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Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

93 pts #wine review: @Fontanafredda_ Eremo Langhe Rosso 2014 available @LCBO now – $17.95

Ottawa, ON Matt's review:  Wow! What an impressive and super value-priced wine ($17.95)! Did they get the price wrong? Seriously, I think they did! This big blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo from Italy's Langhe DOC region is chalked full rich dark... Continue Reading →

91+ pts #wine review: 2015 Ravenswood Lodi County Old Vine Zinfandel

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review: I love the experience and ritual of opening a bottle of wine to begin a meal and being reminded of how much I enjoy the wines from specific wine regions. In this case... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Altivo Red Dão DOC, a super value priced Portuguese red blend from the Dão

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review: An impressive and super value-priced red blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, and Trincadeira from one of the oldest and most storied wine regions in Portugal, the Dão. Rich and fragrant with an inviting... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2015 Cais da Ribeira Reserva Douro DOC, Portugal

Cais da Ribeira Reserva 2015. This dry Portuguese red blend incorporates some of Portugual's most popular varietals including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Touriga Barroca, and Tinta Roriz from the Douro region - the world's first demarcated and regulated wine region (1756), which is renowned for their Port production and becoming increasingly recognized for their dry red wines that offer great value as this one does! Deeply coloured, it shows black fruit, dark plum, spice, leather, mushroom, and sous bois. Dry with dusty tannins and mouthwatering acidity that makes this well suited for enjoying with rich dishes such as Portuguese braised steak & onions, or stew with Javali (wild boar) and root vegetables. Tasted March 2018. 89 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

#wine review: Franciscan Estate Napa Chardonnay 2015 – @LCBO March 17 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Rich golden colour as one can expect for an oaked Napa Chardonnay, but it's the balance and freshness on the finish that makes the Franciscan Napa Chard a (value-priced) wine to get excited about. The... Continue Reading →

Port & Port Cocktails at the Vancouver International Wine Festival #VIWF

March 2018 By Matt Steeves I attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) from February 28 to March 3 and like all media and patrons that attended I was treated to a wide array of tasty Spanish and Portuguese wines,... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Tears Red Head Irish Single Malt Whiskey @LCBO March 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Wow, such a well balanced and surprisingly soft and integrated Single Malt Irish Whiskey esp at 46%... Amber with a redish hue, with notes of Oloroso Sherry, Manhattan cocktail with fresh orange peel, and spicy... Continue Reading →

94 pts wine review: @PeterFranusWine Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014 @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review:  Gorgeous! A blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Charbono, Mourvèdre, and Carignane sourced from the Brandlin Vineyard perched up high on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. With layers of raspberry, blueberry pie, clove,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @RobertMondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Reserve 2013 – @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's reivew: The provenance of Robert Mondavi's Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America, being the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville AVA. A blend... Continue Reading →

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