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
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
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
XOXO NV White Sangria Pinot Grigio
89 points
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
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
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
88 points
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
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
Magnotta NV The Silver Line GMarquis Blanc De Blancs Sparkling Chardonnay-Vidal Blanc
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of candied apple, honey nougat, tomatillo, and cedar shavings with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy toasted marshmallow and dried pineapple finish with light oak flavor. A rich chardonnay-based sparkler that may appeal to heritage cider lovers.
87 points $24.95
The View NV Pearls Traditional Brut Sparkling Okanagan Valley
85 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of orange tea cakes, brie rind, italian almond soap, sea salt, and mint-dressed salad with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish that exhibits accents of lemon supremes and baby aspirin with a suggestion of oak flavor. A zingy sparkler that will cut through rich cheeses.
85 points $29.95
Wayne Gretzky 2018 No. 99 Rosé Niagara Peninsula
84 points
Steely amber color. Aromas of tinned pear, nasturtium, and herbs with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk heirloom apple and white fig finish. An ethereal rose in an easy-drinking style.
84 points $15.75
Magnotta NV Blanc De Blancs Chardonnay
84 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach pie, lemon bar, grapefruit marmalade, smoked apple, pipi du chat, and pineapple gummies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a silky, medium-length finish conveying accents of concord grape jam. A fruit-forward sparkler from an up and coming region.
84 points $24.95