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03:00p.m. – 08:00p.m.
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02:00p.m. – 08:00p.m.
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Wine aficionados and sommeliers the world over have been keeping hold of a little secret; Canadian wine. Accolades have been pouring in over the last few years for wines which boast Old World quality yet at New World prices. Most are organic and some are even biodynamic which are claimed not only to be healthier and tastier but also tend not to give you a strong hangover. Whereas most people look to California for North American wine get ready for Canada to soon be popping its cork on the world stage for all to enjoy.
Nestled a few steps away from the delightful Ebisu Garden Place is where you will find ‘Heavenly Vines’, an organic wine shop in Tokyo that sells only Canadian wine. Ontario native Jamie Paquin runs the place and will happily guide customers to a wine for them as well as going over the fascinating history of wine making in the country and the variety of regions with their distinctive climates and soil conditions. Keen to move the image of wine in Canada beyond that of it’s famous (and delicious) desert Icewine, Jamie is proud and enthusiastic to introduce the four key and distinct areas that are producing some of the very best wine in the world right now. They all lie in the prime growing zone of 30 and 50 degrees latitude north which is where you find all the key wine countries in Europe and North America. ‘Wine Spectator’ magazine claimed it is the “worlds least-known great wine zone”.
British Columbia is the biggest wine producing region in Canada. Home to mountains, lakes and the only desert in the country (yes, in Canada!) the varied climates create perfect conditions for whites such as Pinot Gris and Chardonnay while Merlot and Pinot Noir are among the outstanding reds.