About Sparkling Wines from Canada

About Sparkling Wines 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

Sparkling Wines

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
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
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
XOXO NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio-Chardonnay
83 points
Yellow color. Aromas of stuck match, peach candy, fallen apple, bread crusts, and orange zest with a prickly, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk baby aspirin and chalk finish. A solid sparkler to serve with a good chill.
83 points $11.75
Magnotta NV The Silver Line G.Marquis Sparkling Ice Rosé Niagara-on-the-Lake
83 points
Light tomato bisque color. Rustic aromas and flavors of tomato agua fresca, pomegranate chutney, and cranberry-dill relish with a lightly tannic, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a graceful, cheery finish conveying accents of graphite and bitter herbs with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rustic, terroir-driven sparkler for harvest meals.
83 points $27.95