New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Have you purchased your sparkling wines to celebrate? Here are some sparkling wines I enjoyed this year that you may want to consider buying. Some BC sparklers are only available at the winery, but the foreign bottles should all be available at BC Liquor stores. Cheers!
My Sparkling Wine Suggestions
Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars Gold Label Brut, BC (BC $27.90) – Medium-intensity aromas of apples and pears.
Dry, with medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Bigger crisp bubbles gets creamy soon after being poured in the glass. Crisp apple and pear flavours.
Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars 2018 Brut Rosé R.D., BC (BC $39.90) – Medium-intensity aromas of crisp red apple and red fruits. Dry, medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Medium-sized creamy bubble. Red apple and apple skin on the palate. A touch of pepperiness. Medium acidity.
Evolve Cellars Elan Effervescence, BC (BC $19.99) – A pale lemon green colour. Medium-minus intensity nose with sweet stone fruits and a touch of vegetal. Medium-sweet with higher acidity and bigger-sized lightly creamy bubbles. Medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Citrus, stone fruits (peach and pears), and touches of apple skin and spearmint on the palate. Medium-length finishing with stone fruits, apple skin, and some toasty flavours.
McWatters Collection Brut 2012, BC (BC $64.99) – made with 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Blanc grapes in the Traditional Method. This wine has a medium-intensity lemon colour. Medium-intensity aromas of stone fruit, some lemon, creme brulee and vanilla. Off-dry, medium body and medium-plus flavour intensity. Floral, apple, and grapefruit pith flavours, with pronounced apricots on the palate. Medium plus acidity. Small bubble, a mix of creamy and biting. A touch of pepperiness toward the finish. Medium length finishing with tart stone fruits, apricots, apple skin and light toastiness. A sparkling wine you can cellar for another 4-5 years.
Hester Creek Estate Winery Ti Amo 2021, BC (BC $21.99) – A fun wine to sip with inviting fruit flavours.Medium-dry, round with a soft mouthfeel. Medium acidity leaves a light prickle on your tongue. Creamy medium-sized bubble. Pears, apples, and other stone fruits plus a touch of blossom and green fruits.
Hester Creek Estate Winery Old Vine Brut 2019, BC (BC $34.99) – A quality wine with long-lasting fine creamy bubbles. Medium-minus intensity aromas of stone fruits, orange and a hint of coconut. Off-dry, round with a light mouthfeel. Very fine creamy bubbles. Crisp red apples, peach and blossom flavours on the palate.
St. Hubertus Oak Bay Vineyard Northern Light 2009, BC (BC $26) – made with Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes in the Traditional Method. A medium orangey-red colour in the glass. Medium-minus intensity aromas of red apple, red cherry, red fruit, plus light toast and nuttiness. This wine is off-dry, round medium-plus body with a thicker mouthfeel. A rich mouthfeel. Red fruit and red cherries, crisp apple, plus light oak and nuttiness on the palate. Bubbles fade toward the mid-palate. Medium-plus length finishing with crisp red apple and red fruit flavours, and apple skin tannins. Quality.
Church & State Wines Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 2018, BC (BC $32.88) – Bright medium straw with a green tint. Medium intensity nose with stone fruits and touches of toast and lemon. Off-dry, round, fuller body. Medium-plus acidity. Creamy medium bubbles. Apple with lesser stone fruit, toast and apple blossom flavours. Medium-plus length.
Moon Curser Vineyards Moonlit 2021, BC (BC $26.99) – A lighter, clear lemon colour wine. Medium intensity fruity aromas of citrus and stone fruits. Slightly off-dry, round with medium-plus acidity, body and flavours of tropical fruit, oranges and pears. Medium-sized creamy bubbles.
Narrative XC Sparkling 2019, BC (BC $24.99) – Lighter aromas of raspberries and red fruit, plus flint that burns off with some air. Dryish, with medium-plus acidity, body and flavour intensity. A very creamy bubble that almost lasted to the finish. A very nice, soft mouthfeel. Bright acidity with crunchy red berries, red fruits, raspberries and strawberries, plus red cherry flavours. Refreshing.
Blasted Church Vineyards OMFG MMXV, BC ($ 40) – right lemon with a straw tinge colour. Medium-plus intensity sweet aromas of stone fruits, apple and a hint of brioche. Slightly off-dry with mouth-filling creamy medium-sized bubbles. Bright acidity. Stone fruit, citrus and crisp apple plus a touch of floral on the palate. Medium length finishing with citrus and stone fruits and some grape stem bitterness.
TIME Family of Wines Brut 2018, BC (BC $29.99) – Light aromas of citrus, cut apple and toast. Dry with higher acidity, body, and flavour intensity. Pears and other stone fruits, apples and some almond. Some tartness to the fruit flavours. Creamy medium-sized bubbles.
Wines from the Rest of the World
Segura Viudas Brut Organic NV, Spain – This is their first organic sparkling wine, but soon all of their vineyards will be organic and this label will go away. A deeper lemon colour. It has a rich stone fruit nose. Medium-plus body and acidity. Small bubble. Tart citrus and stone fruit flavours plus a touch of honey. –
Mionetto Valdobbiadene Proscecco Superiore DOCG, Italy – Medium lemon colour. Lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Lighter apple and peach aromas. Off-dry with higher acidity. Small bubble that fades quickly. Light peach and other stone fruits, plus touches of floral and mineral flavours. –
Villa Sandi Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV, Italy – Pale lemon colour. A light stone fruit nose. Dryish with higher acidity. A mix of smaller creamy and biting bubbles. Fresh stone fruit flavour with some bitterness on the finish. A good wine to go with dinner. –
Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze 2020, Italy – A very pale lemon colour. Light stone fruits and citrus aromas. Dryish, with small creamy and biting bubbles. Tropical fruit flavours plus minerality. –
Bisol 1542 Cartizze Valdobbiadene, Superiore di Cartizze DOCG, 2021, Italy – Bisol is a quality producer of Prosecco wines. If you have not tried their wines, you should. Cartizze is the top tier of Prosecco wines with the grapes coming from a very small region at the top of a steep hill. There are only 107 hectares of grapes grown here. This wine has a medium lemon colour. Floral, apple, and stonefruit aromas. Off-dry with a medium-plus body. Medium-sized biting bubble. Tasty stone fruit flavours then marzipan on the finish. –
Cune Cava Brut NV, Spain (BC $25.98) – made with 40% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada, and 30% Macabeo Spanish grapes. Medium-intensity straw colour with bigger bubbles visible in the glass. Medium-intensity aromas of lemon and petrol with touches of honey and ripe stone fruits. Off-dry, medium-plus to full-bodied and pronounced flavours. of stone fruit and citrus. Light toastiness as well. Larger-sized bubbles. Medium-plus length finishing with tart stone fruit, toast and some grape stem bitterness. –
Pascual Toso Brut NV, Argentina (BC $15.98) – made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Medium-plus intensity lemon colour. Medium-intensity aromas of lemon, dried stone fruits, ripe apples, light toastiness and lees. Off-dry, medium-plus body with a fuller mouthfeel. Small creamy, waxy bubble. Stone fruits, citrus and apple flavours along with a touch of toastiness. Medium length finishing with lemon and crisp apple plus toast. Classy bubble. Elegant.
Modello Masi Prosecco Brut DOC, Italy (BC $19.99) – an organic sparkling wine. A pale straw colour. Medium-intensity aromas of sweet stone fruits, ripe apricots and a touch of mandarin oranges. Off-dry, medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Larger, creamy bubbles. Soft mouthfeel. Floral and apricot flavours along with hints of mandarin orange and apple. A medium-plus length finishing with citrus and apricot flavours, some lemon meringue pie, apple and floral. A fun sip. Lots of interesting flavours.