Canadian Wine blog

Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.

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  • Wine Club Feature: Marynissen Estates Winery

    This month, our wine club members will receive a selection of beautifully crafted wines from Marynissen Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Keep reading to learn more about the winery's rich history and a few of our favourite bottles – then sign up for our wine club by Tuesday, August 15th to taste them for yourself!

    John Marynissen came to Canada from the Netherlands in 1952, and found a job picking fruit in Niagara Falls. By 2009, at the end of his career, he was recognized as a pioneer and unsung hero of Canada's burgeoning wine industry. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Casa Dea Estates Winery

    Casa Dea Estates Winery has been growing vines in Prince Edward County since 2000. Domenic Di Pietrantonio's 65 acres of vineyards in the County's famed clay limestone soil are two kilometers from the shore of Lake Ontario and its moderating effects. The winery and tasting room reflect the region's history in Loyalist-era architecture, and have become a popular wedding destination.

    Winemaker Paul Battilana's focus is on a collection of grapes that do very well in Prince Edward County: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Along with still wines, they are also making sparkling wines and appassimento-style wine, including Eva, made with dried Chardonnay grapes.

    This week Casa Dea is offering free shipping on any 6 or more bottles. Let's put together a Tasting Pack from their current offerings:

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  • Holiday Wine Cocktails

    Those holiday bells are just beginning to ring, and among an upswing in merriment and cheer, we’re finding ourselves increasingly likely to imbibe all things delicious. Yes, this often includes enjoyable pours from our favourite Canadian wineries, but when cocktails are in order, that doesn’t mean we necessarily have to cast aside our grape-oriented brethren.

    Wine can be a key component of many an excellent cocktail, so if you’re looking to do a little stirring or shaking this holiday season, here are a few favourites. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up With The Grange of Prince Edward

    The Grange of Prince Edward's wine portfolio is perfect for summer drinking. Whether white or red, the wines express the cool climate of Prince Edward County with high acidity and innate freshness. Even Cabernet Franc, a grape often vinified into a full-bodied, structured wine, is medium-bodied, vibrant, and extremely elegant in the hands of the Grange. In honour of the drinkability of these wines and the fact that they're featured this week for FREE SHIPPING, I've paired a few of them up with recent summer recipes from Western Living Magazine. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks from 13th Street Winery

    Once again this year I had the privilege of being a judge at the National Wine Awards of Canada hosted by WineAlign. It’s truly exciting to witness the growth of the Canadian wine industry. New wineries are constantly opening, not to mention the overall quality keeps on rising. 13th Street Winery has been making great wine from day one. If they were solid right from the start, they’ve never been better now. Below are four of my top picks currently available right here at My Wine Canada. Sign up to join the Wine Club, and you'll automatically get these wines sent to you this month. Go Canada Go! Continue reading

  • Give Mom A Wine Club Membership, Get $10 Off

    To celebrate Mother's Day, we sent the April wine club shipment to two Moms and asked them to describe their unboxing experiences. Check out what supermoms Jennifer and Amanda had to say about the gift experience from receiving wine to their doorstep to enjoying it with friends.

    And to make things even better, we've taken the perfect Mother's Day gift - and given you a discount on it! Our premium 2-bottle wine club package and 3-bottle wine club package are now on special. When you hear which popular BC winery will be featured in May, you'll know Mom will love it. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Eggplant and Country Ham Ragù

    I was reading through Bon Appétit Magazine's 2015 edition of America's Best Restaurants and checking out recipes from their list of the ten rising stars in the US culinary landscape. They've chosen some incredible-looking restaurants like the Korean joint Parachute in Chicago, with their oh-so photogenic Steak-and-Eggs Bibimbap, or the clean, bright space in San Francisco's Mission District called AL's Place, where chef Aaron London has been wowing diners since the doors opened.

    One spot that really caught my eye is in small town North Carolina where Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Casa Dea Estates Winery

    In 2001, long before Prince Edward County was the hottest up-and-coming wine region in the country, there were only a few sparse wineries. One of these pioneers began as Peddlesden Wines, which soon became Carmela Estates. For a stretch they employed Norm Hardie, one of the County's future stars, as winemaker and vineyard manager. In 2009, Carmela Winery was bought, refurbished, and after a grand opening celebration in 2010, was given new life with a new name: Casa Dea Estates Winery. Continue reading

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