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96 points wine review: Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard

Robert Mondavi Reserve To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley, California.

wine review: Mount Veeder 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon now at LCBO

Ottawa, ON September 2019: Matt's review:  A fantastic expression of Napa fruit, from Mount Veeder Winery,  situated in the Mayacamas mountain range in the heart of the finest winemaking regions in California, smack dab between Sonoma and Napa.  A blend... 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: Rutherford Ranch Reserve Chardonnay – Napa Chard through and through…

Ottawa, ON August 2018   Matt's review: 2015 Rutherford Ranch Reserve Chardonnay from Carneros Napa Valley - Deep golden colour with baked apple, poached pear, vanilla pod and subtle caramel on the nose.  Full bodied and buttery, the creamy mouthfeel showcases layers of... 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 →

Father’s Day Gifting – top wine and spirits picks for Dad!

CTV Ottawa Morning Live June 15th, 2018 Theme:  Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased fantastic gift ideas for Father’s Day. Check out the CTV video here.... 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 →

#wine review: Franciscan Estate Napa Chardonnay 2015 – @LCBO March 17 2018

Ottawa, ON March 2018 Matt's review: Rich golden colour as one can expect for an oaked Napa Chardonnay, but it's the balance and freshness on the finish that makes the Franciscan Napa Chard a (value-priced) wine to get excited about. The... Continue Reading →

94 pts wine review: @PeterFranusWine Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014 @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON March 2018   Matt's review:  Gorgeous! A blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Charbono, Mourvèdre, and Carignane sourced from the Brandlin Vineyard perched up high on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. With layers of raspberry, blueberry pie, clove,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @RobertMondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Reserve 2013 – @LCBO March 17

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's reivew: The provenance of Robert Mondavi's Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America, being the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville AVA. A blend... 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 →

94+ pts wine review: Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cab Sauv, Oakville Napa Valley

Napa Valley, California May 2017 Matt's review: Nickel & Nickel, from the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley, situated beside Opus One and Robert Mondavi, and the famous To Kalon vineyards, produce exceptional high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Their 2013 John C.... Continue Reading →

96 pts wine review: 2013 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $130

May 2017 Matt's review: This premium Oakville Cabernet is sourced from the winery's Reserve Vineyard that has a unique soil composition containing a significant amount of red chert rock fragments throughout, which perhaps is one of the key factors in... Continue Reading →

Calories in wine!? How bad can it really be?

January 25, 2017 Today on CTV Morning Live as part of Wellness Wednesday, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves discussed a topic that is top of mind for many these days, calories.  In fact we focused on calories in... Continue Reading →

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 →

Matt’s Iconic Holiday Wine Picks from the Vintages November 28th Release

Here are some beautiful iconic wines mostly from the November 28th Vintages release which would be ideal wine gifts for any wine lover this holiday season. Matt's tasted these all recently and selected some of the finest for your consideration. These storied wines may not be 'value-priced' yet they're all delicious and known around the world for exactly that!

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