This is a bit of a no brainer. Who wouldn’t want to start or end their Valentine’s Day with bubbles and sparkling wines? Especially if they are BC Bubbles and BC Sparkling Wines. Our #FavouriteThings Bubbles and Sparkling wine recommendations to make Valentine’s a very special day.
THE ONE 2012
2012 “The One” Sparkling
Noble Ridge is an estate vineyard and winery located in the Okanagan Valley. All work is done by hand, on- site by a team of dedicated workers who strive to create an exceptional wine that reflects its noble namesake. Now considered a “library and limited” wine this exquisite sparkling is available at the Noble Ridge wine shop and online at $47.88 before taxes. Quantities are limited.
“2017’s winning wines represent the best from our province.” The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lt. Governor of British Columbia.
“The One” is a 2012 vintage Brut Sparkling wine produced from grapes grown entirely from the Noble Ridge vineyard in Okanagan Falls, BC. It is a blend of 81% Chardonnay and 19% Pinot Noir. Using methode traditionelle, yeast is added to each individual bottle for secondary fermentation, with the wine en tirage (resting on the yeast) for 41 months.
Elegant aromas of Granny Smith apple and refreshing pink grapefruit are complimented by hints of fresh biscuit and caramelized stone fruit. This medium bodied, traditional French style brut highlights our single vineyard estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Freshly shucked oysters, Soft cheeses,
Creamy pasta dishes, White fish, and shellfish
Traditional French method En tirage 41 months Varietal: 81% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir
Are you thinking of popping the question? If you are this is the bubbly you want to be popping to share with your “One” and only Valentine.
THE ONE 2014
2014 “The One” Sparkling $39.90
“The One” Sparkling wine is produced from grapes grown entirely from the Noble Ridge vineyard in Okanagan Falls, BC. A blend of approximately two thirds Chardonnay and one third Pinot Noir. Using methode traditionelle, yeast is added to each individual bottle for secondary fermentation, with the wine en tirage (resting on the yeast) for 27-41 months. Available in select wine stores, in the Noble Ridge wine shop and online.
Elegant aromas of fresh biscuit, flakey lemon tart and baked bread are harmoniously balanced with refreshing notes of Ambrosia apples, citrus and Asian pear. Subtle hints of minerality add to the invigorating and elegant crispness. A beautiful palate cleanser, this medium bodied, traditional French style brut highlights our single vineyard estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Freshly shucked oysters Soft cheeses
Creamy pasta dishes White fish and shellfish
Whole Cluster pressed Cool fermented Traditional French method En tirage 27 months
Second time around or just foolin’ around, the 2014 The One is the perfect sparkling that takes you to the next level.
THE WILD ONE
2013“The WILD One” $39.90 Available only at the Noble Ridge Wine Shop
The 2012 vintage was followed by “The WILD One”, the 2013 Sparkling Wine and 2014 “The One” Sparkling wine, which were released together. Both went through the same methode traditionelle; the main difference is that “The WILD One” used wild yeasts from the environment. So…each bottle is unique.
Typically our Sparkling is made the traditional French style. In 2013 things got a little WILD! This bottle was fermented using the natural yeast found on the grapes at harvest. This is an artisanal wine, the sweetness scale will vary slightly from bottle to bottle (Brut to Semi-Brut). You don’t know until you pop the top.
We have tasted through a panel of 15 bottles to try and get an accurate description of the variation. You can expect to find beautifully crisp notes of Granny Smith apples, lemon, and lime zest and orchard pear in some, while others will be more reminiscent of a sweet Ambrosia apple, lemon meringue and graham cracker.
After 39 months en triage, the nose has elegant aromas of baked biscuit, lemon tarts and Okanagan Orchard fruit that linger through a long and pleasant finish.
Freshly shucked oysters Soft cheeses
Creamy pasta dishes Whitefish and shellfish
Whole Cluster pressed
Traditional French method Indigenous secondary fermentation En tirage 39 months
Woot, woot you lucky devil there is nothing more fun than a little bit of wild. This one is never the same old, same old.
Look for a selection of Noble Ridge wines at these wine stores:
Coal Harbour LRS
Legacy Liquor Store
Sea to Sky LS Squamish
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 2320 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls, B.C. V0H 1R2
T: 250 497 7945 F: 250 497 7941
Images courtesy of Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery
This fresh sparkling wine has aromas of citrus, pear, apple blossom, lime leaf and some nutty notes. On the palate it offers creaminess and a fine mousse with flavours of Granny Smith apple, pink grapefruit, melon and a hint of white pepper.
This bubbly would be great with crab, oysters, some light appies or some freshly buttered popcorn.
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir both have been cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 3.2 short tons per acre of Chardonnay and 1.5 short tons per acre of Pinot Noir.
2015 Pinot Noir was whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral barrels to age on lees for 16 months. Chardonnay, Chardonnay Musque and Pinot Noir from the 2016 vintage were harvested, whole- cluster pressed and fermented separately. The 2015 vintage was blended with the 2016, bringing weight, texture and depth to the finished wine.
Something special, this bubbly is dreamy and a little cheeky. With fresh, fruit notes and a flavourful vibrancy, it really goes the distance.
The next two wines from Bench 1775 are sure to be a big hit on Valentine’s Day. It will be challenging to get your hands on one or both but so worth it.
TASTING NOTES— A lively elegant blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, this sparkling wine has been aged on lees and blended over two vintages for complexity. The unique copper hue comes from precise Pinot Noir skin contact. Best paired with cheeses and light food.
SILVER— 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition
91 POINTS— John Schreiner, September 8th, 2017
GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir PRODUCTION SIZE: 533 Cases
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 ml
SWEETNESS: 2.4 g/L
REGION: Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley SOIL TYPE: Clay Sand & Lime-rich Silt AGE OF VINES: 6-12 Years
BOTTLING DATE: Oct 28, 2016
CSPC: +6489 UPC: 626990285366 Available in select liquor stores and the Bench1775 Tasting Room only at this time.
Just like an angel’s kiss in spring this bubbly will take you away with a hint of summer wine on your lips.
BLANC DE BLANCS a Wine Club exclusive
TASTING NOTES— Méthode Traditionnelle sparking wine made from 100% Chardonnay. Lemon zest and lively acidity balance the toasted creamy flan palate. A long finish from lees aging makes this the perfect wine to celebrate your every day moments.
PLATINUM— 2017 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada SILVER— 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Chardonnay PRODUCTION SIZE: 620 Cases ALCOHOL: 12.3%
SWEETNESS: Dry 1.0 g/L
REGION: Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley SOIL TYPE: Ancient Lake Bed Silt
AGE OF VINES: 10 Years
HARVEST DATE: September 2, 2012 BOTTLING DATE: October, 2016
CSPC: +51795 UPC: 626990243038 a Wine Club exclusive on the Bench1775 website at $28.90 for Wine Club members only
For those of you luckly enough to be able to get your hands on this one, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
OUR LAND & WINES
Found in the heart of wine country in beautiful British Columbia, Bench 1775 is located on the southern shore of Lake Okanagan. Named after the address of our winery, 1775 Naramata Road, along the beautiful Naramata Bench, Bench 1775 Winery is a celebration of land and place.
Wines from Bench 1775 are produced with the unique expression of fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley from three vineyard locations: Oxbow Vineyard, on the original Golden Mile in Osoyoos, South Okanagan, and at Paradise Ranch Vineyard and Soaring Eagle Vineyard in the Central Okanagan.
The philosophy at Bench 1775 is to capture the full expression of the grapes grown in vibrantly healthy and balanced vineyards. We then manage the winemaking to allow for the natural expression of the grapes. We believe that great wines start in the vineyard, so all of our vineyard sites were analyzed in detail before being planted with clones and rootstocks best adapted to our soils and the climate of our sites.
Carefully managed vineyards and beautifully balanced wines could not be produced without an amazing team of dedicated and focused individuals all working together. The team, led by Viticulturist/Winemaker Val Tait, is supported by Alain Sutre, our wine consultant extraordinaire from Bordeaux France. Our tireless vineyard workers, our diligent cellar staff and our enthusiastic sales and marketing group round out our team.
WE’RE #13 WINERY IN CANADA & #7 WINERY IN BC!
Have you heard the news? We were recently named #13 WINERY IN CANADA, and ＃7 WINERY IN BC at 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada!
WINERY & TASTING ROOM
1775 Naramata Rd.
Penticton BC, Canada, V2A 8T8 (250) 490.4965
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Images courtesy of Bench 1775
We’re also recommending the delicious Meyer Family Vineyards Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Sparkling NV that we tasted at the Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ Chef meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience.
Paired with the third course prepared by Chef Brock Bowes, RauDZ Regional Table dish. Spring Salmon, Octopus Bacon, Amarosa Potato and Chive Rosti, Oliver Peaches, Brown Butter Hollandaise. The Meyer Family Vineyards Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Sparkling NV really stood out.
For your wine lover Valentine.
Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Sparkling NV
Our inaugural sparkling has a fine and persistent mousse thanks to the traditional method secondary fermentation in the bottle. On the nose, the wine is subtle with elements of green apples and crushed rocks. Clean, crisp, and fresh palate with mineral notes wrapped in flavours of, orchard apples and pears, finishing with a rich and creamy texture from the extended bottle age. The wine is dry from start to finish making it the perfect aperitif wine.
We tasted the Perseus Winery Sparkling Chardonnay NV at the Chef meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience – Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ in August.
One of our favourites and we are personally recommending you add this to your list is Perseus Winery Sparkling Chardonnay NV. We enjoyed this BC VQA Sparkling paired with an Eggs Benedict dish prepared by Chef Jenna Pillon of Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.
Perseus Winery Sparkling Chardonnay NV is in very limited supply, please contact the winery directly for orders (not listed on their website at this time).
NV Sparkling Chardonnay
NV Sparkling Chardonnay $24.99
Done in the traditional method, this wine exudes flavours of green apple and pear with a toasty finish.
Fine prosecco style bubbles make this a perfect celebration or Tuesday morning wine.
Perseus takes their name from the Perseus constellation which hovers over their estate vineyard during harvest. This collection of stars overlooks their region, much in the way the winery covers the Okanagan Valley searching for the finest grapes. Located in Penticton BC at the foot of the Naramata Bench, they are passionate about showcasing the diversity of the land through honest and delectable wines.
Most notably, Perseus produces their flagship red, ‘Invictus’. Recipient of a 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s award as well as several international Platinum wine awards, this Bordeaux style blend is indicative of the potential Okanagan wines can achieve.
Perseus Gold Medal Wines in Penticton, British Columbia
Reminiscent of young love. An anytime bubbly that never intimidates sublimely satisfying.
The newest bubble in the star studded lineup. This blend of Pinot Noir and Riesling offers a fruit forward palate with hints of berry and watermelon. The clean finish and dry nature of this wine make it appealing for occasions all year round.
Pair with turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas or a fresh fruit salad at brunch.
Cool and crisp that makes our nose tingle just a little bit and as it passes our lips we feel that rush to the tips of our toes. Whoa, this is a fresh one!
BC VQA Okanagan Valley Dirty Laundry Vineyard Bubble Entendre Rosé NV in its inaugural release is being met with high praise! Very Limited Edition release of the Brut Rosé in the Traditional Method. Canada 150 commemorative bottle with collectable minted medallion. We suggest you hunt this one down because it’s worth the effort.
Bubble Entendre Rosé NV
Slightly sweeter than our Brut Chardonnay (Blanc) but still pairs well with cheeses and spicy meats and fantastic by the glass!
It looks so good in the Canada 150 commemorative bottle all you’ll need is a big red bow.
Is that bubbly or a double entendre? Risqué in its expression. Youthful and slightly exuberant.
We recommend Giant Head Estate Winery Blanc de Noir 2015 for your Valentine. You won’t be disappointed. Priced at an affordable $29.50 for a quality BC VQA Sparkling that will be a hit.
Blanc de Noir 2015
Giant Head Blanc de Noir is made from one hundred percent estate grown Pinot Noir grapes. This wine is perfect for any special occasion, pairing with seafood or on its own as a refresher on a hot summer’s day.
Giant Head Blanc de Noir is made by lightly pressing the whole cluster, early harvest Pinot Noir grapes, to extract maximum flavour and as little colour as possible. This Frizzante Style wine won Best of Category – Charmat Method at the 2016 Northwest Wine Summit.
Giant Head wines can be purchased directly from the wine shop, VQA – Save On Foods and select liquor stores.
Beyond the pale? Or merely alluring and appealing by its own nature. Uncomplicated yet luxuriously elegant.
Website: Giant Head Winery
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