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#Wine Review: @featherstonewne Cuvée Joy Rosé 2015

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: Featherstone's Cuvée Joy Rosé is a fine example of the mineral-driven premium traditional method sparkling wines that Featherstone Winery is producing on the Twenty Mile Bench. Delicate strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb notes are supported... 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 →

93+ pts #wine review: @CheckMateWinery 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay from @GoldenMileBench

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery is quickly becoming recognized as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC winery. 2014 Fool's Mate Chardonnay is a gorgeous... Continue Reading →

95 pts #wine review: @InniskillinWine Sparkling Cabernet Franc #Icewine

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is world renowned for their luxurious Icewines, and their sparkling Cabernet Franc Icewine is totally next level! By combining a few of my favourite elements of the Ontario wine... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @StratusWines 2012 Red – showcasing the power and elegance of #Niagara

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Stratus Red 2012 - This impressive Niagara-on-the-Lake winery consistently produces some of the finest wines available in Ontario.  2012 was the best growing season the winery had experienced which enabled the grapes to... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @PaintedRockWine #RedIcon – A #CDNwine Icon

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake,... Continue Reading →

92 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC Syrah avail @LCBO

June 2017 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC. Their 2014 Syrah was sourced from their Black Sage vineyard in Oliver,... Continue Reading →

94 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC 2013 Meritage avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC.  Their 2013 Meritage (Bordeaux blend) is a blend of 39% Merlot,... Continue Reading →

92 pts #wine review: Chateau des Charmes Equuleus 2012 – $43 @LCBO

June 2017 Ottawa, ON Matt's review:  Chateau des Charmes Equuleus is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Merlot from the St. David's Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula.  This flagship red wine is a deep... Continue Reading →

94 pts #wine review: @StratusWines White 2013 – $38.20 – available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2017   Matt's review: Stratus White represents the finest white wine that this acclaimed Niagara-on-the-Lake winery produces.  Winemaker J-L Groux selects the very best grapes from a handful of varieties to incorporate into this premium white wine,... Continue Reading →

Kannuk Vodka – A terrific Canadian Vodka @KannukVodka

Ottawa, ON May 2017     Matt's review:  Kannuk Vodka comes in  an exceptionally modern, substantial and well designed bottle which will stand out on any top shelf but for me it's what inside this work of art that commands some... Continue Reading →

wine review: @13thStreetWines 2015 White Palette – $16.10 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2017   Matt's review: A blend of 65% Riesling and 35% Viognier, with expressive tropical and exotic fruit on the nose. Great texture and weight that's kept light and lively by the layers of zesty exotic fruit with... Continue Reading →

wine review: @wineaffair Amarosé 2016 – $18.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2017   Matt's review: Foreign Affair Winery continues to impress with their use of appassimento winemaking in their premium Ontario wines.  Amarosé is a unique and remarkably delicious new style of wine combining the best features of two... Continue Reading →

91 pts wine review: @13thStreetWines June’s Vineyard Riesling – $19.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2017   Matt's review:  13th Street Winery's popular June's Vineyard Riesling is made from old Clone 49 Riesling sourced straight from Alsace, France, which contributes to its expressive varietal characteristics but with the added benefits from the... Continue Reading →

93 pts wine review: @PaintedRockWine 2015 Rosé – $25 – the ultimate #patio #wine

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review:  Each vintage of Painted Rock Rosé I've tasted I'm consistently impressed with how delicious it is, and reminded how much I enjoy the style they produce (and that I need to stock up on... 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 →

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