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Quercus Vino

Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

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Independent Wine Writer, Sommelier, CTV Morning Live & CFRA News Talk Radio Somm

wine review: Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019

Ottawa, ON September 2022 Matt's review: This premium Napa Chardonnay is sourced from the Ahmann and Huichica Vineyards in Carneros, the Keyes Vineyard in Howell Mountain, and the Rancho Sarco Vineyard on the north east edge of Napa. The nose... Continue Reading →

wine review: Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2018

Ottawa, ON September 2022 Matt's review: Murphy-Goode California Merlot is a rich and velvety smooth crowd-pleaser you'll want to try this fall and enjoy all year round. Chalked full of ripe dark berries, cherry, plum, vanilla and sweet spices, this... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tedeschi Ansari Amarone della Valpolicella 2017

Ansari 2017 - it’s big and beautiful, with great complexity, texture, freshness, and overall balance.

Crafting your own Signature Cocktails – SiriusXM August 25 2022

Today on SIRIUSXM satellite radio, SIRIUSXM's Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves were chatting about how to craft your very own signature cocktail!

wine review: Viognier la Chevalière 2020

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: 100% Viognier from the Languedoc region in the south of France. Light straw colour, look for fragrant honeysuckle, pear, green apple, and apricot aromas. Medium-full bodied, and very refreshing making it an excellent choice... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ogier Cotes Du Ventoux Rosé 2021

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: This vibrant Rosé from the foothills of Mont Ventoux in south of France's Rhone Valley, brings together Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault in a fragrant and refreshing style making it perfectly suited for enjoying in... Continue Reading →

wine review: J. Lebegue Lussac-Saint-Émilion Bordeaux 2019

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: Classic dry and savoury Bordeaux at a great price. Look for tart cherries, plum, dark chocolate, pencil shavings and earthiness. Medium bodied, subtle fine tannins, and a refreshing texture in this right bank Merlot-focused... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2020

Featherstone's Red Tail Merlot pays homage to the winery's use of eco-friendly falconry to protect their (sweet and delicious) crop from swarms of vineyard devouring birds. As a key feature of their sustainable practices, Featherstone Estate Winery happens to be the only Ontario winery to embrace this natural crop management technique as part of their overall vineyard management.

93+ pts wine review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2016

2016 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan Merlot.

wine review: Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 – Four Mile Creek VQA

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Inniskillin's Montague Vineyard Chardonnay showcases the best from their finest single vineyard site in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. Golden yellow, this expressive Chardonnay shows ripe orchard fruit, melon, toast... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Red Meritage 2018

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Deep ruby red, the nose shows black cherry, blackberry, peppers, mocha, cedar, herbs, sous bois and graphite. Refreshing black cherry and spice on the finish. Decant before serving and enjoy with grilled pork tenderloin.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Liquidity Pinot Gris 2020

Liquidity's Pinot Gris shows great balance of fresh orchard fruit, mineral, and lees providing wonderful freshness and texture...

Sommelier recommended Summer Staycation Backyard “resort” Cocktails – SIRIUSXM July 20 2022

Today on SIRIUSXM satellite radio, SIRIUSXM's Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves were chatting about their top recommended Summer Staycation Backyard 'resort' Cocktails.

wine review: Niche Pinot Noir 2019

This is a fantastic ultra small production/boutique Okanagan Pinot that beautifully showcases the greatness and potential in its terroir.

wine review: Red Barn at Jagged Rock Off Centre Viognier 2019

100% Viognier from Black Sage Bench in the heart of the Okanagan

93 pts wine review: Cedar Creek Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir 2019

Cedar Creek's Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir showcases the great quality coming from this single vineyard located on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake in the north of the Okanagan Valley.

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