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.
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. 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 toasted coconut, spiced apples and pears, and lime sherbet finish. An excellent example.
90 points $9.75 Best Buy
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
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 baked peach finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and fruity rose that captures the warm season in a bottle.
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.
Thirty Bench 2017 Small Lot Rose Beamsville Bench
88 points
$18.95
Salmon orange color. Fresh, savory aromas of summer tomato, roasted red pepper, and strawberry-peppercorn glaze with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-length lemon confection and juniper finish with no oak. An intriguing rose for the creative chef’s table.
88 points $18.95