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wine review: Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019

Ottawa, ON September 2022 Matt's review: This premium Napa Chardonnay is sourced from the Ahmann and Huichica Vineyards in Carneros, the Keyes Vineyard in Howell Mountain, and the Rancho Sarco Vineyard on the north east edge of Napa. The nose... Continue Reading →

wine review: Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2018

Ottawa, ON September 2022 Matt's review: Murphy-Goode California Merlot is a rich and velvety smooth crowd-pleaser you'll want to try this fall and enjoy all year round. Chalked full of ripe dark berries, cherry, plum, vanilla and sweet spices, this... Continue Reading →

Crafting your own Signature Cocktails – SiriusXM August 25 2022

Today on SIRIUSXM satellite radio, SIRIUSXM's Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves were chatting about how to craft your very own signature cocktail!

wine review: Viognier la Chevalière 2020

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: 100% Viognier from the Languedoc region in the south of France. Light straw colour, look for fragrant honeysuckle, pear, green apple, and apricot aromas. Medium-full bodied, and very refreshing making it an excellent choice... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ogier Cotes Du Ventoux Rosé 2021

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: This vibrant Rosé from the foothills of Mont Ventoux in south of France's Rhone Valley, brings together Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault in a fragrant and refreshing style making it perfectly suited for enjoying in... Continue Reading →

wine review: J. Lebegue Lussac-Saint-Émilion Bordeaux 2019

Ottawa, ON August 2022 Matt's review: Classic dry and savoury Bordeaux at a great price. Look for tart cherries, plum, dark chocolate, pencil shavings and earthiness. Medium bodied, subtle fine tannins, and a refreshing texture in this right bank Merlot-focused... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2020

Featherstone's Red Tail Merlot pays homage to the winery's use of eco-friendly falconry to protect their (sweet and delicious) crop from swarms of vineyard devouring birds. As a key feature of their sustainable practices, Featherstone Estate Winery happens to be the only Ontario winery to embrace this natural crop management technique as part of their overall vineyard management.

93+ pts wine review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2016

2016 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan Merlot.

wine review: Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 – Four Mile Creek VQA

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Inniskillin's Montague Vineyard Chardonnay showcases the best from their finest single vineyard site in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. Golden yellow, this expressive Chardonnay shows ripe orchard fruit, melon, toast... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Red Meritage 2018

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Deep ruby red, the nose shows black cherry, blackberry, peppers, mocha, cedar, herbs, sous bois and graphite. Refreshing black cherry and spice on the finish. Decant before serving and enjoy with grilled pork tenderloin.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Liquidity Pinot Gris 2020

Liquidity's Pinot Gris shows great balance of fresh orchard fruit, mineral, and lees providing wonderful freshness and texture...

Sommelier recommended Summer Staycation Backyard “resort” Cocktails – SIRIUSXM July 20 2022

Today on SIRIUSXM satellite radio, SIRIUSXM's Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves were chatting about their top recommended Summer Staycation Backyard 'resort' Cocktails.

93 pts wine review: Cedar Creek Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir 2019

Cedar Creek's Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir showcases the great quality coming from this single vineyard located on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake in the north of the Okanagan Valley.

wine review: 93 points – CheckMate Silent Bishop (Merlot) 2017

93 points - CheckMate's Silent Bishop (Merlot) 2017.

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Ottawa, ON April 2022 Matt’s review: Plum, black currant, Black Forest cake, graphite and a subtle earthiness on the nose. Great structure, refreshing with a lively tannic finish, making it a great wine to enjoy with BBQ steak, kebabs, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Kim Crawford Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Ottawa, ON June 2022 Matt's review: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is loved around the world for its approachable, refreshing, and unmistakable Sauv Blanc characteristics! Kim Crawford's "Illuminate" Sauvignon Blanc offers a similar experience in a workday brunch-friendly style…with nearly 50%... Continue Reading →

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