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Tracy’s Wine Jellies

Tracy’s Wine Jellies – Perfect Condiments from Niagara

One of life’s simple pleasures is relaxing on a Sunday afternoon enjoying a glass of wine. Added pleasure happens when wine is served with a variety of crackers and cheeses, accompanied with sauces and jellies.  Even better when they are all made in the Niagara region.  Known for it abundance of fresh fruit, the Niagara region is an important part of Ontario’s food basket.  Niagara wine producers, using their growing vintners skills, have come into their own in the last several decades.  Bakeries and cheese makers in the area have developed as well, so your afternoon foodie pleasures can easily meet the one-hundred-kilometer rule!

Our tradition and goal is to offer products from small, local companies, The Shop has carried jams, crackers, and other treats from Niagara on the Lake through to Beamsville. One of these lines that we proudly carry is Tracy’s Wine Jellies from Niagara on the Lake.  Their range of products have been popular with our customers. Many are familiar with Tracy having met her and Vito at markets and other event.  Their condiments use fruit and peppers from local farms, wine from a local winery and beer from Niagara area breweries.

In the Niagara region, grapes have been grown for over 200 years. Many vineyards and wineries claim rights to be called “one of the oldest”.  Pillitteri Estates Winery is one of these multi-generational businesses that began as a simple farm in the mid-1900s. Over sixty years later the Pillitteri family continues its commitment to produce award winning wines. It is their wines that Tracy uses in the production of her Wine Jellies.

Tracy’s Wine Jellies, a family owned business, began its production of wine jellies in Niagara on the Lake in 1997.  They have been handcrafting an assortment of jellies, creating taste profiles that are fresh, aromatic, sweet, and tangy.  The perfect accompaniment to cheeses and crackers.

Tracy’s Wine Jellies

  • Saucy Sangria Jelly
  • Apple Cinnamon Chardonnay Jelly
  • Cherry Cabernet Jelly
  • Cranberry- Raspberry Merlot Jelly
  • a spicy Merlot Habanero jelly
  • a spicy Hot Pepper Chardonnay Jelly
  • Peach Amaretto
  • Peach Ginger Amaretto Jelly
  • Strawberry Rose
  • Pear Ginger Jelly
  • Port Wine Jelly
  • Vidal Ice-wine Jelly.
Tracy's Wine Jelly
Tracy’s port and icewine jelly

This assortment of jellies can be served with fine crackers or bread and a variety of cheeses. Brie, camembert, cream cheese and cheddar all work very well. They also compliment chicken and pork.  When added to gravies and sauces, they create another level of flavour.  A simple but tasty meal can also include  jellies on a  croissant, bagel, scone, or toast.

Tracy now offer Beer Jellies.

Craft Beers companies have become more numerous in Ontario in the past several years. They have continued to garnish attention and a strong following. It was only natural for Tracy to create craft beer jellies to add to her wine jellies. Using Pilsners, IPAs, Stouts and Wheat beer, Tracy has created the great flavours of beer without any bitterness. The range of flavours include cherry , ginger beer and habanero  These beer jellies are perfectly suited to be served with cheeses and meat chacuterie boards. Also great for enhancing stews, glazing meats, swirled into sauces, dressings, added to caramelized onions, and served also with breads and crackers.

Tracy’s Craft Beer Jellies with their robust sweet and tangy flavours, as well as Tracy’s Wine Jellies are both great appetizer and meal accompaniments. Great for serving at gatherings, gifting to wine and beer lovers, or enjoyed at home.

Cheers to Tracy’s Wine Jellies and Tracy’s Craft Beer Jellies!    Another excellent product line made right here in Ontario.

Tracey’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly with Pork Chops

Using Tracey’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly created a new twist with baked pork chops.

Ingredients:

4 pork chops bone in

Olive Oil and butter

½ tsp dried herbs of your choice – such as sage, savory or thyme – fresh herbs really amp up the flavour

2 cloves minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp Tracy’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly

1 ½ – 2 cups chicken or veggie stock

1-2 tbsp flour

Salt and Pepper

2 tsp Maple Syrup

Fresh minced parsley

1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest and 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Pat pork chops dry. Season with salt and pepper and herb of your choice. Heat oil on medium heat.  Place chops in frying pan and cook for approx. 5-7 minutes on each side until done. Check meat close to bone to determine whether cooked through.
  2. Remove chops and cover to keep warm. Deglaze pan with a pat of butter and add garlic without letting it burn, scraping bottom of pan. Add flour a bit at a time and stir for approx. 2 minutes to thicken. Slowly add the broth and mix until thickened and liquid has reduced.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Tracy’s Saucy Sangria Wine jelly, lemon juice and zest. And Dijon mustard and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Return chop to pan and allow them to reheat in the sauce.
  4. Serve with sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. For a quick meal. Microwave, bake or steam sweet or regular potatoes until soft. Chop into quarters and then nestle them into pan with the chops.
  5. Add chopped parsley to garnish.
  6. If you need a bit of heat add a bit of hot sauce or tangy barbecue sauce either added to the liquid or served on the side
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Gourmet Teas

Sloane Fine Tea Merchants – Appreciating Beautiful Tea

When we started our tea journey at the shop, one of our first encounters was meeting Hoda Paripoush at a Toronto trade show. Representing her company Sloane Fine Tea Merchants, she was standing behind two glass tea pots and offered us a taste of her tea. It was a heavenly! The light amber colour, the intoxicating scent…. the lingering tastes that even upon further sipping, overwhelmed our senses. We had found the finest tea.
Sloane Fine Tea Merchants Logo
Sloane Tea calls itself an “alliance of Fine Tea Merchants of premium specialty tea that is sourced directly from the point of tea origin”. In other words, they have sourced and created relationships with prized estate tea growers and their gardens from around the world.
Each tea is individually sourced and custom created by Hoda with a team of independent tea sommeliers and culinary experts.

Hoda’s Story

Hoda’s own personal tea journey began from her Persian ancestral customary teatime. Her family continued to follow this custom in India where she was born and lived for a decade. She embraced these early sensory tea experiences that would later influence her life journey.
As refugees, her family relocated to Brockville Ontario. Hoda’s early career choice was to study naturopathy. She soon after realized that it was not allowing her to appreciate her sensory connections to fragrance.

Visit to Sloane Tea
Visiting Sloane Tea in Toronto

She began her training at one of the foremost perfumeriesin Grasse France. Later she completed her training in the U.S and Canada and received certification as a professional tea sommelier in both countries. This allowed Hoda to pursue her goal of using the principles of perfumery to blend teas.
In 2011 she founded the premium Canadian tea company. The name  comes from Sloane Square in the Chelsea district of London.

Her tea is known as “crop to cup” – meaning that it is a direct trade from the tea gardener’s estates to the user. The means there are no distributors or brokers involved. Travelling the world, Hoda created associations with various tea gardeners and their finest tea plants, . These estates are now part of her tea family. Blending the teas with blossoms, scents and natural spices Sloane has created exceptional teas.

Sloane Tea products
Sloane Tea offers a variety of packaging and gift items

Serving Sloane Tea at the best locations

Sloane Tea is served on Via Rail, The Regis, Ritz Carlton, and the King Edward Hotels, as well as other fine restaurants.
It is also proudly sold at The Shop For All Reasons. Experience Sloane loose teas sold in beautiful, collectable signature tins – designs inspired by Hoda’s travels. Also available in her packaged sachets.
You will cherish your teatime with your family and friends!

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Gourmet

Rogers’ Chocolates from Victoria B.C.

The story begins in 1885 when Charles Rogers, born the son of a Massachusetts farmer, moved to British Columbia. There he began his business in Victoria, as a grocery store owner on Government Street. Together with his wife Leah Morrison, he brought in produce and imported chocolate from San Francisco. He was quick to notice that the chocolate was extremely popular. Thus, it was decided that he would make the chocolate himself in the backroom, while Leah managed the retail store.
Charles Rogers’ first creation was his Victoria Creams which became a local favourite. It did not take long before his chocolate was so popular that people would travel from out of the city to buy them. He worked over his boiling cauldron and became Canada’s first chocolatier and was nicknamed Charles “Candy” Rogers.
In 1891, Charles moved the store and facility to a larger building down the street. By that time the business had flourished and expanded to the degree that his chocolate was known across the country and around the world. People would travel to their shop to taste the first and finest quality chocolate made in Canada.
Charles died in 1927 at the age of 73. His wife Leah decided to sell the business and continue her community involvement by volunteering for those in need of support.
Rogers Chocolate is still privately owned by Canadian families and is locally operated. It continues to be a major contributor to the community through its involvement and support of many charities. This reflects the legacy that began many, many years ago with Leah Rogers.
The original store still stands at 913 Settlement Street. As well, there are ten other Rogers Stores in British Columbia and various other shops from across Canada that carry Rogers Chocolates.

Rogers' Chocolates Heritage Store
The Heritage store in Victoria BC

Celebrating over one hundred and thirty years, Rogers continues to make their classic Victoria creams using Charles Roger’s original recipe. They are still wrapped in the same pink gingham and are just as delicious. The present master chocolatier is Cornell Idu, a Belgian, who with thirty years’ experience, continues to create new and innovative recipes and various seasonally inspired chocolate.
In 2016 Rogers Chocolates was determined to use Fair Trade Certified Cocoa for almost all of its chocolate. The cocoa is made using sustainable practices which help boost premiums for farmers as well as supporting various community projects and environmental initiatives. Using practices that prohibit child slavery and ensuring that workers receive a steady income, Rogers aids the individuals, the families and the community.
The portrait of Charles and Leah Rogers still hangs in the heritage shop and the large cauldron is still there. It is written in the self-guided walking map of Victoria, that Charles and Leah often slept in the kitchen and supposedly there have been some rearranged chocolate displays and other unexplained happenings that have occurred. Ghosts of chocolate past?
Charles and Leah Rogers
Here at The Shop For All Reasons, Rogers Chocolates continue to arrive from Victoria throughout the year. Customer favourites such as Victoria Creams (of course), Dark Chocolate covered Ginger (John’s favourite), Dark (54%) Chocolate and Milk (33%) Chocolate Bars, themed sleeves and Rogers’ chocolate covered nuts.
Rogers Chocolates maintains “faithful to the legacy” of Charles (Candy) and Leah Rogers. Delicious and delectable Canadian made chocolate.