How do you *truly* know which wineries are great? I consulted my most well respected friends, winemakers and industry professionals and listed are the producers mentioned repeatedly. Read on for what to try and how to order.
The Natty Kids Playing With Hybrids
Eastern Townships, Quebec
What to try: 2019 Carbonic Marquette. The team shares, "Our very limited production is distributed in Quebec and is almost only available in restaurants and wine bars of Montréal."
Shipping: DM for further information
The Nomadic Winery
Okanagan Valley, BC
What to try: 2019 Tempranillo - an unfiltered, full bodied and serious rosé, best served chilled while doing unserious things.
What to try: 2017 Vintage Cuvée. Proprietor Bruce Ewert originally hails from BC but found a new home in Nova Scotia, where he now produces some of the regions highest quality sparkling wine.
The Wine Made in a Former Horse Riding Arena
What to try: 2019 L'Acadie - owner Laurent Fadanni describes the Fraser Valley as green and fertile, which he feels the variety of L'Acadie speaks to in the glass.
The People So Humble They Forget To Mention They Make Wine with a Cult Following
What to buy: 2018 Electric Rosé. Owner and winemaker Jordan Kubek describes it as "Smashed jolly rancher candies sprinkled over cranberry sauce."
The "Effortlessly Cool" Winery
What to buy: 2017 Homestead Pinot Noir. A hub where the likeminded gather, making wines in a classic and low intervention style.
The Winery You'd Probably Find All Over Lists in Paris
What to buy: 2019 Été Sans Fin Pinot Noir Rosé. Proprietors Murray and Sarah own a picturesque organic vineyard in Kaleden, BC, which also houses a photoshoot ready guesthouse. Book here.
Trail Estate Winery
What to buy: Soon to be released Piquette (October 20). Winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois rehydrated skins from previously pressed Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Gris resulting in a light, wine like "thing" reusing skins that would normally have been discarded.
The Not So Serious-Serious Winery Charting New Territory
What to buy: 2018 Somenos Series Pinot Noir. Winemaker Brent Rowland holds serious disdain for anything sanctimonious and this humility comes through in the resulting wines.
To be released soon. Online shop here
The Sheep Farmers Turned Vignerons
Lightfoot and Wolfville
What to buy: 2018 Kékfrancos - a fleshy, bone dry style of rosé (also known as Blaufränkisch or Lemberger) available only through Crushable.
Enroll with Crushable here for opportunity to purchase
Cider As Cool And Hip As The Women Who Make It
Creek and Gully
What to buy: 2018 Goldie. Cidermaker Kaleigh Jorgensen describes this cider as equally fresh, crispy and luxurious.
A Winemaker Who Might Actually Be A Forest Sprite
Okanagan Falls, BC
What to buy: 2016 Synoptic. An earthy and textured red blend made by one of the emerging talents of BC, Kelsey Rufiange.
The Single Father Looking For Love Who Decided To Make Wine
Niagara Peninsula, ON
What to buy: 2019 skin contact Gewurztraminer. Enjoy it at room temperature with the fattiest prosciutto you can find.
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The Wine Bar Partners Turned Winemakers
What to buy: 2019 Orange Wine rosé. Although word on the street this beauty is sold out, there might be a few cheeky bottles laying around.
Shipping: Ontario only but inquire to find out if they will ship to your area.
The Honest Négociant
Okanagan Valley, BC
What to buy: 2019 Aubergiste À Boire carbonic merlot - just the right amount of funk you're after.
Available via Instagram - slide into that DM
The Generational Winery
Twenty Mile Bench, ON
What to buy: 2018 Black label Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Daughter Erika Neudorf shares, "Both wines sold out at the annual cellar door opening, but allocation is kept for restaurants through Nicholas Pearce which can be purchased on their website."
Shipping: Ontario only
Available via Nicholas Pearce
The Cool New "It" Winery
What to buy: I wrote about their 2018 Cabernet Franc recently - it's a must try
Shipping: Ontario only
The Winery Flying Under The Radar
16 Mile Cellar
St. Catharines, ON
What to buy: 2017 Exonerated Pinot Noir. A wine requiring a story to be regaled (just ask winemaker Morgan Juniper)