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wine review: 2018 Ribusieri Chiaranotte Vermentino Montecucco DOC

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: This golden yellow Vermentino showcases the great value-priced white wines being produced in Tuscany's Montecucco DOC. A fantastic option for those that enjoy fine Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this full-bodied Vermentino shows a... Continue Reading →

Wine review: CheckMate Capture Chardonnay 2015

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2015

Ottawa, On July 2020 Ruffino’s Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione is produced only in the best vintages, a tradition started in 1947 to showcase the finest fruit from Ruffino’s acclaimed vineyards. The 2015 sourced fruit from Ruffino’s #Gretole, and #Santedame... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl 2016 Merlot

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2016 Merlot shows the richness and balance of the southern Okanagan's 2016 vintage. Loads of rich blackberry, black currant, cherry, plum, smoky bacon, dried fruits and chocolate on the nose and palate.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl 2017 Athene

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: A fresh and expressive Okanagan blend showcasing the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 57% Syrah and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Burrowing Owl 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the expressive and beautifully balanced fruit they're producing from their Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos vineyards in the south of the Okanagan. Savoury and mineral-driven, with refreshing dark... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone 2019 Rosé – $15.95

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Featherstone's Rosé is loved by many each year given its expressive and refreshing style at a terrific price. The 2019 vintage blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, and Merlot, sourced from Niagara Peninsula,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina 2019 Saignée Rosé

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Culmina Winery, Saignée 2019, Okanagan, BC, Canada. This impressive Rosé from Culmina's Golden Mile Bench vineyards is produced using the Saignée method where free run juice is bled-off the freshly pressed grapes after a... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs’ 2016 Entourage Grand Reserve Brut

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' 2016 Entourage Grand Reserve Brut - A very impressive high quality sparking wine from this well known Niagara-on-the-Lake winery. At $29.95, Jackson-Triggs' Entourage Grand Reserve Brut has become a Sommelier favourite with each... Continue Reading →

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