06/27/2013 12:50 EDT | Updated 08/27/2013 05:12 EDT

10 Of The Best Wines For Canada Day


It's time to bring out the reds and whites for Canada Day. Canadian wines themselves are a reason to celebrate July 1 — you no longer have to be a die-hard patriot to drink them. These wines stand tall and free on their own. Pair them with grilled meats, fresh seafood and other Canada Day treats.

Benjamin Bridge Vineyards Nova 7 2012

Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

Celebrate life! Wow this is liquid exuberance. Moscato-grape aromas with orange zest and honeysuckle swaying in the summer breeze. Low alcohol, and some sweetness make this a great aperitif or companion to any spicy dish or one with a bit of sweetness like glazed ham, sweet potatoes etc.

92/100 ‐ 6.9% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Medium Dry ‐ Drink: 2013‐2015 $25.95

Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Riesling 2012

V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Incredibly juicy and mouth-watering with seductive aromas and white peach and pear. Dry with a great finish. So balanced. Medium-bodied, no oak.

90/100 ‐ 10% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Medium ‐ Drink: 2013‐2017 $17.95

13Th Street White Palette 2011

V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

The gewürztraminer leads in this blend with riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay musque and viognier. Enticing aromas of baking spice, rose petals and lychee. Very floral and perfumed. Medium-bodied. Great for Asian and spicy dishes. Finishes clean and refreshing with some grapefruit and lemongrass. Lovely!

90/100 ‐ 12.5% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Dry ‐ Drink: 2012‐2015 $14.95

Kacaba Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Nice price for a lovely chardonnay: balanced, tasty and flavourful without being heavy. Green apple and white peach. No oak. Yay.

87/100 ‐ 12.8% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Extra Dry ‐ Drink: 2012‐2014 $14.95

Jackson-Triggs Black Series Reserve Merlot 2011

Vqa, Niagara, Ontario

A robust, black fruit, peppery red with lots of character and an amazingly great price. Full-bodied yet smooth and supple. This wine cries out for a juicy steak!

88/100 ‐ 13.5% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Extra Dry ‐ Drink: 2012‐2015 $13.95

Casa-Dea Estates Winery Pinot Noir 2009

V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Classic PEC pinot noir! Cranberry and beetroot with fresh earth and tart cherries. Love this style and it's so markedly different from Niagara.

90/100 ‐ 12.2% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Dry ‐ Drink: 2012‐2017 $19.95

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Subtle and reserved with lovely cherry aromas and a terrific balance. Medium-bodied and smooth. Very versatile food wine.

89/100 ‐ 13.5% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Extra Dry ‐ Drink: 2011‐2015 $24.95

Osoyoos Larose Petales D'osoyoos 2009

V.Q.A., British Columbia, Canada

Elegant with great depth and complexity. A terrific second label for this winery. Classic Bordeaux aromas of smoke, cassis and dried herbs. Long finish. Will do well in the cellar.

91/100 ‐ 13.5% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Extra Dry ‐ Drink: 2012‐2016 $24.95

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot 2009

V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Savoury and delicious with full-bodied goodness. There's almost a meaty note mid-palate: intriguing and satisfying, especially when you're enjoying pork tenderloin or prime rib. Aromas of dark plum and blackberry with some smoke on a long finish.

91/100 ‐ 14% ‐ 750 ml ‐ Dry ‐ Drink: 2013‐2017 $41.95

Reif Icewine Vidal 2011

V.Q.A., Niagara River, Ontario, Canada

Apricot perfection! This is the essence of ripe fleshy apricots, pears and peaches in the glass. Fresh fruit sweetness, dappled with sunshine. Delightful not cloying. Perfect for fruit flans, clobbers, crumbles and conversation. Amazing for the price. treat yourself!

93/100 ‐ 10% ‐ 200 ml ‐ Sweet ‐ Drink: 2013‐2019 $24.95