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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Red Tail

Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2017

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

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

Featherstone's Red Tail Merlot pays homage to the winery's use of falconry to protect their (delicious) crop from swarms of grape eating birds. In fact, Featherstone Estate Winery is the only Ontario winery to embrace this eco-friendly crop management practice, which not only helps them produce great grapes but is also very cool to witness in action. 2017 Red Tail is 100% Merlot from Featherstone Vineyard in the Niagara Peninsula. It's an easy-going and very approachable red that showcases Featherstone's soft and fruity Merlot with tangy cherry, plum, and herbs persisting. For ready to enjoy wines like Red Tail I recommend enjoying it now with roast pork, Thanksgiving meals, artisanal cheese, or on its own. Tasted September 2019. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Cabernet Franc 2016

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

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

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 2016 Cabernet Franc, which is one of, if not the, finest I recall tasting in the Okanagan. Deep and rich, with a wide range of aromas and flavours...dark plum, prunes, black cherry, mocha, sandalwood, dill, with scorched earth and graphite rounding it out. It's medium-full bodied with great tension and impressive structure. The tension between the dark fruit, refreshing acidity, and fine tannins creates a superb tasting experience showing the hallmarks you expect in fine Bordeaux, but which we see so often now in premium Okanagan wine which continues to demonstrate its earning its spot amongst the fine wines of the world. Painted Rock has achieved another pinnacle with this vintage of Cabernet Franc which has me excited to see what's possible with this wine in years to come. Enjoy over the next decade. Tasted August 2019. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2018

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Burrowing Owl produces some of the finest Canadian wines, from Canada's wine Capital, Oliver, BC, in the sunny Okanagan Valley. The 2018 Pinot Gris was hand harvested, pressed, and aged in stainless steel over the fall and winter before bottling the following spring. The result is a crisp and fruity wine with delicous apple, lemon, pear, and nectarine notes that complement grilled fish with fruit compote, seafood, and salads with fruit and goat cheese. Enjoy 2019-2021. Tasted August 2019. 90 points. Available winery direct. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca


Featherstone Phoenix 2018

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
19 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

This limited production (171 cases) Gewurztraminer from the Glen Elgin Vineyard (Niagara Peninsula VQA), shows rich and delicious pear, apple, honey, herbs, and subtle lychee notes. The palate showcases creamy and refreshing orchard fruit with delicious wild flower honey persisting on the finish. A wine all will love as it’s incredibly versatile, approachable, and completely loveable. Enjoy 2019-2026 with spicy fare, seafood, and BBQ. Tasted August 2019. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

41 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

Canadian sparkling wine icon, Benjamin Bridge, continues to capture the attention and admiration of wine aficionados, Sommeliers, and fine dining establishments around the world with their world-class premium sparkling wines. The 2014 Brut is a blanc de blancs, 100% Chardonnay, that showcases exactly why Benjamin Bridge has become Canada’s favourite sparkling wine house. Hand harvested Chardonnay that was fermented in primarily stainless steel with a small portion in neutral oak, after which it spent four years on its lees, contributing to its impressive flavour profile and zesty texture. The nose offers crisp apple, lime, lemon pastry, and sea breeze. Incredibly refreshing and beautifully balanced, the fine micro bubbles coat the palate and make way for a long green apple, lime, and mineral finish which persists for minutes. This impressive sparkling wine pairs wonderfully with practically any dish you can imagine, and is equally great when enjoyed on its own. If you love fine sparking wine and haven't tasted a Benjamin Bridge wine then what are you waiting for! Highly recommended! Tasted August 2019. 94 points - Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Matt Steeves

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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