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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Winemaker’s Cut Fidelia Sparkling Brut 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 2 hours ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

Winemaker's Cut Fidelia blends 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat Canelli from Deadman Lake Vineyard in the heart of the Okanagan, to produce an easy to love style of sparkling wine that will shine in any setting. Fidelia 2020 shows delicious orchard and tropical fruit, floral notes, and a hint of minerality. Fine bubbles produce a creamy and refreshing mousse, with chalky minerality and loads of ripe stone fruit on the finish. A fantastic bubbly to enjoy with brunch, lunch, pre-dinner cocktails, and to toast any occasion. Enjoy 2021-2023. Tasted July 2021. 91 points. Matt Steeves - www.qercusvino.ca

Jordan Village

Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Pinot Noir 2019

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

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

Following the successful return of Le Grand Clos three years ago, wine lovers will be happy to hear of the introduction of Le Clos Jordanne's value-priced Jordan Village Pinot Noir in summer 2021. A blend of select parcels from Le Clos Estate, Claystone Estate, and Talon Ridge Estate vineyards, the result is a premium wine at a great price, arguably one of the best value-priced Pinot Noirs you'll come across these days. LCJ are known for their complex vins de terroirs, taking single varietal wines and showcasing the great characteristics of their vineyards in their award winning wines. The nose shows brandied cherries, raspberry, warm spices, herbs, and flinty minerality. Finely textured, with dark cherry and refreshing minerality on the finish, this wine will benefit from some cellar time or a generous decant if patience are in short supply. Incredible value for under $25, this is a wine to buy by the case, and plan on starting your vertical in anticipation for more terrific vintages to come! Tasted July 2021. 91-92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Jordan Village

Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Chardonnay 2019

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

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

After the return of Le Grand Clos a few years back, it's great to see Le Clos Jordanne introducing their value-priced Jordan Village Chardonnay starting with the outstanding 2019 vintage. A blend of select parcels from Le Clos Estate, Claystone Estate, and Talon Ridge Estate vineyards, the result is a premium wine at a great price that showcases the great terroir Le Clos Jordanne is renowned for highlighting in their premium wines. The nose shows yellow apple, lanolin, caramel, chalky minerality, and floral notes. Big and balanced, it combines great freshness and texture, with complex varietal character, subtle wood spice, and chalky minerality on the finish. Incredible value for under $25, this is a wine to buy by the case, and plan on starting your vertical in anticipation for many more great vintages to come! Decant and enjoy over the next 5+ years. Tasted July 2021. 91-92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2019

Vinho Verde, Portugal
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2019 is a blend of Loureiro & Alvarinho produced in a crisp and dry style that showcases the great tropical and citrus fruits, floral notes, and zippy acidity Vinho Verde wines are loved for. If you like Sauvignon Blanc, without the grassy notes, give this value priced wine a try! Enjoy this summer served well chilled and throughout the year with spicy dishes, pan seared fish with lemon, or sushi. Tasted July 2021. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

Rich and expressive with that hallmark Marlborough freshness, Oyster Bay's Pinot shows dark cherries, plums, raspberry, sweet spices, dark chocolate, herbs, and a hint of earthiness on the nose. Dry, medium bodied, this Pinot is remarkably smooth with refreshing dark cherries and sweet spices persisting on the finish. A great wine to enjoy with grilled New Zealand lamb lollipops, gourmet burgers, or maple glazed salmon. Tasted July 2021. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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Memorable Wine

1996 Chateau d'Yquem - a gift from my bro

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First Wine

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

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Unusual Wine Experience

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

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Current Fav Wine

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

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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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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