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wine review: CheckMate 2015 Knight’s Challenge Chardonny

Ottawa, ON June 2020 Matt's review: With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital,... 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: See Ya Later Ranch Major’s Block Red Blend 2016

Ottawa, ON February 2020   Matt's review: A ripe and delicious expression of a big juicy Okanagan red. Major's Block is a robust and spicy blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding further... Continue Reading →

#wine review: Painted Rock Wine Red Icon 2016 – 95 pts

Ottawa, ON June 2019   Matt's review: Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Athene 2015 – available @LCBO Nov 24th!

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Matt's review:  This beautiful Okanagan blend showcases the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah, from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench,... Continue Reading →

wine review: Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2015 ~ $45

Ottawa, ON September 29, 2018 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2015 Cabernet Franc, from the southern part of British Columbia's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley, is a deep ruby colour showing rich and concentrated dark plum, black cherry, blueberry pie, grilled peppers,... 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: @BurrowingOwlBC Meritage 2014 #CDNwine

Ottawa, ON February 2018   Matt's review: For over 20 years Burrowing Owl has been producing some of Canada's finest wines, from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, BC. Their 2014 Meritage is a blend of (31%) Merlot, (21.4%) Cabernet Franc,... Continue Reading →

93+ pts #wine review: @CheckMateWinery 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay from @GoldenMileBench

Ottawa, ON June 2017   Matt's review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery is quickly becoming recognized as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC winery. 2014 Fool's Mate Chardonnay is a gorgeous... Continue Reading →

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