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Top Wine Picks for Celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day this weekend – as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON February 12, 2021 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased their top wine picks for enjoying this weekend, whether you're hosting a virtual Palentine's or Galentine's celebration, or creating a romantic date-night... Continue Reading →

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92 points wine review: Burrowing Owl 2019 Sauvignon Blanc BC VQA Similkameen Valley – available at LCBO in April 2021…

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from their Keremeos vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. A blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, where a third was barrel fermented to provide additional weight... Continue Reading →

Port review: Messias 10 Year Tawny Port – Available at LCBO – $29.95

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: A fantastic 10 year aged Tawny Port! Full bodied, creamy smooth, with loads of dried fruits, Medjool dates, sweet spices, and all wonderfully balanced with a fresh and creamy finish that persists for minutes.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Double Diamond Oakville Napa Valley now at LCBO

Double Diamond 2017 now available at LCBO March 11, 2021

Quercus Vino

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, Schrader Cellars.

Double Diamond 2017: Thomas Rivers Brown sources the fruit for Double Diamond from the finest Oakville sites, including iconic To Kalon vineyards, where many of Napa’s finest wines are born. Double Diamond 2017 shows the best of Napa in a modestly priced offering, it’s simply outstanding! This Napa red shows sweet currant, baking spices, fragrant clove, tobacco, and herbs. The palate is rich with great freshness and a harmonious texture, hallmarks of fine To Kalon fruit and indicative of the decades of aging potential Double Diamond has, but why wait when it’s showing so perfect now! Enjoy over the next couple decades with braised dishes. Tasted October 2020…

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wine review: 2019 Tarapaca Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: An impressive value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from Chile's Casablanca Valley. Expressive exotic and tropical fruits, lime zest, and lemongrass on the nose and palate. A wonderful wine for enjoying with creamy cheeses, tangy salads, fish... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2018 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON February 2021 Matt's review: Robert Mondavi's Napa Valley Cabernet is a great expression of premium Napa Cabernet with each and every vintage. The 2018 shows expressive dark fruits, black plum, vanilla, menthol, and scorched earth. The palate highlights... Continue Reading →

93-95 pts Wine review: Corte Sant’Alda Valmezzane Amarone 2011 #Valpolicella

Quercus Vino

Ottawa, ON

April 2017

Matt’s review: Corte Sant’Alda’s Valmezzane Amarone (2011) is an absolutely stunning wine from this proudly biodynamic winery located high in the hills east of Verona, Italy. At ~16% it’s remarkably elegant and fresh, indicative of the delicate approach the winemaking team takes in every aspect of their operation. Superbly balanced with lifted notes of sweet spices, cherry, dried fruit and cacao. Full bodied with an intriguing freshness, this exceptional Amarone will reward those that enjoy it now or cellar over the next two decades. Tasted September 2016 at the winery. 93-95 pts. Matt Steeves –

I had the pleasure of tasting the impressive Valmezzane Amarone at the winery along with a delicious charcuterie platter.  As you can imagine, the two paired beautifully, and despite the 35C weather, this Amarone was incredibly refreshing. 

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wine review: Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve “Finished with Icewine” Sparkling Wine

Ottawa, ON January 2021 Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' 2016 Entourage Grand Reserve 'Finished with Icewine" Sparkling Wine - combines premium Canadian sparkling wine with a sweet dose of luscious Icewine to produce an incredibly fresh and succulent sparkling wine that's guaranteed... Continue Reading →

#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 -

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 →

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