About Rosé Wine from Canada

About Rosé Wine 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

Rosé Wine

Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
95 points
$13
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves, dried papaya, red and purple flowers, and blueberry with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a complex, very long finish that shows impressions of strawberry, honey, lavender in watered down cherry juice, and peach and blueberry scone. Well done Niagara, this Rosé is going to give France a run for their money.
Awards: 2022 World Wine Championships - Best Value Canadian Rose
95 points $13 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of ripe, bruised strawberry, strawberry twizzler, rose water, and strawberry/kiwi with a full body and a long finish with notes of strawberry and cherry natural fruit gummi bears, pomegranate, and pizza seasoning. Fruity yet savory, this is an easy enough to drink every day Rosé, but also complex enough to bring to dinner.
Awards: Exceptional Value
94 points $9 Best Buy
Good Natured 2021 Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of cherry sauce, watermelon, and spring blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of strawberry jam on toast, tamarind paste, and cotton candy with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A silky fruit-driven Rose that is sure to please.
91 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
Trius 2020 Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of red bell pepper, guava, freshly sliced lemons, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length hints of yuzu marmalade and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A great rose for food or to enjoy on its own.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Rosé Pinot Noir
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Steely orange color. Aromas of lime-spritzed berries, pink lady apple, and lime with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, medium-length rhubarb, tangerine, and radish finish with no oak flavor. Great texture, balance and style make this a go-to choice for summer rose.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
84 points
$10
Amber beige color. Aromas and flavors of green pepper, watermelon rind and hints of strawberry with a supple, soft, off-dry light body and a smooth, swift finish with no oak flavor. A simple rose quaffer.