Toasting the New Year

 

What better way to say good-bye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, that with a delicious glass of BC bubbly. We are so lucky to have so many top quality, locally made sparkling wines to choose from in our province.

One of the very first was Stellar’s Jay, which captured a lot of attention and set the stage for what our cool climate region could do. Now, 30 years later, BC can boast sparkling wines from over 40 producers. BC bubbly tends to be crisp, clean, refreshing and very versatile when it comes to food pairing. You can find everything from Prosecco styled easy quaffers to elegant and sophisticated ‘can’t believe this isn’t Champagne’ wines.  BC makes a sparkling wine for every taste and every budget.

This list only scratches the surface and is not by any means inclusive of all BC sparkling wines. Search out your favourite winery and see what they offer. You just might be surprised. Make that pleasantly surprised.

Prices listed are from the wineries web site and may vary depending on location.

8th Generation:

Integrity, a Frizzante styled blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Kerner $20.00

Confidence (Rosé) Pinot Noir with just a touch of Pinot Gris to give it flare $20.00

 

Bella – nothing but bubbly here, with a focus on Chardonnay and Gamay based terroir focused sparklers. Look at this line up:

Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – B2 $24.90

Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – Keremeos $25.90

Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – Orchard House $25.90

Sparkling Rosé Brut Natural – Westbank $25.90

Sparkling Rosé Brut Natural – Cavada $25.90

Sparkling Rosé Brut Natural – Orchard House $25.90

Methode Ancestrale Rosé $40.00

Methode Ancestrale Brut $40.00

 

Blue Mountain – an early adopter of sparkling wine.

Gold Label Brut $23.90

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut

Brut Rosé $32.90

Blanc de Blancs $39.90

Reserve Brut $39.90

 

Daydreamer:

A just released Sparkling Shiraz. $20?

 

Evolve – four offerings:

Effervescence (Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay)      $19.99

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Evolve Effervescence

Pink Effervescence (Pinot Blanc with a splash of Merlot)           $19.99

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Evolve Pink Effervescence

Pink Brut Rosé $32.90

Blanc de Blanc $39.90

Reserve Brut $39.90

 

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards:

Fitz Sparkling Brut is a blend that contains slightly more Pinot Noir than Chardonnay. $33.00

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Fitz Brut

 

Giant’s Head:

Blanc de Noir one hundred percent estate grown Pinot Noir grapes. $27.74

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Giant Head Blanc de Noir

 

Gray Monk – One of BC’s original estate wineries offers three choices of bubblies:

Odyssey White Brut made from Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay Musque, $21.99

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Gray Monk Odyssey White Brut

Odyssey Rosé Brut a blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir $17.39

Odyssey Traditional which blends all three traditional Champagne grapes $26.09.

 

Intrigue:

I Do – a pink sparkler made from Riesling and a touch of Merlot. $19.90

 

Jackson Triggs:

Sparkling Chardonnay $NA

 

Joie:

Plein de Vie Brut, a pink bubble made from, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $19.00

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Joie Plein de Vie Brut

Joie Brut, mostly Riesling with 10% Chardonnay. $25.00

 

Lang:

Pinot Noir Bubble. $21.00

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Lang Rosé Bubble

 

Maverick:

Ella is a Pinot Noir led blend (80%) with 20% Chardonnay. Currently sold out at the winery. $35.

 

Meyer Family Vineyard – A brand new venture for MFV, which some would say was overdue given their focus on the classic grapes of Burgundy.

Traditional Method Extra Brut NV – a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. $40

 

Noble Ridge:

The One is a Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend made in the traditional method. $39.90.

 

Okanagan Crush Pad:

The Bub, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $29.90.

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Haywire The Bub

Pink Bub a little different proportions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $NA

JY Ancient method Pinot Noir (from the Wine Campus program) $39.90.

 

Orofino:

Moscato Frizzante. Made from two vineyards of Muscat and a touch of Riesling and Pinot Gris to hit just the right pizzazz. $25.00

 

Perseus:

Sparkling Chardonnay. $24.99

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Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay

 

Robin Ridge:

Sparkling Finch is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $26.90

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Robin Ridge Sparkling Finch

 

Road 13:

Chenin Blanc bubbles. $40.00

 

See Ya Later:

NV Brut, a traditional method bubbly. $21.99

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See Ya Later Sparkling Brut

 

Serendipity:

Sparkling Truth, 100% Chardonnay. $50.00

 

Sperling:

Sper….itz a low alcohol ‘spritzy’ wine $22.00

Sparkling Brut $40.00

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Sperling Sparkling Brut

Sparkling Brut Reserve $49.95

Brut Rosé for $42.00.

 

Stoneboat:

Grand Piano Brut, Pinot Blanc based and Prosecco styled. $26.90.

Faux Pas Rosé Brut. $24.90

 

Sumac Ridge – the original home of BC sparkling wine and famous for Steller Jay

Steller Jay Sparkling Brut $25.99

Steller’s Jay Sparkling Pinnacle $35.00

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Steller’s Jay Pinnacle

Sparkling Gewurztraminer $21.79

Sparkling Shiraz $24.95

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Steller’s Jay Sparkling Shiraz

 

Summerhill – nine sparkling wines to choose from in a range of styles, some dating back to 1996. These are the ‘Pyramid Wines’. Prices range from under $30 to over $100. Here is a sampling:

Cipes Brut (Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc) $28.64

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Summerhill Cipes Brut

Blanc de Noirs (Pinot Noir) $36.80

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Summerhill Cipes BLanc de Noirs

Blanc de Franc – a Rosé made from Cabernet Franc $44.85

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Summerhill Cipes Blanc de Franc

Ariel Premier Cuvee $88.55

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Summerhill Cipes Ariel

 

Tantalus:

Blanc de Noir $27.74

Old Vines Riesling Natural Brut $34.70.

 

Therapy:

Fizzio Therapy Blanc – made from Chardonnay with a small addition of Orange Muscat to keep things interesting. $19.99

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Therapy Fizziotherapy Blanc

 

The View:

Distraction, a Pinotage led blend with just enough Riesling, Ehrenfelzer and Gewürztraminer to ‘tart’ it up. $19.95

 

Some of these wines use the traditional Champagne styled cork while others use an easy opening crown cap. It must also be said that many, many Vancouver Island wineries such as Averill Creek and Blue Grouse among others also produce sparkling wines, though due to limited quantities, most are not available on the mainland.

 

* With thanks to John Schreiner for additional information.

Sam The Wine Teacher

About Sam The Wine Teacher

Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges. He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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