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wine review: Frank Hellwig Shiraz Grenache 2017 now available at LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Frank Hellwig, an Australian winemaker, with nearly a decade of winemaking experience in Canada, has crafted a delicious red blend (80% Shiraz & 20% Grenache) that's guranteed to resonate with Canadian wine enthusiasts looking... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina Family Estate Winery Malbec 2016

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: rom the Arise Bench vineyard on the Okanagan's Golden Mile Bench, Culmina's Malbec shows an intense deep colour, with aromas that complement - rich Damson plum, blackberry, charcoal, graphite, and leather. On the palate... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina Family Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: From the Okanagan's Golden Mile Bench, Culmina's Cabernet Sauvignon shows fleshy black fruits, blackcurrant, black cherry, plum, fig, and Black Sage. Full bodied and richly textured, the layers of dark fruits, brandied cherries, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ruffino Modus 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: A blend of 37% Sangiovese, 32% Merlot, and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ruffino's Poggio Casciano Estate, near the renowned Tuscan city of Florence. 2017 Modus shows juicy layers of dark fruits, plum, blackcurrant, mocha,... Continue Reading →

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: Ruffino’s 2016 Romitorio di Santedame Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Romitorio di Santedame is Ruffino's new high-end single vineyard Gran Selezione from the Santedame Estate in Castellina Chianti. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, from the heart of Chianti Classico, between the... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2015 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: The provenance of Robert Mondavi's Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America - the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville AVA. To Kalon barrel-aged... Continue Reading →

wine review: Double Diamond Oakville Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's reviews of Double Diamond 2017 and 2018. Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who's renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Sandbanks Rosé 2019

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: This local Rosé is fresh, balanced, completely crushable, with a creamy texture that persists on the long finish. Enjoy throughout the year with BBQ, seafood pasta, spicy cuisine, or with a book in front... Continue Reading →

wine review: Laughing Stock Portfolio 2017

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: Laughing Stock's Portfolio brings the best of the Naramata Bench and Osoyoos together in their flagship (Bordeaux) red blend. 2017 combines 48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit... Continue Reading →

Autumn Wines to Fall for as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased the styles of wines they're falling for and recommending we check out this Autumn. Matt's got some unique wines that are perfectly suited for the season and the meals we’re serving this time of year!

wine review: Tribulo Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG 2016

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: Produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes sourced from Tuscan's Montecucco DOCG, it shows sweet dried cherry, plum, dark chocolate and fragrant Cypress (balsamic) notes reminiscent of the tall Tuscan Cypress trees that line vineyard roads... 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: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2018

August 2020 Matt’s review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from estate vineyards in the heart of the southern Okanagan Valley. Deeply coloured, the nose shows spicy dark fruits, black pepper, smoky bacon, and sweet clove. The palate offers fleshy black... Continue Reading →

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