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Jon Steeves

Jon Steeves Sommelier


Culmina Family Estate Winery Hypothesis 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1459 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 92/100

Rich, robust, full bodied, highly concentrated. Inky, big grippy tannins. These tannins will settle down with further aging 5-10 years out. Long finish with persistence of blackberry, cassis, savoury, baking spices. Paired well with rare filet mignon and roasted root vegetables. Tasted 2014 vintage in February 2020, not decanted. 92 points


Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Meritage 2016

Okanagan Valley, Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia B.C. V.Q.A., Canada
1459 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 90/100

Gorgeous Bordeaux blend, from BCs Okanagan Valley, Golden Mile bench. The 2016 vintage is showing well. Full-bodied, dry, chalky mouthfeel, medium plus integrating alcohol. Rich, ripe black plum, black licorice , baking spices, old world character. Medium plus acidity, well balanced. Pairs well with a bbq filet mignon and roasted root veggies. Tasted 2016 vintage in Feb 2020 without a decant. 90 points.

St. Davids Bench

Ch√Ęteau des Charmes St. Davids Bench Aligote 2017

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1721 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 88/100

Fresh, citrus zest, stone fruit, light bodied, medium acidity. Pairs well with roast poultry. Tasted 2017 vintage in June 2019. 88 points

Malivoire Chardonnay 2017

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1721 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 89/100

A gorgeous pale straw cool climate Niagara Chardonnay with ripe stone fruit, and wet stone minerality. Pairs well with roasted chicken dinner or dry rubbed deep fried chicken wings. Tasted 2017 vintage in June 2019. 89 points. Great value.

Old Vines Red

Lua Cheia Old Vines Red 2017

Douro D.O.C., Portugal
1723 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 89/100

Great value on this old vines red from Douro, Portugal. Prominent black licorice notes over a base of plum, blackberry and savoury. Interesting and unique. Balanced, medium acidity, medium tannins, 13.5% ABV, medium alcohol. Great structure for many pairings. Great with hard cheeses, or blue cheese topped gourmet burgers. Tasted 2017 vintage in June 2019 decanted. 89 points

Jon Steeves

Wine Blogger

Memorable Wine

Bubbles, Sabring a Lanson Champagne after finishing my sommelier designation


First Wine

A French Bordeaux red, after landing in Paris on my first trip to France


Unusual Wine Experience

Sharing a 5 litre bottle with friends and family


Current Fav Wine

Barolo, fine French bubbles and Giusti Amarone





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