Canadian Wine

 

Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of the early European settlers experimented with planting vinifera species from their home country, but these often succombed to vine diseases in the heat and humidity of summers, and froze to death in the frigid winters. However, indigenous grapes could withstand these conditions. European varietals were still being tested, but labrusca and riparia grapes and their hybrids such as Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Concord, Niagara, Duchess and Maréchal Foch made up the majority of the wines. Suffice to say, these were not the stuff of global acclaim. 
 
In the early 1900s, Canada saw a sweeping temperance movement that enacted a Prohibition in most of the provinces from 1901 in Prince Edward Island, ending for most of the country in 1930 (Prince Edward Island finally relented in 1948). This had similar consequences and blackmarket equivocations as the American one. 

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of Canada

  • British Columbia

      British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginni...

  • Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia’s wine industry rarely gets the attention it deserves. Though the climate is cool, ...

  • Ontario

      Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the m...

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  • California Cult Classics

    California Cult Classics is a licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quant...

  • Silver Palm Wines

    At Silver Palm, our passion is creating extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon. We select choice grapes...

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Silver Sage Winery

    Welcome to Silver Sage Winery. Located in Oliver , BC , we have some of the best wine in the Okan...

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Plenty of other wine with relatively high resveratrol (basically a question of how long the wine lays on the skins, so red wines, of course) that taste a LOT better than muscadine. Had any Madiran, for example (though there are many other delicious reds that might be a bit less in resveratrol content)?Life's too short to skip good-and-healthy wi... Read More

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  • Is there a Muscadine Wine that Ships to Canada?  Does anyone know?  I hear its the highest in Resveratrol.  Can't find it in my city so far.If anyone has an idea, or knows of a brand that ships to Canada, that would be great. :) Read More

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  • Today's posting on CNN.The U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau regulates the ... ... 100 parts per billion in Canada and 200 parts per billion in Europe -- 10 to 20 times higher than the drinking water limit in the United States."It's certainly appropriate to look to other countries' regulations for guidance," Sacks said. "Their regulators are presumabl... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2010

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    Another winner (what's new?) for Blackwood Lane. This Merlot has a nose of red fruit, cherry wood ( such as found in a love chest) which is a marker of Carlos' wines. The palate is more cherry wood and tart red berry, with chocolate in abundance. The finish is long and rich. Better than many Bordeaux "right bank" offerings. 90 points. Read More

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  • Welcome Sam,I'm in Victoria BC (Canada).  The stuff that the California people are so fond of isn't available most places elsewhere.  We aren't talking about big wineries.  It's also pretty pricey.The people you typically cater to will be looking for good and not expensive.  I wouldn't be telling you anything you don't already know if I say look... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    This wine has a nose of gooseberry and lemon - not unlike some Entre-Deux-Mers offerings. However, it has more of the very off dry viscosity of a high-end Soave (from Pieropan, say) on the palate with similar lemon-oil flavours. Still, a very pleasant draught and cleanly made - if a bit eccentric. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Scaremongers Spark Fear Over Arsenic in WineWinemakers fume over lawsuit that ... ... acceptable in Ontario, Canada, and one-fourth as high as those permitted in Europe and elsewhere by the OIV. But in the court of public opinion, the accusation has already found a sympathetic ear. CBS News aired a report about the pending lawsuit on Thursday... Read More

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  • Shirtless lounging is okay by me - looking forward to sufficiently warm weather ... ... in your own corner of Canada, so thank you for the invite but we'll stay put for the time being, however tempting the weather!Hoping to make it out to the island as a tourist though and it certainly sounds like Church and State would be a good pit stop.Any ... Read More

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