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#wine review: Franciscan Estate Napa Chardonnay 2015 – @LCBO March 17 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Rich golden colour as one can expect for an oaked Napa Chardonnay, but it's the balance and freshness on the finish that makes the Franciscan Napa Chard a (value-priced) wine to get excited about. The... Continue Reading →

Port & Port Cocktails at the Vancouver International Wine Festival #VIWF

March 2018 By Matt Steeves I attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) from February 28 to March 3 and like all media and patrons that attended I was treated to a wide array of tasty Spanish and Portuguese wines,... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Tears Red Head Irish Single Malt Whiskey @LCBO March 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Wow, such a well balanced and surprisingly soft and integrated Single Malt Irish Whiskey esp at 46%... Amber with a redish hue, with notes of Oloroso Sherry, Manhattan cocktail with fresh orange peel, and spicy... Continue Reading →

94 pts wine review: @PeterFranusWine Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014 @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review:  Gorgeous! A blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Charbono, Mourvèdre, and Carignane sourced from the Brandlin Vineyard perched up high on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. With layers of raspberry, blueberry pie, clove,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @RobertMondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Reserve 2013 – @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's reivew: The provenance of Robert Mondavi's Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America, being the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville AVA. A blend... Continue Reading →

93 pts #Grappa review: #Sibona Reserva Grappa Botti Da Madeira available @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: Sibona Distillery's Madeira barrel-aged Reserve Grappa is a beautiful amber colour thanks to the time it spent in sweet Madeira barrels picking up not only colour but flavour and subtle texture complexity too. The... Continue Reading →

92 pts Port review: Maynard’s 2013 Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Porto

Ottawa, ON February 2018 Matt's review: Maynard's 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Porto offers terrific quality at a remarkable price.  A blend of five organically grown grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão) from throughout the Duoro... Continue Reading →

Sexy Valentine’s Date Night Wines

February, 2018 Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Henry Burris and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some sexy wine picks that are perfectly suited for a romantic Valentine’s date night. Check out the full CTV video here. When planning... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Konzelmann Cabernet Sauvignon $14.95

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: An impressive crowd pleasing Ontario Cabernet! The Konzelmann Estate Lakefront Series 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows layers of black fruit, dried cherry, vanilla, clove, perfume, and dried herbs. Super pleasant on the nose and palate,... Continue Reading →

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