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New Gamay from Tawse the perfect porch sipper plus new Niagara reviews from Reif


I have a front patio, and, I’m not bragging or anything like that, but it’s a lovely brick patio with four well-worn Muskoka chairs. Continue reading

Donald Triggs, notable wine industry figure, launches Culmina Family Estate Winery

CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY - Donald Triggs, notable wine indus

Note: Donald Triggs, notable wine industry figure most known as the former chief of Vincor Canada, follows his dream of crafting iconic wines from Canadian soil with the launch of CULMINA, a boutique family estate winery in the South Okanagan. This is a news release about the project. Continue reading

Fresh, local, organic, top quality: Savoia Gourmet Emporium in Niagara delivers


By Mike Lowe

Looking for a fresh alternative to a fast-food lunch? Want to wow dinner guests with an over-the-top sauce for your steak? Well, we now have a place that offers that–and much more.

Savoia Gourmet Emporium opened to the public on January 16 and if the name rings a bell, it should. Chef/Owner Oscar Turchi’s other business, Savoia Hors D’Oeuvres, has been supplying many Niagara, Toronto and surrounding area restaurants, hotels, and private parties with delicious one-bite-wonders for 10 years.

He is also recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award at the 2005 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.


Lunch counter at Savoia

The bright, colourful store is sure to become a go-to place for a variety of customers – from those looking for a healthy sandwich or wholesome soup on a rushed lunch break to the serious home cook who might also be pressed for time. Grab a snack and relax at the lunch counter, or pick up some great ingredients and cook up a storm at home.


The menu board

Chef Turchi’s food roots run deep. “When I was six I told my mother I wanted to be a chef,” says Turchi. By the age of 14 Turchi was working in restaurants in his hometown of Torino, Italy. “I come from the land of white truffles and risotto,” says Turchi with a smile. In 1992 he came to Canada and began working in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Ristorante Giardino at the Gate House Hotel.

When asked why he opened such a store, Turchi replies, “ It has always been a dream of mine. It’s my passion and I want to infuse that passion into my customers.”


That passion for the best in food shows in the display cases and shelves. You’ll find locally produced gelato and pastries, cheeses, nitrate-free organic meats, imported rice, pasta, olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar (the real stuff). Hard to find condiments are also available.




Imported aged balsamic vinegar

There’s also a selection of Turchi’s own homemade lasagna, stocks and soups, and a collection of handmade, stuffed pasta. Need a custom-made gift basket? No problem – they’ll do that too. If there’s something they don’t have, just ask, and they will try to order it in for you.


Savoia Gourmet Emporium will appeal to anyone who appreciates the very best in food.

Savoia Gourmet Emporium
20-261 Martindale Rd.,
St. Catharines, ON
905- 641- 2230
Twitter: @SavoiaGourmet

An unoaked Chard from Calamus leads the charge at the Vintages Niagara wine release Saturday


While aging and fermenting wines in oak barrels is the rule, rather than the exception, it’s nice to see wines in their purest form from time to time. Continue reading

Clean, refreshing, pure spirits at Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery in Niagara


By Michael Lowe

The cold of winter may be upon us, but here’s a way to warm up and lift your spirits at the same time. Continue reading

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