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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 →

wine review: Tom Gore Field Blend- Sonoma County, California – $29.95 at LCBO

Ottawa, ON February 2019 Matt's review: Attention Petit Verdot lovers...here's one you don't want to miss! Rich and succulent, this Sonoma County blend of 52% Petit Verdot, 28% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tempranillo, and 3% Carignane, is bursting with... 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 →

Winter Wines as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, we're talking winter wines, otherwise stated, wines that complement the season...wines that are suited for entertaining, enjoying with comfort food, and enjoying this holiday season and throughout the winter. Check out... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Athene 2015 – available @LCBO Nov 24th!

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan blend showcases the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah, from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench,... 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: Featherstone Winery Four Feathers 2017 now available @lcbo

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Four Feathers blends four cool climate white grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a splash of Gewürztraminer, in one fragrant, creamy, and refreshing wine that's both super versatile and super value priced. Pale... 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: Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2015 ~ $45

Ottawa, ON September 29, 2018 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2015 Cabernet Franc, from the southern part of British Columbia's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley, is a deep ruby colour showing rich and concentrated dark plum, black cherry, blueberry pie, grilled peppers,... Continue Reading →

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