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Canada Day Celebration Beverage Ideas as seen on CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Leslie Roberts, Annette Goerner, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some delicious Canadian wines and spirits that are sure to enhance your Canadian civic pride as you celebrate Canada Day this long weekend.  

#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 →

wine review: Featherstone Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: This crowd friendly expression of Niagara Sauvignon Blanc bursts with sweet nectar, exotic fruit, yellow apple and a hint of lemongrass, making it super attractive to those looking for a fresh and fruity white... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2016

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard between Oliver and Osoyoos at the southern part of the Okanagan Valley where the best Syrah in the Okanagan are found.  Deeply coloured, the nose shows... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Icellars Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery's Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from the Twenty Mile Bench Wismer Homestead Vineyard, further demonstrates just how exceptional the wines from this boutique winery can be. In its inaugural vintage, this small production... Continue Reading →

Malbec World Day – what Malbec will you be celebrating with today?

Ottawa, ON April 17, 2018 By Matt Steeves Malbec World Day is celebrated to pay homage to the influence of the late president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888), who made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry.   On this day in... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @RobertMondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Reserve 2013 – @LCBO March 17

The Robert #Mondavi ToKalon Fume Blanc was released @LCBO a couple weeks ago… this is a must try wine for anyone that appreicates fine white wines.

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Ottawa, ON

February 2018

Matt’s reivew: The provenance of Robert Mondavi’s Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America, being the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville AVA. A blend of 98% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Semillon sourced entirely from To Kalon Vineyard, where some of the Sauvignon Blanc vines date back to 1945, with the balance planted in 1959, 1994, and 1999, making them some of the oldest and renowned in North America. The vines are nestled beside Opus One and Beckstoffer vines, and neighbouring Harlan Estate, needless to say, many of the finest wines in California come from this storied micro region which is known to deliver perfect (or near perfect) scoring wines vintage after vintage. 2013 happened to be a fantastic vintage with optimally ripened fruit allowing for an early harvest which was wrapped up by the end…

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94 pts wine review: @PeterFranusWine Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014 @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review:  Gorgeous! A blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Charbono, Mourvèdre, and Carignane sourced from the Brandlin Vineyard perched up high on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. With layers of raspberry, blueberry pie, clove,... Continue Reading →

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