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

Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, gooseberry, guava, and pickled onion with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, immediate finish revealing notes of spiced apple and pear, wheat grass, and white pepper with fine, fruit tannins. A supple and satisfyingly fresh Sauvignon Blanc sipper with excellent varietal character.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of bacon wrapped dates, chocolate espresso bean, bubbly berry pie crust, and bbq sweet potato chip with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of plum tart, spiced nuts, and cedar with chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Balanced Red Blend Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, grilled beets and carrots, pencil eraser, and bacon with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-length finish manifesting notes of cranberry, plum pie, spiced nuts, and cedar with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, well-balanced lightly smoky, meaty red for grilling and chilling.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled and pickled peppers, smoked nuts, and craisin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting nuances of cinnamon blueberry tart, vanilla cream, cedar, and oolong with drying, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightful, oak-accented red blend tailor-made for a meaty meal.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest  Saskatoon Honey Wine
92 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherry, red cassis, hints of milk chocolate, and buttery pound cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length violet and pepper finish. An exuberant, Beaujolais-like Melomel to pair with meats and cheeses.
Good Natured 2021 Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of cherry sauce, watermelon, and spring blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of strawberry jam on toast, tamarind paste, and cotton candy with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A silky fruit-driven Rose that is sure to please.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest 2020 Bochet Honey Wine
91 points
$30
Dark amber color. Inviting aromas of broiled apricot, fig, flan, banana custard, raisins, and flowers with a round, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long creme anglaise, candied ginger, lemon zest, and soy glazed nuts finish. A decadent and lengthy Mead that offers an indulgent experience.
Stolen Harvest 2020 Ginger Peach Mead
90 points
$34
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry and peach cobblers and cinnamon-ginger gelato with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and an intricate, medium-long finish displaying notes of lemon hibiscus whole herb tea and pink peppercorn. A very pleasant and peachy Mead with nicely balanced sweetness and herbal notes.
Awards: 2021 Best Mead
No Boats on Sunday  BC Cider
90 points
$10
Best Buy
White gold color. Pungent, herbal aromas and flavors of cannabis, pickled ramps, dill, melon, banana, and butane with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-long finish that shows notes of apple-herb relish, clementine, and fruit salad. A rock-solid Hopped Cider with a nice balance of fruit and herbal flavors on the palate that will appeal to a IPA drinker.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest 2020 Coffee Bochet Honey Wine
90 points
$30
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cafe latte, whipped honey, hints of candied orange, and hazelnut with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of canele and candied lemon. A very well-executed coffee flavored Mead with caramelly undertones and great balance; a lovely closer to the meal.