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#wine review: Painted Rock Wine Red Icon 2016 – 95 pts

Ottawa, ON June 2019   Matt's review: Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: 2017 Chateau Des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc – $15.95

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review: 2017 Chateau des Charmes' estate grown and bottled Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic example of the fine mineral-focused Sauvignon Blanc being produced by this iconic Ontario winery. Herbaceous, with fresh tropical and exotic fruits... 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 Syrah 2016

Ottawa, ON September, 2018 Matt's review: Icellars is excelling in the production of high quality red wines, which is earning them a reputation as one of the top fine wine producing wineries in Ontario. Their low production Syrah (145 cases)... 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 →

@VANWINEFEST Symposium on the Canadian Wine Economy – Crafting a Canadian Wine Culture – Feb 2017

Last February I had the pleasure of attending a full day symposium at the Vancouver International Wine Festival that focused on what it takes to enable the development of a prosperous and healthy wine culture here in Canada.  The premise... 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 →

#wine review: Icellars Pinot Noir 2015 – $45 @fooland60acres

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Icellars 2015 Pinot Noir is light ruby in colour with a garnet hue.  The aromas show the warmth of the vintage with sweet baked goods (imagine fresh gingerbread cookies), spice box, dried cherry, sweet herbs,... Continue Reading →

Award Worthy Canadian Wines for Canada Day Celebrations as seen on CTV Morning Live

Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some delicious award winning Canadian wines that would be great for your Canada Day celebrations.

Matt’s Long Weekend Wine Picks & Tips

Gorgeous artwork by the talented Andy Potts - check out his site: andy-potts.com CTV Ottawa Morning Live May 16th, 2016. 8:20AM Theme: Matt’s Long Weekend Wine Picks & Pro Tips Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves and the talented... Continue Reading →

Give the Gift of Wine for the Holidays – as seen on CTV November 25, 2015

Matt Steeves discusses gifting fine wines for holiday gifts. Fine wines, when gifted to those that appreciate them, do more than simply provide that person with a great tasting wine, they come with the potential to create an everlasting memory.

Matt’s Holiday Wines Picks – November 14, 2015 – Beat the December line-ups and grab these now!

November 14, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario. Here are some terrific wines I've tasted recently for which I'd highly recommend checking out this holiday season.  From value priced entertaining wines to higher priced gifting wines, sparklers and still wine, there are... Continue Reading →

Sparkling Wines for your election party celebration

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV host Lianne Laing and CTV Guest Sommelier Matt Steeves discussed different sparkling wine options to enjoy during your election party celebrations.  We also had a special guest help us out with some sabering, the... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Wine Picks as seen on CTV Morning Live – October 7 2015

October 7, 2015. 7:45AM Theme: Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Picks Guest: Matt Steeves – Sommelier, Wine Writer, & Director with the National Capital Sommelier Guild - follow Matt on Twitter @Quercusvino or http://www.quercusvino.ca Overview: Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV Host... Continue Reading →

The pursuit of excellence at Painted Rock Winery in beautiful British Columbia, Canada

September 2015 - Matt Steeves On September 20, 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting with John Skinner, proprietor at Painted Rock Estate Winery. From the moment you start climbing the long and winding hill to reach this beautiful winery... Continue Reading →

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