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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 →

wine review: Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon $19.95 at LCBO

Washington State's best selling Cabernet at the LCBO - H3 Cab Sauv, $19.95

Waterdog Portugal Red 2020 – on sale at LCBO until May 22

Ottawa, ON May 2022 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 crowd-pleasing style.Look... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2019 Burrowing Owl Merlot

Ottawa, ON May 2022 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2019 Merlot is packed with fresh blueberry, blackberry, black currant, cherry, plum, spice cupboard, and a hint of graphite and sous bois. Expressive and beautifully balanced, this full-bodied wine showcases great elegance... Continue Reading →

wine review: 94 points – Ruffino’s Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2017 – now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON March 2022 Matt's review: Ruffino's Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione is produced only in the best vintages, a tradition started in 1947 to showcase the finest fruit from Ruffino’s acclaimed vineyards. The 2017 vintage has fruit from Ruffino’s... Continue Reading →

wine review: Liquidity Wines Viognier 2020

Ottawa, ON March 2022 Matt's review: An outstanding Viognier by Liquidity Wines. 100% estate grown, using Clone 642, it's fragrant, textured, and beautifully balanced. Look for sweet stone fruit and exotic fruits, floral blossoms, honey, ginger, and baked apple on... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge Brut Rosé 2017

Ottawa, ON February 2022 Matt's review: Benjamin Bridge's 2017 Brut Rosé is an elegant traditional method sparkling wine that showcases the incredible freshness and complexity of flavours winemaker J-B Deslauriers delivers from their coastal-influenced vineyards along Canada's east coast. A... Continue Reading →

wine review: Bernard-Massard Cuvée de l’Écusson Brut NV

Ottawa, ON January 2022 Matt's review: From one of the smallest countries in Europe comes this impressive traditional method sparkling wine by Bernard-Massard. Cuvée de l'Écusson Brut has been the winery's flagship wine since 1971, produced from their vineyards in... Continue Reading →

wine review: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Ottawa, ON January 2022 Matt's review: Top-notch Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that delivers pure varietal characteristics with zesty exotic fruit and refreshing minerality. Enjoy with rich and creamy dishes, spicy Asian cuisine, tomato salad with pickled walnuts and blue cheese. Tasted... Continue Reading →

wine review: Niro di Citra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Ottawa, ON January 2022 Matt's review: Niro di Citra's Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is 100% Montepulciano (Italy's second most planted red varietal, after Sangiovese), and showcases those easy-going and great pairing characteristics that makes this super value-priced wine a fantastic choice for... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Vineyard June’s Vineyard Riesling 2019

Ottawa, ON January 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: Unshackled Red Blend 2019

Unshackled Red Blend 2019 is an outstanding example of a premium wine at a great price! Bold and beautiful, Unshackled Red Blend incorporates Zinfandel, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tannat, and Tempranillo, to produce a very complex and attractive wine.

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2019

Ottawa, ON January 2022. Matt's review: The 2019 Le Grand Clos Chardonnay showcases the greatness winemaker Thomas Bachelder is producing from one of Niagara's (eventual) Grand Cru recognized vineyards. Complex bouquet with delicious orchard fruit, baked apple, perfumed spring blossoms,... Continue Reading →

Toasting New Year’s Eve with Sommelier-recommended drinks as seen on CTV Saskatoon

Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities, CTVs Alex Brown and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some NYE-perfect wines and cocktails to ensure you and your guests have some fantastic options to serve and enjoy this NYE!

Merry and Bright: Festive Wine Selections to Gift or Enjoy with Family and Friends – as seen on CTV Morning Live Vancouver

Today on CTV Morning Live Vancouver, CTVs Krissy Vann, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some great wines for gifting this season as well as enjoying with family and friends over the holidays. Full details at

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