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#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 →

wine review: 2016 Culmina Merlot – an outstanding quality wine at a great price!

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Merlot showcases just how complex and interesting the Okanagan's signature varietal can be, especially those sourced from the prestigious Golden Mile Bench. Rich and intense black fruit, black plum, Okanagan Black Sage, dried... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2018

Ottawa, ON September 2020 Matt's review: Black Sheep Riesling from Featherstone Estate Winery shows great varietal characteristics with crisp orchard fruit, notes of petrol, and impressive mouthwatering minerality. A beautiful value-priced expression of one of Ontario's finest styles of wine,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

Ottawa, ON August 2020 Matt's review: Meritage 2017, Burrowing Owl's flagship wine, is a blend of (59%) Cabernet Sauvignon, (20%) Merlot, (18%) Cabernet Franc, and (3%) Petit Verdot, all estate grown from their Oliver-based winery in the heart of the... Continue Reading →

Celebrating National Prosecco Day on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves we’re celebrating National Prosecco Day with some fan-favourite Prosecco, Prosecco cocktails, and food pairing tips to enjoy with this world-renowned sparkling wine.

wine review: Tender Hope 2018 Pinot Noir from West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Ottawa, ON April 2020 Matt's review: Tender Hope Winery produces a very limited quantity of Pinot Noir (50 cases) sourced from the Thacker Drive Vineyard in West Kelowna. Mature vines rooted in volanic soils contribute to the wine's elegant profile,... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate End Game Merlot 2014

Ottawa, ON April 2020 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. 2014 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan... Continue Reading →

98 point wine review: 2019 Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 – the finest vintage ever!

Ottawa, ON April 2020   Matt's review: Benjamin Bridge has been making a real fizz in the sparkling wine scene over the past two decades. This Nova Scotia (Canada) based winery is producing sparkling wines that rival those from Champagne... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars Reserve Red 2018 -$30 winery direct (and free shipping now!)

April 2020 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: An expressive red blend from one of Ontario's premium boutique wineries, Icellars Estate Winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Reserve Red brings together estate grown Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec to produce a beautifully balanced,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Ottawa, ON March 2020   Matt's review: Sourced from the Southern Okanagan Valley, where expressive Shiraz flourishes in the hot Okanagan sun, Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz is a great example of a big and bold Okanagan red. The aromas showcase... Continue Reading →

wine review: See Ya Later Ranch Major’s Block Red Blend 2016

Ottawa, ON February 2020   Matt's review: A ripe and delicious expression of a big juicy Okanagan red. Major's Block is a robust and spicy blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding further... Continue Reading →

Sommelier-recommended wines for the holidays as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Annette Goerner, Leslie Roberts, Trisha Owens, and Sommlier Matt Steeves discussed Holiday Entertaining and Gifting, and Matt presented his top Sommelier-recommended wine picks for this holiday season.  Check out Matt's... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery’s Premier Cuvée 2013

Ottawa, ON November 2019   Matt's review: A beautiful traditional method sparking wine produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing - exactly what I and so many love in premium traditional method sparking wines. Benefitting... Continue Reading →

wine reviews: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2019 November 23 will see the return of a premium Ontario wine label, Le Grand Clos from internationally acclaimed cool-climate winemaker, Thomas Bachelder of Le Clos Jordanne.  After nearly a decade, Bachelder is back with his two... Continue Reading →

wine review: The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Merlot Cabernet VQA – $17.95

November 2019 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: This new value-priced Niagara Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend spent part of it's barrel aging in Whisky barrels which enhances its flavour, texture, and crowd pleasing appeal. Look for rich dark fruit, black cherry, clove, chocolate... Continue Reading →

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