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Sommelier-recommended wines for the holidays as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Annette Goerner, Leslie Roberts, Trisha Owens, and Sommlier Matt Steeves discussed Holiday Entertaining and Gifting, and Matt presented his top Sommelier-recommended wine picks for this holiday season.  Check out Matt's... Continue Reading →

A dram of Scotch whisky to celebrate Robbie Burns Day

Ottawa, ON January 25, 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner, Trisha Owens, and Sommelier Matt Steeves were celebrating Robbie Burns Day by showcasing (and enjoying) some of our favourite drinks from Robbie Burns' native land...Scotch whisky and... Continue Reading →

Looking for a special Scotch for Father’s Day…checkout Ardbeg Grooves @LCBO

Ottawa, ON June 2018 Buying something for someone that has it all can be challenging and even a bit stressful.  Fortunately gifting a special bottle of wine or Whisky never disappoints so it's often my go-to recommendation.  This Father's Day... Continue Reading →

Port & Port Cocktails at the Vancouver International Wine Festival #VIWF

March 2018 By Matt Steeves I attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) from February 28 to March 3 and like all media and patrons that attended I was treated to a wide array of tasty Spanish and Portuguese wines,... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Tears Red Head Irish Single Malt Whiskey @LCBO March 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Wow, such a well balanced and surprisingly soft and integrated Single Malt Irish Whiskey esp at 46%... Amber with a redish hue, with notes of Oloroso Sherry, Manhattan cocktail with fresh orange peel, and spicy... Continue Reading →

93 pts #Grappa review: #Sibona Reserva Grappa Botti Da Madeira available @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: Sibona Distillery's Madeira barrel-aged Reserve Grappa is a beautiful amber colour thanks to the time it spent in sweet Madeira barrels picking up not only colour but flavour and subtle texture complexity too. The... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Robbie Burns Day with a few drams of Scotch whisky

Ottawa, ON January 25, 2017 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Henry Burris and Sommelier Matt Steeves were celebrating Robbie Burns Day by enjoying some of our favourite products from Robbie Burns' native land...Scotch whisky! Here's the CTV video of... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Eve Celebration Cocktails as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 29, 2017 In addition to the delicious sparkling wines we showed earlier today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Sarah Freemark and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed that pouring a fine cocktail for your guests is a terrific way... Continue Reading →

Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve Celebrations as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 29, 2017 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Henry Burris and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some great sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and with confidence!), and some ways to jazz them up by... Continue Reading →

Ardbeg 10 year Scotch – The Peatiest & Smokiest Scotch, my favourite for a Whisky Sour!

Ottawa, ON December 2017 'Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the... Continue Reading →

Delicious and easy to make Holiday Cocktails

Ottawa, ON December 2017 With the holiday entertaining season in full swing, it's great to have some easy to make, super delicious, and awe-inspiring cocktail recipes on hand to treat your guests this holiday season. With a few simple ingredients... Continue Reading →

There’s a new Jack in town! Jack Daniel’s new Rye Whiskey with 70% Rye

When you haven't changed a recipe in over a hundred years any change must be for a pretty darn good reason!  So when Jack Daniel's announced the release of their new Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey, made with 70% Rye grain, essentially reversing the old recipe that consisted of 80% corn, it got a lot of Whiskey enthusiasts very interested in giving it a shot, or two.  Upon my first sip I appreciated their decision to up the Rye content, thereby moving away from a sweeter style corn based Whiskey and into a style of Rye Whiskey that would be great when served with premium cocktails and also a decent choice to enjoy neat, especially for those that like the pure expression of a mildly spicy Rye.   I found it to be a terrific Rye for mixing in cocktails.  Whether it be a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or Whiskey Sour, this Rye takes those cocktails to the next level, beautifully! At 45% abv , its powerful but in a distinguished way making it ideal in those timeless cocktails.  Tasted November 2017. Highly recommended for premium cocktails. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca 

Sipsmith London Dry Gin review

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review of  Sipsmith London Dry Gin Batch 00984, 41.6% ABV, bottled on July 1, 2017. In 2009 Sipsmith set-up London's first traditional copper distillery since 1820, launching the rebirth of ultra premium craft Gin production... Continue Reading →

Spooky Halloween Cocktails as seen on @CTVOttMornLive

October 31, 2017 Theme: Spooky Halloween Cocktails Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some spooky Halloween cocktails and horrifyingly delicious wines to enjoy with your Halloween festivities. Check out the CTV video here!... Continue Reading →

@DeathsDoor Gin – A perfect ‘Spirit’ for your #Halloween party – Avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Death's Door Gin. This Wisconsin-based craft distillery is producing some of the finest Gin available.  They've achieved Certified Organic status from growing their hard Red Winter Wheat on Washington Island, which is also... Continue Reading →

Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day #CANADA150 Celebrations as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

CTV Ottawa Morning Live June 30, 2017 Theme: Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day Celebrations Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves served up some easy to make and super refreshing ice cold sangria... Continue Reading →

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