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Sipsmith London Dry Gin review

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review of  Sipsmith London Dry Gin Batch 00984, 41.6% ABV, bottled on July 1, 2017. In 2009 Sipsmith set-up London's first traditional copper distillery since 1820, launching the rebirth of ultra premium craft Gin production... Continue Reading →

Great gifting Barolo for the holidays – @Fontanafredda_ Barolo @LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review: Fontanafredda's 2013 Barolo is one of the best super value Barolo's available at the LCBO. At $29.90 it offers exceptional value and don't let the discount price point steer you away as this Barolo... Continue Reading →

The perfect #holiday #gift for the #wine lover in your life… a liquid Port Encyclopedia avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review: Port, the storied fortified wine from Portugal, is loved by many around the world for its rich and refreshing characteristics that are simply perfect when enjoyed after a fine meal in the company of... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Sefa Wine Pinot Noir 2015 from Kosovo

Ottawa, ON November 2017   Matt's review: Sefa Wine Pinot Noir 2015: Medium-light ruby red, the nose is perfumed with fresh cherry, delicate baking spices, complemented by hints of cedar and dried fruit.  Medium bodied, smooth, and incredibly well balanced,... Continue Reading →

Spooky Halloween Cocktails as seen on @CTVOttMornLive

October 31, 2017 Theme: Spooky Halloween Cocktails Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some spooky Halloween cocktails and horrifyingly delicious wines to enjoy with your Halloween festivities. Check out the CTV video here!... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Kismetwines 2014 Riesling #Icewine #Delicious

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Kismet Estate Winery's 2014 Riesling Icewine from Oliver (in the heart of the Okanagan Valley), BC - Canada's Wine Capital.   This wine won top honours, the coveted Platinum Award, at the 2015 British... Continue Reading →

@DeathsDoor Gin – A perfect ‘Spirit’ for your #Halloween party – Avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Death's Door Gin. This Wisconsin-based craft distillery is producing some of the finest Gin available.  They've achieved Certified Organic status from growing their hard Red Winter Wheat on Washington Island, which is also... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Jackson_Triggs Pinot Grigio Grand Reserve – $19.95 

Ottawa, ON October, 2017   Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' inaugural vintage (2016) of their Grand Reserve Pinot Grigio shows that they've got a great thing going with this premium Ontario white wine. An intriguing colour of faint copper with a pink... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Cais da Ribeira Reserva 2014, coming to LCBO in November – $13.95

  Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Cais da Ribeira Reserva 2014. Portuguese wines offer terrific value and this red blend is a great example of how food friendly Portuguese wines can be, without the steep price tag.  Deep... Continue Reading →

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