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#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: Burrowing Owl Athene 2015 – available @LCBO Nov 24th!

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan blend showcases the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah, from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Winery Four Feathers 2017 now available @lcbo

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Four Feathers blends four cool climate white grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a splash of Gewürztraminer, in one fragrant, creamy, and refreshing wine that's both super versatile and super value priced. Pale... 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: Icellars Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery's Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from the Twenty Mile Bench Wismer Homestead Vineyard, further demonstrates just how exceptional the wines from this boutique winery can be. In its inaugural vintage, this small production... Continue Reading →

92+ pts #wine review: #Icellars 2016 Chardonnay

Ottawa, ON April 2018 Matt's review: Icellars are producing some of Canada's finest wines, from their boutique Niagara-On-The-Lake winery. Their 2016 Chardonnay (130 cases produced), from their Icel (estate) Vineyard, displays a light gold colour, revealing baked apple, tart pineapple, melon,... Continue Reading →

wine reviews: Arterra Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2016

Ottawa, ON February 2017 I love tasting wines (obviously!) and am always keen to taste new wines in the Ontario market so I can share any new personal favourite wine picks with fellow wine lovers on social media and via... Continue Reading →

Best Wines to pair with Turkey – as seen on @CTVOTTMornLive

Wondering which wine to serve with your Turkey dinner this Thanksgiving long weekend? Today on CTV, CTVs Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves offered up some tasty options that are sure to complement your special Thanksgiving dinner!

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