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Signature Holiday Cocktails as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves showed some of his Sommelier-recommended wine picks that make excellent last minute gifts this holiday season.  

wine review: 13th Street Winery Cabernet Merlot 2020

Each vintage 13th Street's winemaker assembles a unique blend of their popular 'Cabernet Merlot' to showcase how great this value-priced red blend can be. 2020 is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Niagara's Creek Shores VQA . Deep ruby in colour, the nose shows dark cherry, plum, pepper, and sous bois. It's rich with fine soft tannins making it great to enjoy now with wood fired pizzas, pasta, or charcuterie.

Wine review: 13th Street June’s Vineyard Riesling 2020

Ottawa, ON October 2022 Matt’s review: 13th Street Winery's June's Vineyard Riesling, made from Alsatian old Clone 49 Riesling, shows a delicate yet complex bouquet of sweet orchard fruit, floral blossom, wild flower honey, petrol, and limestone minerality. The palate... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2020

Featherstone's Red Tail Merlot pays homage to the winery's use of eco-friendly falconry to protect their (sweet and delicious) crop from swarms of vineyard devouring birds. As a key feature of their sustainable practices, Featherstone Estate Winery happens to be the only Ontario winery to embrace this natural crop management technique as part of their overall vineyard management.

wine review: Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 – Four Mile Creek VQA

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Inniskillin's Montague Vineyard Chardonnay showcases the best from their finest single vineyard site in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. Golden yellow, this expressive Chardonnay shows ripe orchard fruit, melon, toast... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Red Meritage 2018

Ottawa, ON July 2022 Matt's review: Deep ruby red, the nose shows black cherry, blackberry, peppers, mocha, cedar, herbs, sous bois and graphite. Refreshing black cherry and spice on the finish. Decant before serving and enjoy with grilled pork tenderloin.... Continue Reading →

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.

wine review: Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Now in its second vintage since its return to the market last year, Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018, a Canadian Grand Cru-quality wine from renowned international winemaker Thomas Bachelder, demonstrates the greatness achievable... Continue Reading →

Autumn Wines to Fall for as seen on CTV Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Jasmin Ibrahim and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased the styles of wines they're falling for and recommending we check out this Autumn. Matt's got some unique wines that are perfectly suited for the season and the meals we’re serving this time of year!

wine review: Featherstone 2019 Rosé – $15.95

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Featherstone's Rosé is loved by many each year given its expressive and refreshing style at a terrific price. The 2019 vintage blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, and Merlot, sourced from Niagara Peninsula,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs’ 2016 Entourage Grand Reserve Brut

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' 2016 Entourage Grand Reserve Brut - A very impressive high quality sparking wine from this well known Niagara-on-the-Lake winery. At $29.95, Jackson-Triggs' Entourage Grand Reserve Brut has become a Sommelier favourite with each... Continue Reading →

wine review: The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Merlot Cabernet VQA – $17.95

November 2019 Ottawa, ON Matt's review: This new value-priced Niagara Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend spent part of it's barrel aging in Whisky barrels which enhances its flavour, texture, and crowd pleasing appeal. Look for rich dark fruit, black cherry, clove, chocolate... Continue Reading →

Wine review: Jackson-Triggs 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot – $59.95

Ottawa, ON October 2019 Matt's review: Another unique small production hand crafted wine from the talented Niagara-based winemaker, Marco Piccoli, of Jackson-Triggs. Winemakers have many tools to help them produce expressive and different styles of wines each year. Ideally the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Featherstone 2018 Phoenix

Ottawa, ON August 2019 Matt's review: This limited production (171 cases) Gewurztraminer from the Glen Elgin Vineyard (Niagara Peninsula VQA), shows rich and delicious pear, apple, honey, herbs, and subtle lychee notes. The palate showcases creamy and refreshing orchard fruit... Continue Reading →

Canada Day Celebration Beverage Ideas as seen on CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV’s Leslie Roberts, Annette Goerner, and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some delicious Canadian wines and spirits that are sure to enhance your Canadian civic pride as you celebrate Canada Day this long weekend.  

wine review: 13th Street Winery Pink Palette (Rosé) 2018

Ottawa, ON June 2019   Matt's review:   With its elegant fancy pink colour, the 13th Street winery 'Pink Palette' has a remarkable bottle appeal as it glamorizes any table. The visual appeal is complemented with inviting aromas of ripe... Continue Reading →

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