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#wine review: 2016 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – coming to LCBO June 8

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: A tasty Cabernet from the very impressive and often under-valued, Washington State, where Chateau Smith (of Charles Smith Wines) produces their delicious wines. The nose is full of dark cherry, black currant, chocolate,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge NV Rosé

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Canada's iconic sparkling wine house, Benjamin Bridge, has released its first non-vintage (NV) Rosé which builds off of the success of their NV Brut, along with their fantastic vintage sparkling wines. A beautiful copper/rose gold... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Altivo Dão DOC White 2017

Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Altivo Dão DOC white 2017:  This fresh, fruity, and fragrant wine from one of the most storied wine regions in Portugal, the Dão DOC, is reminiscent of a tropical summer breeze. Very expressive with perfumed floral blossoms,... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @Fontanafredda_ Eremo Langhe Rosso 2014 available @LCBO now – $17.95

Ottawa, ON Matt's review:  Wow! What an impressive and super value-priced wine ($17.95)! Did they get the price wrong? Seriously, I think they did! This big blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo from Italy's Langhe DOC region is chalked full rich dark... Continue Reading →

Top Wine & Spirits for Gifting and Entertaining this Holiday Season as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

November 29, 2017 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased his top wine & spirits picks for entertaining and gifting this holiday season.  Check out the CTV video here! Having a tough time finding a... Continue Reading →

$8 wine review: Torrevento #Negroamaro from Puglia Italy

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: From the very southern end of Italy, in the famous 'heel' of Italy's boot, Puglia produces delicious deeply flavorful wines, such as Negroamaro.  Torrevento's 100% Negroamaro is nearly black in colour with a... Continue Reading →

Iconic #CDNwine for #Canada150 Celebrations + #FathersDay Gifting

  CTV Ottawa Morning Live   June 15th, 2017 Theme:  Iconic Canadian Wines for Canada 150 Celebrations (and Father’s Day gifting!) Overview:  Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Lianne Laing, Henry Burris, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some iconic Canadian... Continue Reading →

94 point #wine review: Icellars #Chardonnay 2014 – $35 @fooland60acres #buybythecase

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Burgundy, take note...Ontario is quickly becoming known as the cool-kid on the block!  With wines such as Icellars Chardonnay, Ontario is showing the world just how great its wines can be.  Icellars 2014 Chardonnay is... Continue Reading →

93 pts #Wine Review: Icellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon @FoolAnd60Acres – wow what a gem!

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the finest Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon's I can recall tasting! This boutique winery from Niagara-on-the-Lake produces a very limited amount of wine, including only 150 cases... Continue Reading →

Wine Review: Château des Charmes Cuvée d’Andrée Rosé 2015 – $15.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON April 2017   Matt's review: A gold medal winner at the 2016 Ontario Wine Awards, this value-priced rosé was produced with 100% estate grown Pinot Noir from one of Canada's famous wine regions, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Deeply coloured for a... Continue Reading →

Four in Hand Barossa Shiraz – $19.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON March 2017 Matt's review: Get the BBQ ready as this fine Barossa Shiraz is primed and ready to be enjoyed with richly flavoured BBQ grub. Big and bold, with juicy dark fruit, black cherry, smoky bacon, mocha, pepper... Continue Reading →

94 pts Wine Review: 2 Range Red Wine, Napa Valley, California

Ottawa, ON January 2017 Matt's review: Esteemed Napa producer, Rutherford Ranch, has launched a new label that's attracting a lot of attention for the quality and complexity it brings at such remarkable value.  Rutherford Ranch’s latest offering, in its debut vintage... Continue Reading →

Wine Review: CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 – $27.95 (375 ml)

January 2017 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: What a fantastic Brunello, each and every year, especially this 2011 vintage. Made from 100% Sangiovese from their estate vineyard in Montalcino, it shows smoky plum, leather, cedar, and sweet cigar box on the... Continue Reading →

Wine Review: Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – $19.95 #Buybythecase

Ottawa, ON January 2017 Matt's review: Sweet vanilla and rich stewed fruit on the nose and palate. Rich and balanced, this is a super star of a wine for any social gathering.  Guaranteed to be a hit, this is a... Continue Reading →

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