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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 →

wine review: Corte Sant’Alda Campi Magri Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2017

Ottawa, ON June 2022 Matt's review: One of the region's biodynamic/organic leaders, Core Sant'Alda's Campi Magri Ripasso Superiore is a fine example of premium Valpolicella at a great price. Great complexity on the nose and palate, look for cherry, currant,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Kim Crawford Prosecco Extra Dry

enowned New Zealand-based winery, Kim Crawford, has launched their first Prosecco from northern Italy, leveraging their long track record of producing internationally acclaimed wines with the growing admiration for Italian Prosecco…

wine review: Waterdog Portugal 2020

Ottawa, ON April 2022 Matt's review: Waterdog Portugal is much more than a wine with a great label at a bargain price. This red blend combines two popular Portugese varietals (Castelao and Touriga Nacional) in a very tasty, sessionable, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde 2020

Ottawa, ON June 2022 Matt's review: Aveleda Fonte is a fragrant, crisp, and refreshing low alcohol white blend from the Vinho Verde wine region in Portugal. A subtle fizz greets you upon opening the bottle which is then followed by... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2020 – available at LCBO and winery-direct $19

Ottawa, ON May 2022 Matt's review: A wonderful Twenty Mile Bench Riesling with each and every vintage. 2020 shows crisp apple, wildflower honey, and great minerality. Lots of texture in this super refreshing and flavorful wine. Enjoy with BBQ'd sausages,... Continue Reading →

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