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wine review: Culmina No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Culmina's No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020 is very unique offering that's part of their winemaker's small lot experimental series. 2020 Süsser Riesling No. 18 is sourced from Margaret's Bench Vineyard high up on the... Continue Reading →

wine review: 92-93 pts Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

: From Culmina's mineral-rich Arise Bench vineyard located high up on the Golden Mile Bench in the Okanagan Valley, Culmina's Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intensity, complexity, and elegance the wines from this premium Okanagan winery are renowned for year after year.

Wine review: 13th Street June’s Vineyard Riesling 2020

Ottawa, ON October 2022 Matt’s review: 13th Street Winery's June's Vineyard Riesling, made from Alsatian old Clone 49 Riesling, shows a delicate yet complex bouquet of sweet orchard fruit, floral blossom, wild flower honey, petrol, and limestone minerality. The palate... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Athene 2018

Athene is a well structured, elegant and softly textured wine that highlights the best of premium wines from the Black Sage Bench.

wine review: Niche Pinot Noir 2019

This is a fantastic ultra small production/boutique Okanagan Pinot that beautifully showcases the greatness and potential in its terroir.

wine review: Red Barn at Jagged Rock Off Centre Viognier 2019

100% Viognier from Black Sage Bench in the heart of the Okanagan

wine review: Liquidity Wines Dividend 2019

Ottawa, ON March 2022 Matt's review: This Bordeaux-inspired red blend showcases the best of the Okanagan, marrying new and old world styles in a harmonious style that's primed to enjoy now. Impressive complexity on the bouquet with loads of dark... Continue Reading →

wine review: Liquidity Wines Viognier 2020

Ottawa, ON March 2022 Matt's review: An outstanding Viognier by Liquidity Wines. 100% estate grown, using Clone 642, it's fragrant, textured, and beautifully balanced. Look for sweet stone fruit and exotic fruits, floral blossoms, honey, ginger, and baked apple on... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 available at LCBO

BCs Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 available at LCBO now, and a great wine to enjoy now and over the next five years.

wine review: CheckMate Opening Gambit (Merlot) 2016

CheckMate's talented winemaker, Phil McGahan, continues to deliver outstanding world-class wines each and every vintage, and 2016 is another star!

wine review: CheckMate Black Rook 2016

Ottawa, ON November 2021 Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery produces some of the finest Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. CheckMate's 2016 Black Rook Merlot is an outstanding expression... Continue Reading →

wine review: CedarCreek Cabernet Franc 2019

Ottawa, ON November 2021 Matt's review: Using 100% estate fruit from their Southern Okanagan vineyards, CedarCreek's Cabernet Franc showcases the purity and complexity of the fruit grown in Canada's pocket desert. A blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Fidelia Sparkling Brut 2020

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Fidelia blends 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat Canelli from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of the Okanagan, to produce an easy to love style of sparkling wine that will shine... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate Opening Gambit 2015

CheckMate continues to showcase Canada's ability to produce world-class wines worthy of great acclaim, wines that shine alongside peers from Napa, Tuscany, and Bordeaux.

#wine review: Burrowing Owl Merlot 2016

Burrowing Owl's 2016 Merlot shows the richness and balance of the 2016 vintage. Loads of rich blackberry, black currant, cherry, plum, smoky bacon, dried fruits and chocolate on the nose and palate. Super expressive, this beautifully balanced and very full-bodied wine shows great elegance too with it's fine integrated tannins and soft mouthfeel making it a wonderful wine to enjoy with a wide range of dishes from wood-fired pizza, to roasts, to BBQ burgers and ribs. Try with spicy pork tenderloin with cherry-thyme pan sauce - a perfect pairing all year round! Tasted June 2020. 92 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Now in its second vintage since its return to the market last year, Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018, a Canadian Grand Cru-quality wine from renowned international winemaker Thomas Bachelder, demonstrates the greatness achievable... Continue Reading →

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