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Holiday Wine

Signature Holiday Cocktails as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

Last minute wine gifts as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

wine review: 13th Street Winery Cabernet Merlot 2020

Each vintage 13th Street's winemaker assembles a unique blend of their popular 'Cabernet Merlot' to showcase how great this value-priced red blend can be. 2020 is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Niagara's Creek Shores VQA . Deep ruby in colour, the nose shows dark cherry, plum, pepper, and sous bois. It's rich with fine soft tannins making it great to enjoy now with wood fired pizzas, pasta, or charcuterie.

wine review: Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso DOC 2019

From Sicily's Mount Etna region (Etna Rosso DOC) which produces very unique and complex wines from its volcanic soils, like Donnafugata's Sul Vulcano.

wine review: Inniskillin Cabernet Franc 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Inniskillin's Reserve Cabernet Franc 2018 is a wonderful expression of the elegant, complex, and balanced cool-climate Cab Franc coming from the Niagara region. Ripe, earthy, herbal, with impressive graphite minerality on the finish -... Continue Reading →

92 pts wine review: La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019

La Crema's Willamette Valley Pinot is sourced from 8 vineyards across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley which results in a very complex and representative premium Oregon Pinot.

Must have 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella wines for your collection!

Top 15 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella for your collection!

92 pts wine review: 13th Street Winery Blanc de Blanc 2020

13th Street Winery have been making some of the finest cool-climate sparkling wines in Canada and the awards keep pouring in, including number 1 Ontario winery in 2022! Their 2020 Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay) traditional method sparkling wine shows the trademark of their winemaker's style and expression of their great terroir...freshness, purity of fruit, and great minerality. The 2020 Blanc de Blanc is crisp and refreshing with delicious orchard fruit, anise, less on the nose. The palate show the racy acidity with a creamy mouse layered with clean orchard fruit and textured minerality on the finish. A wonderful effort and great expression of this impressive sparkling Chardonnay. Enjoy now and over the next few years. Tasted November 2022. 92 points. Matt Steeves -

wine review: Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific pop 'n pour wine that's sure to please! Delicious blackberry, plum, graphite and herbs on the nose and palate makes this value-priced Cabernet a great choice to enjoy... 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.

Amarone Opera Prima – combining the best of Valpolicella: wine, food, and performing arts.

This article showcases some of the best Amarone della Valpolicella wines from the 2017 vintage along with other highlights from Amarone Opera Prima which took place in Verona, Italy in June 2022. The 2017 Vintage of Amarone della Valpolicella - 'Softness and Longevity'

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: 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!

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