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91 points wine review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Reserva Carmenere 2018 – $17 at LCBO

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Carmenere, Chile's signature varietal, as they produce some of the world's finest Carmenere, and this super value-priced ($17 at LCBO!) 100% Carmenere from Baron Philippe de Rothschild is a terrific example of exactly that.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s Escudo Rojo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Escudo Rojo Reserva is an impressive value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from the outstanding 2018 Chilean vintage. Ripe plum, dark berries, vanilla bean, and herbs on the nose and palate. This medium-full... Continue Reading →

wine review: Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Simi sources their Chardonnay from vineyards throughout Sonoma County (Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River,Valley, Dry Creek, and Sonoma Coast), which results in a beautiful textbook California Chardonnay at a great price! Ripe and... Continue Reading →

Matt’s hottest wines picks this Valentine’s

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some sexy wine picks that are perfectly suited for a romantic Valentine’s date night. When planning a special Valentine's date night, there are so many wine styles... Continue Reading →

Champagne & Champage Cocktails for New Year’s Eve Celebrations as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 31, 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities, CTVs Trisha Owens, Leslie Roberts, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some NYE perfect sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and... 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: Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2019   Matt's review: This value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California, is chalked full of tropical and exotic fruits with a refreshing hint of herbal notes, making it a true crowd pleaser and a great wine... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Jackson-Triggs 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot – $59.95

Ottawa, ON October 2019 Matt's review: Another unique small production hand crafted wine from the talented Niagara-based winemaker, Marco Piccoli, of Jackson-Triggs. Winemakers have many tools to help them produce expressive and different styles of wines each year. Ideally the... Continue Reading →

96 points wine review: Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard

Robert Mondavi Reserve To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley, California.

wine review: Mount Veeder 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON September 2019: Matt's review:  A fantastic expression of Napa fruit, from Mount Veeder Winery,  situated in the Mayacamas mountain range in the heart of the finest winemaking regions in California, smack dab between Sonoma and Napa.  A blend... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge 2014 Brut

Ottawa, ON August 2019   Matt's review: Canadian sparkling wine icon, Benjamin Bridge, continues to capture the attention and admiration of wine aficionados, Sommeliers, and fine dining establishments around the world with their world-class premium sparkling wines. The 2014 Brut... Continue Reading →

Wine review: 13th Street June’s Vineyard Riesling 2018

Ottawa, ON August 2019 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 fresh stone fruit, floral blossom, wild flower honey, petrol, and steely limestone minerality. The... Continue Reading →

Give the gift of wine this holiday season -as seen on CTV Morning Live

December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased his top wine picks for entertaining and gifting this holiday season. Checkout the CTV video here! The holiday season is a great time of year... Continue Reading →

wine review: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti 2014 – $22.40, now $17.40 for the holiday season!

Ottawa, ON December 2018   Matt's review: This complex value-priced Chianti is bursting with dark cherry, dried fig, clove, fine leather, and graphite. The palate is smooth, layered, and refreshing making it ideally suited with rich braised dishes, grilled rib... Continue Reading →

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