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Sommeliers. Ottawa & Vancouver

#wine review: 2016 @Konzelmann Methode Cuve Close (Charmat) Sparkling Rosé

Ottawa, ON January 2018   Matt's review:  A fun and friendly Charmat method sparkling Rosé that shows delicious strawberry, cran-cherry, biscuit, and fresh herbs on the nose. Light and refreshing, this sparkling Rosé would be a great complement to your Valentine's... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2014 Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Brut – $29.95

Ottawa, ON January 2017 Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' Entourage Grand Reserve Brut 2014 is a great example of the high-quality and value-priced vintage sparkling wines coming from the Niagara Peninsula. This wine has earned top awards both internationally and here in Canada... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Inniskillin Discovery Series Baco Noir – $19.95

Ottawa, ON January 2018 Matt's review:  The 2016 Inniskillin Discovery Series Baco Noir is a very impressive expression of Ontario Baco! Niagara is renowned for producing the finest Baco and this value-priced offering from Inniskillin is a real gem. Blackberry, vanilla... Continue Reading →

97-99 pts #wine review – @Krug 2004 Brut #Champagne – “Luminous Freshness”

Krug 2004 is a blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, and 24% Pinot Meunier. The nose shows buttered croissant, white cherry, fresh cut hay and hazelnut.  Fresh beyond words, the crispness in this lively wine persists for minutes on the palate leaving the taster with the sensation of perpetual palate refreshment.  With each sip every taste bud jumps when the fine mouse carries in the bright fruit acidity and layers of flavours.  The flavour enhancing salinity of Krug 2004 makes this an exceptional wine to pair with any dish from seafood to the richest casseroles.  Showing beautifully now with only subtle indications of its 13 years of aging, I'd recommend medium to long term cellaring and enjoying it between 2020 and 2034.  For life's most special moments this Krug would be a perfect choice! Tasted December 2017. 97-99 points.  Matt Steeves -

#wine review: @HillsideWines Muscat Ottonel 2016 – summer in a glass!

Ottawa, ON January 2018 It's -25C today in Ottawa so naturally I started day dreaming about +30C weather in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Canada's very own pocket desert, where they produce world-class white and red wines.  Then the thought came... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Eve Celebration Cocktails as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 29, 2017 In addition to the delicious sparkling wines we showed earlier today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Sarah Freemark and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed that pouring a fine cocktail for your guests is a terrific way... Continue Reading →

Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve Celebrations as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 29, 2017 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Henry Burris and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some great sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and with confidence!), and some ways to jazz them up by... Continue Reading →

96+ point #wine review: 2015 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine

Ottawa, ON December 2017 Matt's review:  Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is world renowned for their luxurious Icewines, and their Cabernet Franc Icewine is the best of the best! Rich and refreshing, with incredible complexity and perfect balance, it bursts with layers... Continue Reading →

Ardbeg 10 year Scotch – The Peatiest & Smokiest Scotch, my favourite for a Whisky Sour!

Ottawa, ON December 2017 'Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the... Continue Reading →

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