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wine review: Icellars Syrah 2016

Ottawa, ON September, 2018 Matt's review: Icellars is excelling in the production of high quality red wines, which is earning them a reputation as one of the top fine wine producing wineries in Ontario. Their low production Syrah (145 cases)... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda 2015 – Showing the strength, structure, and elegance of premium Ontario red wine!

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, all from their Icel estate vineyards in Niagara on the Lake. Deeply coloured, the nose shows rich dark fruit,... Continue Reading →

93 pts wine review: Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2014 – avail @LCBO Oct 27

Ottawa, ON September 2018 Matt's review: Ruffino's Riserva Ducale Oro is produced only in the best vintages, a tradition started in 1947 to showcase the finest fruit from Ruffino's acclaimed vineyards. The 2014 sourced fruit from Ruffino's Gretole, Santedame, and Casavecchia... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2015 ~ $45

Ottawa, ON September 29, 2018 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2015 Cabernet Franc, from the southern part of British Columbia's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley, is a deep ruby colour showing rich and concentrated dark plum, black cherry, blueberry pie, grilled peppers,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Black Sage Vineyard 2015 Merlot – available at LCBO October 13 – $28.95

Ottawa, ON September 2018 Matt's review: Black Sage Vineyard 2015 Merlot: Deep ruby red, the nose shows dark plum, stewed cherries, mocha, smoky notes, and its namesake in spades, Black Sage - a hallmark of fine Okanagan Merlot. Silky smooth... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Cuvée Joy Rosé

Saskatchewan, Canada August 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Cuvée Joy Rosé is a fine example of the mineral-driven premium traditional method sparkling wines that Featherstone Winery is producing on the Twenty Mile Bench. Delicate strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb notes are supported by... Continue Reading →

wine review: Lundy Manor Proprietor’s White 2016 – $18.95

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: Perfumed orchard and tropical fruits with fresh cut grapefruit on the nose.  Fresh and fruity with crisp orchard fruit and creamy poached pear flavours persisting on the finish.  Lundy Manor Proprietor's White is perfectly... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: This crowd friendly expression of Niagara Sauvignon Blanc bursts with sweet nectar, exotic fruit, yellow apple and a hint of lemongrass, making it super attractive to those looking for a fresh and fruity white... Continue Reading →

wine review: Rutherford Ranch Reserve Chardonnay – Napa Chard through and through…

Ottawa, ON August 2018   Matt's review: 2015 Rutherford Ranch Reserve Chardonnay from Carneros Napa Valley - Deep golden colour with baked apple, poached pear, vanilla pod and subtle caramel on the nose.  Full bodied and buttery, the creamy mouthfeel showcases layers of... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Thorn Napa Valley Merlot

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: Thorn Merlot sources their grapes from acclaimed vineyards throughout the world famous Napa Valley. A blend of 77% Merlot with Malbec and Syrah providing additional structure and complexity, this wine is big, juicy, and incredibly... Continue Reading →

wine review: Lundy Manor Proprietor’s |(red) Blend 2013 – $21.95

Ottawa, ON July 2018   Matt's review: Ruby red with a garnet hue, Lundy Manor Proprietor's Blend shows an inviting bouquet of spiced plum, cherry, mocha, cedar, and sweet pipe tobacco notes. Medium bodied and very well balanced, this Niagara red... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars Riesling Icewine 2016 – $48 (200ml)

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Niagara's ultra premium boutique winery, Icellars Estate Winery, produced a stunning Riesling Icewine that highlights the strength of the exceptional 2016 vintage. Picked on December 24th, and bottled in spring 2017, this decadent and refreshing... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge Brut 2012

Ottawa, ON July 2018   Matt's review: A Canadian winemaking icon, Benjamin Bridge, continues to capture the attention and admiration of wine aficionados and fine dining establishments around the world with their world-class premium sparkling wines that are regarded as... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge NV Rosé

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Canada's iconic sparkling wine house, Benjamin Bridge, has released its first non-vintage (NV) Rosé which builds off of the success of their NV Brut, along with their fantastic vintage sparkling wines. A beautiful copper/rose gold... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Combing two of my favourite wine styles, sparkling and Sauvignon Blanc, this is quickly becoming one of my top recommended sparkling wine styles for those looking for a delicious sparkling wine to enjoy in the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2016

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard between Oliver and Osoyoos at the southern part of the Okanagan Valley where the best Syrah in the Okanagan are found.  Deeply coloured, the nose shows... Continue Reading →

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