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 Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Balanced Red Blend Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
A lovely, well-balanced lightly smoky, meaty red for grilling and chilling.
Awards: 2022 Best Other Canadian Red
94 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
A delightful, oak-accented red blend tailor-made for a meaty meal.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Trius 2021  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$13
Best Buy
An approachable yet compelling style of Cabernet Franc that will pair with a range of foods; think wood-fired pizza or smoked cheese.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2022 Founders Series Baco Noir
92 points
$11
Best Buy
A bold red wine with a good balance of red fruit, acidity, and vanilla oak flavors; pair with smoked and cured meats.
92 points $11 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Double Noir Red Blend Ontario
92 points
$9
Best Buy
A Canadian red that can give Beaujolais some competition; winning.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Canadian Red Blend
92 points $9 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9
Best Buy
A classic profile for Cabernet Sauvignon with a delicate oak touch.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Canadian Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points $9 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Cabernet Merlot Red Blend Ontario
91 points
$12
Best Buy
An outstanding version of a Bordeaux blend; you will be surprised by the ripeness of fruit that comes through the wine.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $12 Best Buy
Good Natured 2021 Balanced Red Blend British Columbia
90 points
$11
Best Buy
A smoky and sweet treat for barbecue pairings.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Cabernet Merlot Red Blend Niagara Peninsula VQA
89 points
$10
Best Buy
A beautifully balanced and effortlessly drinkable red blend that gets it right.
89 points $10 Best Buy