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Savvy Company

The Savvy Team of Sommeliers & Cicerones take every opportunity to shine the spotlight on Canadian wine, artisan cheese, craft beer & ciders. We invite you to join us at one of our Taste & Buy events or call on us to design a special event for you. Or for a different experience, subscribe to our of-the-month clubs to have deliveries of hard-to-come by wine, craft beers & artisan cheeses delivered to your doorstep. For Ottawa Life, Sommelier Julie Stock tastes & tests wines before they land at the LCBO to shares her top picks. Sommelier & Founder Debbie Trenholm is always on the lookout for new foods & bevvies along with recipes & delicious experiences that OLM readers will enjoy. Follow them on Twitter at @SavvyCompany!
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Dashing through the LCBO….

Dashing through the LCBO….

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Champagne, stunning gift boxes, ice wine, suggestions for “Holiday Gatherings” is what the final Vintages release of the year is all about. There are so many awesome products in this release that I have to remind myself of my meager budget [...]

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The Coolest Canadian Gifts

The Coolest Canadian Gifts

Welcome to Day 11 of the 25 Days of Ottawa Life Christmas Calendar. We’ll be updating with a new treat daily so be sure to keep checking under the OLM Tree to see what’s new. With a year of celebrating Canada’s 150th milestone, there are a number of nifty gifts that would [...]

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Wines from around the world for Thanksgiving

Wines from around the world for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better time for LCBO’s Vintages to focus on drinks to serve with the family gathering with a headline of ‘Family Matters”. With the family theme in this release, the LCBO is featuring family run vineyards & estates that have been [...]

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PROST!

PROST!

Oktoberfest originated in Munich on Oct. 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the happy royal event held on the fields in front of the city gates. Since then, it has become an annual festival and celebration [...]

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The First and Only Winery in the Ottawa Valley

The First and Only  Winery in the Ottawa Valley

Yes - you read that headline correctly. There is a new winery in Carp that is opening its doors this summer. It is far from a dream or a hobby, this winery is making impressionable wines and selling out quickly too. Now that you are in the know, here is the back-story . . . He is a lawyer [...]

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Let’s Clink & Drink Pink!

Let’s Clink & Drink Pink!

The weather forecast is…it is time to put away gardening tools & get your corkscrew out…Rose wine season is here! Wineries all across Ontario are now releasing their delicious Rosé wines to quench your thirst this summer. While it might be raining this week, get ready for when [...]

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If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages…

If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages…

South Central Italy & Flagship In Store Discoveries (LCBO speak: ISD) as well as California are a prominent features in this LCBO Vintages release. Where to start? Frankly, the ISD’s are a little rich for my $100 budget for this blog, yet there are some pretty enticing looking wines. Worth [...]

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I’ll raise my glass to that!

I’ll raise my glass to that!

Smooth. Round. Smells like a field of wildflowers. With descriptors like this, I bet you don’t think that I am talking about gin. Certainly not the mass-produced Hendricks or Gordons Gin that is. Rather, it is exactly how I would describe my first sip of Juniper’s Wit Gin made [...]

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Buyers Picks at Vintages

Buyers Picks at Vintages

‘Buyer’s Picks’ are the prominent feature of this weekend’s LCBO Vintages release, not to mention New Zealand and Sake wines. I’m always curious about what ‘Buyers Picks’ really means: more Airmiles offered? Reduced prices on the bottle? or truly great products? [...]

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Sure sign of spring: Rose wines!

Sure sign of spring: Rose wines!

Fabulous that the latest LCBO Vintages release features varietals from Oregon, Washington and Germany, yet I have chosen to focus on finding the best Rosés to highlight in this blog. Warm weather is pushing the gauge on the thermometer higher every day. Nothing sends a more summer-like message [...]

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