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Matt Steeves

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Burger Blend

13th Street Winery Burger Blend 2017

Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
13 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Crafted with summer and BBQ season in mind, 13th Street's winemaker, JP Colas, brought together two very popular aromatic grapes (Riesling and Pinot Grigio) that are packed full of sweet tree fruit (pear, apple), honeysuckle, and sweet spice. The creamy-smooth mouthfeel is backed with refreshing crisp pear and spice on the long finish. Fantastic with seared tuna or salmon burgers, spicy Asian cuisine, or go all out with a stacked Aussie burger with the lot (i.e. big, bold and delicious stacked burger topped with beets, pineapple, fried egg, and smothered in a creamy sauce). Look for it in LCBO all summer long or get some shipped to your door winery direct. Terrific wine for the price and perfect to enjoy this summer! Tasted May 2019. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Niagara

Niagara Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Niagara, Canada
21 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the nose. Those inviting aromas are met with a very crisp and refreshing mineral-driven palate where layers of sweet orchard fruit shine bright, all in a very dry food-friendly style. Pan seared scallops, halibut, roasted poultry, or pork with an apple chutney would all pair beautifully with this impressive wine! Tasted May 2019. 91+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Niagara

Niagara Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Niagara, Canada
21 days ago

Matt reviewed this wine:

2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the nose. Those inviting aromas are met with a very crisp and refreshing mineral-driven palate where layers of sweet orchard fruit shine bright, all in a very dry food-friendly style. Pan seared scallops, halibut, roasted poultry, or pork with an apple chutney would all pair beautifully with this impressive wine! Tasted May 2019. 91+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Niagara

Niagara Arterra Pinot Gris 2017

Niagara, Canada
21 days ago

Matt reviewed this wine:

2017 was the first vintage of Arterra Pinot Gris, which happened to be a stellar year to make its debut. Incredibly aromatic, with sweet orchard fruits, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and lemon curd on the nose. Those inviting aromas are met with a very crisp and refreshing mineral-driven palate where layers of sweet orchard fruit shine bright, all in a very dry food-friendly style. Pan seared scallops, halibut, roasted poultry, or pork with an apple chutney would all pair beautifully with this impressive wine! Tasted May 2019. 91+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Burger Blend

13th Street Winery Burger Blend 2017

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

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

This Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir (Burger!) blend from the Niagara Peninsula, is becoming renowned for its food friendly and refreshing style that makes it ideally suited for enjoying with your favourite grilled grub. Inviting aromas and flavours of dark cherry, plum, raspberry, cedar, herbs, and spice make this a very popular wine for hosting any summer gathering. 2017 is another terrific vintage of Burger Blend. I find this youthful wine is absolute dynamite when served slightly chilled with BBQ burgers, brisket, or tangy grilled chicken. Pop and pour this summer. Tasted April 2019. 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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