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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier


Escudo Rojo Reserva Carmenere 2018

Maipo Valley, Chile
9 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

Carmenere, Chile's signature varietal, as they produce some of the world's finest Carmenere and this super value-priced ($17 at LCBO!) 100% Carmenere from Baron Philippe de Rothschild is a terrific example. Smoky dark fruit, black currant, sauteed peppers, and spice. Super approachable, beautifully balanced, this ultra-smooth red is one I recommend buying by the case and enjoying with chili, stews, and BBQ burgers. Tasted March 2020. 91 points - Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

9 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Escudo Rojo Reserva is an impressive value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from the outstanding 2018 Chilean vintage. Ripe plum, dark berries, vanilla bean, and herbs on the nose and palate. This medium-full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe, smooth, and ready to enjoy now with braised dishes, BBQ fare, or firm cheese. Tasted March 2020, 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Simi Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma County, California, United States
22 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Simi sources their Chardonnay from vineyards throughout Sonoma County (Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River,Valley, Dry Creek, and Sonoma Coast), which results in a beautiful textbook California Chardonnay at a great price! Ripe and juicy, creamy and full bodied, the aromas and flavours showcase the warm California sun, with golden apple, grilled pineapple, vanilla bean, and butterscotch. Enjoy year round with roasted poultry, BBQ fare, fish tacos, and creamy pasta dishes. Tasted March 2020. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Major's Block

See Ya Later Ranch Major's Block 2016

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

A ripe and delicious expression of a big juicy Okanagan red. Major's Block is a robust and spicy blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding further depth and texture to this crowd pleaser. Sourced from the south of the Okanagan Valley, this is a great example of big red wines See Ya Later Ranch produces at their picturesque Okanagan Falls winery. Enjoy over the next 5+ years with BBQ fare, braised dishes, or creamy mushroom risotto. Tasted February 2020. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States
45 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

Spoken Barrel #42 is a blend of 85% Cabernet, 12% Syrah, and 3% Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington State. Nose shows dark berries, black cherry, dark chocolate, pepper, and spice cake. The palate is extra dry with black cherry, cacao, graphite, and fine tannins persisting on the finish. Enjoy with grilled steak fajitas. Tasted February 2020. 88+ 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