~ The Rosé Report ~
July 2019 Edition
Thank you for ordering a Rosé Deck Party Pack. You are in for a treat with these refreshing Rosés!
Again, this month, our team of Savvy Sommeliers have done the ‘tough work’. We’ve been sipping & sampling the latest Rosé wines made across Ontario & have hand-picked the ones to be featured in this assortment.
So get your corkscrew & wine glasses ready to Clink & Drink Pink!
In this month’s Rosé Deck Party Pack, you will find:
- Foreign Affair Amarosé VQA 2018 – from Niagara
- KIN Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé VQA 2018 – from the Ottawa Valley
- Morandin Estates Cold Creek Rosé 2018 – from Prince Edward County
- Redstone Winery Rosé VQA 2017 – from Niagara
- Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2017 – from Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Tawse Spark Rosé VQA 2016 – from Niagara
Several of these Rosés have just been released & you are the first to enjoy them! And the coolest part…the bottles that you have in your hands are not available at the LCBO, rather they came straight from the winemaker to you.
To help you enjoy the wines, our Savvy Sommeliers have shared their tasting notes along with food pairing tips and our favorite recipes to serve with Rosés.
At any time during the summer, if you would like to order additional bottles of your favorite Rosés or other hard-to-find Ontario wines, contact me at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926) or email@example.com. We can source artisan cheeses & craft ciders too!
Here’s to summer!
In this assortment of Rosés, you will find…
Foreign Affair specializes in the Italian Appassimento method of winemaking. Originated by the Italians in making Amarone or Ripasso wines, the grapes are naturally dried in open barns for months. This allows for the water in the grapes to evaporate leaving concentrated grape flavours that gives the wine a rich, intense flavour. It also allows the winemaker to pass fresh juice over the skins more than once, in the Ripasso style.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A pink with an orange tinge, this has intense aromas & flavours of tangerine, mandarin with a touch of floral & red berries (raspberry & cranberry). Each sip is smooth, round & soft with hints of dried herbs on the finish that lingers and lingers and lingers….
Suggested Food Pairing: Pair with cheeses, charcuterie, salads…another words a picnic!
A drive to Carp should be in your plans this summer! Visit this neat town that is the home of KIN Vineyards (along with the Deifenbunker Museum, Carp Farmers Market, Ridge Rock Brewery, and several cool restaurants – Alice’s Café, Cheshire Cat, Juke Joint). KIN Vineyards tasting room has a lovely setting where you can sip on their wines while surrounded by the vineyards…you may never leave!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A hint of pink shows in the glass that lures you into the bone dry, crisp wine that has aromas of lemon (or is it the lemon rind?), with a backbone of pink grapefruit-like acidity. This light bodied wine is elegant & fresh.
Suggested Food Pairing: Served well chilled, this wine will transform as it comes to room temperature – enjoy the different flavours all the way through!
Being light bodied, we would recommend to pair with foods of a similar weight – prosciutto wrapped melon, tabbouleh or quinoa salads, goat cheese or white fish.
Prince Edward County
This is a BRAND-NEW winery located in Prince Edward County (opened in July 2018). As The County’s ‘newest kid on the block’, they know what they are doing as they have been growing grapes for other winemakers in the area, for several years. And to top it all off, the winemaker’s name is Amelia and worked for wineries in Nova Scotia & Niagara before putting down roots in The County. We introduced Morandin to our customers at our County in the Capital event this past April to rave reviews. When Amelia told us that this wine was just released, we knew we needed to add it to the assortment PDQ before the wine sold out!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This stealth wine is not even listed on their web site. Only 45 cases made (540 bottles…and we got a bunch of them!)
With such limited supply, we acted quickly to order the wine that our Sommeliers didn’t sample the wine in advance. We were confident that this wine would be delicious as all of Morandin’s wines have impressed us so far.
Amelia’s Wine-Making Notes: About three quarters of a tonne were picked from a small two acre parcel on Cold Creek Vineyard located on Danforth Road in Hillier, during early October over two days. Grapes were hand sorted, crushed by foot stomp, and pressed off in a basket press after a two day skin soak to extract the pink colour from the skins.
93% of the wine was fermented in two batches in stainless steel. About 7% went through carbonic maceration in a neutral French oak barrel. The wine was bottled in June 2019, unfined and unfiltered. The bubbles are created through natural secondary fermentation in the bottle, almost like a pet-nat. Sedimentation is normal.
The wine is hazy with a pretty, dusty rose hue. On the nose, there are wild strawberries, white blossoms. The palate is brisk from the bright natural acid of Frontenac Gris, but finishes beautifully with a hint of sweetness. The bubbles are persistent but light. There’s a return of the strawberries, dried apricot, and a bit of creaminess. Drink now.
This is a wine that is only available for restaurants. We have the inside scoop so we are able to get it for you.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This is an unusual blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The result is a stunning warm pink colour with aromas of ripe strawberry, red apple & a zip of rhubarb. It’s ripe and fruity in taste, delivering flavours of red berries, and ending with a punchy balanced finish.
Suggested Food Pairing: Truly…this wine would be great chilled on its own or anything!
Southbrook is a certified organic & biodynamic winery. Their uber talented winemaker – Ann Sperling – always makes home-run wines in our opinion. We are confident that you too will be impressed with this wine.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Pale salmon in the glass with striking aromas of wild strawberry, orange zest, tea roses with a thread of sweet herbs. There is a replay of these aromas into the taste with a refreshing acidity combined with a round mouthfeel “that tastes like more”.
Ann’s Food Pairing Suggestions: “Pairs well with characuteri – especially spicy salami. Grilled salmon, trout, black bean tacos, niçoise salad….friends and good times.
What is summer without bubbles? Always lots to celebrate or just to have in the fridge for when the moment strikes, you are the first to get this vintage. Just released last week, this bubbly is made with 100% Pinot Noir organic and bio-dynamically grown grapes in the Traditional Method.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A beautiful salmon colour in the glass with delicate aromas of red fruit, berries, pink grapefruit and toasted almonds (because the wine was on the lees – winespeak: in contact with natural yeast). Strawberry tastes stand out with a zippy & refreshing tartness that makes this an elegant sparkling to enjoy.
Suggested Food Pairing: This would be delicious with BBQed shrimp skewers (with lime & honey sauce), salmon tartar or spinach & strawberry salad.
~ Rosé Recipe Box ~
A Summer BBQ favorite to enjoy with Rosé wines
Crunchy Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing
Recipe & Photo credits: Jessica Gavin
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: none
2 cups kale thinly sliced, or baby kale
1 1/2 cups napa cabbage thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups red cabbage thinly sliced
1/2 cup red bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2 cup carrot shredded
1 mango thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
8 mint leaves thinly sliced
1 tablespoon green onions thinly sliced
1/4 cup peanuts roasted, roughly chopped
1/3 cup peanut butter natural creamy or smooth
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce low sodium
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
1 clove garlic roughly chopped
1 tablespoon water
In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients except peanuts; kale, cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, mango, cilantro, mint, and onions. Set aside while you make the dressing.
In a blender add all peanut dressing ingredients; peanut butter, lime juice, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, ginger, garlic, and water. Puree until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. You can also whisk the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Add more water if needed to thin out the dressing if desired. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Gradually add enough dressing to coat the salad, toss to combine. Drizzle with more dressing if there is any remaining, top with freshly cracked bell pepper and roasted peanuts. Enjoy!
Why not have your fridge full of Rosé wines all summer?
Summer is far from over! To order additional bottles of your new found favorite Rosés from this assortment OR to receive next month’s assortment, call your friends at Savvy on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or order online at savvycompany.ca/summertime.
The August assortment of Rosé wines will have a completely different selection of hard-to-find wines including:
- Casa Dea Sparkling Rosé VQA 2017 – from Prince Edward County
- Casa Dea Rosé VQA 2017 – from Prince Edward County
- Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2018 – from Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Pondview Skipping Stone Pink VQA 2018 – from Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Tawse Growers Blend Rosé VQA 2017 – from Niagara
- Tawse Quarry Road Rosé VQA 2018 – from Niagara
Price for August’s assortment:
$122 for 6 bottles
~ OR ~
$244 for 12 bottles (2 of each of the featured wines).
Deadline to order this parcel is Sunday Aug 11th.