Taste & Buy Events

  • Andreya

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    The County in the Capital event was fabulous! We had such a good time, so many of the wines were good, and it was a beautiful and unique venue. It was pretty perfect to be able to try such a number of County wines conveniently brought together here in Ottawa. Everything was just so well organized and fun, it was such a great night. Keep us on your invite list, we will be there!

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     - Andreya
  • Marie 

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    Wow!  We had a wonderful time at the Taste & Buy! We ordered a mixed case of wines, beers and even ciders. Please keep us on your invite list for future events with your Savvy Sommeliers

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     - Marie 
  • Monique

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    A friend of mine who came out to her first Savvy Taste & Buy was very impressed with the show. Kudos!

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     - Monique
  • Wendy

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this evening`s County in the Capital Taste & Buy. What a wonderful event. The organization was terrific, everything went smoothly, congratulations!

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     - Wendy
  • Pauline

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    Thanks Savvy Company for the All-Canadian Wine Taste & Buy event! I had an amazing time as always!!

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     - Pauline

Corporate Events

  • John Lark, Managing Principal Coherent Advice

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    Thanks SO much Debbie for your help in making this wonderful event in support of Rotary Home come together so successfully. It was a great event with your Ontario wines and Sommelier service, everyone had a great time. It was a success and everyone who came will want to come again next year.

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     - John Lark, Managing Principal Coherent Advice
  • Lesley Lang, BDC

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    The reviews from our guests have been fantastic. Thank you again for creating a wonderful event for my clients

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     - Lesley Lang, BDC
  • Diane, EDC

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    Everyone I’ve spoken to really enjoyed the event.  Paul, our resident wine expert, was particularly impressed with the reds you selected.  I will definitely keep you in mind when planning future outings for our teams.

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     - Diane, EDC
  • Tricia, CIBC Wood Gundy

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    Thanks again to Savvy Company for the wonderful evening earlier this week. Both Linda and I have received very positive feedback from our clients & guests about the event – from the venue to the food to the wine and the knowledge imparted.

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     - Tricia, CIBC Wood Gundy
  • L Robinson, CIBC Private Wealth Management

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    It’s official, you are a hit! I have been receiving calls and e-mails from everyone thanking us for the wonderful evening. I can’t thank you enough. I was so impressed with how smoothly everything was done and the really wonderful way you are able to get everybody engaged in the process. I have been singing your praises for two days now!

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     - L Robinson, CIBC Private Wealth Management

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Savvy Team

  • Greg

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    All delivered! Awesome customer service Debbie, you go above and beyond.

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     - Greg
  • Melissa Clark, Wealth Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities

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    Debbie – Thank you for your support for the TEMBO event. The event raised over $16,000 which will go directly to support girls’ education and women’s equality in northern Tanzania. By your kindess offering us your tasting glasses, you helped to raise addi

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     - Melissa Clark, Wealth Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Nicolette Novak, The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.

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    Thanks again for the opportunity to work with the Savvy Team!  It is always an honour and a pleasure.  You and your Sommeliers do such a wonderful job promoting Ontario VQA wines.  Thank you!

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     - Nicolette Novak, The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.
  • James – longtime Savvy Selections subscriber

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    I have to say that your customer service is top notch.

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     - James – longtime Savvy Selections subscriber
  • Penny

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    My guest speaker got her gift of wine today that you arranged. She’s thrilled.  Thanks so much to the Savvy Team for making this gift happen.

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     - Penny

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Wine Tastings

  • Randy

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    What a great way to spend a night out!

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     - Randy
  • Jane

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    What an excellent evening tasting wines from around the world! The Savvy team displayed incredible poise & knowledge about the wines.

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     - Jane
  • Greg

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    Savvy Company is very knowledgeable about wine & food. Their wine tasting events are professional, not to mention extremely organized. Thanks for a great night out!

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     - Greg
  • Julie

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    The information presented for each wine was very interesting.  After sampling the wine on our own, it was a great experience to smell and taste what you explained to us in advance.  This certainly put those of us who are new to wine tasting at ease.

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     - Julie
  • Deb

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    Dave & I had a great time last night. It’s always nice to enjoy new wines. Although I have completed reading Natalie’s book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, which I enjoyed tremendously, it was an added bonus to taste wines she refers to in her book.

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     - Deb

Savvy Selections

  • Barb

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    Savvy Selections wine of the month club is grand!! Thanks for all the excellent wine you deliver each month

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     - Barb
  • Gary

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    I want you to know that last night we served wines from the Savvy Selections. Our menu included the recipes from the Savvy eZine and our guests were entertained with the stories about the winemaker that you provided. It was a wonderful evening.

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     - Gary
  • Peter

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    Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club is such a good idea for a wedding present – especially for the couple that has everything. No wonder I have given it twice already

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     - Peter
  • Rosann 

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    Thank you for the great Savvy Bus tour around The County. It was a great way to meet the winemakers who I enjoy with my Savvy Selections wine-of-the-month club.

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     - Rosann 
  • Carole

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    We are thoroughly enjoying Savvy Selections. There are four of us who share a case of wine. When the monthly delivery arrives, everyone comes over to pick up their wines…we often end up having an impromptu party!

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     - Carole

Savvy Hip Hops

  • Anne

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    We LOVE our Savvy Hip Hops!

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     - Anne
  • Steve Beauchesne, co-owner of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

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    I can’t think of any better way to receive craft beer than have it hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep. Savvy Hip Hops is the equivalent of having your birthday every month.

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     - Steve Beauchesne, co-owner of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
  • Paul Meek, co-owner at Kichesippi Beer Co.

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    Savvy Hip Hops is ingenious. We have been very supportive of Savvy Company from day one when Debbie and her team began expanding their business into craft beers.

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     - Paul Meek, co-owner at Kichesippi Beer Co.
  • Jen

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    We’re enjoying all the beer from Savvy Hip Hops that keeps getting delivered. Keep up the good work!

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     - Jen
  • Sue

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    Your customer service is fantastic and if I lived in Ottawa I would be going to many of your local Savvy Company events! I do want to thank you for introducing me to some amazing beers that I wouldnt have had access to or even had knowledge of before Savv

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     - Sue

Savvy Cool Curds

  • Georgs Kolesnikovs, Founder, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

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    Savvy Cool Curds is hands-down a great idea. There is no one better suited than Vanessa Simmons to select the best in Canadian cheese to discover each month. I’m sure the cheese-of-the-month will succeed because consumers want local…they want Canadian!

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     - Georgs Kolesnikovs, Founder, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival
  • Maggie Paradis, owner & cheesemaker, Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères

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    The Savvy Team is great & having this opportunity to be featured in Savvy Cool Curds is exciting! Anyone who has met Vanessa Simmons quickly learns that she is passionate about Canadian cheese.

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     - Maggie Paradis, owner & cheesemaker, Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères
  • Stephanie

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    Our first shipment of Savvy Cool Curds arrived yesterday and what a lovely surprise! The presentation was beautiful. I had to restrain myself from opening each and every cheese and devouring them right there and then. The tips on pairing I know I will use

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     - Stephanie
  • Jeff Fenwick, owner & cheesemaker, Back Forty Artisan Cheese

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    We have had the pleasure to work with Vanessa & the Savvy Team & I am very confident that their new Savvy Cool Curds cheese-of-the-month club will bring consumers a unique opportunity to educate themselves & be able to try some of the best cheeses Canada

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     - Jeff Fenwick, owner & cheesemaker, Back Forty Artisan Cheese
  • Armand Bernard, Cheesemaker, Cows Creamery

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    We are thrilled to be featured in the Savvy Cool Curds Cheese of-the-month-club! Working with Vanessa and the Savvy Team has been great & energizing. We appreciate everything they are doing to promote Canadian artisan cheeses in order to get our cheeses

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     - Armand Bernard, Cheesemaker, Cows Creamery

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Personalized Events

  • Natalie MacLean, award winning wine author of NatDecants

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    Debbie leads one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable teams of sommeliers I’ve met.  Savvy Company makes drinking & learning about wine fun – 

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     - Natalie MacLean, award winning wine author of NatDecants
  • Dianne

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    Debbie – you were simply amazing! Thanks you for participating in our Christmas evening for our clients. I will definitely be calling you for next year’s event.

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     - Dianne
  • Ion

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    Your Wine & Cheese with a Twist was a superb event and I was pleased to be included. The fact I met a few extremely nice new people as well is always a bonus. Thanks so much and please let me know when you do it again.

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     - Ion
  • Elizabeth Kilvert, Owner The Unrefined Olive

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    Thank you for the suburb evening Savvy Company hosted for us! Love your business and professionalism!

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     - Elizabeth Kilvert, Owner The Unrefined Olive
  • Kerry – Taste and Travel Magazine

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    That was the best off-site wine tasting I have attended – you did a great job organizing and the details – such as the local artisanal fromageries and the cucumber water made it as special as the venue – congratulations! Oh yeah, the wine was good too! Please keep us posted on other Savvy Company events.

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     - Kerry – Taste and Travel Magazine

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Sommelier-led dinners

  • Jocelyn

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    I had a great time at the Big Night event, and thought the combination of learning about cooking and the wines was perfectly enhanced by being held in such a cozy environment as Pam’s kitchen.

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     - Jocelyn
  • Suzanne

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    The Sommelier led dinner at the Mekong Restaurant was fantastic.  You made a Wednesday night feel like a Friday!

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     - Suzanne
  • Robyn

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    Thank you for a great event!  We had a blast & look forward to future events hosted by Savvy Company!

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     - Robyn
  • Lisa

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    Thank you for a wonderful night. The Savvy Supper Series was so well planned and executed it was a pleasure and I know my clients enjoyed them selves as well.

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     - Lisa
  • Judi

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    Debbie, thank you so much for the fantastic evening – we really enjoyed ourselves. You have such a wonderful presence, you are so knowledgeable and have a great sense of humour. It was very, very smooth and informative and we can’t believe how the time flew!

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     - Judi

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Winemaker’s Dinners

  • Vic Haradine, Wine Current

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    Savvy Company, Novotel and Featherstone Winery make a dazzling Trio

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     - Vic Haradine, Wine Current
  • Cindy

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    I totally loved Nova Scotia’s Sommelier Sean Buckland’s contribution to the Nova Scotia Kitchen Party event.  He is an eloquent, knowledgeable speaker who made me want to leave the party & drive straight to Nova Scotia.

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     - Cindy
  • Stephen

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    Tonight’s winemaker’s dinner was educational as well as delicious.

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     - Stephen
  • Yves

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    Thank you both for a great evening.  Our table of 11 people had a great time.  Everyone loved the experience as our guests had never participated in an event like that.

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     - Yves
  • Scott

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    Sue-Ann (Pillitteri Estates’ winemaker) is so passionate about winemaking …you can tell just in the way she explains her wines

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     - Scott

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Wine & Food Shows

  • Dana, Ottawa Spring Home Show

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    You are wonderful! Thank you for the time and detail you have put into creating engaging presentations on the main stage at the Spring Home Show. You are welcome back as a presenter anytime!

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     - Dana, Ottawa Spring Home Show
  • Louise, Featherstone Estate Winery

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    Dave considered it a big success thanks very much in large part to you- and your Savvy Team. They were great. He was very positive about the whole experience and your team of Sommeliers who helped out.

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     - Louise, Featherstone Estate Winery
  • Mary

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    I would like to personally thank you for inviting us to be part of the VIP day at Thirty Three Vines, we really had a lovely time.  From our perspective, the event you organized was a huge success and my congratulations to you on a job well done.

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     - Mary
  • Paul, Thirty Three Vines

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    Thank you again for the Thirty Three Vines Founder’s Circle VIP event at the winery, pre-concert wine tasting and the private concert with The Jim Cuddy Band. It was a roaring success. I know exactly why it worked so well—because of the Savvy team!

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     - Paul, Thirty Three Vines
  • Patricia, Women’s Business Network

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    Positive comments were shared all around the Board table last night at the WBN Board meeting. The event was a class act all the way and kudos to you!  The evening went exactly the way I had envisioned. I appreciate your attention to every detail. Thank you for making the President’s Christmas Party a success

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     - Patricia, Women’s Business Network