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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  • My Wine Canada Wine Club Feature: Cornerstone Estate Winery

    Patio season and outdoor activities are (hopefully) on the way, and there’s no better accompaniment to fresh air than a glass of good wine. For our wine club members, a special selection of Cornerstone Estate’s wines is already on the way, along with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. If you aren’t part of our fantastic wine club yet, sign up today and get wine delivered right to your door monthly. Continue reading

  • My Wine Canada's Wine Club Feature: Upper Bench Winery

    Spring forward this month with our latest wine club feature, Upper Bench Winery! If you haven’t already signed up for our Wine Club, join today to enjoy a handpicked selection of 2-3 wines, including tasting notes and pairing suggestions, that will be delivered right to your door. This month, you will receive a fantastic selection of Upper Bench wines ranging from Riesling and Pinot Blanc to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Merlot. The deadline to sign up is TOMORROW, so make sure to subscribe by March 15. Continue reading

  • Valentine's Day Wine Club Feature

    Celebrate your Valentine in style this year! For a limited time, we're offering you a special deal on wine so that you can treat that special someone. Sign up for the My Wine Canada Wine Club and you'll get a discount of $5 when you sign up for 3 months, and $10 when you sign up for 6 months. That's a savings of $5-$10 just for choosing to have fantastic wine delivered to your boo's door! Even better, we're featuring Niagara's 13th Street Winery this month, so your sweetheart's package will be a tantalizing curated collection of wine ranging from Riesling and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and Merlot. Go to the wine club page and use the promo code "VALENTINE" to get your discount. Continue reading

  • My Wine Canada Wine Club Feature: Flat Rock Cellars

    We're excited to reveal that Flat Rock Cellars is the My Wine Canada Wine Club feature this month. This means that you can get 2-3 bottles of their wine along with tasting notes and pairing suggestions shipped to your home or office in time for Christmas! And what are the chances that their wine will pair well with the roasted turkey, glazed duck, or roast beast that may grace your dinner table? Since Flat Rock specializes in Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it's about 100% likely that the wines you receive in this month's wine packages will pair perfectly with your holiday feasts. Sign up by Friday, Dec. 15, and you'll receive your wine before Christmas. Our monthly wine club membership also makes the PERFECT gift with wine packages delivered each month. It's truly the gift that keeps giving! Continue reading

  • My Wine Canada Wine Club Feature: Fort Berens Estate Winery

    Hailing from Lillooet, BC, Fort Berens Estate Winery is our featured producer this month for the My Wine Canada Wine Club. Get ready for some tantalizing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc reserves (to name a few) to arrive at your door next week! How do you get in on these exclusive wines that you can't get anywhere else? Sign up for the Wine Club right here and your package will be shipped to your home or office in no time. Your package includes tasting notes and pairing suggestions written by wine experts, and it makes the PERFECT holiday gift for the wine lover in your life. The deadline to receive Fort Berens' wine bounty is midnight tonight, so sign up now! Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Moraine Estate Winery

    After honing her skills in her native New Zealand, Moraine Estate Winery's winemaker Jacqueline Kemp (‘Jacq’ to those around her) had worked vintages in Western Australia and a little place in France called ‘Burgundy,’ before eventually settling in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. While working with various wineries, she was raising her young boys in her Naramata home, and had always kept an eye on what looked to be an ideal vineyard property down Naramata Road, perched just above Lake Okanagan.

    When area newcomers Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov eventually purchased the property, even though it wasn’t Kemp signing on the dotted line, serendipity struck and she took the role of winemaker, enjoying the opportunity to get her hands in the soil after all.

    The hot days and cool evenings treat the grapes well, preserving their natural acidity, while the clay soils built from glacial deposit lend fresh minerality and provide solid structure for the wines.

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  • 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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  • Wine Club Feature: 50th Parallel Estate

    A sense of place is crucial to any successful wine/winery, and it’s clear 50th Parallel Estate has embraced this notion in spades.

    Proprietors Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel have been in the Okanagan Valley for over a decade, first planting 10 acres of vines by hand in 2009 on what would become their Lake Country-region winery. Their now-61-acre property is located north of Kelowna near Lake Okanagan, where winemakers Grant Stanley and Matt Fortuna make wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer — all grapes that thrive in Lake Country’s relatively cooler climate.

    The winery’s rise has been impressive; their inaugural 2011 vintage saw them produce just 700 cases of wine, while last year they pumped out an impressive 14,000 cases. This month, 50th Parallel Estate is proud to be the featured winery for our lucky wine club members.  Check out which wines you'll receive this month and subscribe by Wednesday, Mar. 15!

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