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wine review: 13th Street Winery 2019 Riesling Expression Series

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: A very well balanced Riesling that showcases the food friendly pairing characteristics of this noble varietal that make it a Sommelier's best friend! Orchard fruit, fresh lemon and lime peel with hints of wildflower... Continue Reading →

wine review: Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2019

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: A wonderful extra dry Rosé from the Cotes-du-Rhone, France. Crisp and textured, this wine is ideally suited to enjoy all year round with small plates, charcuterie, salads with goat cheese and tangy vinaigrette, and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Unshackled Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 available at LCBO May 29

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Prisoner Wine Co makes some seriously bold and delicious wines, and Unshackled Cabernet Sauvignon is guilty of exactly that! A blend of 80% Cab, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, and 5% Merlot, sourced from... Continue Reading →

93 pts wine review: 2018 Escudo Rojo Origine Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Escudo Rojo (Spanish for Rothschild) Origine Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding expression of premium Maipo Valley Cabernet, and at a bargain of a price! Ripe and robust, its chalked full of fresh dark berries,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Winery Phoenix 2020 – available at LCBO May 15

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: This limited production (169 cases) Gewurztraminer from the Glen Elgin Vineyard (Niagara Peninsula VQA), shows fragrant spring blossoms, ripe stone fruit, and sweet lychee notes on the nose. Luscious and refreshing, its creamy texture... Continue Reading →

wine review: Vale D. Maria Rufo Douro 2018

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Vale D. Maria Rufo 2018 is great value-priced red from one of the Douro's premier producers. A blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, it shows rich and savoury dark fruits and earthy graphite... Continue Reading →

wine review: Qunita Vale D. Maria 2017 – an incredible Douro wine for your cellar!

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Quinta Vale D. Maria 2017 is a wonderful expression of premium Douro wine that showcases the greatness achievable from their unique single vineyard field blend of 41 (mainly indigenous) varietals. That's right, a blend... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Syrah 2018

Ottawa, ON May 2021 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2018 Syrah was sourced from their estate Black Sage Bench estate vineyard in Oliver, and their Eva vineyard in Osoyoos. A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, the grapes were hand... Continue Reading →

Top Sommelier Recommended Local Wine Picks to Enjoy this Spring – As seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased their top local wine picks for enjoying this Spring. Wines that pair perfectly with BBQ and patio season! Red, White, and Rosé! These Sommelier selected wines represent... Continue Reading →

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92 points wine review: Burrowing Owl 2019 Sauvignon Blanc BC VQA Similkameen Valley – available at LCBO in April 2021…

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from their Keremeos vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. A blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, where a third was barrel fermented to provide additional weight... Continue Reading →

Port review: Messias 10 Year Tawny Port – Available at LCBO – $29.95

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: A fantastic 10 year aged Tawny Port! Full bodied, creamy smooth, with loads of dried fruits, Medjool dates, sweet spices, and all wonderfully balanced with a fresh and creamy finish that persists for minutes.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Double Diamond Oakville Napa Valley now at LCBO

Double Diamond 2017 now available at LCBO March 11, 2021

Quercus Vino

Ottawa, ON

October 2020

Matt’s reviews of Double Diamond 2017 and 2018.

Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who’s renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer, Schrader Cellars.

Double Diamond 2017: Thomas Rivers Brown sources the fruit for Double Diamond from the finest Oakville sites, including iconic To Kalon vineyards, where many of Napa’s finest wines are born. Double Diamond 2017 shows the best of Napa in a modestly priced offering, it’s simply outstanding! This Napa red shows sweet currant, baking spices, fragrant clove, tobacco, and herbs. The palate is rich with great freshness and a harmonious texture, hallmarks of fine To Kalon fruit and indicative of the decades of aging potential Double Diamond has, but why wait when it’s showing so perfect now! Enjoy over the next couple decades with braised dishes. Tasted October 2020…

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wine review: 2019 Tarapaca Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: An impressive value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from Chile's Casablanca Valley. Expressive exotic and tropical fruits, lime zest, and lemongrass on the nose and palate. A wonderful wine for enjoying with creamy cheeses, tangy salads, fish... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2018 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON February 2021 Matt's review: Robert Mondavi's Napa Valley Cabernet is a great expression of premium Napa Cabernet with each and every vintage. The 2018 shows expressive dark fruits, black plum, vanilla, menthol, and scorched earth. The palate highlights... Continue Reading →

Top Wine Picks for Celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day this weekend – as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON February 12, 2021 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased their top wine picks for enjoying this weekend, whether you're hosting a virtual Palentine's or Galentine's celebration, or creating a romantic date-night... Continue Reading →

93-95 pts Wine review: Corte Sant’Alda Valmezzane Amarone 2011 #Valpolicella

Quercus Vino

Ottawa, ON

April 2017

Matt’s review: Corte Sant’Alda’s Valmezzane Amarone (2011) is an absolutely stunning wine from this proudly biodynamic winery located high in the hills east of Verona, Italy. At ~16% it’s remarkably elegant and fresh, indicative of the delicate approach the winemaking team takes in every aspect of their operation. Superbly balanced with lifted notes of sweet spices, cherry, dried fruit and cacao. Full bodied with an intriguing freshness, this exceptional Amarone will reward those that enjoy it now or cellar over the next two decades. Tasted September 2016 at the winery. 93-95 pts. Matt Steeves –

I had the pleasure of tasting the impressive Valmezzane Amarone at the winery along with a delicious charcuterie platter.  As you can imagine, the two paired beautifully, and despite the 35C weather, this Amarone was incredibly refreshing. 

Looking out over the Corte Sant’Alda vineyards perched high up in the hills of…

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