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From: Nina S.
Sent on: Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:01 AM



Canadian wines tasting and food pairing!

Canadian wine is produced in mainly southern British Columbia and southern Ontario. There is also a growing number of small scale producers of grapes and wine in southern Quebec and Nova Scotia. The two largest wine-producing regions in Canada are the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario.

Canada is a cool-climate wine growing country, like New Zealand, northern France and Italy, and Germany. Quality can vary significantly from vintage to vintage, as it does in Bordeaux or Burgundy.

Canadian wine has been produced for over 200 years. For many years it was believed that Vitis vinifera (the noble European grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir) could not survive the rigours of Canadian winters and the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle of early spring. As a result, the majority of plantings in Ontario were (and still are) thewinter-hardy North American labrusca varieties (such as Concord and Niagara, now only used for processing in the food industry) and early-ripening, winter-resistant hybrids, such as Vidal, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir and Marechal Foch.


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