Ontario Wines for Every Occasion

Posted: Oct 12 2014

Taste Local with Ontario Wines for Every Occasion

With fall upon us and the holidays just around the corner, what better time to get acquainted with Ontario wines? We set out to find the perfect wine for every occasion, all in our own backyard (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it). 


For the Table:

When hosting a dinner party you need a versatile, crowd-pleasing red and white that will go with just about anything. A good, balanced Pinot Noir brings juicy fruity flavours together with spice and earthy undertones – it pairs well with just about anything from fruits to fish to filet mignon. On the other side of the spectrum, a crisp, off-dry Riesling is one of the most food-friendly wines around. It makes an ideal aperitif, and pairs beautifully with poultry, fish, spicy foods and of course, dessert. 

For a steak dinner, your first instinct might be an international Malbec or Syrah, but in fact, we make some big, bold reds right here in Ontario. And not just in Niagara – Lake Erie’s North Shore has a burgeoning wine region that enjoys a long growing season due to its southerly location below the 44th parallel, in the same latitude with Tuscany and Napa Valley.


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Host/Hostess Gift:

Whether going to a house, cocktail or dinner party, wine is a wonderful way to show your appreciation of the effort that goes into hosting. You can always play it safe and go with what you know they like… but since people tend to stick to what they know, why not take the opportunity to introduce them to new wines outside of their comfort zones? Because of its versatility and being an all-around likable wine, and because we make it so well here in Ontario, Pinot Noir is our go-to. We recommend something from the up-and-coming Prince Edward County wine region. For white wine lovers, we opt for Sauvignon Blanc.


The Chic Canuck's Picks:

  • Norman Hardie Vineyard & Winery: County Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2012, $39.00
  • Creekside Estate Winery: Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $17.95


Everyday Social Wines:

For Friday night movie nights, we found just the right companion to popcorn: a rich, full-bodied, dare we say buttery Chardonnay. We’ve also listed a more budget-friendly Chardonnay for larger gatherings and higher volume consumption. As for a casual and sociable red to serve with some cheese or a charcuterie board, we would once again opt for a relaxed Pinot Noir, and we found a family-run Niagara-on-the-Lake winery that has perfected the “chill” Pinot.


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A special occasion just wouldn’t be special without the sound of a cork popping, and there’s always a time and place for champagne or prosecco. But Canada too has a lot to offer in the bubbly department. Both sparkling wines and rosé are up-and-coming in Ontario, and we found a rich and complex drink that brought the best of both worlds together in one glamorous sparkling pink glass.


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(Article Contributed  by Michelle Pinchev)
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