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

Wards Cider  Pickers Hut Winter Spice Cider
93 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel drizzled peach, spiced orange tea, grapefruit zest, chai latte, carrot cake, and nutmeg with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an involved, medium-long finish with touches of clove finish. A complex spiced cider with a lingering finish; a lovely, harmonious example.
Wards Cider  Ginger Cider
91 points
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied ginger, Chinese 5 spice, and vanilla fondant with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a long finish that shows notes of thyme and lime peel finish. A pure spiced cider with and all natural appeal.
Stolen Harvest 2020 Coffee Bochet Honey Wine
90 points
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.
Gray Monk 2018 Latitude 50 White Okanagan Valley
90 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of flower patch, peach and watermelon salad, and pistachio brittle with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of orange chiffon, key lime pie, and honeyed pear. A exotic, piquant white wine with charming fruit and carefree character.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Canadian Wine
90 points $11.73 Best Buy
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
Wards Cider  Cherry Cider
90 points
pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of coconut confection, toasted almond, and candied cherry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of strawberry soda finish. A fruity and nutty cider that’s easy to love.
Wards Cider  Dry Hopped Cider
90 points
Bright light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of spiced peach, sunflower, chrysanthemum, and passionfruit with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with impressions of sharp apple and pineapple relish finish. A vibrant and tropical dry-hopped cider with piles of alluring aromatics; and herb cooler of a cider.
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
Peller Family Vineyards NV  Pinot Grigio
88 points
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lime, dried pineapple, honey and honeydew melon, nut press, and wet stone with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish. A clean and effortlessly drinkable pinot grigio with great minerality.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $8 and Under'
88 points $7.53 Best Buy
Peller Family Vineyards NV  Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
88 points
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, melba toast, fresh herbs, black peppercorns, and green pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish that presents notes of baking spices. A solid and spicy red blend to accompany a home-cooked meal.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.04 Best Buy