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Quercus Vino

Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

Celebrating Robbie Burns with Scotch Whisky & Whisky Cocktails on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some of his top recommended Scotch whiskies and Scotch cocktails to celebrate Robbie Burns on January 25.

Signature Holiday Cocktails as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

Last minute wine gifts as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

wine review: Culmina No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Culmina's No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020 is very unique offering that's part of their winemaker's small lot experimental series. 2020 Süsser Riesling No. 18 is sourced from Margaret's Bench Vineyard high up on the... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery Cabernet Merlot 2020

Each vintage 13th Street's winemaker assembles a unique blend of their popular 'Cabernet Merlot' to showcase how great this value-priced red blend can be. 2020 is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Niagara's Creek Shores VQA . Deep ruby in colour, the nose shows dark cherry, plum, pepper, and sous bois. It's rich with fine soft tannins making it great to enjoy now with wood fired pizzas, pasta, or charcuterie.

wine review: Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso DOC 2019

From Sicily's Mount Etna region (Etna Rosso DOC) which produces very unique and complex wines from its volcanic soils, like Donnafugata's Sul Vulcano.

Anteprima Tasting – Terre di Leone Il Re Pazzo 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

I fell in love with this winery, their impressive wines, and breathtaking terraced vineyards when I first visited in 2016. Was very impressed with their 2017 Amarone when tasted at Amarone Opera Prima in Verona Italy this past June. Highly recommend!

wine review: Inniskillin Cabernet Franc 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Inniskillin's Reserve Cabernet Franc 2018 is a wonderful expression of the elegant, complex, and balanced cool-climate Cab Franc coming from the Niagara region. Ripe, earthy, herbal, with impressive graphite minerality on the finish -... Continue Reading →

Anteprima Tasting – Ca’ La Bionda Ravazzòl 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

2017 Ca' La Bionda Classico Ravazzòl - Delicious rustic style, it's very expressive with dark fruit, sweet spices, and minerality on the nose. Very youthful now, it's big and bold with grippy black fruit, figs, and some smoke on the... Continue Reading →

Anteprima Tasting – La Collina dei Ciliegi Ciliegio 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella

2017 La Collina dei Ciliegi Ciliegio - Med ruby with a garnet hue, this Amarone displays a super interesting and complex aromatic profile. Orange, chocolate, brandied cherries, dark fruit, and evergreen notes. Showing beautifully now. Tasted June 2022. 94-95 points.... Continue Reading →

Anteprima Tasting – Corte Figaretto Valpantena 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella

2017 Corte Figaretto Valpantena Brolo del Figaretto - Inky, fresh and dried sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate, brandied cherry. Delicious black cherry and sweet spices on the finish. Exceptionally well balanced Amarone! Enjoy now and over the next decade. Tasted... Continue Reading →

Anteprima Tasting – Secondo Marco 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella

2017 Secondo Marco (barrel sample) - Expressive and elegant, showing a complex bouquet of dried fruits, citrus, tobacco leaf, floral notes, and chocolate. The palate repeats with freshness, elegance, and complexity in a fantastically harmonious expression of premium Amarone. Tasted... Continue Reading →

Anteprima Tasting – Le Guaite di Neomi 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella

2017 Le Guaite di Neomi (barrel sample) - super expressive, a very modern and approachable style of Amarone - loaded with sweet dried dark fruits, cacao, sweet baking spices, menthol/balsamic softwood notes. Repeat on the palate - absolutely delicious, it's... Continue Reading →

92 pts wine review: La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019

La Crema's Willamette Valley Pinot is sourced from 8 vineyards across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley which results in a very complex and representative premium Oregon Pinot.

Must have 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella wines for your collection!

Top 15 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella for your collection!

92 pts wine review: 13th Street Winery Blanc de Blanc 2020

13th Street Winery have been making some of the finest cool-climate sparkling wines in Canada and the awards keep pouring in, including number 1 Ontario winery in 2022! Their 2020 Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay) traditional method sparkling wine shows the trademark of their winemaker's style and expression of their great terroir...freshness, purity of fruit, and great minerality. The 2020 Blanc de Blanc is crisp and refreshing with delicious orchard fruit, anise, less on the nose. The palate show the racy acidity with a creamy mouse layered with clean orchard fruit and textured minerality on the finish. A wonderful effort and great expression of this impressive sparkling Chardonnay. Enjoy now and over the next few years. Tasted November 2022. 92 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

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