Canada Day Drinking Memories of a New Citizen

Happy Canada Day, Canada! This is my first Canada Day as a Canadian citizen and I’m going to be wearing red and white like it’s black and blue.

When I took my oath back in March I was probably the loudest singer of Oh Canada in the room.

And unlike my solemn compadrés, I was the only new citizen to strut my certificate back to my seat. I just couldn’t contain myself, that’s how excited I felt.

mari citizenshipAlthough the Canada of 2014 is a much different country than the one I landed in back in 2005, and I’ll be the first in line to vote against the Harper government, I feel like this is still a great place to live.

For one thing, Canada produces some great booze and I’m not talking about Canadian Club. 

Canada has always been a beer-consuming country, but now it’s a serious craft-brew producing country with over a dozen new breweries in Vancouver alone.

In my neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant we’ve seen three nano-breweries open in the past year, with another opening soon.

All that pure mountain water has to be made into something.

Not only is Canada having a craft brew explosion, there is also a mini-tsunami of local craft spirits flooding into our stores. As well as great whiskies, we’re seeing vodkas, gins, rums, brandies, grappas, schnapps, and even absinthe.

When Canada starts making tequila, we’ll know global warming, er, Canada has arrived.

And of course, there are the wines that turned my head in the first place and drew here me from Sonoma County, thinking BC was the next big wine country. At first it was hard to get over the price of wine, but now I think nothing of spending $18.99 on an entry-level bottle. I just drink less of it.

So, to honour my first Canada Day as a bona-fide Canadian citizen, I want to give a shout out to all the great Canadian booze I’ve consumed in the past nine years and the producers that made them.

You might say, these are the bottles that helped shape my palate in Canada.

Canadian Wines 

Road 13 Chenin Blanc Sparkling

Pentage Icewine

Stoneboat Pinotage

Mission Hill Oculus Chardonnay

Wild Goose Stony Hill Reisling

Church and State Vancouver Island Pinot Gris

Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc

Black Sage Bench Cabernet Franc

Le Clos Jordanne Grand Clos Pinot Noir

Platinum Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

Summerhill Baco Noir

Serendipity Devil’s Advocate

Blasted Church Mixed Blessings

Black Cloud Astrostratus Pinot Noir

Niche Marechal Foch

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir

Gehringer Brothers Ehrenfelser

Covert Farms Amacita 

Gray Monk Pinot Gris

Quails Gate Reserve Pinot Noir

Mount Boucherie Zinfandel

Rustico Bonanza Zinfandel

River Stone Cornerstone

Painted Rock Merlot

Hester Creek Trebbiano

Fairview Cellars The Bear

Meyer Family Pinot Noir 


Tree Hop Head IPA

Phillips Amnesia IPA

Tin Whistle Scorpion IPA

Howe Sound Hightide Hemp Ale

Okanagan Springs Pale Ale

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA

Central City Red Racer IPA

Crannóg Insurrection Pale Ale

R & B Hoppelganger


Odd Society Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka

Liberty Distilling White Whisky

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Whisky

Happy Canada Day!

So, happy birthday Canada! Have a great Tuesday off, drink a bottle of something local, and come back and tell me about it.

I’d love to know what you celebrated with.

Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

4 thoughts on “Canada Day Drinking Memories of a New Citizen

  • July 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations, eh?
    Seriously, Mari, HUGE Congrats!!!

    • July 1, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Nancilita. Seriously, thanks very much.

  • July 1, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Welcome to the club of proud Canadians who made the happy decision to join this beautiful country!

    • July 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Lenora-

      I’m thrilled and proud to be a part of this great country. And, ready to vote!


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