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wine review: Sandbanks Rosé 2019

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: This local Rosé is fresh, balanced, completely crushable, with a creamy texture that persists on the long finish. Enjoy throughout the year with BBQ, seafood pasta, spicy cuisine, or with a book in front... Continue Reading →

wine review: Laughing Stock Portfolio 2017

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: Laughing Stock's Portfolio brings the best of the Naramata Bench and Osoyoos together in their flagship (Bordeaux) red blend. 2017 combines 48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit... Continue Reading →

Autumn Wines to Fall for as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased the styles of wines they're falling for and recommending we check out this Autumn. Matt's got some unique wines that are perfectly suited for the season and the meals we’re serving this time of year!

wine review: Tribulo Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG 2016

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's review: Produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes sourced from Tuscan's Montecucco DOCG, it shows sweet dried cherry, plum, dark chocolate and fragrant Cypress (balsamic) notes reminiscent of the tall Tuscan Cypress trees that line vineyard roads... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2018

Ottawa, ON September 2020 Matt's review: Black Sheep Riesling from Featherstone Estate Winery shows great varietal characteristics with crisp orchard fruit, notes of petrol, and impressive mouthwatering minerality. A beautiful value-priced expression of one of Ontario's finest styles of wine,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017 – available at LCBO

If you love Chardonnay, make sure you check out this premium offering from internationally acclaimed Robert Mondavi Winery in the heart of Napa Valley.

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.

Wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2018

August 2020 Matt’s review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from estate vineyards in the heart of the southern Okanagan Valley. Deeply coloured, the nose shows spicy dark fruits, black pepper, smoky bacon, and sweet clove. The palate offers fleshy black... Continue Reading →

Wine review: 2018 Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Series Chardonnay VQA Niagara Peninsula

August 2020 Matt’s review: An expressive full bodied Niagara Chardonnay that delivers expressive tropical and exotic fruits, sweet spices, and perfumed notes with a creamy texture. Enjoy with roasted chicken, autumn soups, and pork tenderloin with apple compote. Tasted August... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hand of Time Napa Valley Red 2014

Ottawa, ON, Canada August 2020 Matt’s review: The storied Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Napa Red is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 3% Malbec which shows the purity of the fine Napa fruit. Aromas... Continue Reading →

wine review: Sandbanks Baco Noir Reserve 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2020 Matt's review: This crowd-pleasing County red shows spicy dark fruit and chocolate covered berries in a ripe and robust style making it great for enjoying with spicy chili, nachos, pulled pork, and gourmet burgers. Tasted July... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate Winery 2015 Queen Taken Chardonnay

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: CheckMate's Queen Taken shows the elegance and structure achievable in their beautiful Golden Mile Bench Chardonnay. A brilliant light golden colour, the nose shows crisp orchard fruits, apple, pear, sweet tropical notes, delicate... Continue Reading →

wine review: Pian di Staffa Riserva 2015 Montecucco DOCG

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: Pian di Staffa Riserva Montecucco DOGC showcases the complexity of the Sangiovese from this up-and-coming Tuscan region. Situated in the shadow of the ancient volcano, Monte Amiata, and beside renowned regions where much... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Rosé 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: This small production single vineyard Rosé is a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah from Winemaker's Cut estate vineyards in Oliver, BC. Aromatic field berries, stone fruit, floral blossoms, and a... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ribusieri Le Maciole Montecucco Rosso 2016

Ottawa, ON July 2020   Matt's review: Ribusieri's Le Maciole is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Syrah, from their Montecucco DOC vineyards in the shadow of the ancient Mount Amiata volcano. An expressive, refreshing, and... Continue Reading →

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