Wines of Canada
Since 1992

The Best of 2013

Theses are our picks for the best wines of 2013. There are only two requirements we impose. First we had the pleasure of enjoying a full glass and secondly the winery must have a collection of fine wines not just one outstanding wine. We can only suggest you consider these fine Canadian Wines when selecting your wines.

This year we had very little opportuinty to enjoy wines from outside my home province of British Columbia. The year 2014 should provide greater opportunites to enjoy wines from other provinces. We ask to you let your MLAs know you want freedom of wines in Canada no provincial restrictions.

Church and State
2009 Quintessential

An amazing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot. On the palate, there is dark concentrated black cherry fruit and gorgeous tannin structure producing great richness and length, but with impeccable balance.

Score 96

Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Ehrenfelser 2012

Has to be the best Ehrenfelser we have ever tasted Notes of apricot, gooseberry, citrus, honeysuckle, orange blossom, cantaloupe, and peach, with undertones of tropical fruits.

This rare grape variety thrives in the Okanagan

Score 96

Wild Goose Vineyards
Autumn Gold 2012

One of the Best wine of the year… so refreshing. perfect hint of spice. blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc grapes

Quality wines year after year!

Score 96

Paradise Ranch
Merlot Icewine 2011

Not everyone makes a Merlot Icewine. Thank goodness Paradise did. Yummy smooth delightful perfection in a bottle

Score 96

Blackwood Lane

The Rebel 2010

An old ( oak 3 years) favourite. The quality of this wine always delights the taste buds


Score 96

Black Sage
pipe 2007

For years winemaker Jason James has been producing outstanding wines at Sumac Ridge. He continues to produce amazing wines at Black Sage. The Pipe grapes come from the same vineyard such an enjoyable wine

Score 96

Church and State
2009 Coyote Meritage

Has the wow factor. ultra-ripe black fruit flavours are framed by gorgeous, soft tannins and beautiful balance. Barbara's top pick

An outstanding Cellar of wines

Score 95

Tyler Harlton Wines
Viognier Pinot Gris 2012

as its own special taste and is Surprisingly GOOD. A new winery does it right

Score 95

Dirty Laundry Winery
Gewürztraminer - Woo Woo Vines (2012)

Now that's how to make Gewürztraminer. Flavour Flavour Flavour.

Score 95

Fairview Cellars

Sauvignon Blanc 2011


This was one special wine. Refreshing and crisp The flavours overwhelm your taste buds

Score 95

Jost Vineyards
2012 Tidal Bay

Think Nova Scotia Think Jost
Tidal Bay is a signature, regional, white wine made from 100% Nova Scotia grown and produced grapes

green apple, grapefruit, anjou pear a summer time tasting experience to be enjoyed

Score 95


Tugwell Creek Meadery
Wassail Blush Sweet Berry Mead

Been my favourite ever since first experiencing Tugwell Creek meads. A perfect dessert wine with outstanding flavours Honey and berry notes

Score 95


Kraze Legz
The Bee's Knees 2010 Pinot Blanc

After experiencing this wine at a Tasting event I was compelled to find it and purchase the wine.. Crisp and refreshing with lively notes of Granny Smith apples, Anjou pears, tropical fruit and  a real nice kiwi lime finish

Score 95

Painted Rock Estate
Merlot 2009

aromas of blackberry, cassis and new oak, continuing to flavours of black currants, raspberries and pomegranate.

Their wines have been a success story since their first vintage in 2007.

Author John Schreiner wrote I haven't seen a winery achieve cult status this quickly since Black Hills & Burrowing Owl. The word is getting out fast.” John Skinner and his team have not looked back they continue to impress vintage after vintage

Painted Rock's Syrah 2009 and The Red Icon 2010 are also great wines

An outstanding cellar of wines


Score 94

Silver Sage
The Sage Grand Reserve 2005

The flavours shine through spicy finish NICE! I drank the entire bottle myself in one sitting

Score 94


Honorable Mention

Tugwell Creek Meadery Solstice Metheglin 2012
Wow the Ginger really pops
Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2011 memorable bring it on
Tinhorn Creek OldField Series Merlot 2009 . this is MY red so good.
Black Sage Merlot 2011 so good
NK'MIP Cellars Mer'r'lym Meritage 2010 Flavours that melt the taste buds
Baille-Grohman Gewürztraminer flavour from first taste o finish
Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark a refreshing wine with apple and citrus aromas

Best of 2012   ~ Robert's Selections ~ Wineries to Watch for in 2014

* all wines were either purchased by us or by friends

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