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
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
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
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.
No Boats on Sunday  BC Cider
90 points
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
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
No Boats on Sunday  Hopped Cider
89 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry jam on brie, whole banana and mango, cinnamon apple relish, and green leafy herbs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish conveying notes of underripe orange and oregano peppered melon rind. A nice quaffable Hopped Cider with restraint.
89 points $3 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Blueberry Haskap Mead
89 points
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon cooler, raspberry, and graphite with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish revealing notes of strawberry sorbet finish. A fruity, spritzy Melomel.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Pictish Beast Braggot Mead
88 points
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt, onion bun, lager, dark roasted nuts, and honeyed cream cheese pastry with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish. An interesting Braggot that neatly toes the line between a roasty Dunkel and a lighthearted Mead.
88 points $7 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