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
216608
The View
2015 "Voulez View" Rosé Okanagan Valley
Light Siam violet color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled cherries and apples, floral spice, and buttery nougat with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long pickled and grilled melons, pomegranate chutney on rye toast, smoked nuts, and banana chips finish with fine, crunchy tannins. A complex and very nuanced rose with zesty acidity and great, lightly smoky varietal character and terroir.
92 points $17.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216609
The View
2015 "Silver Lining" White Okanagan Valley
Bright bright gold color. Fruity, minerally, creamy aromas and flavors of lychees, roses, turned earth - loess, and lime zest with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity body and a polished, medium-length finish with well-integrated, earthy, fruit tannins and no oak. Good length and balance
90 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216610
The View
2014 "Silver Lining" Red Okanagan Valley
Dull violet color. Interesting, herbal, green, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate craisin, caramelized figs and yams, pencil lead and eraser and aloe, and sunflower toast and barley with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length strawberry preserves, marinated beets, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak. A smooth, savory, and somewhat enigmatic red.
90 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216606
The View
2014 "Voulez View" Rouge Okanagan Valley
Garnet black color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, spiced chocolate, and berry pastry with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length smoked nuts, toasty oak, creme brulee, and volcanic minerals finish with soft tannins and light oak. A supple and subtle red with attractive fruit and delicate smokiness.
90 points $17.95 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
216605
The View
2015 Riesling
Brilliant golden yellow color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced apple and melon, meringue, and flower bush with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length tangerine and kiwi, lime powder, and grass finish with crunchy, dusty, fine tannins. A rich, tangy, tropical dry riesling with lots of pairing possibilities.
89 points $16.95
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
216607
The View
2014 "Voulez View" Blanc Okanagan Valley
Bright gold color. Fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of lychees, toffee, lime zest, and toasted lees with a slightly chewy, racy, petillant, dry full body and a warming, intricate, short finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216582
Rebellion
NV Shiraz
Bright dark violet color. Earthy, interesting aromas and flavors of spiced blueberries, sandalwood incense, carob caramel bar, and tomato relish with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy berry custard pie, cinnamon roll, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A juicy spicy shiraz perfect for burgers.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab