10 Not-To-Miss Ontario Wines
Ontario herbs, vegetables and fruits are at their peak right now. What's the best way to enjoy them? With friends, family and local wine made right here in our own backyard. Here are our picks — available in small batches only for a limited time. Get them while you can!
Peninsula Ridge Pinot Gris
Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is a favourite Italian varietal during the warm season because it's so refreshing. This made-in-Ontario white wine brims with summer fresh flavours and excellent acidity. Bring out its lemon, peach and pear notes with seafood appetizers.
Mastronardi Casa Nostra Chardonnay VQA
From Lake Erie North Shore wine country comes this rounded Chardonnay with tropical fruit flavours. It's perfect for barbecue season and — at less than $13 — it's also great value. Serve with shrimp, lobster rolls or pork souvlaki.
Rockway Vineyards Block Blend Riesling VQA
Three different blocks of Riesling plantings at this Niagara winery and golf club give this white its lively acidity and peach and citrus flavours. Dry and complex, this makes a versatile food partner for outdoor dining. Pair with chicken, fish tacos or pulled pork.
Caroline Cellars The Farmer's Gewurztraminer VQA
Check out the label! Here's a great wine to serve beside seasonal, farmers' market fare. This award-winning Gewürtztraminer has bright flavours of white grapefruit, melon and candied ginger that shine beside fresh greens and tangy goat cheese.
Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA
Look at this triumphantly pink organic rosé! It's beautiful in the glass and good for the earth because it's made according to sustainable farming principles. Its zippy raspberry and cherry flavours pair well with grilled chicken, pork or greens and chèvre.
13th Burger Blend VQA
A good burger tastes even better with this juicy Ontario red wine, which is why we're big fans of this red wine crafted with barbecue season in mind. With abundant red fruit, soft tannins and fresh acidity, this smooth wine is a summer staple.
Calamus Cosmic White VQA
Serving buffet-style? Relaxing on the deck? Meet your all-around perfect summer white. This vibrant, aromatic, award-winning blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürtztraminer has pineapple, pear and citrus notes. Pair it with calamari or seafood.
Barbecue Lover's Red
Calamus Cosmic Red VQA
When we take the time to source good local meats, we honour them with a really nice red like this one. With blackberry, cassis, spice and vanilla, this savoury red blend is complex and seductively supple on the tongue. Open it with a good grilled steak or lamb.
Fancy Farm Girl Frivolous White VQA
Sue-Ann Staff, a fifth generation grape grower is the renowned winemaker and "Fancy Farm Girl" behind this feisty white blend with amazing grapefruit, peach and green apple notes. Pair this crisp, dry white wine with garlic shrimp.
Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red VQA
There's a serious award-winning winemaker behind this fun label — Sue-Ann Staff, a fifth generation grape grower (find out more about her in this video). This is an amazing red with flavours of red plums and spice. Serve with pork tenderloin and a balsamic reduction.