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  Mabon Mead
91 points
$19.05
Straw green color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of curry leaf and ginger root, peanut sauce, and green peppercorn and tea leaves with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with accents of cardamom condiment, roasted pumpkin seeds, and ginger spiced yams finish. A successful marriage of mead and Asian spices, you’ll want to be at the wedding banquet.
91 points $19.05
Peller Estates 2018 Private Reserve Rosé Niagara Peninsula
90 points
$22.75
Silvery pink color. Fruity aromas of ripe strawberry, watermelon, and whipped creme with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length candied lime, hint of anise, and chervil finish. A perfect rose for the patio; fruity, forgiving, and gulpable.
90 points $22.75
Sandhill 2017 Rosé Okanagan Valley
90 points
$16.75
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Elegant aromas of strawberry fruit leather, thyme, and lilac with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-long compressed watermelon, sea salt and lime, ripe cantaloupe, and sweet basil finish with no oak flavor. A charming Okanagan Valley rose that will have you dreaming of Provence.
90 points $16.75 Best Buy
XOXO  Red Sangria Canada
90 points
$9.75
Best Buy
Bright ruby garnet color. Interesting aromas of hawaiian punch, hi-c drink, blue gummies, apple walnut muffin, and aloe drink with coconut with a vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy pomegranate finish. A candied and punchy Sangria.
90 points $9.75 Best Buy
XOXO  White Sangria Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.75
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach juice and blossoms, fruit salad, and coconut and pistachio gelato with a bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish that shows accents of toasted coconut, spiced apples and pears, and lime sherbet. An excellent example.
90 points $9.75 Best Buy
XOXO NV White Sangria Pinot Grigio
89 points
$9.75
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lime leaf, georgia peach, ginger tea, bay, tangerine, and lemon verbena with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that shows notes of saffron and butter-poached pear with a suggestion of oak flavor. Summer and spice in a glass.
89 points $9.75 Best Buy
Magnotta NV Venture Series Starlight Sparkling Riesling-Vidal Blanc
89 points
$25.95
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of roasted peach, elderflower syrup, honey soaked tea cakes, and honeycrisp apple with a supple, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish with notes of tangerine peel, pineapples in cream, and lemon bar with no oak flavor. A cheerful sparkler with kisses of sweetness and heady florals.
89 points $25.95
Red Rooster 2017 Rare Bird Series Rosé British Columbia
89 points
$22
Light salmon orange color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of almost ripe cherries, white chocolate truffle, raspberry preserves, and tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of baked peach with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and fruity rose that captures the warm season in a bottle.
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
88 points
$19.05
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas of lychee, honeydew melon, honeysuckle, quince, magnolia, and warm milk and honey with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length white pepper and grape leaves finish. A stylish, dry and wine-like mead akin to a gewurztraminer.
88 points $19.05
Magnotta NV Fleur DOr Sparkling Riesling-Vidal Blanc
88 points
$24.95
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeycomb, heritage apples, dried pineapple, honeydew melon, key lime, and minerals with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with touches of candy-coated aniseed, white peach, and slivered almonds with no oak flavor. Bright riesling character shines in this easy-to-love Canadian sparkler.
88 points $24.95