Debbie Trenholm

Columnist

of 2

Go ahead, splurge a little! 

Go ahead, splurge a little! 

The most asked question at this time of year that I get is: “What wine gadget would you give a hard-to-shop-for wine enthusiasts?” Instead of wine gizmos, most which end up in the bottom drawer and rarely get used, I highly recommend giving the gift of really good wine glasses. Splurge a [...]

Read full story

Top four rosé tips

Top four rosé tips

Rows and rows of rosé wines appear on the shelves as early as April and are usually gone by thanksgiving. When buying these beautiful bottles, here are four things to remember: 1. This year, look for wines that are either are from 2017 or 2018. The date refer to the year of the harvest. Rosé [...]

Read full story

It's time to drink pink

It's time to drink pink

Enjoy every moment of sunshine this summer on your deck or dock with a glass of rosé wine in hand. Most winemakers around the world dabble with making a rosé wine to quench their thirst with grapes from last year’s harvest. “Grapes are grown throughout the year specifically [...]

Read full story

Putting Kingston on the Wine World Map

Putting Kingston on the Wine World Map

Living in Ottawa, we know that an easy weekend getaway is a roadtrip to Kingston. With its small city vibe, historic limestone buildings along the waterfront, boutique hotels, restaurants featuring local cuisine and talented chefs, I ask you . . .What’s not to love about Kingston! Here’s [...]

Read full story

The making of a cidermaker

The making of a cidermaker

Photo credit: Nicole Monkman Have you heard of Apple Falls, County Cider, West Avenue, Farmgate, King’s Mill or FieldBird? Mark my words, you will soon recognize these craft ciders as the cider industry in Ontario is soaring – like a rocket. “People in the craft cider business [...]

Read full story

Clink & Drink Pink

Clink & Drink Pink

When the temperatures are rising, I think the best way to cool down is with a glass of Rosé wine. Crisp, dry & refreshing, with loads of floral aromatics & ripe juicy tastes that makes one glass turn into two…then a few more! Rosé wines are perfect for this time of the [...]

Read full story

Beat the Heat Bevvies

Beat the Heat Bevvies

What drinks make you think of summer? Refreshing Rosé Mouth-watering Cider Cold Radler Beer Big bold Cabernetf Fruity Sangria All of the above Finally, a multiple choice quiz with no wrong answer. With more sun-filled days, long weekends and lazy afternoons, summer brings [...]

Read full story

It’s The Greatest Wine Festival On The Planet

It’s The Greatest Wine Festival On The Planet

Feature photo credit: Christine McAvoy Article by: Debbie Trenholm, sommelier and founder of Savvy Company In the middle of February, the Ottawa airport is full of people heading south destined for sand and sunshine. On the other hand, I was heading to Vancouver. I’m trading in thoughts [...]

Read full story

Malbec. Tango. Steak.

Malbec. Tango. Steak.

I confess. I have a glass of big bold Malbec red wine from Argentina beside me while I write this article. What. A. Fabulous. Place. The wines – both red & whites. The steak. The landscape. The history. I have told everyone since my trip that if you have the opportunity, jump on a plane [...]

Read full story

Cool Craft Ciders

Cool Craft Ciders

There was a buzz this summer that was different. It was the buzz about craft cider. The LCBO stocked shelves wide and high with different styles by local cider makers, and neat new ciders were taking over taps at restaurants. No longer is cider the alternative for those not partial to wine or beer, craft [...]

Read full story
of 2