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wine review: Featherstone Winery Four Feathers 2017 now available @lcbo

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Featherstone's Four Feathers blends four cool climate white grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a splash of Gewürztraminer, in one fragrant, creamy, and refreshing wine that's both super versatile and super value priced. Pale... Continue Reading →

wine review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda 2015 – Showing the strength, structure, and elegance of premium Ontario red wine!

Ottawa, ON October 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Wiyana Wanda is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, all from their Icel estate vineyards in Niagara on the Lake. Deeply coloured, the nose shows rich dark fruit,... 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 |(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 →

wine review: Icellars Riesling Icewine 2016 – $48 (200ml)

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Niagara's ultra premium boutique winery, Icellars Estate Winery, produced a stunning Riesling Icewine that highlights the strength of the exceptional 2016 vintage. Picked on December 24th, and bottled in spring 2017, this decadent and refreshing... Continue Reading →

wine review: Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Ottawa, ON July 2018 Matt's review: Combing two of my favourite wine styles, sparkling and Sauvignon Blanc, this is quickly becoming one of my top recommended sparkling wine styles for those looking for a delicious sparkling wine to enjoy in the... 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 →

#wine review: Icellars Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON May 2018 Matt's review: Icellars Estate Winery's Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from the Twenty Mile Bench Wismer Homestead Vineyard, further demonstrates just how exceptional the wines from this boutique winery can be. In its inaugural vintage, this small production... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Konzelmann Cabernet Sauvignon $14.95

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: An impressive crowd pleasing Ontario Cabernet! The Konzelmann Estate Lakefront Series 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows layers of black fruit, dried cherry, vanilla, clove, perfume, and dried herbs. Super pleasant on the nose and palate,... 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 →

#wine review: 2014 Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Brut – $29.95

Ottawa, ON January 2017 Matt's review: Jackson-Triggs' Entourage Grand Reserve Brut 2014 is a great example of the high-quality and value-priced vintage sparkling wines coming from the Niagara Peninsula. This wine has earned top awards both internationally and here in Canada... Continue Reading →

@VANWINEFEST Symposium on the Canadian Wine Economy – Crafting a Canadian Wine Culture – Feb 2017

Last February I had the pleasure of attending a full day symposium at the Vancouver International Wine Festival that focused on what it takes to enable the development of a prosperous and healthy wine culture here in Canada.  The premise... Continue Reading →

#wine review: @Konzelmann #unoaked Chardonnay – great value @ $12.95 – esp for enjoying with Thanksgiving meals

Ottawa, ON October 2017 Matt's review: Konzelmann's Unoaked Chardonnay is a great value-priced white wine to enjoy whether it's with a fine Autumn meal or simply enjoying a glass of crisp white wine after a big day. The nose shows ripe... Continue Reading →

93 pts #wine review: @StratusWines 2012 Red – showcasing the power and elegance of #Niagara

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review:  Stratus Red 2012 - This impressive Niagara-on-the-Lake winery consistently produces some of the finest wines available in Ontario.  2012 was the best growing season the winery had experienced which enabled the grapes to... Continue Reading →

94 pts #wine review: @StratusWines White 2013 – $38.20 – available @LCBO

Ottawa, ON May 2017   Matt's review: Stratus White represents the finest white wine that this acclaimed Niagara-on-the-Lake winery produces.  Winemaker J-L Groux selects the very best grapes from a handful of varieties to incorporate into this premium white wine,... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Icellars Pinot Noir 2015 – $45 @fooland60acres

Ottawa, ON April 2017 Matt's review: Icellars 2015 Pinot Noir is light ruby in colour with a garnet hue.  The aromas show the warmth of the vintage with sweet baked goods (imagine fresh gingerbread cookies), spice box, dried cherry, sweet herbs,... Continue Reading →

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