The wonderful people at Sawmill Creek Wines and BzzAgent sent me a new campaign a couple of weeks ago to try out their wines. Awesome, right? They sent me a $25 gift card to buy some wine at the Wine Rack and let you all know what I thought. To see my Welcome Kit for this campaign, click here.
First of all, the selection Sawmill Creek offers is pretty amazing. I went to the Wine Rack website to figure out which one I'd like to try, thinking it would most likely be a Chardonnay or Merlot. Once I saw the selection, my mind started working. What if I not only drank it, but made something with it also? So I looked further than the usual and settled on a bottle of Autumn Blush and one of Riesling. The Autumn Blush has a regular price of $14.95 and the Riesling of $16.00 for 1500ml. I was kicking myself a little when I went in on Friday because I had missed the sale last week where the Riesling was only $13.95. 1500ml is no small bottle, either, so I ended up paying $5.95 out of pocket for both after using the $25 gift card BzzAgent sent me.
Sawmill Creek offers not only multiple varieties of wine for you to enjoy (along with the ones I've already mentioned, they also offer Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Select White and Shiraz), they also offer multiple sizes. Many varieties come in sizes ranging from 1000ml in a bottle or tetra, a 1500ml bottle and a 4000ml cask (or box, to us laypeople). Their prices are excellent, considering a 1500ml bottle of Riesling will only cost you $16.00.
Now that I've given you the details, we're going to get to the good stuff.
I hear you ask, what did you make with your wine? Well, the first thing I wanted to make was a sangria. I had some friends over on Saturday and was excited to make something pretty. I got my inspiration from Gimme Some Oven, a website I have bookmarked so I can return to frequently for inspiration, because she has some really great ideas.
For my sangria recipe, click here. I got the 5L glass dispenser at Kitchen Stuff Plus on sale for $14.99!
I decided to use the Riesling as part of a vinaigrette for a lovely apple and fennel salad we had with seared scallops. The inspiration for that recipe came from the Wine Rack website.
For my Seared Scallops recipe, click here.
Now to the actual wine tasting! I did drink some of the actual wine straight from the bottle without embellishments (unless you count my glass as an embellishment!). I am no sommelier, so I won't be able to tell you about subtle citrus undertones or flowery accents with oak aftertastes. I can tell you that the Autumn Blush was delicious. It had a lovely slight fruity flavour. It was light and very easy to drink with no dry mouth aftertaste. I enjoy drinking blush for all of these reasons. This campaign would have been great in the summer months, as this would be a terrific wine for an outdoor bbq. Shrimp, mint & grapefruit skewers come to mind as a perfect meal to have with this wine.
I think this is a great value for a nice light wine that pairs well with fresh foods and is delicious in a sangria.
I had really high expectations for the Riesling. It is really one of my favorite wines and the good ones have a fantastic full bodied fruity flavor. Sawmill Creek did not disappoint me. As I was making dinner I poured myself a glass to enjoy. I admit that I chill all my wine, be it red, white or somewhere in between. Usually I add some gingerale also because warm wine out of the bottle just doesn't do it for me. In this case I had taken the bottle out of the cupboard for the vinaigrette and poured my glass as it was. You know, it was delicious even at room temperature. I was so surprised. After I chilled it overnight and had another glass after work today it was even better. Truly light, refreshing with a slight citrus flavor, this wine is definitely easy to drink.
All told, I'm extremely happy to have had the opportunity to try out Sawmill Creek wines. It's not a brand I would have tried on my own because I generally shop at the LCBO, whereas this brand is only available at Wine Rack. Now that I've tried the Autumn Blush and Riesling, I can tell you that I am willing to make the trip to Wine Rack to purchase this wine more often. Between the satisfying flavors and the excellent price point, not to mention how beautiful the new labeling is and the excellent choice in sizes, Sawmill Creek has found a new fan!
Sorry folks, no coupons came with this campaign!
Product Rating: 5 smiles out of 5
Product Website: www.sawmillcreekwines.com
Product Type: wine
Would I purchase?: absolutely
Would I recommend?: absolutely
Sawmill Creek Autumn Blush and Riesling were purchased using a $25.00 giftcard sent free by the good people at BzzAgent and Sawmill Creek.
All opinions expressed in this blog are my own, unbiased after testing the product. The product was offered free of charge with the expectation of an honest review within this blog, favorable or otherwise
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