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#wine review: #Icellars 2017 Merlot – one of Canada’s finest!

Ottawa, ON May 2019   Matt's review: An outstanding Merlot from one of Ontario’s finest wineries, Icellars, located in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Ripe dark fruits, plum, mocha, cacao, herbs and sweet spice on the nose. The palate repeats the aromas in a... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: 2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc from Monterey County and Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: This impressive Sauvignon is sourced from two storied California wine regions with 58% coming from Monterey County and 42% from Napa Valley (Oakville and Stags Leap District AVAs...two of my favourites!). The Sauvignon Blanc... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Arterra Chardonnay 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019   Matt's review: This aromatic and textured Chardonnay shows an expressive bouquet of baked apple, Asian pear, floral blossoms, limestone, and hints of sweet perfume on the nose. The palate offers refreshing orchard fruit with a... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 13th Street Winery Burger Blend (Red) 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2019 Matt's review: This Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir (Burger!) blend from the Niagara Peninsula, is becoming renowned for its food friendly and refreshing style that makes it ideally suited for enjoying with your favourite grilled grub.... Continue Reading →

#wine review:Tender Hope Syrah 2016 from Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: Boom! This deeply coloured, rich and expressive Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State is a fantastic example of the bold and luscious red wines they're producing in this increasingly popular wine... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Tender Hope Roussanne 2017 from Columbia Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: From Washington's Columbia Valley, the 2017 Tender Hope Roussanne has an expressive bouquet with honeydew melon, pear, white tea, lanolin, crisp linen, and minerality on the nose. Medium-full bodied, with great acidity, the... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2016 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – coming to LCBO June 8

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: A tasty Cabernet from the very impressive and often under-valued, Washington State, where Chateau Smith (of Charles Smith Wines) produces their delicious wines. The nose is full of dark cherry, black currant, chocolate,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON April 2019 Matt's review: A blend of 81% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec from Napa Valley's renowned Oakville, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll District regions. A textbook Napa Cab nose, with dark plum, black currant,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Arterra Pinot Noir

Ottawa, ON April 2019 Matt's review: 2017 Arterra Pinot Noir benefits from a touch of appassimento winemaking where a portion of the grapes were carefully set aside and left to dry for a period of time after harvesting, similar to... Continue Reading →

99 point #wine review: Inniskillin Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2017 – textural nirvana

Ottawa, ON March 2019   Matt's review: Iconic Canadian winery, Inniskillin, is renowned for their luxurious Icewines as they consistently deliver the most impressive style of sweet, full bodied, richly textured, and incredibly refreshing (dessert) wine that's sought after in... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tom Gore Field Blend- Sonoma County, California – $29.95 at LCBO

Ottawa, ON February 2019 Matt's review: Attention Petit Verdot lovers...here's one you don't want to miss! Rich and succulent, this Sonoma County blend of 52% Petit Verdot, 28% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tempranillo, and 3% Carignane, is bursting with... Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Wines on CFRA News Talk Radio with Dahlia Kurtz, host of “The Goods with Dahlia Kurtz”

February, 2019 Ottawa, ON Today on CFRA News talk Radio, on The Goods with Dahlia Kurtz, Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some sexy wine picks that are perfectly suited for a romantic Valentine’s date night. Listen to our segment here -... Continue Reading →

A dram of Scotch whisky to celebrate Robbie Burns Day

Ottawa, ON January 25, 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner, Trisha Owens, and Sommelier Matt Steeves were celebrating Robbie Burns Day by showcasing (and enjoying) some of our favourite drinks from Robbie Burns' native land...Scotch whisky and... Continue Reading →

Champagne & Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ottawa, ON December 31, 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some NYE perfect sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and with confidence!), and some ways to... Continue Reading →

Wines for the holidays – Matt’s top tips for entertaining and gifting wines this holiday season…

December 23, 2018, today on CFRA 580 News Talk Radio, CFRAs Dahlia Kurtz and Sommelier Matt Steeves chatted wine and the holidays.  Check out the segment here! When it comes to gifting, it’s quite easy to find a nice bottle... Continue Reading →

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