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Looking for a special Scotch for Father’s Day…checkout Ardbeg Grooves @LCBO

Ottawa, ON June 2018 Buying something for someone that has it all can be challenging and even a bit stressful.  Fortunately gifting a special bottle of wine or Whisky never disappoints so it's often my go-to recommendation.  This Father's Day... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Kim Crawford Small Parcels #Fizz 2012 available @LCBO July 7 – $29.95

Ottawa, ON May 2018   Matt's review: Kim Crawford wines are loved around the world for their approachable, refreshing, and delicious style. Their Small Parcels offerings, such as their micro-cuvée "Fizz", showcase the finest grapes from specific vineyards and these... Continue Reading →

#Scotch review: @TheGlenmorangie #Spios Private Edition No. 9 – available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: May 26, 2018, via Vintages throughout Ontario, Glenmorangie released their first single malt Whisky that was fully matured in American ex-Rye Whiskey casks. Labelled "Spios", which is Gaelic for 'spice', and pronounced 'spee-oss', it's... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Icellars Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery's Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from the Twenty Mile Bench Wismer Homestead Vineyard, further demonstrates just how exceptional the wines from this boutique winery can be. In its inaugural vintage, this small production... Continue Reading →

Wine and Spirits for that special mom this Mother’s Day…

Ottawa, ON May 10, 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for Mother's Day, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some terrific wine and spirits that are guaranteed to be loved by Mom and certain to help put a smile on... Continue Reading →

94 point #wine review: @Checkmatewinery 2013 End Game #Merlot

April 2018 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Checkmate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 End Game Merlot is an outstanding expression of ultra premium Okanagan... Continue Reading →

Malbec World Day – what Malbec will you be celebrating with today?

Ottawa, ON April 17, 2018 By Matt Steeves Malbec World Day is celebrated to pay homage to the influence of the late president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888), who made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry.   On this day in... 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 →

92 pts wine review: Icellars Estate Winery Arinna (red blend) from NOTL, ON – $42

Ottawa, ON April 2018   Matt's review: Boom, this expressive red blend from Icellars Estate Winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, consists of 50% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and a splash of Malbec to produce a beautiful balanced and... Continue Reading →

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