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
220956
Okanagan Hills
2015 White Sands White Blend Okanagan Valley
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.
90 points $10.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219817
Copper Moon
NV Moonlight Harvest Rosé Canada
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220011
50th Parallel
2016 Estate Rosé Okanagan Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219816
Peller Estates
NV Proprietor's Reserve Rosé Canada
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220955
Okanagan Hills
2015 Pinot Gris
Golden straw color. Fresh, toasty aromas and flavors of peach tart and flan with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy orange, honeyed apple, nougat, and hint of pepper finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice zippy pinot gris sipper that will pair nicely.
86 points $10.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217979
Honey I Have Meads
2010
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked spiced peaches, dried mango and plantain, and a hint of geranium with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, swift clementine and rhubarb, lime zest, and grass finish. A firm and austere dry mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219818
Skinny Grape
NV Rosé Canada
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries and overripe melon and pear with a supple, soft, fruity light body and an even, brisk watermelon candy, apple skin, and leafy earth finish with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A light, very fruity rosé quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab