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

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.
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.
Small Mercy NV Upbeat White Blend Ontario
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe starfruit, summer peach, honey, and dried apricot with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-long finish with suggestions of sweet kiwi with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruity, balanced and bright White that is sure to please.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $8 and Under' Best Value Canadian White
89 points $8 Best Buy
Black Cellar NV Whisky Oak Aged Blend No.5 Shiraz Cabernet International-Canadian Blend
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, tobacco, black olives, tonka bean, and black tea with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of earl grey tea and licorice with moderate oak flavor. A yummy, highly appealing Red Blend for any occasion.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Canadian Red
89 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, ripe pineapple, honeydew, and wheat grass with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and an even, captivating, relaxed finish manifesting suggestions of white pepper with no oak flavor. Mouthwatering acidity and a confidently concentrated tropical style; definitely worth a try for Loire-lovers.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $10 and Under'
89 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Rosé Light Niagara Peninsula VQA
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright light siam color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, cranberries, plump plum, watermelon, and honey with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length hibiscus tisane finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward, joyous rose with just a kiss of sweetness.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Riesling
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pears in syrup, diced pineapple, ripe apricot, lilac, and hints of honey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and satisfying dry-ish Riesling that satisfies.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $15 and Under'
89 points $11 Best Buy