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wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Fidelia Sparkling Brut 2020

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Fidelia blends 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat Canelli from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of the Okanagan, to produce an easy to love style of sparkling wine that will shine... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. Savoury over sweet, stainless steel and neutral oak preserves the pure expression of the vineyard's terroir.... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate Opening Gambit 2015

CheckMate continues to showcase Canada's ability to produce world-class wines worthy of great acclaim, wines that shine alongside peers from Napa, Tuscany, and Bordeaux.

Sommelier selected gifts for Father’s Day!

Sommelier selected wine and spirits for Father's Day!

Top Sommelier Recommended Local Wine Picks to Enjoy this Spring – As seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Annette Goerner and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased their top local wine picks for enjoying this Spring. Wines that pair perfectly with BBQ and patio season! Red, White, and Rosé! These Sommelier selected wines represent... Continue Reading →

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92 points wine review: Burrowing Owl 2019 Sauvignon Blanc BC VQA Similkameen Valley – available at LCBO in April 2021…

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from their Keremeos vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. A blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, where a third was barrel fermented to provide additional weight... Continue Reading →

Port review: Messias 10 Year Tawny Port – Available at LCBO – $29.95

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: A fantastic 10 year aged Tawny Port! Full bodied, creamy smooth, with loads of dried fruits, Medjool dates, sweet spices, and all wonderfully balanced with a fresh and creamy finish that persists for minutes.... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Burrowing Owl Merlot 2016

Burrowing Owl's 2016 Merlot shows the richness and balance of the 2016 vintage. Loads of rich blackberry, black currant, cherry, plum, smoky bacon, dried fruits and chocolate on the nose and palate. Super expressive, this beautifully balanced and very full-bodied wine shows great elegance too with it's fine integrated tannins and soft mouthfeel making it a wonderful wine to enjoy with a wide range of dishes from wood-fired pizza, to roasts, to BBQ burgers and ribs. Try with spicy pork tenderloin with cherry-thyme pan sauce - a perfect pairing all year round! Tasted June 2020. 92 points. Matt Steeves - http://www.quercusvino.ca

Wine review: 2018 Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine – 96 points – A decadent treat for ringing in your 2021 NYE

Ring in the New Year with this incredible sparkling Icewine. A textural experience like no other. 96 points.

wine review: Frank Hellwig Shiraz Grenache 2017 now available at LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Frank Hellwig, an Australian winemaker, with nearly a decade of winemaking experience in Canada, has crafted a delicious red blend (80% Shiraz & 20% Grenache) that's guranteed to resonate with Canadian wine enthusiasts looking... Continue Reading →

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Now in its second vintage since its return to the market last year, Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018, a Canadian Grand Cru-quality wine from renowned international winemaker Thomas Bachelder, demonstrates the greatness achievable... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Culmina Merlot – an outstanding quality wine at a great price!

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Merlot showcases just how complex and interesting the Okanagan's signature varietal can be, especially those sourced from the prestigious Golden Mile Bench. Rich and intense black fruit, black plum, Okanagan Black Sage, dried... Continue Reading →

wine review: Ruffino’s 2016 Romitorio di Santedame Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Romitorio di Santedame is Ruffino's new high-end single vineyard Gran Selezione from the Santedame Estate in Castellina Chianti. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, from the heart of Chianti Classico, between the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Double Diamond Oakville Napa Valley now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2020 Matt's reviews of Double Diamond 2017 and 2018. Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who's renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer,... Continue Reading →

Autumn Wines to Fall for as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased the styles of wines they're falling for and recommending we check out this Autumn. Matt's got some unique wines that are perfectly suited for the season and the meals we’re serving this time of year!

wine review: Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

Ottawa, ON August 2020 Matt's review: Meritage 2017, Burrowing Owl's flagship wine, is a blend of (59%) Cabernet Sauvignon, (20%) Merlot, (18%) Cabernet Franc, and (3%) Petit Verdot, all estate grown from their Oliver-based winery in the heart of the... Continue Reading →

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