Provincial Wine Pairings
From Vancouver Island in the west to Cape Breton Island in the east, Canada features a plethora of wine regions from sea to shining sea. Read on for suggested pairings with each of the Canadian provinces.
Province: British Columbia
Reflecting BC’s adventurous spirit, baco noir is not your standard vitis vinifera. This hybrid grape varietal is hardy and has earned itself a cult following.
Known as the energy province, Alberta is home to Canada’s most productive oil field. If petrol is your thing, try a riesling. This wines rich flavours of stone fruits and honey can evolve into a pleasing petrol-esque flavour with age.
Equal parts sweet and sarcastic with a great sense of humor, rosé is the perfect pairing for prairie sunsets.
Winnipeg, Manitoba has the coldest winter weather of any major Canadian city which is why we recommend pairing it with Icewine. Made from naturally frozen grapes picked at temperatures of at least -8˚C, we like to sip it in a cocktail.
When picking wine to go with your meal, consider sauvignon blanc. This wine works well with dishes from around the world so we’ve paired it with Ontario, home to Canada’s most multicultural population.
Chardonnay lovers are easy to find because they usually won’t stop talking about it! A great pairing for the Quebecois who aren’t afraid to speak their minds and stand up for the beliefs.
Province: New Brunswick
Germany, home to the Rhine River, is the third largest producer of pinot noir in the world. We’ve paired New Brunswick with pinot noir because the province is split from North to South by the magnificent St. John River, often called the Rhine of North America.
Province: Prince Edward Island
Islanders are known for being friendly and welcoming. Light bodied and crisp, pinot grigio is an easy-drinking wine that pairs well with get-togethers and a view of the ocean.
Province: Nova Scotia
What better province to pair with sparkling than the one that is rumored to throw the best parties?
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador
Cabernet-merlot is a blend of two of the world’s most loved grape varieties, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Just like the grape varieties in this wine, Newfoundland and Labrador are stronger together.