15 Sommeliers + Bloggers, 60 Wines, 700 Wine Reviews Live Posting + Tweeting Today

Heather Wall, wine columnist for the Huffington Post and a frequent contributor to our review site, talks about our tasting yesterday with 15 sommeliers, wine writers and bloggers working their way through more than 60 wines.

More than 700 wine reviews will be posted online and shared on social media, including Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for our next tasting!

Martha Kelly is the regular wine expert on the Rogers Daytime Television Show in Ottawa, as well as a regular writer for our site.

She is the owner of Capital Wine School, teaching the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses in the city and holds a Level 4 WSET Diploma. She became a WSET Certified Educator in 2010.

Martha earned her Certified Sommelier credential from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012, and holds the French Wine Society Bordeaux Master Class Certificate.

August 2014 mainAlso part of our team is Tom Vigeant, Coordinator of the Sommelier Certificate Program at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa.

He discusses the wine courses offered in this video, as well as his new wine book. (You can see him concentrating intensely in the far upper right corner ;)

Living in Ottawa is always a tale of two wine cities, since the SAQ and a strong French wine-loving community is only 5 minutes away across “the border.”

The selection here is unparalleled and we are fortunate to be able to taste wines available in both liquor store chains.

Philippe Perrault is a Quebec-based sommelier who drove from Montreal to be a part of our tasting. His favourite wine? Stags’ Leap from California.

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Matt Steeves, is an Ottawa-based accredited sommelier and co-founder of Quercus Vin. Matt talks about the advantages of tasting Canadian and international wines side by side.

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Doug McMillan, a graduate of the Algonquin Sommelier Certificate Program, talks about the stand-out wines for him, including Mark West Pinot Noir from California.

Aug 2014 solClick to see all of the wine reviews below, and you can also search and sort these wine reviews here:

Light Whites

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/castello-di-gabbiano-gabbiano-promessa-pinot-grigio-2013/202829

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/kim-crawford-unoaked-chardonnay-2013/206410

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/daniel-lenko-chardonnay-unoaked-2010/203508

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/monkey-bay-sauvignon-blanc/207522

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/kim-crawford-sauvignon-blanc/207521

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/nobilo-icon-sauvignon-blanc-2013/205716

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/beaulieu-vineyard-bv-coastal-estates-sauvignon-blanc-2012/191131

Full-Bodied Whites

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/cono-sur-chardonnay-organic/97851 Shelley

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/13th-street-winery-sandstone-reserve-chardonnay-2010/110070

Off-Dry Whites

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/reif-estate-winery-riesling/207525

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/cavit-moscato-2013/207051

Light Reds

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/oyster-bay-pinot-noir-2012/206642

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/sterling-vineyards-vintners-pinot-noir-2012/194065

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/matua-marlborough-pinot-noir/193465

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/kim-crawford-pinot-noir/207519

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/nobilo-icon-pinot-noir/207520

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/blackstone-winery-pinot-noir-2012/207041

Medium-Bodied Reds

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/rosewood-estates-winery-and-meadery-merlot-2012/207484

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/sterling-vineyards-vintners-collection-merlot/207483

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/reif-estate-winery-niagara-peninsula-cabernet-merlot-2012/189753

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/reif-estate-winery-the-magician-shiraz-pinot-noir/207524

Full-Bodied Reds

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/frescobaldi-tenuta-di-castiglioni-2011/202875

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ogier-heritages-2011/207176

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/cassini-cellars-collectors-series-maximus-other-red-varietal-single-2009/109055

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/chateau-ste-michelle-syrah-2011/193648

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/domaine-jean-bousquet-malbec/207512

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/beaulieu-vineyard-coastal-estates-cabernet-sauvignon-2011/205180

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/sterling-vintners-collection-cabernet-sauvignon-2011/191696

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/wynns-coonawarra-estate-shiraz-2012/189822

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/wynns-coonawarra-estate-black-label-cabernet-sauvignon-2010/203670

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/beringer-vineyards-cabernet-sauvignon-beringer-knights-valley-0910-2011/150229

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/beringer-vineyards-cabernet-sauvignon/207178

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/beringer-vineyards-founders-estate-chardonnay/207179

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/gabbiano-sangiovese-2011/205286

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/19-crimes-2012/206578

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/stags-leap-cabernet-sauvignon-2011/206582

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ruffino-chianti-2012/189699

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ruffino-aziano-chianti-classico/207515

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ruffino-ducale-riserva-chianti-classico-2010/207514

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ruffino-ducale-oro-riserva-chianti-classico-2009/189701

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/modus-ruffino/207516

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/robert-mondavi-winery-merlot/207517

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/woodbridge-by-robert-mondavi-robert-mondavi-cabernet-sauvignon/207518

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/robert-mondavi-winery-private-selection-cabernet-sauvignon-2012/11417

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/robert-mondavi-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-robert-mondavi-napa-0809-2011/166182

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ravenswood-vintners-blend-zinfandel-2012/206584

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/ravenswood-old-vine-zinfandel-2011/207407

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/errazuriz-max-reserva-cabernet-sauvignon/207526

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/menage-a-trois/207527

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/yellow-tail-reserve-shiraz/207528

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/francis-coppola-diamond-collection-red-label-zinfandel-2012/206643

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/the-grinder-pinotage/207540

Rose

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/reif-fortune-cabernet-rose-2013/207249

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/kim-crawford-pansy-rose/207523

Sparkling

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/freixenet-cordon-negro-brut-cava/189588

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/freixenet-carta-nevada-sparkling/191336

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/segura-viudas-brut-reserva-cava/92364

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/excelencia-cava-kpm-freixenet/206713

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/freixenet-cordon-rosado-cava/7889

 

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