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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Burrowing Owl Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
24 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

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 and textural complexity. The nose shows sweet passionfruit, gooseberry, lemongrass, lime zest, and flinty minerality. The palate is crisp with delicious exotic fruit, herbs, and a creamy chalky-mineral finish. Very expressive and complex flavour and texture, with exceptional balance. Highly recommend enjoying this fine Sauvignon Blanc with grilled halibut with cilantro garlic butter or fish tacos with lime-cilantro crema. Tasted March 2021. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Laughing Stock Vineyards Pinot Gris 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
24 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Incredibly fresh! Crisp tropical notes, sweet floral blossoms, and spicy aromas. Makes this a wonderful wine to enjoy with grilled fish, spicy fare, and charcuterie. Tasted August 2020. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Laughing Stock Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley BC V.Q.A., Canada
24 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

An expressive small lot Pinot, sourced predominantly from Thomas Ranch vineyard in Okanagan Falls with 5% coming from the Naramata Bench where LFNG is situated. Deep garnet colour, it shows fresh fig, dark cherry, herbs, flint, earth, and pipe tobacco on the nose and palate. Enjoy this Okanagan Pinot with rosemary grilled lamb chops. Tasted August 2020. 91 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Mouton Cadet 2015

Bordeaux, France
33 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 87/100

This Bordeaux blend is enjoyed in 150 countries around the world, making it one of the most popular value-priced Bordeaux wines available. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, from Bordeaux AOC and Cotes de Bordeaux AOC, showing the fruity and well structured style this value-priced wine is renowned for. Expressive blend of dark fruit, raspberry preserve, herbs, and spice, making this a great option for charcuterie platters, pulled pork, and braised beef. Tasted March 2021. 87 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Red Palette

13th Street Red Palette 2017

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
45 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

A fresh and lively blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, showing raspberry preserves, vanilla, baking spices, dried herbs, and a touch of wood smoke on the nose and palate. Well balanced with lively berry fruit on the finish, enjoy this local gem with spicy Italian sausage wood-fired pizza, BBQ'd chicken, or charcuterie boards with cheese, cured meats, and sweet preserves. Tasted March 2021. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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Memorable Wine

1996 Chateau d'Yquem - a gift from my bro


First Wine

Probably a German Riesling or a Cali white blend, in a box, in the late 80s.


Unusual Wine Experience

Chardonnay in the park. There's a great story to go along with that.


Current Fav Wine

Really digging sparkling wines now as they're so dynamic and super versatile for food pairing.

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award