BC Sparkling Wines I Tried This Year – Have Fun on the Holidays

SnowflakeThe holidays are probably starting for many people at the end of this week or early next week. Sparkling wines are always popular during the holidays, but every day should be treated as a special day so enjoy sparkling more often.  Here is a list of BC sparkling wines that I tried this year.  Maybe there are a few that sound tasty to you.  Have fun with them.

My BC Sparkling Wine Tasting Notes

Evolve Cellars Effervescence sparkling wines

Evolve Cellars Effervescence sparkling wines

Evolve Cellars Effervescence NV (BC $21.99) – A blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc. 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars – A very tasty and accessible sparkling wine.  Pears and crisp apple aromas follow to the palate.  Open and enjoy.

Evolve Cellars Pink Effervescence NV (BC $21.99) 4 out of 5 stars – A blend of 70% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Blanc and 2% Syrah. A fun sparkling rose wine that offers fresh aromas of strawberries and crisp apple.  Off-dry with medium-sized creamy bubbles.  Tart red cherries and crisp apple flavours.

One Faith Vineyards Fizz 2020 ($21.99) 4.5 out of 5 stars – A sparkling with a medium-minus bright lemon colour.  A medium intensity nose, quite nice aromas of tropical fruit, plus ripe stonefruit and baby powder.  Off-dry with small crisp bubbles.  Crisp tart apple flavour then add sweet stone fruits.  A dry tart finish.  Medium-minus body. 

Winemaker’s CUT Fidelia NV with wine in glass

Winemaker’s CUT Fidelia NV with wine in glass

Winemaker’s CUT Fidelia NV (BC $26) 3.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars – The grapes were crushed and pressed; no skin contact. Wild and organic yeasts were used to ferment for 17 days. The secondary fermentation was in Charmat tank for 30 days (to make the sparkle).  A fun bubble.  Off-dry with primarily orange aromas and flavours, along with lesser amounts of stone fruits.  Small creamy and biting bubble.  Some Gewurztraminer-like floral on the palate as well.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut Nature Zero Dosage Organic Sparkling Wine, NV (BC $30) 4.5 out of 5 stars – A very dry sparkling wine with pronounced lemon and petrol aromas and flavours.  A high level of acidity but still some creamy texture.  Not heavy, so easy to finish a bottle. Try with crab cakes.

JoiRyde Winery Hello Sunday 2019 ($27.90) 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars – This frizzante wine is a blend of 65% Merlot, 22% Malbec, and 13% Syrah grapes.  It has a bright orangy colour.  A light intensity nose showing strawberries and a touch of orange.  Dry, medium body with a mix of biting and creamy small bubbles.  Very light tannins that support the wine, not impose itself. Red fruit flavours plus a touch of orange and capsicum. Nice. 

Nostalgia Wines Chantilly Lace 2020 with wine in glass

Nostalgia Wines Chantilly Lace 2020 with wine in glass

Nostalgia Wines Chantilly Lace 2020 ($24.99) 3.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars – 425 cases of this wine are made.  A blend of 81% Kerner (Home Vineyard, Oliver) and 19% Chardonnay (Home Vineyard, Oliver).  Fermented in stainless steel tanks.  Made with the Frizzante method (Charmat method with a low CO2 level making the wine lightly sparkling).  I don’t usually decant sparkling wine, but this wine I did re-cap after my initial tasting and then tried the wine later.  It did taste better! Upon opening the wine has a light lemon-lime aroma plus a touch of peach.  Larger bubbles on the glass.  Off-dry with very creamy medium-sized bubbles on the palate.  Lemon and lime with a touch of peach flavours.  If you do open the next day, add tropical fruit aromas and flavours for your enjoyment.

I still have three more BC sparkling wines to review before the end of this year.  Based on my past knowledge of the quality of the winery, I am sure that these three wines will be excellent additions to your holiday meals:

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

You can purchase both the reviewed wines through their respective websites:

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