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wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Now in its second vintage since its return to the market last year, Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018, a Canadian Grand Cru-quality wine from renowned international winemaker Thomas Bachelder, demonstrates the greatness achievable... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Culmina Merlot – an outstanding quality wine at a great price!

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Merlot showcases just how complex and interesting the Okanagan's signature varietal can be, especially those sourced from the prestigious Golden Mile Bench. Rich and intense black fruit, black plum, Okanagan Black Sage, dried... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ruffino’s 2016 Romitorio di Santedame Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Romitorio di Santedame is Ruffino's new high-end single vineyard Gran Selezione from the Santedame Estate in Castellina Chianti. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, from the heart of Chianti Classico, between the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

Ottawa, ON August 2020 Matt's review: Meritage 2017, Burrowing Owl's flagship wine, is a blend of (59%) Cabernet Sauvignon, (20%) Merlot, (18%) Cabernet Franc, and (3%) Petit Verdot, all estate grown from their Oliver-based winery in the heart of the... Continue Reading →

Celebrating National Prosecco Day on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves we’re celebrating National Prosecco Day with some fan-favourite Prosecco, Prosecco cocktails, and food pairing tips to enjoy with this world-renowned sparkling wine.

BBQ perfect wines as seen on CTV Morning Live – May 29 2020

May 29, 2020 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some BBQ-perfect wines, and wine cocktails, to pair with your backyard BBQ.                            To help prepare us for the BBQ season, and those social... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tender Hope 2018 Pinot Noir from West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Ottawa, ON April 2020 Matt's review: Tender Hope Winery produces a very limited quantity of Pinot Noir (50 cases) sourced from the Thacker Drive Vineyard in West Kelowna. Mature vines rooted in volanic soils contribute to the wine's elegant profile,... Continue Reading →

98 point wine review: 2019 Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 – the finest vintage ever!

Ottawa, ON April 2020   Matt's review: Benjamin Bridge has been making a real fizz in the sparkling wine scene over the past two decades. This Nova Scotia (Canada) based winery is producing sparkling wines that rival those from Champagne... Continue Reading →

wine review: Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Ottawa, ON March 2020   Matt's review: Sourced from the Southern Okanagan Valley, where expressive Shiraz flourishes in the hot Okanagan sun, Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz is a great example of a big and bold Okanagan red. The aromas showcase... Continue Reading →

wine review: See Ya Later Ranch Major’s Block Red Blend 2016

Ottawa, ON February 2020   Matt's review: A ripe and delicious expression of a big juicy Okanagan red. Major's Block is a robust and spicy blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding further... Continue Reading →

Sommelier-recommended wines for the holidays as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Annette Goerner, Leslie Roberts, Trisha Owens, and Sommlier Matt Steeves discussed Holiday Entertaining and Gifting, and Matt presented his top Sommelier-recommended wine picks for this holiday season.  Check out Matt's... Continue Reading →

wine review: 13th Street Winery’s Premier Cuvée 2013

Ottawa, ON November 2019   Matt's review: A beautiful traditional method sparking wine produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing - exactly what I and so many love in premium traditional method sparking wines. Benefitting... Continue Reading →

wine reviews: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2017

Ottawa, ON November 2019 November 23 will see the return of a premium Ontario wine label, Le Grand Clos from internationally acclaimed cool-climate winemaker, Thomas Bachelder of Le Clos Jordanne.  After nearly a decade, Bachelder is back with his two... Continue Reading →

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 →

wine review: Mount Veeder 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON September 2019: Matt's review:  A fantastic expression of Napa fruit, from Mount Veeder Winery,  situated in the Mayacamas mountain range in the heart of the finest winemaking regions in California, smack dab between Sonoma and Napa.  A blend... Continue Reading →

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