People ask us all the the time: what is your most popular wine? We've crunched the numbers from 2019, and here are the top 10 craft wines for Nova Scotia wine hobbyists.
These wines all have two things in common. First, they all taste great without much aging. Secondly, they drink well on their own without a food pairing. Many of our clients seem to love versatile wines that can be sipped without food and don't need to cellar for long.
10. Vintners Reserve White Zinfandel
The only rosé on our list, White Zinfandel is smooth and sweet (but not too sweet). True to style, it's packed with fresh fruit flavours like raspberry and strawberry with a pleasant plum note as well.
9. Niagara Mist Orchard Crisp
This wine cooler is a refreshing blend of apple, peaches, and pears. It features a bright acidity that cuts through the sweetness of the orchard fruits.
8. World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio
The Italians have their own way with the Pinot Gris grape, and in the process created something that's unmatched anywhere else in the wine world. Italian Pinot Grigio has become a dominant style due to its pleasant acidity and tremendous fruit flavours.
7. LE18 Barbaresco
Widely regarded as one of Italy's top wines, Barbaresco is undeniably delicious. Made from the Nebbiolo grape, this red wine exudes intense aromas of juicy cherry combined with toasty oak and spice notes. This wine was a one-shot as part of the annual Winexpert Limited Edition program.
6. Vintners Reserve Merlot
A smooth and medium-bodied dry red wine. This Merlot is easy-going and perfect for everyday drinking. Its versatility makes it a great choice for your house red.
5. Selection Italian Pinot Grigio
Modern Pinot Grigios tend to be light and zippy with clean finishes. This example is more reminiscent of the classic, old-fashioned Grigios: it's heavier and very flavourful, with a lingering fruit finish.
4. World Vineyard Washington Riesling
Our most popular Riesling by far. Contrary to common belief, Rieslings don't have to be sweet! This example from Washington is delicately off-dry and features prominent green apple notes.
3. Vintners Reserve Liebfraumilch
Don't worry if you can't pronounce it, because this wine speaks for itself. Liebfraumilch is a popular German style of sweet white wine. It's light, fruity, and mouth-watering. If you like your white wines ice-cold, this is a great pick.
2. Grand Cru Pinot Grigio
The third and final Pinot Grigio on our list, this offering from Grand Cru is the lightest of the bunch. Bone-dry with overtones of green melon, you'll love the elegant flavours and crisp, clean finish.
1. Cru International California Muscat
Muscat has been our most popular wine for several years. This luscious, elegant wine is packed with flavours of peach, apricot, baked apple, and pear. A perfect sipping wine, delicately off-dry and great for entertaining. Muscat has been served at hundreds of Nova Scotian weddings, family reunions, and local events.