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#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 →

wine review: Icellars Syrah 2016

Ottawa, ON September, 2018 Matt's review: Icellars is excelling in the production of high quality red wines, which is earning them a reputation as one of the top fine wine producing wineries in Ontario. Their low production Syrah (145 cases)... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda 2015 – Showing the strength, structure, and elegance of premium Ontario red wine!

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, all from their Icel estate vineyards in Niagara on the Lake. Deeply coloured, the nose shows rich dark fruit,... 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: Featherstone Cuvée Joy Rosé

Saskatchewan, Canada August 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Cuvée Joy Rosé is a fine example of the mineral-driven premium traditional method sparkling wines that Featherstone Winery is producing on the Twenty Mile Bench. Delicate strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb notes are supported by... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Thorn Napa Valley Merlot

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: Thorn Merlot sources their grapes from acclaimed vineyards throughout the world famous Napa Valley. A blend of 77% Merlot with Malbec and Syrah providing additional structure and complexity, this wine is big, juicy, and incredibly... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: Icellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from NOTL, ON – $60 winery direct

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review: 2016 was the warmest vintage ever recorded in Niagara, which resulted in the grapes at Icellars' Icel Vineyard being able to hang on the vines until November 17 and be picked at 26.2 brix... Continue Reading →

Women in Wine event in Toronto – a great Mother’s Day gift for any wine lover!

May 5 in Toronto, join four wonderful female wine personalities from some of the world's famous wine regions, including Champagne France, Napa California, Niagara Ontario, and Mendoza Argentina. I've had the pleasure of meeting Louise Engel of Featherstone Estate Winery... Continue Reading →

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