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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.

Quercus Vino

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 →

96+ point #wine review: 2015 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine

Ottawa, ON December 2017 Matt's review:  Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is world renowned for their luxurious Icewines, and their Cabernet Franc Icewine is the best of the best! Rich and refreshing, with incredible complexity and perfect balance, it bursts with layers... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review – SonVida Special Reserve Malbec – Paraje Altamira GI, Argentina

Ottawa, ON December 2017 Matt's review:  This single vineyard expression of Mendoza Malbec showcases exactly how well structured, complex, and delicious premium Malbec can be, especially those from the high altitude (+1km a.s.l.) Paraje Altamira GI, a region renowned for producing... Continue Reading →

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