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wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2019

Ottawa, ON July 2021 Matt's review: Winemaker's Cut Syrah is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. Savoury over sweet, stainless steel and neutral oak preserves the pure expression of the vineyard's terroir.... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate Opening Gambit 2015

CheckMate continues to showcase Canada's ability to produce world-class wines worthy of great acclaim, wines that shine alongside peers from Napa, Tuscany, and Bordeaux.

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Bohemian Rouge 2019

Winemaker's Cut Bohemian Rouge is their flagship red where only the finest wine from the best barrels make this Winemaker's Cut! 2019 Bohemian Rouge is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cab Sauv, 20% Cab Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot, all co-fermented and aged in neutral barrels to preserve the complex fruit characteristics, showcasing the delicious fruit sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard & Chahal Vineyard.

wine review: Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir Blanc 2020

Ottawa, ON June 2021 Matt's review: Niche Wine Co.'s (from West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC) Pinot Noir Blanc is a unique and delicious twist on a Blanc de Noir. Produced from 100% Pinot Noir, without an extended maceration, the result... Continue Reading →

92 points wine review: Burrowing Owl 2019 Sauvignon Blanc BC VQA Similkameen Valley – available at LCBO in April 2021…

Ottawa, ON March 2021 Matt's review: Burrowing Owl's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from their Keremeos vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. A blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, where a third was barrel fermented to provide additional weight... Continue Reading →

wine review: 2016 Culmina Merlot – an outstanding quality wine at a great price!

Ottawa, ON November 2020 Matt's review: Culmina's Merlot showcases just how complex and interesting the Okanagan's signature varietal can be, especially those sourced from the prestigious Golden Mile Bench. Rich and intense black fruit, black plum, Okanagan Black Sage, dried... Continue Reading →

wine review: CheckMate 2015 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay

An outstanding 96 point Chardonnay that showcases how incredible CheckMate's Golden Mile Bench focused winemaking program is!

94 point #wine review: Painted Rock 2016 Cabernet Franc

Ottawa, ON September 2019   Matt's review: When a single varietal wine exhibits such great flavour, structure, and complexity, it's great to let it shine all on its own. This is exactly what Painted Rock has accompmlished with their stellar... 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:Tender Hope Syrah 2016 from Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA

Ottawa, ON April 2019   Matt's review: Boom! This deeply coloured, rich and expressive Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State is a fantastic example of the bold and luscious red wines they're producing in this increasingly popular wine... Continue Reading →

Winter Wines as seen on CTV Morning Live

Ottawa, ON November 2018 Today on CTV Morning Live, we're talking winter wines, otherwise stated, wines that complement the season...wines that are suited for entertaining, enjoying with comfort food, and enjoying this holiday season and throughout the winter. Check out... Continue Reading →

wine review: Winemaker’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ottawa, ON June 2018 Matt's review:  Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Deadman Lake Vineyard located between Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC, and Osoyoos, BC, at the southern end of Canada's pocket desert, the Okanagan Valley. The south of 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: @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 →

@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 →

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!

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