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#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: 13th Street Winery Pink Palette (Rosé) 2018

Ottawa, ON June 2019   Matt's review:   With its elegant fancy pink colour, the 13th Street winery 'Pink Palette' has a remarkable bottle appeal as it glamorizes any table. The visual appeal is complemented with inviting aromas of ripe... Continue Reading →

Sommelier recommended Father’s Day Gift Ideas, as ‘seen’ on CFRA News Talk Radio with Dahlia Kurtz

CFRA News Talk Radio June 15th, 2019 Theme:  Sommelier recommended Father’s Day Gift Ideas Today on CFRA, CFRA's Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased fantastic (Sommelier recommended) gift ideas for Father’s Day. With Father’s Day literally hours away, if... Continue Reading →

#wine review – Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Fizz 2013 – Traditional Method Sparkling Wine @LCBO $29.95

Ottawa, ON May 2019   Matt's review: Kim Crawford wines are loved around the world for their approachable, refreshing, and delicious style. Their premium 'Signature Reserve' micro-cuvée "Fizz", showcases the finest grapes from specific regions throughout Marlborough. When blended together,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: #Icellars 2017 Merlot – one of Canada’s finest!

Ottawa, ON May 2019   Matt's review: An outstanding Merlot from one of Ontario’s finest wineries, Icellars, located in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Ripe dark fruits, plum, mocha, cacao, herbs and sweet spice on the nose. The palate repeats the aromas in a... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: 2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the... Continue Reading →

Champagne & Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ottawa, ON December 31, 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some NYE perfect sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and with confidence!), and some ways to... Continue Reading →

Wines for the holidays – Matt’s top tips for entertaining and gifting wines this holiday season…

December 23, 2018, today on CFRA 580 News Talk Radio, CFRAs Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves chatted wine and the holidays.  Check out the segment here! When it comes to gifting, it’s quite easy to find a nice bottle... Continue Reading →

93 pts wine review: Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2014 – avail @LCBO Oct 27

Ottawa, ON September 2018 Matt's review: Ruffino's Riserva Ducale Oro is produced only in the best vintages, a tradition started in 1947 to showcase the finest fruit from Ruffino's acclaimed vineyards. The 2014 sourced fruit from Ruffino's Gretole, Santedame, and Casavecchia... Continue Reading →

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