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Canadian Sommelier, On-Air (TV, radio) Wine & Spirits Somm, Valpolicella Wine Specialist



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

wine review: La Creama Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021

La Crema's Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is an impressive wine that beautifully captures the advantages of the cool coastal climate. The unique combination of foggy mornings, warm days, and refreshing nights influenced by the Pacific Ocean, contributes to the creation of fresh and expressive wines.

wine review: Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 and Reserve Meritage 2020, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery made their debut in 2003, initially producing a modest 40 cases of Pinot Noir and 500 cases of Meritage. Now, after two decades of unwavering dedication, Leslie & Jim D'Andrea, the proprietors, continue to thrive and earn numerous accolades. This year marks their 20th anniversary of crafting premium wines at their enchanting winery in Okanagan Falls.

wine review: Andrew Peller Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie 2021 Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Light gold colour, the nose is clean and fresh with orchard fruit, nectarine, lemon meringue, a touch of pineapple, floral, and wet stone. Medium body, the palate is very fresh and elegant. Orchard fruit, lees, subtle... Continue Reading →

wine review: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2021

As soon as you pour a glass and take a sip you'll understand why this has been the number one selling Chardonnay in America for 30+ years. Golden yellow, this barrel-fermented Chardonnay shows all the ripe orchard fruit, tropical fruit... Continue Reading →

wine review: Leaning Post Senchuk Vineyard Chardonnay 2020, Lincoln Lakeshore, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

Leaning Post's 2020 Chardonnay from their Senchuk Vineyard is an expressive wine with great intensity, body, and texture.

Wine review: Bracco 1881 La Mont Brach Friulano Collio DOC 2021

The Bracco 1881 La Mont Brach Friulano Collio DOC 2021 exemplifies the quality and character found in wines from the Collio DOC region. It is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a range of dishes, including seafood, poultry, and creamy pasta creations. If you appreciate premium Italian white wines or seek to explore new and exciting flavors, I highly recommend giving this wine a try. Enjoy 2023 to 2033+. Tasted May 2023, 93 points. Matt Steeves

Sommelier Recommended Wines for Mother’s Day as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

wine review: Stoneboat Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

SToneboat 'Pinot House' Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

wine review: Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2019

Matt's review: Stoneboat Vineyards are located along the Black Sage Road just south of Oliver, in the heart of Canada's wine capital. It's here where they produce their impressive Pinot Noir, which I highly recommend. 2019 Pinot Noir is a... Continue Reading →

Noble Ridge King’s Ransom Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Noble Ridge produced King's Ransom Cabernet Sauvignon once, being the 2015 vintage. For a winery in Okanagan Falls where Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and traditional method sparking wine seem ideally suited for their terroir, what a surprise to see they deliver such a spectacular expression of Okanagan Cabernet.

wine review: Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

The 2021 GVR Pinot Noir is an outstanding expression of premium Okanagan Pinot. Texture, elegance, expressive and very approachable, this is a pure expression of the Garnet Valley Ranch vineyard terroir.

wine review: 2020 Moon Curser Vineyards Touriga Nacional – Osoyoos East Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Situated along the Osoyoos East Bench, at the very southern limit of the Okanagan Valley, is where Moon Curser's vineyards are located. It's here in arguably the warmest vineyards in the Okanagan where you'll find the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos 2020 Pinot Noir

Planted with Dijon clones from Burgundy, in one of Niagara’s premiere ‘Grand Cru’ quality vineyards, on the Jordan Bench, 2020 vintage marks the fourth since the revival of LCJ in 2019 with the 2017 vintage crafted by Thomas Bachelder. Consistently one of the top quality Pinots in Ontario, the 2020 shows expressive field berries, savoury cherry, dark chocolate, herbs, flint, and wood spice on the nose. Medium bodied, the palate shows refreshing cherry, delicate spices, and great texture with impressive flinty minerality on the long finish. Le Grand Clos wines are well suited to enjoy youthful, and will evolve beautifully over a decade, perhaps longer. Tasted April 2023. 93 points. Matt Steeves -

Irish Cream Liqueur Review: Five Farms Small Batch Irish Cream Liqueur

Matt's review: Five Farms sources the fresh cream that makes the base of their premium Irish Cream Liqueur from five family-owned and operated farms in the south of Ireland in a region called County Cork. As they say a happy... Continue Reading →

wine review: Poplar Grove 2018 Merlot

A blend of 89% Merlot with 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc bringing additional aromatic and flavour complexity to this impressive wine. Ruby red with a garnet hue, the nose shows savoury dark fruits, plum, sweet spices, with a hint of wood smoke and familiar Okanagan Black Sage. A fantastic expression of premium Okanagan Merlot. Great intensity, exceptionally well balanced, the youthful fine grained tannins make this a great choice to enjoy with grilled steak, mushroom risotto, or firm aged cheese. Decant and enjoy over the next decade. Tasted September 2022. 93-94 points. Matt Steeves -

wine review: Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Bianco DOC 2020

Donnafugata's Sul Vulcano Etna Bianco DOC highlights the incredible minerality and texture this volcanic region is renowned for. The nose shows ripe citrus, fragrant floral blossom, and a very inviting sea breeze salinity. The palate is refreshing with a creaminess and pronounced minerality on the long finish. Enjoy with seafood, creamy pasta, BBQ shrimp, or your favourite hors d'oeuvre. Tasted March 2023. 92 points. Matt Steeves -

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