Toasting #CdnWineDay

This June 28th marks the second anniversary of Bill C-311 becoming law, which set wheels in motion to allow inter-provincial shipment of Canadian wine. It’s being marked and celebrated across the country as Canadian Wine Day, and that’s certainly something deserving of a toast.

Now, the fact that you’re here on My Wine Canada’s platform means I probably don’t have to convince you that we indeed make worthy, quality wines in various parts of the country. The direction I’d like to sway you toward however, is away from your favourite wines, in favour of trying something that may just be out of your comfort zone. What better way to celebrate overcoming barriers and innovation than doing the same thing ourselves? Swap that Merlot for a Tempranillo! Ditch the Chardonnay and grab some Schönburger!

A definite off-the-beaten path suggestion I’m gonna throw your way is a personal favourite. Elephant Island 2010 ‘The Little King’ is a traditional method (Champagne-style) sparkling wine hailing from British Columbia’s Naramata Bench, crafted from Granny Smith apples with a raspberry dosage. I know, I know, you’ve probably had some pretty dodgy fruit wines in the past, but I guarantee you the wines from Elephant Island are a game-changer.

Indicative of their house style, the wine is quite dry with searing acidity that makes all of those crisp apples and tart raspberries sing. Bubbling with refreshing deliciousness, it’s a perfect match for artisan cheeses, salty snacks and (I can attest) a really good hammock. You can find it at private wine stores in BC, or all across the country via, yup, My Wine Canada!

Whatever you have in your glass, enjoy Canadian Wine Day this Saturday, and don’t forget to use the #CdnWineDay hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!


Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. He’s not half as fancy/boring as that sounds. He Tweets and Instagrams @KurtisKolt.

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