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Ontario Red Wines You’ll Love All Season

No holiday feast with friends or family is complete without wine, wine, a festive centerpiece, and more wine. Here are some of our favourite bottles of VQA Ontario red that are sure to pair with your food — and ideal budget!




Henry of Pelham
2015 Baco Noir
Smokey, rich notes of coffee and blackberry are evened out by some fresh plum notes on the palate. This is a dry, but easy drinking wine that perfectly pairs with aged cheddars, charcuterie and even spicy foods.

Family Series Peller Estates
2013 Merlot
Distinct tea flavours muddled with red berries, oak and spice make this a truely memorable wine. Bonus: It’s refined enough to impress, but won’t break the bank!


Norman Hardie
2014 County Pinot Noir
One of favorite examples of just how amazing Ontario-grown Pinot Noir can be.  It’s got loads of bright red fruit, a little earthiness and a lightness that keeps us coming back for glass after glass… after glass!

2013 Moon Harvest Barrel Cab Franc
The deep, rich colour on this wine had us excited before it even hit our nose. It’s spicy, medium bodied with heavy currant notes — both red and black. Like crushed cranberry velvet.


The Foreign Affair
Apologetic Red 2013
100% Ontario-grown Cabernet Franc is enriched by a healthy amount of grapes dried in the appassimento style. It’s got big, big notes of black currants, plums, spice and even a hint of cedar. It has elegant tannins and can easily be put down for a decade — if you can wait that long!

Looking for more holiday friendly wines?
Check our 2016 Holiday Headquarters!