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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 →

#wine review: @Benjamin_Bridge 2011 Brut – a perfect wine to enjoy this Autumn with rich creamy dishes

Ottawa, ON October 2017 Matt's review: Benjamin Bridge has captured the attention and admiration of wine aficionados and top restaurants around the world with their premium sparkling wines that rival some of the finest. Needless to say, this Gaspreau Valley... Continue Reading →

95 pts #wine review: @CheckMateWinery 2013 Black Rook Merlot – a world-class Merlot!

Ottawa, ON September 2017   Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery produces some of the finest Chardonnay and Merlot in the world from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 Black Rook Merlot is an... Continue Reading →

#wine review @13thStreetWines 2016 #BurgerBlend – a perfect #BBQ wine! GAMAY + PINOT #CDNwine

Ottawa, ON September 2017 13th Street Winery's 2016 Burger Blend is a fine assemblage of 70% Gamay Noir, 29% Pinot Noir, and 1% Merlot from the Niagara Peninsula.  Each year Burger Blend is becoming increasingly renowned for its food friendly... Continue Reading →

92 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC 2015 Pinot Noir – a fantastic #Okanagan #PinotNoir

Ottawa, ON September 2017   Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan Pinot, from Canada's Wine Capital, is a terrific example of the world-class wines Burrowing Owl is producing from their picturesque winery located along the Black Sage Road in Oliver, BC.... Continue Reading →

#Wine #Cocktails for Summer Entertaining as seen on @CTVOttMornLive

Ottawa, ON August 4, 2017 Today's theme: Refreshing and easy to make wine cocktails for summer entertaining. Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Melissa Lamb and Sommelier Matt Steeves whipped-up some super refreshing and easy to make wine cocktails that... Continue Reading →

Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day #CANADA150 Celebrations as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

CTV Ottawa Morning Live June 30, 2017 Theme: Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day Celebrations Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves served up some easy to make and super refreshing ice cold sangria... Continue Reading →

#wine review: #Burger Blend White by @13thStreetWines – perfect for enjoying with #BBQ this summer

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: Crafted with summer and BBQ season in mind, 13th Street's winemaker, JP Colas, brought together two very popular aromatic grapes (78% Riesling, 22% Pinot Grigio) that are packed full of sweet tree fruit... Continue Reading →

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