10 Canadian Sparklers for Canadian Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving… a festive time to get together with family and friends over turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and green beans. Not to mention potato salad, roasted butternut squash, and… in our case, pasta al forno and pierogi! Oh, and lasagna, caesar salad, glazed ham and roasted red peppers. And maybe cheesecake and bubbleberry pie and, oh right, a little bit of homemade apple crisp. But we digress.

Actually, this is a perfect segue into Thanksgiving. Occurring earlier in Canada to coincide with our harvest, this holiday is chock full of delicious food that can often be hard to pair wine with. Luckily, though, sparkling wine is versatile and the perfect pairing for the diverse cuisine of Thanksgiving. From crisp, palate cleansing acidity to full bodied and rich, Canadian sparkling wine is so diverse you’d be hard pressed not to bring a local sparkling to your (Canadian) Thanksgiving feast. Whether you’re starting with an aperitif, pairing your bubbles with turkey or the dessert table, we’ve got you covered!

Benjamin Bridge – Brut (2012)

In the glass, a pale golden colour with a light straw hue. On the nose, suggestions of freshly cut melon and zesty lime peel that are complicated by hints of smoke. On the palate, rich notes of baked granny smith apples and roasted hazelnuts lead to a long, lingering finish. More…


Henry of Pelham – Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut (NV)

Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch, Catharine Smith. This wine is a modern Niagara expression of a time honoured wine style. The secondary fermentation is done in bottle and this wine is aged for approximately 30+ months on the lees before disgorging. More…


Westcott– Violette Sparkling Brut (2015)

This elegant act of winemaking is anything but a brut. It’s a serene blend of our estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made in the Charmat Method. Violette is a light and elegant wine, perfectly balanced to refresh and intrigue. It has a wonderful effervescence that is quite infectious after a glass or two. More…


Rosehall Run – Pixie Sparkling Rosé (NV)

Bright salmon colour. On the nose this wine shows lovely citrus, and delicious peach characters; on the palate it is barely off-dry, Peach, Apricot, Tangerine tree fruit, and lively refreshing acidity throughout the palate. More…


Blue Mountain – Gold Label Brut (NV)

The Brut “Gold Label” has a fine mousse, with lemon and toasty character on the nose and across the palate, with a crisp lemon finish. The wine is made in the Methode Traditionnelle style. More…


Jackson-Triggs – Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Merlot (2014)

Smoky notes complement intense aromas of fresh red fruit, coffee, and chocolate. The palate is lively with a fine mousse supporting a luscious and juicy fruit-driven profile. Subtle tannin and crisp acidity bring a supreme balance to the wine. The finish lingers with toasty notes and fresh wildflower honey More…


Hinterland – Sacrament (2011)

The Sacrament is made from our finest grapes, field blended in a 50% mix of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Aged for 60 months, the Sacrament has surpassed our expectations in quality, aromatics and flavour profile. We’re in awe of this wine. More…


Colio Estate – Lily Sparkling (NV)

Pale yellow-straw colour with a light mousse; aromas of binned apple, lemon/citrus and peach with light toast and floral notes; dry, medium bodied, with moderate acidity, flavours of apple, melon, apricot and citrus, with lingering apple and peach notes on the long finish. More…


Château des Charmes – Blanc de Blancs (2014)

This is a crisp and refreshing wine that engages all your senses. Creamy vanilla, citrus and fresh baked bread notes are lively on the nose. The rich and full mouth feel lingers in your mouth long after you have swallowed. More…


Peller Estates – Signature Series Ice Cuvée Rosé (NV)

Very fine bubbles rise gently against a delicate pink backdrop. A lovely, clean, fresh bouquet of apricot, wild raspberry, melon and Rainier cherry. This dry sparkling wine has an up-front creamy mouthfeel with an elegant mousse, and flavours of raspberry and juicy white peach. More…


BONUS: Inniskillin – Sparkling Cabernet Franc Icewine (2015)

This very unique Sparkling Icewine shows aromatics of cherries and strawberries. On the palate,
lively flavours of raspberries, rhubarb and a repeat of strawberries are abundant, all balanced
by a crisp acidity. More…