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wine review: SIMI Sonoma County Dry Rosé – available via LCBO July 20

Ottawa, ON July 2019   Matt's review: New to the LCBO and arriving in perfect time to enjoy on those warm summer days and evenings. Simi Sonoma Country Dry Rosé, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Tepranillo,... 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 Cuvée Joy Rosé

Saskatchewan, Canada August 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Cuvée Joy Rosé is a fine example of the mineral-driven premium traditional method sparkling wines that Featherstone Winery is producing on the Twenty Mile Bench. Delicate strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb notes are supported by... Continue Reading →

wine review: Lundy Manor Proprietor’s White 2016 – $18.95

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: Perfumed orchard and tropical fruits with fresh cut grapefruit on the nose.  Fresh and fruity with crisp orchard fruit and creamy poached pear flavours persisting on the finish.  Lundy Manor Proprietor's White is perfectly... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Thorn Napa Valley Merlot

Ottawa, ON August 2018 Matt's review: Thorn Merlot sources their grapes from acclaimed vineyards throughout the world famous Napa Valley. A blend of 77% Merlot with Malbec and Syrah providing additional structure and complexity, this wine is big, juicy, and incredibly... Continue Reading →

wine review: Lundy Manor Proprietor’s |(red) Blend 2013 – $21.95

Ottawa, ON July 2018   Matt's review: Ruby red with a garnet hue, Lundy Manor Proprietor's Blend shows an inviting bouquet of spiced plum, cherry, mocha, cedar, and sweet pipe tobacco notes. Medium bodied and very well balanced, this Niagara red... Continue Reading →

Four Virtues Zinfandel – Available @LCBO online – $28.40

Ottawa, ON June 2018   Matt's review: I must say between the look of the Port shaped bottle and the 16.8% ABV, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this 100% Lodi Zinfandel, but wow, what a treat! Coming from Rutherford... Continue Reading →

Women in Wine event in Toronto – a great Mother’s Day gift for any wine lover!

May 5 in Toronto, join four wonderful female wine personalities from some of the world's famous wine regions, including Champagne France, Napa California, Niagara Ontario, and Mendoza Argentina. I've had the pleasure of meeting Louise Engel of Featherstone Estate Winery... Continue Reading →

The perfect #holiday #gift for the #wine lover in your life… a liquid Port Encyclopedia avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review: Port, the storied fortified wine from Portugal, is loved by many around the world for its rich and refreshing characteristics that are simply perfect when enjoyed after a fine meal in the company of... Continue Reading →

#Bourbon Barrel-Aged #Chardonnay coming to @LCBO in November – #yaaas!

Ottawa, ON October 2017 Matt's review of the 2016 vintage: Robert Mondavi's Private Selection Bourbon barrel-aged Chardonnay is one you don't want to miss when it hits the shelves in November at LCBO. If you like California Chardonnay and Kentucky... Continue Reading →

93+ points #wine review: 2013 SonVida Malbec – an oustanding wine esp for $29.95 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October, 2017 Matt's review: This single vineyard expression of Mendoza Malbec showcases how well structured, complex, and flavorful premium Malbec can be. For under $30, the 2013 SonVida Malbec is an outstanding wine that I'd recommend buying by... Continue Reading →

96 pts #wine review: @RobertMondavi 50th Anniversary #ToKalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2017 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon Vineyards, Oakville, Napa Valley. Matt's review: To Kalon Vineyard, one of Napa Valley's finest and most respected first growth vineyards, is where this 50th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was born.... Continue Reading →

#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 →

92 pts #wine review: Piccini Villa Al Cortile Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 – $36.60 @LCBO

Ottawa, ON March 2017   Matt's review: This young Brunello is on its journey of evolution, with the colour becoming increasingly garnet indicating its gaining further complexity with every year of age. The nose confirms the visuals, it's rustic and... Continue Reading →

The Tragically Hip releases their 2015 vintage wines – available now for sale at LCBO and winery direct

The Tragically Hip's Fully Completely Grand Reserve Red 2015 The Fully Completely Grand Reserve Red was originally created to commemorate the Hips announcement of the re-release of their legendary album Fully Completely and 2015 North American Tour. The wine was... 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 →

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