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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  • Top Wine Picks! Easy-Going Ontario Summer Sippers

    My wine-drinking preferences change with the seasons. In winter, for example, I like bigger, brooding reds and richer, complex whites; they almost seem to warm the soul in the frozen Manitoba climate.

    But in our gorgeous, sun-drenched summers I’m all about crisp, refreshing wines, no matter the colour. I don’t like excessive oak or tannin in my summer sippers — I want fresh fruit and a splash of acidity. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! The Rare Wines of Moon Curser

    Moon Curser does off the beaten track varieties very well. Calling these grapes off the beaten track isn't exactly true—they're highly planted in other parts of the world, just not the Okanagan. For over a decade, the folks at Moon Curser (previously Twisted Tree) have been experimenting with plantings in the South Okanagan and they've got great wines to show for it. Here are a few summer food pairings to serve up with their unique Okanagan wines. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Daydreamer Wines

    I never would have thought that I’d be championing a wine and food pairing post that incorporated the word “nacho.”

    Now, don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a good plate of nachos as much as the next guy, and any nacho-flavoured snack is certainly welcome in my home. Generally, though, the nacho realm is viewed as being pretty lowbrow, and not really something one associates with the world of wine.

    In saying that, I’m indeed sharing a nacho recipe in this post, and not only is it delicious and (Yup!) healthy on its own, but it’s actually fairly wine-savvy, too! Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Lacey Estates Wine

    Inspired by one of my favourite chefs, below are three recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi that will pair marvellously with the fantastic wines from Prince Edward County's Lacey Estates Winery. And you've got a great opportunity to taste these wines from Lacey Estates with their free shipping flash sale that's on right now. Mix up 6 bottles or more and get free shipping!

    Recipe #1: Tomato and watermelon gazpacho & Riesling

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  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Tinhorn Creek

    Tinhorn Creek Vineyards proprietor Sandra Oldfield and her team have long been blazing a trail in the movement pushing wine made in B.C. — heck, in Canada, for that matter — forward. For nearly two decades this winery —located in the Okanagan Valley on the Golden Mile Bench —has been a driving force in upping their already-killer wines, while managing to keep their products both affordable and consumer-friendly.

    Having tried these wines alongside other top B.C. producers in a blind-tasting context, I’ve certainly noticed a remarkable quality-to-price ratio throughout Tinhorn Creek’s wines. They’ve long been making one of the valley’s most consistent Merlots, their Gewürztraminer is one of the area’s standard-bearers, and their work on most other single varieties and blends is equally as impressive.

    Get in on My Wine Canada’s wine club and get these wines delivered to your door sooner rather than later. Sunday is the last day to subscribe to receive Tinhorn Creek's vino! Sign your Dad up this week for this month's offering - you can get up to $10 off your membership! Continue reading

  • Get $10 Off Dad's Wine Club Membership

    Looking for an awesome wine gift for Dad? We sent our May wine club shipment to two bloggers extraordinaire and asked them to describe their unboxing experiences. Check out what Merry and Lindsay thought about the gifting experience from receiving wine to their doorstep to opening it and celebrating with their partners.

    If only you could get a discount on your Father's Day wine package…oh wait, you can! Our premium 2-bottle wine club package and 3-bottle wine club package are now on special. And just to rack up the bonuses, the award-winning Tinhorn Creek will be the featured winery in June! Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks For Father's Day - Plus Free Shipping!

    Father's Day is this week and I can't think of a better gift than some bottles of wine from Niagara's Kacaba Vineyards for dad to drink this summer. I don't want to play too much into the dad stereotypes, but I'm sure there will be barbeques and many other opportunities this summer to revel in fantastic wine. This week also coincides with a free shipping offer from Kacaba Vineyards on orders of six or more bottles. Get these exclusive wines this week with no shipping costs! If you (or dad) haven't had the chance to get familiar with wines from this awesome Niagara winery, now is a great time. Here are a few of my favourites. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Black Widow Wines

    I recently waxed on around here about picnics, so let’s keep enjoying the great outdoors. Besides exceptionally longer days, things are looking sunnier and hotter, so I thought for this post that I’d pick out a few al-fresco-friendly recipes and toddle on over to British Columbia’s Black Widow Winery in Naramata to pour a little something to go with ‘em.

    Recipe #1: Tandoori Chicken. Over at Fine Cooking, Leona Dalavai shares her Dad’s recipe for Tandoori Chicken that’s doable on the backyard grill. While the marinade has some pleasant, cooling yogurt and lime components, you still have a good smattering of heat and spice from other elements like onion, garlic, ginger and chili powder.

    The Wine: 2015 Schönburger. Let’s add a little exotic, cooling flare with Black Widow’s 2015 Schönburger. The rare variety is a Germanic crossing of Pinot Noir with another crossing of Chasselas and Muscat Hamburg. Continue reading

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