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

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
Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Baco Noir Ontario
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, honey-roasted peanuts, chocolate chips, eucalyptus, and toast with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Aromas of plump berries and an easy-drinking palate make this a friendly go-to red that will please the people.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, chocolate wafers, and spiced raisin chutney with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length finish evoking notes of grilled nuts and raspberry jam with light oak flavor. A fruity and appealing red with smoky oak.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Baco Noir
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mint chocolate chip ice cream with a velvety, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish displaying shades of berry sauce on vanilla ice cream with no oak flavor. A creamy ice cream shop of a wine that could be a fun pairing for spicy homestyle fare.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Merlot Gamay Noir Niagara Peninsula VQA
85 points
$10
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry wood shavings, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts with a lean, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an even, buoyant finish that presents impressions of cherry pastry with fine tannins and light oak flavor. Aromas of cherries and toast compliment the lean freshness of this Niagara blend.
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$10
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of pickled ginger, citronella, baked plum, and grilled meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a sleek, medium-length berry jam and chocolate-covered nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. An easy weeknight red that hits the spot.
Trius 2020  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$13
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of berry jam, prunes, wood chips, pimento, and black olives with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, medium-length tobacco and toasted marshmallow finish with heavy oak flavor. A ripe and oaky Cabernet Franc for everyday pairing.
Black Cellar NV Blend No. 19 Shiraz Cabernet International-Canadian Blend
84 points
$9
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry compote on yogurt, elderflower, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium body and a medium-length hints of watermelon, strawberry, hibiscus tisane, and almond butter on toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and fruit-forward Red Blend for anytime enjoyment.
Black Cellar NV Blend No. 3 International-Canadian Blend
84 points
$9
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jelly and tobacco with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of berry taffy and hints of chocolate babka with moderate oak flavor. A simple red quaffer for weeknight enjoyment.
Small Mercy NV Easy Going Red Blend Ontario
83 points
$8
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, chocolate chips, cola, herbs, and ground peppercorns with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, brisk finish with notes of fruit punch and hints of sassafras with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun red quaffer for everyday enjoyment.