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#wine review: Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: 2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the... Continue Reading →

94 point #wine review: @Checkmatewinery 2013 End Game #Merlot

April 2018 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Checkmate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 End Game Merlot is an outstanding expression of ultra premium Okanagan... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: Icellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from NOTL, ON – $60 winery direct

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review: 2016 was the warmest vintage ever recorded in Niagara, which resulted in the grapes at Icellars' Icel Vineyard being able to hang on the vines until November 17 and be picked at 26.2 brix... Continue Reading →

92 pts wine review: Icellars Estate Winery Arinna (red blend) from NOTL, ON – $42

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review: Boom, this expressive red blend from Icellars Estate Winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, consists of 50% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and a splash of Malbec to produce a beautiful balanced and... Continue Reading →

92+ pts #wine review: #Icellars 2016 Chardonnay

Ottawa, ON April 2018 Matt's review: Icellars are producing some of Canada's finest wines, from their boutique Niagara-On-The-Lake winery. Their 2016 Chardonnay (130 cases produced), from their Icel (estate) Vineyard, displays a light gold colour, revealing baked apple, tart pineapple, melon,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2016 @Konzelmann Methode Cuve Close (Charmat) Sparkling Rosé

Ottawa, ON January 2018   Matt's review:  A fun and friendly Charmat method sparkling Rosé that shows delicious strawberry, cran-cherry, biscuit, and fresh herbs on the nose. Light and refreshing, this sparkling Rosé would be a great complement to your Valentine's... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @HillsideWines Muscat Ottonel 2016 – summer in a glass!

Ottawa, ON January 2018 It's -25C today in Ottawa so naturally I started day dreaming about +30C weather in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Canada's very own pocket desert, where they produce world-class white and red wines.  Then the thought came... Continue Reading →

96+ point #wine review: 2015 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine

Ottawa, ON December 2017 Matt's review:  Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is world renowned for their luxurious Icewines, and their Cabernet Franc Icewine is the best of the best! Rich and refreshing, with incredible complexity and perfect balance, it bursts with layers... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Kismetwines 2014 Riesling #Icewine #Delicious

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Kismet Estate Winery's 2014 Riesling Icewine from Oliver (in the heart of the Okanagan Valley), BC - Canada's Wine Capital.   This wine won top honours, the coveted Platinum Award, at the 2015 British... Continue Reading →

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