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If you are a budding sommelier or you just absolutely adore wine, the word “vintage” is nothing new. For those who do not know, let us explain. Simply, “vintage” in the world of wine refers to two things:
- The year or place wherein high-quality wine is produced
- A single wine of high-quality, made in a notably good year
Different regions create different tasting wines, even with the same grapes. These wines/vintages are prone to change year after year. When we think of wine we often think of France and Italy. Canada is a massive wine-producing country that is booming on the international market. Below we detail the most popular wines Canada produces. As you broaden your horizons and open up to new wine experiences, don’t forget about these 7 delightful selections.
Popular Wines Canada Produces
Ancienne Pinot Noir 2014
Crafted with nothing but organic ingredients by Lightfoot & Wolfville, this crisp red is a must-try. The elegant, cherry-packed flavor of this Novia Scotia wine is paired spectacularly with fatty fish or enjoyed on its own. Because of its unique blend of flavors, this pinot noir is easily one of the most popular red wines in Canada.
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This organically-produced red wine is light in flavor with slightly floral notes that pair well with roasted meat, like chicken.
Painted Rock Red Icon 2014
2014 was a great year for wine in Canada. The second wine on this list is another one of the most popular red wines in Canada, a Merlot-based blend. This blend is 33% Merlot, with influences of cabernet franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and cabernet sauvignon. Its blackberry, dark chocolate, and cedar flavors are delectable to the palate. Painted Rock Red Icon is easily one of the most popular wines Canada has ever produced. If you want to get the most out of the most popular red wines in Canada, it’s best to be patient and let your bottles age. Painted Red Rock Icon 2014 is often recommended to age for up to 15 years in a cool cellar.
Cabernet Franc 2016
British Columbia has certainly made its mark as a producer of the most popular wines Canada has brought to the people. This Cabernet Franc comes from the Similkameen Valley, a cool area with unique soil. This organically-produced red wine is light in flavor with slightly floral notes that pair well with roasted meat, like chicken.
Quarry Road Chardonnay 2013
Quarry Road grows their grapes in a soil that is a mixture of limestone and clay. This provides a unique flavor that makes this Chardonnay one of the most popular white wines in Canada. 18-year-old vines are used in the craftsmanship of this immensely popular vintage. This results in a deep, elegant taste of ripe pear and peach, with a strong minerality. The unique composition of the soil makes this wine one of the most popular wines Canada has created.
Road 13 Syrah Malbec 2015
Another British Columbian selection makes it onto our list of the most loved vintages in Canada. This popular red wine is a blend of 70% Syrah, with traces of Malbec, Viognier, and Gamay. The thick taste of plum paired with deliciously surprising spice makes this unique blend one of the most frequently-enjoyed wines crafted within Canada.
Cuvee Sputnik Riesling 2016
This Ontario-based winery crafts some of the most natural and popular wines Canada has released. Without sulfites or yeast used in production, this Riesling is a step above all others in the region and beyond. Its taste is so rich that it has easily become one of the most popular white wines in Canada. Citrus and spice pair together beautifully to create not only one of the most popular white wine, but one of the most popular wines in Canada, period. Enjoy with seafood or just sip on it with friends; there’s no wrong way to love this wine.
Stag’s Hollow Merlot 2014
British Columbia makes it onto this list again with Stag’s Hollow Merlot. Many of the most popular wines Canada makes come from this region. This merlot contains petit Verdot, a grape that adds a darker color to this popular red. Tastes of cherry, plum and chocolate make for a unique tasting experience. And you can enjoy this wine, one of the most popular vintages in Canada, for less than $20!
The numerous climates and different types of soil found throughout Canada makes this country a blessing in the world of wine. The most popular wines Canada makes have come from all reaches of the country, in both red and white. Any true wine connoisseur would be remiss to pass up any of these highly enjoyable, amazing quality bottles.
Naturally-made with honor paid toward the grapes used in its production, Canadian wine is a world of its own. Surprising blends and ultra-pairable flavors make for a wide variety of wines for even the pickiest of palates to choose from.