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Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

#wine review: Burrowing Owl Merlot 2016

Burrowing Owl's 2016 Merlot shows the richness and balance of the 2016 vintage. Loads of rich blackberry, black currant, cherry, plum, smoky bacon, dried fruits and chocolate on the nose and palate. Super expressive, this beautifully balanced and very full-bodied wine shows great elegance too with it's fine integrated tannins and soft mouthfeel making it a wonderful wine to enjoy with a wide range of dishes from wood-fired pizza, to roasts, to BBQ burgers and ribs. Try with spicy pork tenderloin with cherry-thyme pan sauce - a perfect pairing all year round! Tasted June 2020. 92 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

Top recommended (Canadian) sparkling wines to ring-in the New Year!

As we plan to ring-in the much anticipated new year (and leave 2020 in the past), I wanted to share some of the most memorable Canadian sparking wines I tasted this past year should you be looking to toast with a special bottle of fine Canadian wine this New Year's Eve. Because a celebration isn't complete without some fine sparkling wine, here's a few I highly recommend enjoying this New Year's Eve and throughout 2021.

Wine review: 2018 Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine – 96 points – A decadent treat for ringing in your 2021 NYE

Ring in the New Year with this incredible sparkling Icewine. A textural experience like no other. 96 points.

wine review: 2017 Simi Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON December 2020 Matt's review: Packed with layers of dark fruits, plum, enticing sweet spices, cedar, smoky and savoury notes, this is a terrific Cabernet to enjoy with a wide range of dishes - from Port-braised short ribs, beef... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery’s Premier Cuvée 2014

Ottawa, ON December 2020 Matt's review: 13th Street Winery's Premier Cuvée 2014 is a beautiful expression of the fine sparkling wines their talented winemaker produces each and every year. Produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Sunrock Vineyards’ 2016 Red Meritage

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: This impressive Okanagan blend showcases how rich and robust Sunrock Vineyards' Red Meritage is. Bramble, currant, cherry, raspberry pie, Black Sage, sweet spices, and cedar on the nose. Full bodied, velvety smooth, with a... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery’s Grande Cuvée 2013

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: 13th Street Winery's Grande Cuvée 2013 is their ultra premium limited release Blanc de Noir (100% Pinot Noir) which is only produced in the finest vintages. Produced in a zero dosage style, making it... Continue Reading →

wine review: Frank Hellwig Shiraz Grenache 2017 now available at LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Frank Hellwig, an Australian winemaker, with nearly a decade of winemaking experience in Canada, has crafted a delicious red blend (80% Shiraz & 20% Grenache) that's guranteed to resonate with Canadian wine enthusiasts looking... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina Family Estate Winery Malbec 2016

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: rom the Arise Bench vineyard on the Okanagan's Golden Mile Bench, Culmina's Malbec shows an intense deep colour, with aromas that complement - rich Damson plum, blackberry, charcoal, graphite, and leather. On the palate... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina Family Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: From the Okanagan's Golden Mile Bench, Culmina's Cabernet Sauvignon shows fleshy black fruits, blackcurrant, black cherry, plum, fig, and Black Sage. Full bodied and richly textured, the layers of dark fruits, brandied cherries, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ruffino Modus 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: A blend of 37% Sangiovese, 32% Merlot, and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ruffino's Poggio Casciano Estate, near the renowned Tuscan city of Florence. 2017 Modus shows juicy layers of dark fruits, plum, blackcurrant, mocha,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Now in its second vintage since its return to the market last year, Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018, a Canadian Grand Cru-quality wine from renowned international winemaker Thomas Bachelder, demonstrates the greatness achievable... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Culmina Merlot – an outstanding quality wine at a great price!

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Merlot showcases just how complex and interesting the Okanagan's signature varietal can be, especially those sourced from the prestigious Golden Mile Bench. Rich and intense black fruit, black plum, Okanagan Black Sage, dried... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ruffino’s 2016 Romitorio di Santedame Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Romitorio di Santedame is Ruffino's new high-end single vineyard Gran Selezione from the Santedame Estate in Castellina Chianti. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, from the heart of Chianti Classico, between the... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2015 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: The provenance of Robert Mondavi's Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America - the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville AVA. To Kalon barrel-aged... Continue Reading →

wine review: Double Diamond Oakville Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's reviews of Double Diamond 2017 and 2018. Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who's renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer,... Continue Reading →

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