About Red Wines from Canada

About Red 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

Red Wines

Peller Family Vineyards NV  Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
88 points
$9.04
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
Copper Moon NV Moonlight Harvest Malbec
87 points
$6.80
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Roasted, herbal aromas and flavors of herb buttered nuts, spicy berry pie crust, and deep fried pickle with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, cheery finish that presents nuances of pomegranate and cranberry juice, crunchy apple and melon, powdered citrus, and delicate herbs and cedar. Bright berry flavors shine in this charming Canadian malbec.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $8 and Under'
87 points $6.80 Best Buy
Peller Family Vineyards NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$7.53
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla-berry cobbler, hibiscus tea, black licorice, bay leaf, and cream soda with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy finish. A juicy, smooth, and warmly inviting Cabernet.
86 points $7.53 Best Buy
Peller Family Vineyards NV  Shiraz
85 points
$9.04
Brown brick red color. Meaty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted nuts and wood-grilled meats with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of vanilla yogurt Craisin. A light and zesty Shiraz for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $9.04
Copper Moon NV Moonlight Harvest Shiraz
84 points
$6.80
Garnet black color. Aromas of charcoal grilled meat, cranberry, and smoked nuts with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed birch bark finish. A crisp, chewy Shiraz for meaty fare.
84 points $6.80
Peller Family Vineyards NV  Merlot
82 points
$7.53
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of sugared plum, apricot jam, mixed berry jelly, sangria, and chocolate sauce with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, quick finish. A weeknight gulper for the table.
82 points $7.53