Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. Sharing a bottle of sparkling wine with your significant other over a nice meal is always a nice way to go. Here is a list of 9 sparkling wines that I tasted over the past year that are in the BC market (or available across the border) that I thought you may like to share. I could have easily added many more BC sparkling wines, so if these don’t tickle your fancy, please feel free to enjoy any of our other tasty BC wines.
Try These Sparkling Wines
Harper’s Trail Chardonnay Sparkling 2016, BC (Traditional method sparkling) ($26) – Bright medium-plus lemon in colour. Medium-sized bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The wine has medium plus intensity with bready, toasty, citrus and roasted apple aromas. It is dry with a fine, creamy bubble on the palate and some acidic prickle. Crisp apple flavour with some toastiness. Tart acidity. Some pepperiness toward the finish. It finishes crisp with roasted apple flavour. Very good quality.
Rating: A quality sparkling wine. Nice bready and roasted apple nose. Creamy fine bubble. Toast and crisp apple flavour, with tart acidity and some pepperiness toward the finish.
Okanagan Crush Pad Free Form Ancient Method 2017, BC – My favourite bubble of the night, and overall wine of the tasting. It has a light apple nose along with some red cherries. Medium body and high acidity. Crisp apple and red cherry flavours. Creamy small bubble. Exciting. –
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard Paula 2014, BC – This wine is a blend of aromatic white grapes; Muller-Thurgau (42.5%) and Ortega (42.5%) from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, and Pinot Auxerrois (10%) and Riesling (5%) from the Okanagan Valley. The secondary fermentation in the bottle had no dosage added. The wine is dry but has a slight feeling of sweetness, which I believe comes from the fruitiness of the grapes. The wine is a bright medium lemon with a green tinge to it. Swirling shows teardrops on the glass. You don’t see a lot of bubbles in the glass, but they are there when you taste the wine. The wine has medium intensity aromas starting off as ripe, sweet stone fruits, but with some air (a few minutes), you get cut apple as well. The wine is dry, higher acidity, body and flavour intensity. Medium-sized creamy bubble, with tart acidity coming to the palate after the bubble dissipates. Roundish mouthfeel with an acid edge. More stone fruit and lesser citrus and grapefruit flavours to start, but as the wine opens in your glass you can add crisp apple, pear and some stoniness to this wine. Medium length, leaving you with some stoniness, grapefruit rind, other citrus and some bitterness. Pair with raw oysters, ceviche, goat cheese, and/or a nice salad.
Luigi Bosca Brut Nature NV, Argentina ($29.99) – sparkling wine is made with 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir in the Traditional Method. It is a bright, medium intensity lemon colour and has a nice toasted, oak and apple nose. It is dry, lighter-bodied with high acidity and a very fine creamy bubble. Crisp apple, toast and lees on the palate with a bit of pepperiness. Longer length. Excellent quality. –
SuLei Cellars Extra Brut Sparkling Chardonnay, Crawford Vineyard, Yakima Valley, NV, Washington ($40) – This is the first release of this wine and it is a great success in my opinion. It has nice pears nose. The pears continue to the palate along with bruised apple and lees flavours. The wine is dry with a small creamy bubble.
Church & State Wines Sparkling Pinot Gris 2017, BC – from 100% estate-grown grapes on Vancouver Island. It has a nice fresh peach nose. High acidity and tiny, almost creamy bubbles. This sparkling wine is dry and has a medium body. Long-lasting peach flavour with some tart bramble leaf mixed in.
Giusti Wine Asolo Prosecco Superiore Brut DOC, Italy – Medium intensity bright lemon in the glass. Fresh apple, peach and toast on the nose. This wine is off-dry with a medium-plus body with a creamy bubble. It has flavourful stonefruit flavours along with toast, apple seed, and apple skin. –
Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta DOCG Brut NV, Italy – Made from 80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero and 10% Pinot Bianco grapes. It has a nice stonefruit nose. Lots of creamy bubbles. Medium-plus body and acidity. Citrus and light toasty flavour followed by baked apples. –
Bisol Jeio Brut DOCG Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Italy – is a bright medium lemon colour. It has a fresh stonefruit in particular peach with a touch of lemon on the nose. With a bit of air, you also get a crisp apple aroma.
The wine is slightly off-dry. Tiny creamy bubbles fill your mouth. Fresh clean peach flavour with lesser amounts of other stonefruits and lemon. You get a hint of lime toward the finish. Also with air you also get some crisp apple flavour. It has a medium-plus length finishing with lingering stonefruit flavours and tart citrus.
Rating: – This medium-bodied prosecco has nice stonefruit aromas and flavours, with a lesser amount of citrus. Nice tiny creamy bubbles. Slightly off-dry. Enjoy upon opening.