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wine review: 93 points – CheckMate Silent Bishop (Merlot) 2017

93 points - CheckMate's Silent Bishop (Merlot) 2017.

wine review: Kim Crawford Prosecco Extra Dry

enowned New Zealand-based winery, Kim Crawford, has launched their first Prosecco from northern Italy, leveraging their long track record of producing internationally acclaimed wines with the growing admiration for Italian Prosecco…

wine review: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde 2020

Ottawa, ON June 2022 Matt's review: Aveleda Fonte is a fragrant, crisp, and refreshing low alcohol white blend from the Vinho Verde wine region in Portugal. A subtle fizz greets you upon opening the bottle which is then followed by... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2020 – available at LCBO and winery-direct $19

Ottawa, ON May 2022 Matt's review: A wonderful Twenty Mile Bench Riesling with each and every vintage. 2020 shows crisp apple, wildflower honey, and great minerality. Lots of texture in this super refreshing and flavorful wine. Enjoy with BBQ'd sausages,... Continue Reading →

Waterdog Portugal Red 2020 – on sale at LCBO until May 22

Ottawa, ON May 2022 Waterdog Portugal is much more than a wine with a great label at a bargain price. This red blend combines two popular Portugese varietals (Castelao and Touriga Nacional) in a very tasty, sessionable, and crowd-pleasing style.Look... Continue Reading →

wine review: Liquidity Wines Dividend 2019

Ottawa, ON March 2022 Matt's review: This Bordeaux-inspired red blend showcases the best of the Okanagan, marrying new and old world styles in a harmonious style that's primed to enjoy now. Impressive complexity on the bouquet with loads of dark... Continue Reading →

wine review: Benjamin Bridge Brut Rosé 2017

Ottawa, ON February 2022 Matt's review: Benjamin Bridge's 2017 Brut Rosé is an elegant traditional method sparkling wine that showcases the incredible freshness and complexity of flavours winemaker J-B Deslauriers delivers from their coastal-influenced vineyards along Canada's east coast. A... Continue Reading →

Merry and Bright: Festive Wine Selections to Gift or Enjoy with Family and Friends – as seen on CTV Morning Live Vancouver

Today on CTV Morning Live Vancouver, CTVs Krissy Vann, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some great wines for gifting this season as well as enjoying with family and friends over the holidays. Full details at http://www.quercusvino.ca

Sommelier Recommendations for this Holiday Season as seen on CTV Morning Live Halifax

Today on CTV Morning Live Halifax, CTVs Ana Almeida, Amanda Debison, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some great wines and spirits which are sure to impress this holiday season. From fine Canadian sparkling wine, Chardonnay, and Vodka, to international wines from Portugal and Italy, these Sommelier-selected wines are sure to please!

Impress the In-Laws with holiday-perfect wines as seen on CTV Morning Live Vancouver

CTVs Kriss Vann and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcase some great wines and spirits which are sure to impress the in-laws this holiday season. Wines that will suit every palate and budget, including white, red, bubbly, and some spirits too. And whether you're celebrating in-person with your bubble, or dropping off some holiday cheer for a virtual gathering, these are some great options to check-out this season.

Impress the In-laws this Holiday Season – Sommelier Matt Steeves’ recommendations for holiday cheer – as seen on CTV Morning Live Regina

Today on CTV Morning Live Regina, CTVs Brit Dort, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some great wines and spirits which are sure to impress the in-laws this holiday season. Wines that will suit every palate and budget, including white, red, bubbly, and some spirits too.

wine review: CedarCreek Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Ottawa, ON November 2021 Matt's review; Fresh and fragrant, this Okanagan Sauvignon Blanc shows crisp citrus, freshly squeezed lime, sweet lemon grass, and great minerality. A beautiful expression of fine Okanagan Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy with aged cheddar, creamy herb chicken,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Top recommended (Canadian) sparkling wines to ring-in the New Year!

As we plan to ring-in the much anticipated new year (and leave 2020 in the past), I wanted to share some of the most memorable Canadian sparking wines I tasted this past year should you be looking to toast with a special bottle of fine Canadian wine this New Year's Eve. Because a celebration isn't complete without some fine sparkling wine, here's a few I highly recommend enjoying this New Year's Eve and throughout 2021.

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.

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