandson in the family this year, and I’m not sure what our plans will be. We’re hoping we’ll be able to see them.

Jenn: Before Gopher It, my family would enjoy a fondue on Christmas. Now, we work until 9 pm on Christmas Eve, then we’ll have Chinese takeout or pizza, and put our feet up. This year, my mom has moved from Saskatchewan to live with us. She doesn’t even like turkey, but she’ll do the full feast with all of the trimmings, and my kids will help her in the kitchen. As for Valentine’s Day…February 1st to 14th, we are non-stop bringing love around town.
Even before the pandemic began and turned the business world upside down, Savvy Company was proud to work with these top-notch local businesses to ensure fast & dependable delivery of the REALLY good stuff to your front door.

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Westcott Vineyards: Delphine Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Delphine Rosé

$16.95
Niagara

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

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

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

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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

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Vieni Estates: Red Trillium Ripasso

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2013 Red Trillium Ripasso

$16.95
Niagara

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

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

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

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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

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Vieni Estates: Sparkling Rosé Brut

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2012 Sparkling Rosé Brut

SHOW SPECIAL! $16.95 (regular $29.95)
Niagara

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

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

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

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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

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Two Sisters Vineyards: Estate Red

Posted by Debbie

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

SPECIAL! $25
Niagara-on-the-Lake

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

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

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

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.

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

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Two Sisters Vineyards: Rosé

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2017 Rosé

$35
Niagara-on-the-Lake

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

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

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

Cellaring: Drink now.

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

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