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wine review: Icellars Reserve Red 2018 -$30 winery direct (and free shipping now!)

April 2020 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: An expressive red blend from one of Ontario's premium boutique wineries, Icellars Estate Winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Reserve Red brings together estate grown Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec to produce a beautifully balanced,... Continue Reading →

91 points wine review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Reserva Carmenere 2018 – $17 at LCBO

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Carmenere, Chile's signature varietal, as they produce some of the world's finest Carmenere, and this super value-priced ($17 at LCBO!) 100% Carmenere from Baron Philippe de Rothschild is a terrific example of exactly that.... Continue Reading →

wine review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s Escudo Rojo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Escudo Rojo Reserva is an impressive value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from the outstanding 2018 Chilean vintage. Ripe plum, dark berries, vanilla bean, and herbs on the nose and palate. This medium-full... Continue Reading →

wine review: Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2020 Matt's review: Simi sources their Chardonnay from vineyards throughout Sonoma County (Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River,Valley, Dry Creek, and Sonoma Coast), which results in a beautiful textbook California Chardonnay at a great price! Ripe and... Continue Reading →

wine review: Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Ottawa, ON March 2020   Matt's review: Sourced from the Southern Okanagan Valley, where expressive Shiraz flourishes in the hot Okanagan sun, Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz is a great example of a big and bold Okanagan red. The aromas showcase... Continue Reading →

wine review: See Ya Later Ranch Major’s Block Red Blend 2016

Ottawa, ON February 2020   Matt's review: A ripe and delicious expression of a big juicy Okanagan red. Major's Block is a robust and spicy blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding further... Continue Reading →

Matt’s hottest wines picks this Valentine’s

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some sexy wine picks that are perfectly suited for a romantic Valentine’s date night. When planning a special Valentine's date night, there are so many wine styles... Continue Reading →

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

Ottawa, ON December 31, 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities, CTVs Trisha Owens, Leslie Roberts, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some NYE perfect sparkling wines, how to open those bottles without incident (and... Continue Reading →

Sommelier-recommended wines for the holidays as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON December 2019 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Annette Goerner, Leslie Roberts, Trisha Owens, and Sommlier Matt Steeves discussed Holiday Entertaining and Gifting, and Matt presented his top Sommelier-recommended wine picks for this holiday season.  Check out Matt's... Continue Reading →

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