Justin Trudeau Joins the Cool(-Climate) Kids of Canadian Wine

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Justin Trudeau, not to be confused with Canada’s most famous winemaker, Wayne Gretzky.

Presumably in an effort to get Millennials more engaged in its brand, Canada has joined the long list of entities releasing their own wines. And to help promote them, Canada recently enlisted celebrity Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (a proto-Millennial himself) to talk and taste among the vines at the Niagara College Teaching Winery last weekend. On his morning visit, Trudeau inspected some clusters at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus’ vineyard with college president Dan Patterson and head winemaker Gavin Robertson. To get the immersive experience, the PM also stopped by the vat room to do some hands-on learning with students, who showed off enological gizmos like a hydrometer and presented the PM with a glass of their final exam. Finally, Trudeau donned his somm finest—Burgundy-and-Gïk plaid blazer—to praise his local pours.

Per the St. Catharines Standard, the PM remarked that the industry had “grown by leaps and bounds” and the wines had become “world-renowned in terms of quality, in terms of product, and having institutions like Niagara College … for young Canadians to develop the expertise that is going to be more and more necessary in the world of wine.” With Trudeau now hoisting glasses, Unfiltered sees an opportunity for diplomacy-by-blind-tasting at the table with fellow enophile heads of state and proxies Emmanuel Macronand Eric Trump.