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Wine Review: G. Marquis Single Vineyard Niagara Stone Road Chardonnay 2014 – $15.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

G. Marquis Single Vineyard Niagara Stone Road Chardonnay 2014 – $15.95

Matt’s review: A delicious value-priced full-bodied Niagara-on-the-Lake Chardonnay that shows just how rich and textured a ‘cool-climate’ Chardonnay can be. G. Marquis didn’t hold back when they produced this bold and flavourful barrel-aged Chardonnay that shows crisp yellow apple, baked pears & biscuits, with sweet toasty oak influence. Creamy and balanced, this single vineyard Niagara Chardonnay would complement rich mushroom risotto dishes, roasted poultry with butternut squash, and is absolute dynamite with double smoked Balderson cheddar, a personal favourite of mine. Drink 2016-2018. Tasted November 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves –

Available at LCBO on limited time offer for $15.95



Enjoy the delicious smoky Balderson double smoked Cheddar with G. Marquis Canadian Chardonnay for a special treat this holiday season. 

Wine Review: Sartori Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012 – $17.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Sartori Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012

Matt’s review: Sartori’s Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore is a fantastic value priced wine that shows the greatness this storied Valpolicella winery can achieve at such a bargain price! Ruby red, the sweet baking spices, in particular clove, jump from the glass while the dried fruits, leather and cedar complete the complex aromatic profile. Sweet and tangy dried fruit, plum, and spice on the refreshing and mildly textured palate. A lovely wine that would be ideal for entertaining and enjoying with a wide array of hearty dishes and throughout the year. Incredibly quality price ratio! Tasted November 2016. 91+ points. Matt Steeves –

Look for it in the future at LCBO – $17.95



Wine Review: Earthquake Zinfandel 2013 – 39.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Earthquake Zinfandel 2013

Earthquake comes in what feels like an earthquake resistant bottle (holy its heavy!), and inside you’ll find a rich and bold wine showing ripe crushed raspberries, freshly baked raspberry pie, a medley of dark berries, baking spice, tar and cedar. A very fresh, fruity, and well textured Zinfandel (with a splash of Petite Sirah) that would be earth shattering when paired alongside tangy BBQ fare or even mildly spicy Asian fare such as Thai green curry. Tasted November 2016. 91 points. Matt Steeves –

Available at LCBO for $39.95


Wine Review: Via Nova Godello 2015 – $16.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Matt’s review: Via Nova’s Godello grapes benefit from the warm continental climate in the Spanish DO of Valdeorras, which is great for ripening the fruit, coupled with an Atlantic maritime influence that ensures Godello grapes retain their crisp mouthwatering acidity. Although Godello may not be as popular as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, it certainly delivers great flavour, structure, and acidity, making it a terrific wine to enjoy with food, and a great conversation piece too. Via Nova’s 2015 Godello shows tart citrus, almonds, olives, and sea breeze on the nose. The palate is crisp, textured, and refreshing, with pithy grapefruit, tart apple, and minerality persisting on the finish making this ideal when enjoyed with Bacalao Ajoarriero (salted cod), Ajo Blanco (almond and garlic soup), oysters on the half shell, or seared scallops with creamy risotto. A great wine for enjoying with a fine maritime meal. Tasted November 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves –

Look for this wine in LCBO in 2017.

More info available here or  at VIP Wines & Spirits


Wine Review: Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon – $20.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon.

Matt’s review: This limited release Private Selection label Cabernet Sauvignon from iconic Californian winery, Robert Mondavi, is one you don’t want to miss, especially if you’re a big fan of California Cab and Kentucky Bourbon! Robert Mondavi winery crafted this 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown in Southern Monterey County and do they ever burst with notes of sweet dark berries, dark cherry, chocolate, espresso, and vanilla each in great concentration. The wine spent the better part of a year in Bourbon barrels which is to thank for its rich and juicy texture with noticeable youthful tannins making this a great wine to enjoy with BBQ grilled meat. The Bourbon barrel influence gives this popular style of wine an extra dimension that’s sure to be enjoyed by many especially when paired with baby back ribs, or to finish a fine meal with a decadent cinnamon chocolate torte with whipped cream on top – now we’re talking! Enjoy 2016-2020. Tasted November 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves –

Buy this Bourbon-influenced Californian Cabernet at LCBO here $20.95






Wine Review: SonVida Malbec 2012 – $29.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Son Vida Malbec 2012

Matt’s review:  Wow, what a delicious, robust and elegant single vineyard expression of Mendoza Malbec. The grapes were hand harvested from their Paraje Altamira vineyard at an elevation of over 1km. Rich dark berries, plum, pepper, cacao, underbrush, leather, and cedar on the nose and finish. This wine was ranked #4 in the world by Wine Enthusiast in 2014. An impressive Malbec that is showing great now and will only gain further complexity over the next decade and beyond. Tasted October 2016. 93 points. Matt Steeves –

Available at LCBO for $29.95



Wine Review: Terra Terrae Organic Cava – $15.95

November, 2016

Ottawa, ON

Terra Terrae Organic Cava – $15.95

Matt’s review: Cava continues to be a favourite sparking wine for terraterrae-1its great value, consumer and food friendliness, and quality. Produced using the same methods as Champange, Cava differs slightly in that it’s always been produced with the these three grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. What sets Terra Terrae Brut apart from many others is that this is an organic Cava that benefits from organically farmed grapes which is an increasingly popular but hard to find feature in many wines, especially at this price point. Terra Terrae shows fresh golden delicious apple, almond croissant, and lemon tart on the nose. The palate is crisp, clean, and refreshing with a nice blend of sweet orchard fruit and texture from the fine bubbles. A great sparkling wine for hosting over the holiday season and would be a great base for sparkling wine cocktails on New Year’s Eve. A new product for the LCBO, available for home delivery at
Tasted November 2016. 88+ points. Matt Steeves –



Wine Review: Elderton Ode To Lorraine Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2013 – $39.95

Ottawa, ON

October 2016

Elderton Ode To Lorraine 2013

Matt’s review: A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shirza, 4% Merlot, all from the Barossa Valley. Gorgeous warm baking spices, black fruit, plum, cherry and pepper on the nose. Full bodied, with a velvety smooth texture, it’s dry with black berry, plum, and spice on the finish. An impressive Barossa blend that would be terrific this autumn and over the next 5+ years with hearty dishes. Tasted October 2016. 93 points. Matt Steeves –

Buy at LCBO – $39.95


92pts Wine Review: Barón de Ley Reserva 2010 – $21.95

Ottawa, ON

November 2016

Barón de Ley Reserva 2010

Matt’s review: What an incredible wine for the price!  The colour is a deep ruby red with a hint of garnet, the nose shows ripe dark fruit, black cherry, plum, fig, baking spices, mocha, bacon, and cedar – needless to say this is an incredibly complex wine.  Dark cherry, plum, sweet spice, and pepper on the long finish.  Smooth with modest tannins that create terrific texture ideally suited for enjoyment with rich Spanish meals.  The 2010 Reserva Rioja spent 20 months in new American oak before resting for 24 months in bottle where all its components fell beutifully into place prior to its release. This would be a great hosting gift to bring to a dinner party or enjoy at home with shellfish paella, roasted leg of lamb, wild mushroom risotto, lamb tagine, grilled chorizo, barbecued beef brisket or ratatouille. Tasted October 2015 and November 2016. 92+ points. Matt Steeves –

Buy at LCBO for $21.95


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