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wine review: CheckMate 2015 Knight’s Challenge Chardonny

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tender Hope Midnight Black Syrah 2017

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Sourced from the Lawrence Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills of Columbia Valley, WA, Tender Hope Winery's Midnight Black Syrah shows savoury dark fruit, black cherry, prunes, menthol, and an earthiness on the nose. Great... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tender Hope Coral Syrah 2017 from Walla Walla, WA

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Sourced from Stone Valley and Les Collines Vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington state, Tender Hope's Coral Syrah shows dense black fruit, bramble, cherry, woodspice and graphite on the nose. Medium-full bodied,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Tender Hope Fire Dance Meritage 2018

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Tender Hope Winery's Fire Dance Meritage is a ripe and balanced blend of 50% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Malbec sourced from the southern limit of Canada's pocket desert. This... Continue Reading →

96 points wine review: CheckMate Attack 2015

Ottawa, ON May 2020   Matt's review: With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine... Continue Reading →

BBQ perfect wines as seen on CTV Morning Live – May 29 2020

May 29, 2020 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some BBQ-perfect wines, and wine cocktails, to pair with your backyard BBQ.                            To help prepare us for the BBQ season, and those social... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Ottawa, ON May 2020 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard located between Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC, and Osoyoos, BC, at the southern end of Canada's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley. The south of... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina Hypothesis 2014

Ottawa, ON May 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Hypothesis showcases the impressive high quality wines Canadian wine industry icon and pioneer Don Triggs and team have been creating from their estate vineyards perched up high along the Golden Mile Bench in... Continue Reading →

wine review: Culmina R&D 2016 – available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2020 Matt's review: Big and bold, deeply coloured, this wine is clearly from one of the world's warmest and finest grape growing regions. It sure is, just happens it's also one of the most northerly regions too...Canada's... Continue Reading →

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