Wines to Watch

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

Local Italian

Peninsula Ridge Pinot Gris

Peninsula Ridge

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.

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Amazing Value

Mastronardi Casa Nostra Chardonnay VQA

Mastronardi

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.

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Mastronardi
Rockway

Racy Riesling

Rockway Vineyards Block Blend Riesling VQA

Rockway

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.

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Farm Favourite

Caroline Cellars The Farmer's Gewurztraminer VQA

Caroline Cellars

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.

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Caroline Cellars
Southbrook

Organic Rosé

Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA

Southbrook

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.

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Burger's Choice

13th Burger Blend VQA

13th Burger Blend

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.

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13th Burger Blend
Cosmic

Summer White

Calamus Cosmic White VQA

Cosmic

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.

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Barbecue Lover's Red

Calamus Cosmic Red VQA

Cosmic

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.

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Cosmic
Fancy Farm Girl

Summer Fresh

Fancy Farm Girl Frivolous White VQA

Fancy Farm Girl

 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.

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Casual Red

Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red VQA

Fancy Farm Girl

 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.

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Fancy Farm Girl

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