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wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Rosé 2018

July 2019 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: This small production (220 cases) single vineyard Rosé from Winemaker's Cut estate vineyard in Oliver, BC, has the most elegant colour that sparkles intensely in the sun like a fancy pink diamond.   A... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Painted Rock Wine Red Icon 2016 – 95 pts

Ottawa, ON June 2019   Matt's review: Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake,... Continue Reading →

#wine review:Tender Hope Syrah 2016 from Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: Boom! This deeply coloured, rich and expressive Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State is a fantastic example of the bold and luscious red wines they're producing in this increasingly popular wine... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Tender Hope Roussanne 2017 from Columbia Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: From Washington's Columbia Valley, the 2017 Tender Hope Roussanne has an expressive bouquet with honeydew melon, pear, white tea, lanolin, crisp linen, and minerality on the nose. Medium-full bodied, with great acidity, the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Athene 2015 – available @LCBO Nov 24th!

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan blend showcases the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah, from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON June 2018 Matt's review:  Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard located between Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC, and Osoyoos, BC, at the southern end of Canada's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley. The south of the... Continue Reading →

94 point #wine review: @Checkmatewinery 2013 End Game #Merlot

April 2018 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Checkmate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 End Game Merlot is an outstanding expression of ultra premium Okanagan... Continue Reading →

Sexy Valentine’s Date Night Wines

February, 2018 Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Henry Burris and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some sexy wine picks that are perfectly suited for a romantic Valentine’s date night. Check out the full CTV video here. When planning... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC Meritage 2014 #CDNwine

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC. Their 2014 Meritage is a blend of (31%) Merlot, (21.4%) Cabernet Franc,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @HillsideWines Muscat Ottonel 2016 – summer in a glass!

Ottawa, ON January 2018 It's -25C today in Ottawa so naturally I started day dreaming about +30C weather in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Canada's very own pocket desert, where they produce world-class white and red wines.  Then the thought came... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Kismetwines 2014 Riesling #Icewine #Delicious

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Kismet Estate Winery's 2014 Riesling Icewine from Oliver (in the heart of the Okanagan Valley), BC - Canada's Wine Capital.   This wine won top honours, the coveted Platinum Award, at the 2015 British... Continue Reading →

92 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC 2015 Pinot Noir – a fantastic #Okanagan #PinotNoir

Ottawa, ON September 2017   Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan Pinot, from Canada's Wine Capital, is a terrific example of the world-class wines Burrowing Owl is producing from their picturesque winery located along the Black Sage Road in Oliver, BC.... Continue Reading →

93+ pts #wine review: @CheckMateWinery 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay from @GoldenMileBench

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery is quickly becoming recognized as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC winery. 2014 Fool's Mate Chardonnay is a gorgeous... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @PaintedRockWine #RedIcon – A #CDNwine Icon

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake,... Continue Reading →

92 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC Syrah avail @LCBO

June 2017 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC. Their 2014 Syrah was sourced from their Black Sage vineyard in Oliver,... Continue Reading →

94 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC 2013 Meritage avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC.  Their 2013 Meritage (Bordeaux blend) is a blend of 39% Merlot,... Continue Reading →

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