You never really get to hear of Canadian wine - I only discovered it for myself in a restaurant in China’s scenic Huang Shan (another serendipitous and fateful sign that meaningfully only on the afterthought connects the warp and woof of the tapestry of my travels). At a price twice the cost of a dinner for two, it naturally was not the most popular booze in the joint.
In fact, there are a few wine-growing areas in Canada and not all of them are of Gallic heritage. The first one we saw on the Loyalist Parkway where colonial Englishmen who stayed loyal to the Crown were resettled after the American Revolution. Another one - in Quebec, on the Isle de Madeleine. The southern shore of the Lake Erie too turns out to be a major wine-making development. Sunny and warm, yet tempered by the lake’s proximity, its 56 listed vineyards yield limited and hence very priced amounts of ice wine. It is very sweet muscat-like wine produced from grapes frozen on the vine - and where else conditions could be better for this technique than in Canada?
Caveat emptor: many a wine bottle that purports to be Canadian actually contain cuvéed wine imported in bulk from Europe. They may be quaffable but really Canadian they are not. Read the fine print!
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