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August 23, 2017
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A homegrown success story

Let’s be blunt. Compared to other countries, the Canadian wine industry is the toddler of the wine world, and domestic wine production represents a mere drop in the decanter. But this in no way detracts from homegrown vino. Quite the contrary: the proliferation of vineyards and bottled goodness across the country is a modern success story.

In the 1970s the Canadian wine industry mostly amounted to a handful of wineries in Ontario and British Columbia. However, today there are well over 200 licensed wineries in British Columbia alone. Ontario boasts close to 200 as well, and in the last 20 years or so more than 30 wineries have begun operations in Quebec. There are also wineries in Nova Scotia and PEI, not to mention the fruit wineries operating in pretty much every province. The industry has grown with more vigour than a youthful Syrah vine, and there are certainly numerous red and whites doing the ‘ol red and white maple leaf proud.

Take white wine, for example. One grape that stands out across the country is Riesling. The nation’s cool-climate growing regions are tailor-made for Riesling, and one producer that consistently highlights the domestic potential for this noble grape is Tawse Winery, located in the suitably-named Vineland, Ontario. Tawse has been named Canada’s Winery of the Year three years in a row (2010–2012) by Wine Access magazine, and their Sketches of Niagara Riesling is a great-value way to get familiarized with Tawse’s bottled prowess.

This is charismatic Riesling made from hand harvested, organically-farmed grapes. Unoaked and exuberant, it jumps out of the glass with mineral and citrus aromas. Like a lemon-lime soda for adults, it’s incredibly tangy and has an amazing backbone of acidity fleshed out by a fruity sweetness and a fresh, mouth-watering finish. When it comes to pairing, the Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling sips fine solo on the patio, but it also shines served alongside a bowl of spot prawns or other seafood.

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