About Mead from Canada

About Mead from Canada
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

Mead

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 finish that exhibits notes of 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.
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
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 finish revealing shades of lemon granita, overripe nectarine, and waxy apple skin finish. A savory, Riesling like mead that will be great at the table.
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 finish with notes of spiced kiwi, spiced nuts, and tart green apple finish. A nice delicately spiced mead that will complement Indian cuisine.
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
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Cherry Mead
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of soy rice cake, balsamic drizzled berries, nut brittle, and milk curd with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with overtones of strawberry-cranberry spritzer and pickled cherries finish. A nice appetizing berry flavored mead with a refreshing spritz.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Apple Cyser Mead
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of tapioca with dried peaches, apples on a tree, and honey roasted fruits with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, breezy apple and celery sodas, starfruit, and lime spritzed jicama finish. A delightfully appealing sparkling mead for fans of Prosecco.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Honey I Have Meads 2010 Hydromel Mead
85 points
$30
Brilliant white gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of ripe saturn peach, apple blossoms, spiced pear, and white balsamic on melon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long finish revealing impressions of starfruit, kiwi skin, and orange blossom water finish. A crisp, refreshing Vinho Verde like mead.
Honey I Have Meads 2010
84 points
$30
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked spiced peaches, dried mango and plantain, and hint of rubber with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, brisk finish with notes of clementine and rhubarb, lime zest, and grass finish. A firm and austere dry mead.
Meadow Vista  Rubus Mead
81 points
$19.95
Burnt sienna color. Fruity, minerally aromas of blackberry jam and seltzer with an spritzy, dryish watery body and a charming, medium-length craisin, marinated beet, blackberry skin and seed, and Alka seltzer finish. Natural wine lovers and sour-heads should try this somewhat austere mead that will shine at the table; for cocktails, try using swapping this mead in for vermouth.
81 points $19.95