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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.

Trail Estate

  • Top Wine Picks! Trail Estate Winery

    Prince Edward County is getting attention and wowing the press, and for good reason. The region is full of dynamic producers crafting wines with a standard that represents Canada well. Trail Estate Winery is among them.

    A newcomer to the scene, the winery is already boosting an impressive line-up of small batch craft wines. The owners, Anton and Hildegard Sproll, bought the estate in 2011 after dedicating their life to their German bakery for 30 years. Hard work is certainly not foreign to them, so perhaps this is why they are achieving such success in a short amount time, as their first vintage was in 2013. Being well surrounded has also been key. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Ontario Gamay

    It's a little difficult to tell by looking out the window, but Ontario is slowly inching into spring. The days are lighter and longer, there are more people on the streets, and as I write this, the snow appears to be melting away for good. The collective palate has become tired of full-bodied reds, but it isn't quite ready for Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. Gamay is the perfect transition wine. It's bright, fresh, and floral, with sour fruit and often herbal notes that evoke revival and growth.

    There has been much debate over whether Gamay should be one of the future focuses of the Ontario wine industry, because the truth is, it does very well here. The problem is Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Holiday Smorgasbord

    We all get inundated with pairings for classic dishes like ham and turkey every time a holiday rolls around and it starts to feel a little stale. That's why I liked Kurtis' post last week—he takes on the common party fare. I've been tasked with the final Pair It Up before the holidays and I also wanted to have a little fun with it. I've decided to lay out a smorgasbord of the kinds of dishes you're likely to encounter on dinner tables over the next few weeks and find a wine or two that should pair nicely. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Small Lot Wines

    'Small lot' (or sometimes 'small batch') isn't a wine term with a concrete definition. It's often relative to the winery, or it's a number that elicits a response like, "You only made how many bottles?!" Many of the wines available on My Wine Canada could be argued as being small lot— you won't find production Continue reading

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