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The Best Canadian-Made Rosé Wines

ELLE Canada logo ELLE Canada 6 days ago Kate Dingwall
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Rosé all day, the Canadian way.

As much as the “rosé all day” trope may feel tired, rosé season is here, and Canadian wineries are particularly adept at making stellar bottles of the blush-hued beverage. Some may think rosé is a light, ‘summer water’ type sip. But pink wines live in the broad colourspace between red and white wine – bottles can range from super chuggable with just a kiss of pink to incredibly complex and rich ruby in colour. Some are light and refreshing, while others are sparkling. Whatever bottle you choose, rosé is an excellent drink to reach for as we spend summer weekends keeping our distance in parks, on lakes, or in backyards. Here, the best pink-tinged bottles by Canadian winemakers.

The Grange Gamay Rosé 

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PREORDER ANNOUNCEMENT: We are offering a limited package deal this weekend for preorder only. Your choice of 1 wine (red, white, or rosé), with an Actinolite sourdough, house pickles from our pantry, and Mapledale aged cheddar. White Pack: Rosewood’s White Rabbit $50, Red Pack: Terre del Barolo Pelaverga $55, Rosé Pack: The Grange Gamay Rosé $60. TO ORDER: Email with what colour pack you’d like and what day you will pick up. Choice of Friday Saturday or Sunday. We are here 1-7pm. PLEASE WEAR A MASK FOR PICK UP. PAYMENT BY CREDIT OR DEBIT UPON PICK UP. You may add bottles to your order from Merrin’s wine list when you arrive if desired! #actinoliterestaurant #actinolitewineshop A post shared by Actinolite Restaurant (@actinoliterestaurant) on Jun 25, 2020 at 1:43pm PDT

Grange Winery started a few years back as a mother-daughter project in Prince Edward County. Mother Caroline tends to the vines while daughter Maggie conjures up innovative wines. Some of the wines are traditional, showcasing classic examples of each grape, while others veer quirkier. The gamay rosé is the latter, giving off the same tart, berry flavours of a sour beer.

If you’re in the area, the winery is always open to visitors picnicking between the vines, and is happy to sell you baskets packed with glasses, wines, and local cheeses to snack on.

Leaning Post Rosé 

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Happy #NationalRoseDay . We just brought in this gem from @leaningpostwine. The bottle shop is open 12PM – 7PM. Swing by for some juice, stas’, cans of beer & bottled negroni’s. 🍝🍷 A post shared by AO Pasta (@aopasta) on Jun 13, 2020 at 7:59am PDT

Before starting this Winona, Ontario vineyard, couple Ilya and Nadia Senchuk spent decades dreaming of founding their own vineyard before Ilya left his post as a beloved Niagara winemaking consultant and Nadia, her job in the corporate world, to found Leaning Post.

Now, the vineyard is one of the province’s best-loved natural vineyards, where the couple and their children tend to small lots of pinot noir, chardonnay, and gamay grapes. For this bottle, the family transformed these traditional grapes into a spunky rosé, with big floral aromas and the sweet-meets-sour flavours of fresh pomegranate juice.

Pearl Morissette Roselana

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She is so dreamy 💕 tayberries and watermelon jolly ranchers 🍬 A post shared by juice cru (@thejuicecru) on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:44pm PDT

Put it simply, this wine can be dubbed a party punch. Made with gamay and pinot noir grapes, the feisty, easy-to-drink wine sips with full notes of berry compote and jolly rancher. The winemaker, Francois Morisette, cut his teeth in the French Grand Cru regions before launching his own winery slash award winning restaurant. All of these Niagara wines are carefully hand-picked, and conjured into deliciously juicy, graceful wines.


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A colourful lineup from @adamoestatewinery 🌈 Based in Mono, Ontario, this winery produces organic and biodynamic wine that is terroir focused. They mainly focus on cooler climate varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but also produce wines from Riesling, Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc grapes. Get at them! Link in bio to order today and pickup tomorrow 12-4pm ✨ A post shared by SOSO FOOD CLUB 马马虎虎 (@sosofoodclub) on Jun 30, 2020 at 12:45pm PDT

This small-batch winery lives outside Ontario’s big wine regions of Prince Edward County and Niagara, but don’t discount it – they make punk wines with heaps of flavour. A particular highlight is their effervescent take on rosé, which is a fun, juicy bottle with a burst of fizz. Adamo has a few different iterations of rosé – may we suggest a tasting?

Therianthropy Le Maillot Cabernet Franc 

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NEW RELEASE: Le Maillot cabernet franc made in a decidedly glou-glou style. 🍷🌞 Best served chilled and outdoors! . 🤓 🚨 60% whole-cluster. Five-day cold-soak @ 5 degrees. Ferment: 3 days on skins and another 21 without. Nice and slow. Residual sugar is only 1g/L, cause we know you're going to ask! . Still licensee only! DM for pricing. . Regular people: please join our mailing list by visiting our website (link in bio) or DM us your addy. Special direct-to-consumer offers coming soon! . #vqaeveryday #ontariocraftwine #lemaillot #itspronouncedmy-oh #cabernetfranc #ontariocabernetfranc #glouglou A post shared by therianthropy (@therianthropy_wine) on May 29, 2020 at 8:02am PDT

The name of this Niagara negociant vineyard comes from the mythological ability for humans to shapeshift (think, werewolves!) so expect wines with quirky personalities. Like the Le Maillot Cabernet Franc, a wine that lives in a space between red and rosé. The tannic, quaffable wine was left to ferment on grape skins for three days, giving it a funky, textured mouthfeel. Serve it chilled, preferably under a sunny sky.

Orofino Pozza Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé 

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Thank you for the generous support of our initiative to give to those in need during these difficult times! Over $3000 raised in the first 18 hours of our “Rosé Trio” pack!🧨❤️. We are donating 50% of all of the proceeds for every Rosé Trio sold to the SOUTH OKANAGAN WOMEN IN NEED SOCIETY. Enter the coupon code “prettyinpink “ to receive free shipping on this 3 bottle case! Details in our bio. #similkameenrocks #bcwine #similkameenwine #thankyou #RoséforaCause A post shared by Orofino Winery (@orofino_winery) on May 14, 2020 at 9:59am PDT

Over in British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley, Orofino Vineyards is making a sophisticated summer water. Made with cool-climate Cabernet Franc grapes, this blush-hued wine is dry, slightly dusty and super approachable, offering the perfect match to a charcuterie board or lobster roll.

Greenlane Estate Saffron Sparkling Rosé 

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Still or Sparkling, we are Rosé all day on National Rosé day! Swing by and stock up. Our Saffron Sparkling Rosé is $23.95 and our 2018 Rosé is on sale for $15.95. We are open daily 11-5pm. #Roseallday A post shared by GreenLane Estate Winery (@greenlanewinery) on Jun 13, 2020 at 10:30am PDT

Greenlane Estate’s Sparkling rosé is fun, fancy, and festive, with bright cherry flavors and a kick of bergamot. This bottle will easily hold its own when paired with bolder flavours of barbeque or tacos. The sparkling rosé comes packed into a reusable, resealable bottle, begging to be slipped in your beach bag. 

A Sunday in August Pinot Gris 

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Next 3 big splashy summery wines now in select stores and restaurants and limited availability ONLINE! 🎉 Check our online shop (link in bio) for mixed and single 6- and 12-packs of: 🍷 🦩Pinot Gris! Bright 🍊summer wine made from organic skin-contact Pinot Gris co-fermented with a little bit of Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer for acidity, 🍉🍊and 🌼🌷tones. 🍷 🌴First-ever Sauvignon Blanc! Tropical amazing tastes like 🍑🍍🍈🍯🍋and has a creamy round finish from the natural malolactic fermentation and extended lees (natural yeast party!) contact. 🍷 🍇Super small-batch Syrah! Magical stargazing 🍇🍷pairs with BBQ and laughter —Our first-ever fruity Syrah is light and bright from a quick maceration (chilling time on 🍇skins) and is full of life & depth. Super limited. 🍒🍫 BC stockists tagged in photo. Art by @editorialmag; art & design by @big_bad_gina; 📸by @sam_milbrath a Sunday in August is committed to being lifelong anti-racist allies with Black and Indigenous People, people of colour, and other marginalized communities in Canada and beyond—and will continue to learn, donate, support, protest, share and stand up against racism and injustice. A post shared by a Sunday in August (@asundayinaugust) on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:35pm PDT

So this isn’t quite a rosé, but the wines from this small-batch British Columbia winery drink like summer magic. The skin-contact orange wine is made predominantly with pinot gris co-fermented with pinot blanc and gewurztraminer. It’s bright, frunky, and fresh, like a breezy summer day in a bottle.

Organized Crime Rosé 

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Happy National Rosé Day! To celebrate, we are offering 1 free botte on every case of our 2018 Rosé this weekend. $17.20/botte or $189.20 a case. We are continuing to offer 🚘 curbside pick up from 11-5 pm every day, and free shipping on Ontario on six bottles or more. 🚛#nationalroséday #drinklocal #organizedcrimewinery #beamsvillebench A post shared by Organized Crime Winery (@organizedcrimewinery) on Jun 13, 2020 at 12:23pm PDT

The family-owned vineyard loves doing everything by hand, from farming the land by hand to crafting wines that paint a vivid picture of the Beamsville wine region. This bottle is a bit more spunky than your average bottle of rosé – made with 85% pinot noir, it’s fruity, with slight winks of savoury herbs and strawberry cream. It’s a great pizza wine!

Averill Creek Joue 

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Not your grandmother’s Rosé (but she’d probably dig it). Big and savoury, yet aromatic and crushable. • This is in part owing to the process: red varietals were pressed off, then de-stemmed whole berry Gewurz and Gris were added on top of the red juice. Like a red ferment, but with a cap of white berries. Punched down daily(ish), then pressed off, blended and left in tank on primary lees until bottling. • We’ve been loving this with dishes that have both umami and sour character but would love to hear your pairings ->👂 A post shared by Averill Creek Vineyard (@averillcreek) on Jun 17, 2020 at 9:24am PDT

Averill Creek’s Joue line is winemaker Brent’s way of getting creative – Joue means to play, afterall. What he’s come up with are electric wines with a wild streak – the blend of pinot noir, marechal foch, pinot gris, and gewurztraminer has the simple fruit-forward flavour you want from a summer rosé, but with a big, bold personality.

Haywire Pink Bub 

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Rosé Spiritz, yes please! ⠀ ⠀ Check out Chelsea Shaddock’s ( refreshing cocktail with Haywire Pink Bub. Perfect call for a warm afternoon on the patio or a party. Head over to her profile for the recipe! A post shared by Haywire (@haywirewine) on Jul 5, 2020 at 10:00am PDT

Though 2020 certainly doesn’t feel like a year for celebration, Haywire’s sparkling rosé makes a case for sipping something a little bright and bubbly. This rosy wine is made at Okanagan Crush Pad, a collaborative organic winery in the valley. It’s delicious by itself, but try spiking it with Aperol, soda, and fresh fruit for a refreshing Spritz riff. The strawberry-forward bottle also comes in pocket-sized versions.

Rosewood Notorious PTG

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Introducing the 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐏. 𝐓. 𝐆. A amalgamation of old world wine style crafted (and packaged) in a new world manner by @rosewoodwine. 80% Gamay Noir + 20% Pinot Noir Fermented using non-selected yeast. Aged 6 months in stainless steel on lees. Bottled without fining or filtration. Chill lightly before enjoying. It’s goes without saying….. It’s Juicy. *Product is extremely limited and only available at Merrymeeting and Howley Estates @nlliquor stores. . . . #rosewood #ontariowine #beamsville #itwasalladream #notorious #biggie #ptg #burgundy #gamay #pinot #glouglou #wineporn #wineislife #soif #realwine #pinotnoir #naturalwine #vinnatural #goldenhour #ontario #winecountry #rosewoodwine #csw #spiritsandwines A post shared by 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐬 & 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 (@spiritsandwines) on Jul 29, 2020 at 4:42am PDT

The winery-slash-meadery is always turning out bottles that make you take a second glass at, from wacky whites to pet-nats (bottles with slight effervescence) to mead made by the bees on their property (order directly from the winery and throw in hand-crafted beeswax soaps or honey). This bottle (P.T.G stands for Passe-Tout-Grains, an appellation in the Burgundy region in France) is made with a blend of pinot noir and gamay for a super juicy, floral wine with a rich red color. Pop it slightly chilled.

Rosehall Run Pet-Nat 

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Date night at home brought to you by popcorn and @rosehall_run's Pét-Nat 🍿⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Buttery popcorn and a flavourful wine is always a winning combination in our books. Food and wine pairings don't have to be overly complicated — now pop some popcorn and then pop open some wine!⁣ Cheers to the weekend 🥂⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #HarvestToBottle A post shared by harvest to bottle 🍇🍷 PEC wine (@harvesttobottle) on Jul 24, 2020 at 2:01pm PDT

The name Pétillant Naturel, or pet-nats, refers to a slightly sparkling wine with a lower alcohol. The bubbles come from the méthode ancestral process, where wines are bottled and capped in the midst of the fermentation process. The natural sugars continue to ferment in the bottle, adding a kiss of bubbles in the finished wine. In comparison to your standard Champagne, pet-nats are a little more wild, with expressive flavors and tongue-coating bubbles. Rosehall Run’s take is made with a mind-bending assortment of grapes (including sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer, pinot gris, gamay and pinot noir) for a rich, full-of-energy red.

Plot Wines 

The teeny winery in the Okanagan Valley is the brainchild of two pals: winemaker Kevin Rossion and his pal, creative director Adam Kereliuk. What they created was a winery that lets local fruit shine through low-tech winemaking approaches. They dub it ‘old school vibes and new world wines’, and that’s exactly what their tempranillo rosé is. The B.C.-made, Spain-born bottle gives off a dry, delicate palette, with floral and watermelon notes with a kick of black tea. It’s dry, delicate, and mouthwatering. The vineyards are nestled right up in the valley’s mountain range, so look for whiffs of mineral mountain air.


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