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wine review: The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Merlot Cabernet VQA – $17.95

November 2019 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: This new value-priced Niagara Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend spent part of it's barrel aging in Whisky barrels which enhances its flavour, texture, and crowd pleasing appeal. Look for rich dark fruit, black cherry, clove, chocolate... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Jackson-Triggs 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot – $59.95

Ottawa, ON October 2019 Matt's review: Another unique small production hand crafted wine from the talented Niagara-based winemaker, Marco Piccoli, of Jackson-Triggs. Winemakers have many tools to help them produce expressive and different styles of wines each year. Ideally the... 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 →

#Scotch review: @TheGlenmorangie #Spios Private Edition No. 9 – available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: May 26, 2018, via Vintages throughout Ontario, Glenmorangie released their first single malt Whisky that was fully matured in American ex-Rye Whiskey casks. Labelled "Spios", which is Gaelic for 'spice', and pronounced 'spee-oss', it's... 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 →

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 →

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