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Quercus Vino

Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

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Independent Wine Writer, Sommelier, CTV Morning Show Somm

Sommelier-recommended wines for the holidays as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Annette Goerner, Leslie Roberts, Trisha Owens, and Sommlier Matt Steeves discussed Holiday Entertaining and Gifting, and Matt presented his top Sommelier-recommended wine picks for this holiday season.  Check out Matt's... Continue Reading →

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

Ottawa, ON November 2019   Matt's review: A beautiful traditional method sparking wine produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing - exactly what I and so many love in premium traditional method sparking wines. Benefitting... Continue Reading →

wine reviews: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2019 November 23 will see the return of a premium Ontario wine label, Le Grand Clos from internationally acclaimed cool-climate winemaker, Thomas Bachelder of Le Clos Jordanne.  After nearly a decade, Bachelder is back with his two... Continue Reading →

wine review: Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2019   Matt's review: This value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California, is chalked full of tropical and exotic fruits with a refreshing hint of herbal notes, making it a true crowd pleaser and a great wine... Continue Reading →

wine review: The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Merlot Cabernet VQA – $17.95

November 2019 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: This new value-priced Niagara Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend spent part of it's barrel aging in Whisky barrels which enhances its flavour, texture, and crowd pleasing appeal. Look for rich dark fruit, black cherry, clove, chocolate... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Jackson-Triggs 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot – $59.95

Ottawa, ON October 2019 Matt's review: Another unique small production hand crafted wine from the talented Niagara-based winemaker, Marco Piccoli, of Jackson-Triggs. Winemakers have many tools to help them produce expressive and different styles of wines each year. Ideally the... Continue Reading →

96 points wine review: Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard

Robert Mondavi Reserve To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley, California.

wine review: Mount Veeder 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON September 2019: Matt's review:  A fantastic expression of Napa fruit, from Mount Veeder Winery,  situated in the Mayacamas mountain range in the heart of the finest winemaking regions in California, smack dab between Sonoma and Napa.  A blend... Continue Reading →

94 point #wine review: Painted Rock 2016 Cabernet Franc

Ottawa, ON September 2019   Matt's review: When a single varietal wine exhibits such great flavour, structure, and complexity, it's great to let it shine all on its own. This is exactly what Painted Rock has accompmlished with their stellar... Continue Reading →

Wine Review: @13thStreetWines Cuvée Rosé Brut – #PatioPerfect #AutumnPerfect #wine available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON August 2019 Matt's review: 13th Street Winery Cuvée Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, with a hint of Gamay Noir. Produced in the same labour intensive manner as Champagne, this traditional method sparkling wine offers great... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge 2014 Brut

Ottawa, ON August 2019   Matt's review: Canadian sparkling wine icon, Benjamin Bridge, continues to capture the attention and admiration of wine aficionados, Sommeliers, and fine dining establishments around the world with their world-class premium sparkling wines. The 2014 Brut... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone 2018 Phoenix

Ottawa, ON August 2019 Matt's review: This limited production (171 cases) Gewurztraminer from the Glen Elgin Vineyard (Niagara Peninsula VQA), shows rich and delicious pear, apple, honey, herbs, and subtle lychee notes. The palate showcases creamy and refreshing orchard fruit... Continue Reading →

Wine review: 13th Street June’s Vineyard Riesling 2018

Ottawa, ON August 2019 Matt's review: 13th Street Winery's June's Vineyard Riesling, made from Alsatian old Clone 49 Riesling, shows a delicate yet complex bouquet of fresh stone fruit, floral blossom, wild flower honey, petrol, and steely limestone minerality. The... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Featherstone Four Feathers 2018 – available at LCBO August 31

August 2019 Matt's review: Featherstone's Four Feathers blends four cool climate white grapes: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and a splash of Chardonnay, in one fragrant, creamy, and refreshing wine that's versatile, crowd pleasing, and very value priced. Pale straw in... Continue Reading →

wine review: SIMI Sonoma County Dry Rosé – available via LCBO July 20

Ottawa, ON July 2019   Matt's review: New to the LCBO and arriving in perfect time to enjoy on those warm summer days and evenings. Simi Sonoma Country Dry Rosé, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Tepranillo,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Rosé 2018

July 2019 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: This small production (220 cases) single vineyard Rosé from Winemaker's Cut estate vineyard in Oliver, BC, has the most elegant colour that sparkles intensely in the sun like a fancy pink diamond.   A... Continue Reading →

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