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94 point #wine review: Painted Rock 2016 Cabernet Franc

Ottawa, ON September 2019   Matt's review: When a single varietal wine exhibits such great flavour, structure, and complexity, it's great to let it shine all on its own. This is exactly what Painted Rock has accompmlished with their stellar... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Rosé 2018

July 2019 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: This small production (220 cases) single vineyard Rosé from Winemaker's Cut estate vineyard in Oliver, BC, has the most elegant colour that sparkles intensely in the sun like a fancy pink diamond.   A... Continue Reading →

Wine appreciation (aka how to get your spouse to love wine) as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON May 31, 2019 Theme: Wine Appreciation – How to fall in love with the wonderful world of wine… Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner, Trish Ownes and Sommelier Matt Steeves presented some practical tips on wine... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc from Monterey County and Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: This impressive Sauvignon is sourced from two storied California wine regions with 58% coming from Monterey County and 42% from Napa Valley (Oakville and Stags Leap District AVAs...two of my favourites!). The Sauvignon Blanc... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 13th Street Winery Burger Blend (Red) 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: This Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir (Burger!) blend from the Niagara Peninsula, is becoming renowned for its food friendly and refreshing style that makes it ideally suited for enjoying with your favourite grilled grub.... Continue Reading →

#wine review:Tender Hope Syrah 2016 from Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: Boom! This deeply coloured, rich and expressive Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State is a fantastic example of the bold and luscious red wines they're producing in this increasingly popular wine... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Tender Hope Roussanne 2017 from Columbia Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: From Washington's Columbia Valley, the 2017 Tender Hope Roussanne has an expressive bouquet with honeydew melon, pear, white tea, lanolin, crisp linen, and minerality on the nose. Medium-full bodied, with great acidity, the... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2016 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – coming to LCBO June 8

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: A tasty Cabernet from the very impressive and often under-valued, Washington State, where Chateau Smith (of Charles Smith Wines) produces their delicious wines. The nose is full of dark cherry, black currant, chocolate,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON April 2019 Matt's review: A blend of 81% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec from Napa Valley's renowned Oakville, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll District regions. A textbook Napa Cab nose, with dark plum, black currant,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Arterra Pinot Noir

Ottawa, ON April 2019 Matt's review: 2017 Arterra Pinot Noir benefits from a touch of appassimento winemaking where a portion of the grapes were carefully set aside and left to dry for a period of time after harvesting, similar to... Continue Reading →

99 point #wine review: Inniskillin Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2017 – textural nirvana

Ottawa, ON March 2019   Matt's review: Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is renowned for their luxurious Icewines as they consistently deliver the most impressive style of sweet, full bodied, richly textured, and incredibly refreshing (dessert) wine that's sought after in... Continue Reading →

Give the gift of wine this holiday season -as seen on CTV Morning Live

December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased his top wine picks for entertaining and gifting this holiday season. Checkout the CTV video here! The holiday season is a great time of year... Continue Reading →

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: H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – on sale now for $16.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON December 2018 Matt's review: There's no surprise that this is Washington State's best selling Cabernet at the LCBO, as it offers great value in a very crowd-friendly style. Chalked full of sweet dark fruit, black currant, black cherry,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Chateau Des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc – $15.95

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review: 2017 Chateau des Charmes' estate grown and bottled Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic example of the fine mineral-focused Sauvignon Blanc being produced by this iconic Ontario winery. Herbaceous, with fresh tropical and exotic fruits... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars 2016 Pinot Noir, another terrific Ontario Pinot Noir.

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Icellars 2016 Pinot Noir, 150 cases total production from the Icel (estate) Vineyard in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. Inviting sweet spice box aromas with fresh herbs, plum, and cherry notes showing the complexity of the wine from... Continue Reading →

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