The wines of Canada

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The wines of Canada

By: Rod Phillips

Publication date: September 2017
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984999
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902592

Canadian wine expert Rod Phillips provides an overview of Canada’s wine regions (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada), their climate, soil and other geographic conditions, and the grape varieties they grow. He discusses the key producers of each region, as well as analysing vintage variation and noteworthy winemaking techniques.

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Wine has been made commercially in Canada since the mid-1800s but Canadian wine has begun to register with professionals and consumers in the wider wine world only in the last five to ten years, as quality has dramatically improved. Canadian wine is now being exported in meaningful volumes to the U.S., Asia and Europe. Since the beginning of this century the number of wineries has increased many-fold (the great majority are less than 15-years old), wine regions have been demarcated (and some divided into sub-appellations), wine laws have been adopted in three important wine-producing provinces (there is no national wine law), and indigenous and hybrid vines have largely been replaced by vitis vinifera varieties in the main wine regions.

Canadian wine expert Rod Phillips provides an overview of Canada’s wine regions, their climate, soil, and other geographic conditions, and the grape varieties they grow most successfully. The wines of Canada discusses the key producers of each region (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada), and the styles of wine most characteristic of their production, as well as analysing vintage variation and noteworthy viticultural and winemaking techniques, such as burying vines to protect them from winter temperatures in some regions. The wines of Canada concludes with useful practical appendices covering the distribution of grape varieties, annual production by region or province, wine consumption in Canada and vintage charts.

Pages: 254
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 1
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Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips is a professor of history at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has written a number of books on European history, and, more recently, on the history of food and drink, with books including A Short History of Wine, Alcohol: A History (named a Book of the Year for 2014 on jancisrobinson.com), and French Wine: A History. General Editor of the forthcoming six-volume A Cultural History of Alcohol, he writes regularly for the wine media and also judges in wine competitions.

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