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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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Summer is far from over! Clink & Drink Pink

Posted by Debbie

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Pour a glass of refreshing rose to quench your thirst and beat the heat. In this month’s One Dozen Roses there are outstanding wine-finds made right here in Ontario. Our team of Savvy Sommeliers have tasted numerous bottles to hand-pick this selection.

Grab your corkscrew or crack open the seal on these rosé wines and enjoy with a picnic, serve with lunch or better yet…sip while you watch the sunset, or even shooting stars!

Each rosé wine is unique, so here is the August Rosé Report, where our Savvy Sommeliers share with you their tasting notes for each wine in your assortment along with some easy summertime recipes from our kitchen to yours.

All this for less than $200 & shipping is FREE!

Enjoying Rose wines is easy – you don’t even have to get off your lawn chair!

Click to order One Dozen Rosés >>

 

In the August case of One Dozen Rosés you will find…

 

Vieni Momenti Rose Sparkling

Vieni Estates Momenti Extra Dry Rosé

$16.95
20 Valley (Niagara)
1 bottle

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.

 

2014_WHITE_GAMY_0Aure White Gamay VQA 2014

$13.95

While called White Gamay, it is strictly speaking, a white wine made from a red grapes. The Gamay Noir grapes are the signature varietal originating from the Beaujolais appellation in France. It is traditionally a deep ruby-red hued wine so, naturally, when vinifying this wine with very limited skin contact, some of that pink hue comes through into the juice during the winemaking process. Take a sip and you’ll find all the qualities of a ripe Gamay grape without the tannins. Dry and crisp, it is a delicious summer sipping wine.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Alluring aromas of ripe wild strawberries, cherry and a touch of lemon grass loom from the glass. Expressions of strawberry, pink grapefruit and lemon zest come through more on the palate, ending with a crisp refreshing finish.

Suggested Food Pairings: Quite versatile! This wine makes for a terrific pairing with a summer salad. Try it with strawberry topped Greek salads, or simply enjoy as a plain ol’ 2 o’clock patio wine.

 

 

Casa Dea Cabernet Franc Rose 2013 Casa-Dea Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2014

$15.95
Prince Edward County

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Crafted using Cabernet Franc grapes and giving just enough skin contact to give a beautiful cotton candy pink hue. Fresh raspberries & red currants waft from the glass with the raspberry taste continues as you sip. In true fashion with wines made with Prince Edward County grapes there is a minerality about the wine that is laced with acidity.

Food Pairing Suggestions: It is tomato season! If you grow them in your backyard, you’re probably looking for different recipes to use up your never ending crop. This wine would be delicious with this easy Leek & Tomato Tart. Other food pairings for this wine would include kale salad, grilled salmon or even steamed mussels.

 

 

Devils Wishbone Pinot Gris Rosé VQA 2013

$20.00
Prince Edward County

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: This light salmon coloured wine is a gem. “Each sip says summer”, commented Patti when she sampled this wine. Reminders of fresh juicy peaches, apricots, and even crunchy roadside apples with a hint of straw. There is a medium acidity that makes this wine a joy to drink. 

Food Pairing Suggestions: “It’s a 3 o’clock Rosé”, says Savvy Sommelier Eva. Sipping this wine mid-afternoon sounds perfect! On its own, with a picnic or a delicious fish dish such as Perch with Strawberry Salsa.

 

Greenlane Rosé VQA 2013

$15.95
20 Valley (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 rather accentuate the strawberry taste serve with the Perch with Strawberry Salsa.

 

Vieni Alleria Rose WineVieni Alleria 2012

$13.95
20 Valley, Niagara
1 bottle

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 smoke salmon. Simply, chill, sip & enjoy.

 

Vineland Rose The Game Changer 2014Vineland 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 if they took the same grapes and let them sit on the skins long (with the juice) the remarkable red wine that could be created.

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.


One Dozen Rosés is only available during the summer!
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Summer is here…Let’s Clink & Drink Pink!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
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It’s time to raise a glass of Rosé wine to welcome in summer…our One Dozen Rosés is back!  For the second year in a row, we’re offering an assorted case of refreshing & delicious Rosé wines crafted in Ontario to be delivered to your home, office or even cottage. Our team of Savvy Sommeliers has tasted too-many-to-count bottles to hand-pick this selection for your enjoyment all summer long.  In fact, there were so many great Rosé wines that we’re offering a different One Dozen Rosés  each month.

Grab your corkscrew or crack open the seal on these Rosé wines to enjoy with a picnic, serve with lunch or better yet…watch the sunset as you unwind on your deck or your dock.

You don’t even have to get off your lawn chair!  Click & order >>

Each Rosé wine has a cool story. To add to your enjoyment of the selected wines, our Savvy Sommeliers have compiled this Rosé Report – a different one will appear here each month – with our Sommeliers’ tasting notes for each wine in your assortment along with some easy summertime recipes from our kitchen to yours.

Only $199 & shipping is FREE!

 

In July’s case of One Dozen Rosés you will find…

Huff Cuvee-JanineHuff Estates Cuvée Janine Sparkling

$25.00
Prince Edward County

Winemaker Frederic Picard is true to his French roots when making wines at Huff Estates.  Raised amongst the vineyards and wineries in Burgundy France, this man has wine running through his veins.  Both of the selected wines from Huff are great examples of how Frederic lends his winemaking talent (nurtured in France, South Africa & other parts of the world) to craft elegant wines in Prince Edward County.

A special price on this Bubbly! We were delighted when the team at Huff Estates offered us an extra special price (regular $30) so we could include this bubbly in this month’s assortment.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Everything about this wine exudes fun – the colour, the refreshing dry tastes and all of the possibilities for food pairings.  Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes, the wine is made using the classic French Méthode Champagnoise that is aptly named for the winemaking technique for Champagne. The second fermentation (that creates the bubbles) happens in each individual bottle.

A vibrant cranberry coloured bubbly with a lovely nose of red fruit, a touch of mineral and a hint of sweet citrus (pink grapefruit or blood orange). Very dry and medium bodied, it’s juicy and refreshing with tastes of red cherries, berries and tangy cranberries that play through garnished by a lively touch of white pepper on the finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions:  Put in your fridge for any occasion (we do!) – a beautiful sunset, friends dropping by or why not begin a long weekend with the popping of its cork!  In our Rosé Recipe Box, we share with you a stunning looking (and delicious) Gorgonzola and Strawberry Canapé that is easy to make. Chill & enjoy every sip of this sparkling wine.


Huff Rose 2013Huff Estates Ros
é VQA 2013

$19.00
Prince Edward County

This is one of Huff’s signature wines. Rosé lovers clamour for it every year.

Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Lively, this refreshing wine is bone dry with a light pink hue that resembles classic Rosé wines from Tavel, France. In two words: pink grapefruit.  Added to that, light floral notes with citrus (think lime and mandarin) to create a well-crafted refreshing balance. Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in The County, there is the regional characteristic minerality & crisp acidity that makes this a class act wine. Now that you’ve been tipped off about this wine, you’ll be on the lookout for it each year. Always a solid wine.

Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or pack for a picnic.  In our Rosé Recipe Box, we have included the Smoked Salmon Sushi Pizza recipe to make for your next picnic.


Di Profio Gamay Rose 2013
DiProfio Gamay Rosé

$15.70
Niagara-on-the-Lake
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, we have included a Chickpea, Barley & Feta Salad that will do the trick!

 

Kacaba Rebecca Rose 2014Kacaba Vineyard Rebecca Rosé VQA 2014

$14.95
Beamsville Bench (Niagara Escarpment)
Looking for great red wines made in Ontario? Kacaba 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. The recipe is found in our Rosé Recipe Box. Enjoy!

 

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! We will provide this cool new recipe in our Rosé Recipe Box.

 

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. This simple recipe will be in our Rosé Recipe Box – stay tuned!


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.

 

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:

Aure Rose VQA 2011, Beamsville Bench (Niagara)

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)

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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Celebrate Red & White! Get your shopping list ready…

Posted by Amanda

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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O Canada! Prepare to be amazed. We’re putting the final touches on Celebrate Red & White!  An All-Canadian Night Taste & Buy event that will take place on Wednesday July 16.  A record number of wine lovers from the nations capital will be treated to wines from coast to coast as they nibble made in Canada gourmet goodies too. (more…)

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Are you going to Taste 3 Remarkable Terroirs?

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Wine lovers…we are in for a treat!  We are excited to host Ann Sperling & Peter Gamble – the husband & wife team who, in my opinion, are rockstars in the wine world.

gamble_sperlingWhen Ann called me to talk about hosting this event I was thrilled.  Make that THRILLED! I first met Ann one cold January night in the vineyard when she called on me to help her with the ice wine harvest at Malivoire (she knew that I was in Niagara as we were going to meet the next day!). Since then, I have been an ‘Ann fan’ enjoying many wines that she has crafted at various wineries – CedarCreek, Malivoire, Southbrook & Sperling Vineyards to name a few where she worked as winemaker or as wine consultant.

And I have marvelled at all that Peter has been involved in too.  He’s a behind the scenes man integral in building winery projects (wine industry speak for wine businesses). Recently he has used his ‘Midas touch’ to help establish one of Nova Scotia’s finest wineries Benjamin Bridge. Knowing that every wine region around the world looks for a signature style of wine, he has been the driving force in the creation of Tidal Bay – Nova Scotia’s a premium white wine that is turning many heads in the wine world.grapes

And if they weren’t busy enough already, this dynamic duo has a project Versado in Argentina where they have been tending to some of the country’s oldest vines of Malbec & crafting incredible wines.

Ann & Peter never seem to stop!

They are making a quick trip to Ottawa (before they head to Argentina for this year’s harvest) to showcase their latest wines. Join us on Thursday March 20th for Taste 3 Remarkable Terroirs – a Taste & Buy event to enjoy & order wines from:

Sperling Vineyards – Ann’s family business that has transformed from being a grape growers & now is a winery making remarkable Okanagan wines.

Benjamin Bridge – one of Nova Scotia’s wineries specializing in uber-premium sparkling wines.

Versado – an amazing Malbec vineyard planted nearly 100 years ago that Ann & Peter have been restoring.

 

Try the wine…buy the bottle

At this Taste & Buy event you’ll have the unique opportunity to order the wines from these wineries to be delivered to your home or office. Special rates on shipping will be offered.

Join us or place your order online >>

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2009 Brut Méthode Classique $44.50 (new release)
2013 Nova 7 Sparkling $24.95 (new release)
2013 Tidal Bay $21.95
Wine Futures – barrel samples will be tasted at the event.  Wine to be released in June
2013 Vero $21.95
Wine Futures – barrel samples will be tasted at the event.  Wine to be released in June
2009 Borealis Icewine $39.95

 

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2008 Sparkling Brut $39.95
2012 Pinot Gris
$19.00
2011 Old Vines Riesling
$34.95
2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir $22.00 (released last week in time for this event!)
2012 Pinot Noir $26.00
2011 Old Vines Foch $26.00
2011 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer $24.95

 

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2012 Versado Classic Malbec  $24.95
2010 Versado Reserva Malbec
$59.95

Don’t miss this event!

We look forward to having you join us to meet Ann & Peter while you discover their remarkable wines from 3 different terroirs.
Advance tickets only $25 >>

 

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Is 2014 your year to learn more about wine, cheese & beer?

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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New Years resolutions of ‘eat more artisan cheese’ or ‘stop buying the same wines’ or ‘go local at the pub & drink different beers’ or ‘give blue cheese a chance’ make our team of Sommeliers smile – BIG time.

Once you venture into the world of wine, artisan cheese & craft beer, you can make delicious discoveries. The hardest part (if there is a hard part) is starting.  Don’t despair because we have made it easy to keep your 2014 resolutions and begin as soon as this month!

Wine tips & tricks all day long

Debbie Trenholm - Savvy Company SommelierJoin me for my annual Wine Appreciation 101 ‘Class’ on Saturday January 18.  While called a ‘class’, it is really a full day of enjoying wines you may never have tried, learning wine lingo, tasting the difference glassware makes & deciphering a restaurant wine list to name a few of the things we’ll cover.  And because I absolutely LOVE wine, I will sprinkle in all kinds of tips and even party trick…learn how to easy it is to sabre (yes, with a sword) a bottle of bubbly just like Napoléon did when he won a battle.  Mark my words, this is one ‘class’ that you will definitely WANT to do the homework!

The class will naturally take place in Ottawa’s coolest wine venue: Must Kitchen & Wine Bar in the Byward Market.  Gourmet lunch is included to give you first hand experience with food & wine pairing. This class always sells out, so register early & save $15 or bring 4 friends for a special group price.  Everyone, regardless of their wine knowledge….is sure to learn more about the world of wine & have a new shopping wine list.

Or have wines delivered!Savvy Selections - Ontario wine of the month club

Can’t make my Saturday class? No problem, I can arrange wines delivered to you.  Simply subscribe to our Savvy Selections wine of the month club and each month our Savvy Sommeliers will choose the best wines in Ontario & have them delivered to you at your home or office.  Learn more about the winemaker, the winery & the wines in our monthly Savvy eZine & try your hand at recipes that our Sommeliers have selected to go with the 3 different wines.  And these wines are hard-to-find as you won’t see them on the shelves at the LCBO.  Stick to your resolution by subscribing for 4, 6 or 12 months.

More cheese please…

Vanessa Simmons - Savvy Company Cheese SommelierCome in from the cold to nibble & nosh all day as you learn about fabulous fromages from our Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons.  She will introduce you to new cheeses from around the world, share stories about cheesemakers & show you the ‘whey’ as you learn cheesey FUN-damentals. Vanessa will even make cheese before your eyes!

During the day you will learn the ‘whey’ to buy cheese, make a delicious cheese board, cook with cheeses & the talk the cheese talk like a BIG fromage!  Like my wine ‘class’, this will be a fun day tasting a wide variety of cheese from all parts of the world.  And there’ll be a pop quiz: is cheese better with wine or craft beer?  Think you know the answer? You are in for a surprise!

Join Vanessa for this all-day ‘class’. Warning: you will have loads of fun!

Does your New Years resolution include both wine & cheese? 

Join us for a Wine & Cheese Extravaganza – register for both classes $250 per person – all in! Life seriously does not get any better than this!

Did you say something about a beer ‘class’?

We are working on it…and we have another announcement ‘brewing’ too!  Email us to be the first to get the brew news.

Mark my words, it will be an absolutely DELICIOUS year!

Cheers,
-Debbie

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Follow Debbie on Twitter: @SavvyDebbie @SavvyCompany.  Vanessa is on Twitter too: @SavvyVanessa

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ANNOUNCING…Savvy Bin Ends

Posted by Debbie

Monday, October 1st, 2012
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We are excited to offer you a new way to buy great Ontario wines. Introducing…. Savvy Bin Ends – great wines at discounted prices that our Savvy Sommeliers have found for you.

What does Bin Ends mean? It’s ‘winespeak’ for the last remaining cases of a wine that the winemaker has reduced the price for quick sale. And once the wine is gone, it is really gone!

Check out the special offer >>>


How does Savvy Bin Ends work?

Every 2 weeks, we will feature a discounted price on one particular Ontario wine – might be a red, white, sparkling or even a dessert wine. The wine on offer could be pre-released wines (not yet available to the general public…but available to you from Savvy Company), the last remaining bottles at the winery or ‘wines on sale’.

The special price is only available for a 2 week period . . . and the clock is counting down!  If a special price is not enough, Savvy Bin Ends are available to order in 6 or 12 bottles.  Make your order 12 bottles, there will be no charge for shipping by courier (the winery will pick up this cost – another savings of about $20!) It is a great deal!  Check out the current wine offer


Always want to b
e the first to know of each Savvy Bin Ends deal every 2 weeks?
Email cheers@savvycompany.ca

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