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93 pts #wine review: @Fontanafredda_ Eremo Langhe Rosso 2014 available @LCBO now – $17.95

Ottawa, ON Matt's review:  Wow! What an impressive and super value-priced wine ($17.95)! Did they get the price wrong? Seriously, I think they did! This big blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo from Italy's Langhe DOC region is chalked full rich dark... Continue Reading →

93 pts #Grappa review: #Sibona Reserva Grappa Botti Da Madeira available @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: Sibona Distillery's Madeira barrel-aged Reserve Grappa is a beautiful amber colour thanks to the time it spent in sweet Madeira barrels picking up not only colour but flavour and subtle texture complexity too. The... 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 →

A fine Franciacorta bubbly for holiday entertaining – available at LCBO $41.95

Ottawa, ON December 2017 LCBO released the Ca'del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut Franciacorta today in time for holiday entertaining and gifting.  With its distinct packaging and delicious contents it's a great sparking wine to enjoy this holiday season. Ca' del... 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!

#wine review: @LunaNuda Pinot Grigio – now available @LCBO – $15.95

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: An impressive dry Pinot Grigio from Italy's northern most province and wine making region, Alto Adige, which borders Switzerland and Austria. Renowned for its snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and premium Pinot Grigio, this... Continue Reading →

#Wine review: Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2016 – $13.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Ruffino's Lumina Pinot Grigio is a crowd pleasing fresh and fruity unoaked wine that's perfectly suited for enjoying on a patio in the sun, or throughout the year with lighter fare such as... Continue Reading →

$8 wine review: Torrevento #Negroamaro from Puglia Italy

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: From the very southern end of Italy, in the famous 'heel' of Italy's boot, Puglia produces delicious deeply flavorful wines, such as Negroamaro.  Torrevento's 100% Negroamaro is nearly black in colour with a... Continue Reading →

Malfy #Gin – another one of Italy’s liquid treats perfectly suited for summer enjoyment – @LCBO $34.95

Ottawa, ON March 2017 Matt's review:  Gin was invented in Italy during the 11th century by brilliant monks whom we should all be thankful to! Since their invention way back when, Italy has been producing wonderful gin for which Malfy is... Continue Reading →

Wine Review: CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 – $27.95 (375 ml)

January 2017 Ottawa, ON   Matt's review: What a fantastic Brunello, each and every year, especially this 2011 vintage. Made from 100% Sangiovese from their estate vineyard in Montalcino, it shows smoky plum, leather, cedar, and sweet cigar box on the... Continue Reading →

Top Holiday Wine Gifting ideas as seen on CTV Morning Live

December 14, 2016 – Ottawa, ON Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Melissa Lamb and Sommelier Matt Steeves discussed top wine picks for entertaining and gifting this holiday season.  Check out the CTV video here Gifting a special bottle of... Continue Reading →

Must try wines for Thanksgiving – as seen on CTV Morning Live

October 6, 2016 Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased a portfolio of wines that would be great with your Thanksgiving meals. Here's the video: CTV Thanksgiving Wine Segment In the lead up to Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →

Tuscan Icon Ruffino visits Ottawa

By Matt Steeves I recently enjoyed a structured tasting of Ruffino wines led by the knowledgable and charismatic Beppe d'Andrea, Ruffino's Global Brand Ambassador, at the ever impressive Social Restaurant in the Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario. Beppe d'Andrea, a... Continue Reading →

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