We’re finally feeling that signature Ontario summer breeze and what better way to than pulling the corks on some sensational VQA wines. They’re the perfect pairing for family BBQs on the patio, socially-distanced picnics and leisurely dockside hangs.
So, WINE not sit back, relax and enjoy our list of fantastic summer-ready wines from across Ontario.
Henry Of Pelham 2018 Rose VQA
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery
St. Catherines, ON
This light strawberry-coloured rosé has a hint of cranberries for a refreshing taste.
Pairing suggestions: salads with fruity vinaigrette, pizza
The Tragically Hip Flamenco Rose 2019
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery
This wine is a collaboration between The Tragically Hip and Stoney Ridge Estate Winery – how Canadian is that? It’s a combination of Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir grapes, hand harvested from 3 select vineyards in Niagara. This dry, refreshing fruity Rosé has strawberry and floral notes will surely steal the show at your next BBQ.
Pairing suggestions: Soft cheeses, charcuterie
2018 Flat Rock Twisted Sparkling
Flat Rock Cellars
Jordan Station, ON
Enjoy this 3-Champagne grape blend on a hot summer day! A fantastic combination of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier that will surely tickle your taste buds. Crisp, acidic and fruity, it’s a perfect palette cleanser for a full course meal.
Pairing suggestions: fish, meats
Pelee Island Lola Blush Sparkling Rose VQA
Pelee Island Vineyard
Pelee Island, ON
An Ontario Wine Awards’ Gold Medal winner! This beautifully packaged sparkling rosé is filled with fruity notes of strawberries and blood orange. A definite party bubbly on every occasion.
Pairing suggestions: Strawberry tart, beef risotto, cranberry bites
Drea’s Rose 2019
Reif Estate Winery
Made from a rarely seen Dornfelder grape, this dark ruby-coloured rosé is the first and only one of its kind produced right here in Canada! Refreshingly unique with floral notes of violets and roses.
Pairing suggestions: Shrimp cocktail, grilled salmon
Rockway 9 Spritz 2017
St. Catharines, ON
A VQA wine blend of a 96′ Vidal and 4′ Chardonnay, fermented in stainless steel. This off-dry and fruity wine gives off tropical and citrus flavours, perfect for a patio drink.
Pairing suggestions: oysters, cheeses, artisanal Charcuterie
2017 Burger Blend Gamay / Pinot Noir VQA
13th Street Winery
St. Catharines, ON
Don’t fancy anything white and pink? This wine is the perfect summer red for you! A combination of pinot noir and gamay noir, this refreshing red wine brings out the best in your burgers. A definite show stopper at your next BBQ party.
Pairing suggestions: burgers, pizza
This bubbly and aromatic 100% Sauvignon Blanc is light and crisp with citrus and grass notes. Making it the perfect patio or pool wine.
Pairing suggestions: light cheeses, oysters
2017 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
Icewine in the summertime? You bet we did! This is the not-so-traditional-summer-drink you’ve been missing all your life. It’s got intense peachy and honey flavour notes. If you want to take things up a notch, top it with an Ontario VQA sparkling for an easy, crowd pleasing cocktail.
Pairing suggestions: raspberry mousse, aged cheddar, seared scallops