FANCY FARM GIRL...Presented by Debbie Trenholm - Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
March 12, 2015

FANCY FARM GIRL...Presented by Debbie Trenholm

There is a Fancy Farm Girl in all of us!

Timing is everything.  When I visited Sue-Ann in August last year, we walked through the vineyards & I suggested that we feature her this month; at that moment in time neither Sue-Ann nor I knew that March would be a turning point for her.  Sue-Ann Staff is, to use her words, “going at it on my own”.  She is shedding her responsibilities as a winemaker at other wineries and focusing 100% on her own winery: Sue-Ann Staff Estates Winery.  This is a big leap for anyone, yet, in my humble opinion, this remarkable woman can do anything.

Sue-Ann & I have been friends since I started The Savvy Grapes over 13 years ago.  She was the first woman winemaker we featured at a winemakers dinner showcasing her talent at Pillitteri Estates Winery.  And she wowed everyone with the delicious wines she made and most of all, her charm. Read on as our Savvy Sommelier Velma LeBlanc captures more about the dynamic Sue-Ann & her deeply rooted ties to Niagara’s vineyards. 

Meet Sue-Ann!

You are the first to know….The Fancy Farm Girl herself is coming to Ottawa.  We are delighted to host a portfolio tasting on Wednesday April 22nd at the Orange Art Gallery,where Sue-Ann will be showcasing all of her wines – and perhaps some barrel samples too. This event will also showcase Pondview Estates Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  We are just nailing down the final details, so watch your inbox for your invitation.

As a Savvy Selections subscriber, 2 complementary tickets await you.  To be added to the guest list, email me

Can’t attend?  You can still order the featured Sue-Ann &Pondview wines.  And share the experience by giving the tickets to friends.

-Debbie & Savvy Team


Caroline's Culinary Delights

Fancy Farm Girl

March 6, 2015 · by Caroline · 

At a recent wine event I heard about this Ontario wine for the first time and was instantly drawn to the name, Fancy Farm Girl. One day soon after, I found a little burlap wrapped package at my door and was so delighted how it brightened up my day.  The message that I found inside won me over, and so did the wine.


After a few years as a blogger, having tasted many gems around the Niagara region, I now know why they have grabbed the world’s attention.  See the frivolous white and the flamboyant red below.  If you are still one of those few who stay away because of some old fashion attitude – get over it!







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