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wine review: Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

Ottawa, ON August 2020 Matt's review: Meritage 2017, Burrowing Owl's flagship wine, is a blend of (59%) Cabernet Sauvignon, (20%) Merlot, (18%) Cabernet Franc, and (3%) Petit Verdot, all estate grown from their Oliver-based winery in the heart of the... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate End Game Merlot 2014

Ottawa, ON April 2020 Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. 2014 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Napa Valley

Ottawa, ON April 2019 Matt's review: A blend of 81% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec from Napa Valley's renowned Oakville, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll District regions. A textbook Napa Cab nose, with dark plum, black currant,... 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 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 →

94 point #wine review: @Checkmatewinery 2013 End Game #Merlot

April 2018 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Checkmate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 End Game Merlot is an outstanding expression of ultra premium Okanagan... 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!

94 pts Wine Review: 2 Range Red Wine, Napa Valley, California

Ottawa, ON January 2017 Matt's review: Esteemed Napa producer, Rutherford Ranch, has launched a new label that's attracting a lot of attention for the quality and complexity it brings at such remarkable value.  Rutherford Ranch’s latest offering, in its debut vintage... Continue Reading →

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