Canada’s table wines and sparkling styles from the country’s primary wine-growing regions in British Columbia and Ontario, and smaller areas in Quebec and Nova Scotia, are becoming internationally recognized. Below, sommelier and wine educator Michelle Bouffard has provided more drinkable examples of some of Canada’s wine regions. Use the tasting notes from the wineries themselves to find your perfect summer wine.
2013 Riesling, Little Farm Winery, $26
Similkameen Valley, B.C.
This intensely flavoured Riesling from the winery’s tiny, four-acre Mulberry Tree Vineyard has a strong minerality with notes of citrus, apple, peach and baking spice, to name a few.
Charme de L’île, Unsworth Vineyards, $23
Cowichan Valley, B.C.
This sparkling, Prosecco-style wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignette. It’s meant to be enjoyed now, boasting flavours of citrus, green apple and pear.
2012 Syrah, Nichol Vineyard, $40
Naramata Bench, B.C.
With fruit sourced form the oldest syrah vineyard in Canada (1990-91), this vibrant purple vintage has aromas of sweet red and black fruits with black pepper and roasted herbs.
2013 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay, Les Bougognes Delaney-Bachelder, $24.95
Niagara Peninsula, Ont.
Thomas Bachelder’s Chardonnays frequently earn high marks from critics. This more economical offering is rich and complex with notes of orchard blossoms, apple, pear, cinnamon, vanilla and smoke.*
*tasting notes taken from lcbo.com
2014 Melon de Bourgogne, Norman Hardie Winery, $29
Prince Edward County, Ont.
This aromatic white showcases the typical minerality of wines produced in Prince Edward County with crisp, citrus notes and sharp acidity.
2012 Cabernet Franc, Pearl Morissette Estate Winery, $38
Twenty Mile Bench, Ont.
The deep purple colour of this intense and interesting wine gives way to aromas of fig, incense and violet with warm spiceness.
2011 Fire Cider, Union Libre, $24.95
Eastern Townships, Que.
Produced using a unique heat process to concentrate juice from hand-picked Spartan and Empire apples, this fire cider has vibrant acidity with notes of yellow-flesh fruits.