About Canadian Wine

About Canadian Wine
Canada, is a unique country regarding the subject of wine. While producing some exceptional offerings - especially Ice Wine - wine is not as appreciated in Canada as it is in most other wine-producing nations.

Arguably the finest districts for wine in Canada are the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Peninsula in British Columbia. The former is home to a wide variety of wine styles, be they spicy reds such as Cabernet Franc or Merlot or a dazzling dessert specialty, such as Ice Wine. There are also numerous styles of wines that originate in Okanagan, notably Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, which work beautifully in this cool climate. Ice wines are also made in this district as well.

Regrettably, Canadians seem to have an inferiority complex when it comes to their country's wines, as Canadian wines make up just less than 50% of sales in Canada. Wine is also not as popular as beer or spirits, though wine consumption in Canada is slowly on the rise.

Top Picks for Canada

Meadow Vista  Ostara Pyment Mead
93 points
$28
Bright gold color. Interesting, tropical aromas and flavors of sandalwood, dried flowers and clay, buttercream on tropical fruits, and almond meal with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long dried apricot and papaya, suede, golden raisins, and pink pepper finish. A nuanced, warming, wine-like pyment that drinks like a late harvest Alsatian pinot gris.
Okanagan Hills 2015 White Sands Blend Okanagan Valley
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, peach, spicy ginger, and white flower with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with light oak. A juicy and full white wine packed with flavor!
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
90 points
$19
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked and spiced tropical fruits, mint leaves, tangerine, and fern with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long lemon granita, overripe nectarine, and waxy apple skin finish. A savory, Riesling like mead that will be great at the table.
Okanagan Hills 2015 White Sands White Blend Okanagan Valley
90 points
$10.25
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked peach and dried flowers with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy ripe apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and pure white wine blend that drinks effortlessly.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Canadian Other Canadian White
90 points $10.25 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Mabon Mead
89 points
$19
Clear yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced peach, turmeric tea, green tomato relish, and cologne with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length spiced kiwi, spiced nuts, and tart green apple finish. A nice delicately spiced mead that will complement Indian cuisine.
Copper Moon NV Moonlight Harvest Rosé Canada
89 points
$9.70
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry coulis and delicate spice and mint with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length caramelized apple, melon and orange, nut and pear skins, and earth finish with dusty, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp, crunchy, and earthy rosé that will be versatile.
89 points $9.70 Best Buy
50th Parallel 2016 Estate Rosé Okanagan Valley
89 points
$19
Medium salmon orange color. Aromas of flowerbed, dried apricot, underripe tomato, and red cherry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length ripe watermelon and tomato, roasted hazelnut, and fresh lettuce finish with silky, fruit tannins. A fresh and fruity rosé balanced by elegant earthy notes.
Peller Estates NV Proprietors Reserve Rosé Canada
88 points
$8.50
Best Buy
Salmon steel color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry sorbet, graham cracker, and spiced melon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-to-long watermelon ice and honeyed green apples finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright, juicy, crowd-pleasing rosé for a carefree summer day.
88 points $8.50 Best Buy
Okanagan Hills 2015  Pinot Gris
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe lemons, white peaches, cream, and roasted nut with an bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a compelling, relaxed finish with a suggestion of oak. A fresh and fruity white wine that’s sure to please on a hot summer day.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Cherry Mead
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of soy rice cake, balsamic drizzled berries, nut brittle, and milk curd with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy strawberry-cranberry spritzer and pickled cherries finish. A nice appetizing berry flavored mead with a refreshing spritz.
87 points $13 Best Buy