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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: Winemaker’s Cut Fidelia Sparkling Brut 2020

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Fidelia blends 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat Canelli from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of the Okanagan, to produce an easy to love style of sparkling wine that will shine... Continue Reading →

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Pinot Noir 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Following the successful return of Le Grand Clos three years ago, wine lovers will be happy to hear of the introduction of Le Clos Jordanne's value-priced Jordan Village Pinot Noir in summer 2021. A... Continue Reading →

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Chardonnay 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: After the return of Le Grand Clos a few years back, it's great to see Le Clos Jordanne introducing their value-priced Jordan Village Chardonnay starting with the outstanding 2019 vintage. A blend of select... Continue Reading →

wine review: Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2019 is a blend of Loureiro & Alvarinho produced in a crisp and dry style that showcases the great tropical and citrus fruits, floral notes, and zippy acidity Vinho... Continue Reading →

wine review: Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Rich and expressive with that hallmark Marlborough freshness, Oyster Bay's Pinot shows dark cherries, plums, raspberry, sweet spices, dark chocolate, herbs, and a hint of earthiness on the nose. Dry, medium bodied, this Pinot... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. Savoury over sweet, stainless steel and neutral oak preserves the pure expression of the vineyard's terroir.... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate Opening Gambit 2015

CheckMate continues to showcase Canada's ability to produce world-class wines worthy of great acclaim, wines that shine alongside peers from Napa, Tuscany, and Bordeaux.

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Bohemian Rouge 2019

Winemaker's Cut Bohemian Rouge is their flagship red where only the finest wine from the best barrels make this Winemaker's Cut! 2019 Bohemian Rouge is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cab Sauv, 20% Cab Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot, all co-fermented and aged in neutral barrels to preserve the complex fruit characteristics, showcasing the delicious fruit sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard & Chahal Vineyard.

wine review: Peter Lehmann’s The Barossan Shiraz 2018

Ottawa, ON June 2021 Matt's review: Velvety smooth, The Barossan Shiraz is packed full of plum, fig, chocolate, spice, menthol, and graphite, showing the complexity this wine and region are known for. An absolute crowd pleaser, The Barossan is a... Continue Reading →

Sommelier selected gifts for Father’s Day!

Sommelier selected wine and spirits for Father's Day!

wine review: Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir Blanc 2020

Ottawa, ON June 2021 Matt's review: Niche Wine Co.'s (from West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC) Pinot Noir Blanc is a unique and delicious twist on a Blanc de Noir. Produced from 100% Pinot Noir, without an extended maceration, the result... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Rosé 2020

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Each Spring when Featherstone's new vintage of their super popular Rosé is released, it's also a sign that patio season has arrived! Their Rosé has become a go-to for many each year given its... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery 2019 Riesling Expression Series

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: A very well balanced Riesling that showcases the food friendly pairing characteristics of this noble varietal that make it a Sommelier's best friend! Orchard fruit, fresh lemon and lime peel with hints of wildflower... Continue Reading →

wine review: Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2019

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: A wonderful extra dry Rosé from the Cotes-du-Rhone, France. Crisp and textured, this wine is ideally suited to enjoy all year round with small plates, charcuterie, salads with goat cheese and tangy vinaigrette, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Unshackled Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 available at LCBO May 29

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Prisoner Wine Co makes some seriously bold and delicious wines, and Unshackled Cabernet Sauvignon is guilty of exactly that! A blend of 80% Cab, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, and 5% Merlot, sourced from... Continue Reading →

93 pts wine review: 2018 Escudo Rojo Origine Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Escudo Rojo (Spanish for Rothschild) Origine Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding expression of premium Maipo Valley Cabernet, and at a bargain of a price! Ripe and robust, its chalked full of fresh dark berries,... Continue Reading →

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