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Wine review: Jackson-Triggs 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot – $59.95

Ottawa, ON October 2019 Matt's review: Another unique small production hand crafted wine from the talented Niagara-based winemaker, Marco Piccoli, of Jackson-Triggs. Winemakers have many tools to help them produce expressive and different styles of wines each year. Ideally the... Continue Reading →

Winter Wines as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, we're talking winter wines, otherwise stated, wines that complement the season...wines that are suited for entertaining, enjoying with comfort food, and enjoying this holiday season and throughout the winter. Check out... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars 2016 Pinot Noir, another terrific Ontario Pinot Noir.

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Icellars 2016 Pinot Noir, 150 cases total production from the Icel (estate) Vineyard in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. Inviting sweet spice box aromas with fresh herbs, plum, and cherry notes showing the complexity of the wine from... 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: 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 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 →

Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day #CANADA150 Celebrations as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

CTV Ottawa Morning Live June 30, 2017 Theme: Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day Celebrations Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves served up some easy to make and super refreshing ice cold sangria... Continue Reading →

Iconic #CDNwine for #Canada150 Celebrations + #FathersDay Gifting

  CTV Ottawa Morning Live   June 15th, 2017 Theme:  Iconic Canadian Wines for Canada 150 Celebrations (and Father’s Day gifting!) Overview:  Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Lianne Laing, Henry Burris, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some iconic Canadian... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @StratusWines 2012 Red – showcasing the power and elegance of #Niagara

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Stratus Red 2012 - This impressive Niagara-on-the-Lake winery consistently produces some of the finest wines available in Ontario.  2012 was the best growing season the winery had experienced which enabled the grapes to... Continue Reading →

94 pts #wine review: @BurrowingOwlBC 2013 Meritage avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC.  Their 2013 Meritage (Bordeaux blend) is a blend of 39% Merlot,... Continue Reading →

93 pts #Wine Review: Icellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon @FoolAnd60Acres – wow what a gem!

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the finest Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon's I can recall tasting! This boutique winery from Niagara-on-the-Lake produces a very limited amount of wine, including only 150 cases... Continue Reading →

92 pts #Wine Review: @Benjamin_Bridge #TidalBay 2016 – Proudly Nova Scotian #CDNwine

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Tidal Bay is uniquely Nova Scotian, in fact this is Nova Scotia's first wine appellation and also the name of their signature white wine. Benjamin Bridge's Tidal Bay is a unique blend of L’Acadie,... Continue Reading →

Spring Wines under $20 as seen on CTV Morning Live

March 13, 2017 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Lianne Laing, Henry Burris, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased value priced wine picks that are ideally suited for enjoying this time of year as we transition from winter... Continue Reading →

90 pts Wine Review: 13th Street Winery Cabernet Merlot – $19.95 @LCBO @13thStreetWines

Ottawa, ON March 2017 Matt's review: 13th Street Winery's 2013 Cabernet Merlot is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, sourced from vineyards in the Creek Shores and Niagara-on-the-Lake appellations of the Niagara Peninsula. A... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Wines & Spirits as seen on CTV Morning Live

More and more celebrities are getting into the wine and spirits business for a variety of reasons, including their passion for wine & spirits, and the fact that they can afford it! Celebrities like Drake, Dave Matthews, the Tragically Hip, and Dan Aykroyd are all doing really impressive things in the industry, and today we’re going to taste some of their latest ‘hits’. Sommelier Matt Steeves has prepared a nice line-up of Celebrity wines and spirits for us today.

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