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wine review: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti 2014 – $22.40, now $17.40 for the holiday season!

Ottawa, ON December 2018   Matt's review: This complex value-priced Chianti is bursting with dark cherry, dried fig, clove, fine leather, and graphite. The palate is smooth, layered, and refreshing making it ideally suited with rich braised dishes, grilled rib... Continue Reading →

wine review: Black Sage Vineyard 2015 Merlot – available at LCBO October 13 – $28.95

Ottawa, ON September 2018 Matt's review: Black Sage Vineyard 2015 Merlot: Deep ruby red, the nose shows dark plum, stewed cherries, mocha, smoky notes, and its namesake in spades, Black Sage - a hallmark of fine Okanagan Merlot. Silky smooth... Continue Reading →

wine review: Lundy Manor Proprietor’s |(red) Blend 2013 – $21.95

Ottawa, ON July 2018   Matt's review: Ruby red with a garnet hue, Lundy Manor Proprietor's Blend shows an inviting bouquet of spiced plum, cherry, mocha, cedar, and sweet pipe tobacco notes. Medium bodied and very well balanced, this Niagara red... Continue Reading →

wine review: The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra South Australia – $13.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review:  From the renowned Coonawarra wine region in South Australia, The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon shows remarkable maturity and complexity on the nose with plum, mulberry, pepper, eucalyptus, leather and grilled brisket. The palate is dry... Continue Reading →

#wine review: The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc from Coonawarra South Australia

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review: The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc, from South Australia's Coonawarra wine region, is a very ripe and refreshing wine that's perfectly suited for enjoying throughout the spring and summer. Very aromatic with sweet pear, lime, lemongrass,... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @Fontanafredda_ Eremo Langhe Rosso 2014 available @LCBO now – $17.95

Ottawa, ON Matt's review:  Wow! What an impressive and super value-priced wine ($17.95)! Did they get the price wrong? Seriously, I think they did! This big blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo from Italy's Langhe DOC region is chalked full rich dark... Continue Reading →

91+ pts #wine review: 2015 Ravenswood Lodi County Old Vine Zinfandel

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review: I love the experience and ritual of opening a bottle of wine to begin a meal and being reminded of how much I enjoy the wines from specific wine regions. In this case... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Altivo Red Dão DOC, a super value priced Portuguese red blend from the Dão

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review: An impressive and super value-priced red blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, and Trincadeira from one of the oldest and most storied wine regions in Portugal, the Dão. Rich and fragrant with an inviting... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2015 Cais da Ribeira Reserva Douro DOC, Portugal

Cais da Ribeira Reserva 2015. This dry Portuguese red blend incorporates some of Portugual's most popular varietals including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Touriga Barroca, and Tinta Roriz from the Douro region - the world's first demarcated and regulated wine region (1756), which is renowned for their Port production and becoming increasingly recognized for their dry red wines that offer great value as this one does! Deeply coloured, it shows black fruit, dark plum, spice, leather, mushroom, and sous bois. Dry with dusty tannins and mouthwatering acidity that makes this well suited for enjoying with rich dishes such as Portuguese braised steak & onions, or stew with Javali (wild boar) and root vegetables. Tasted March 2018. 89 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

#wine review: Franciscan Estate Napa Chardonnay 2015 – @LCBO March 17 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Rich golden colour as one can expect for an oaked Napa Chardonnay, but it's the balance and freshness on the finish that makes the Franciscan Napa Chard a (value-priced) wine to get excited about. The... Continue Reading →

92 pts Port review: Maynard’s 2013 Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Porto

Ottawa, ON February 2018 Matt's review: Maynard's 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Porto offers terrific quality at a remarkable price.  A blend of five organically grown grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão) from throughout the Duoro... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Konzelmann Cabernet Sauvignon $14.95

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: An impressive crowd pleasing Ontario Cabernet! The Konzelmann Estate Lakefront Series 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows layers of black fruit, dried cherry, vanilla, clove, perfume, and dried herbs. Super pleasant on the nose and palate,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Julián Chivite @GranFeudo Reserva 2011 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review:  The Gran Feudo Reserva is a delicious blend of 65% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the unsung hero Spanish wine region of Navarra which shares a border with France. Spanish wines... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Inniskillin Discovery Series Baco Noir – $19.95

Ottawa, ON January 2018 Matt's review:  The 2016 Inniskillin Discovery Series Baco Noir is a very impressive expression of Ontario Baco! Niagara is renowned for producing the finest Baco and this value-priced offering from Inniskillin is a real gem. Blackberry, vanilla... 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 →

Top Wine & Spirits for Gifting and Entertaining this Holiday Season as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

November 29, 2017 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased his top wine & spirits picks for entertaining and gifting this holiday season.  Check out the CTV video here! Having a tough time finding a... Continue Reading →

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