Written By Sharon McLean Libations / Sparkling Wine / Wine Events Dec 29, 2015 New Year’s almost here. Leave the Christmas excess behind, grab a bottle of BC wine and celebrate. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNew Year’s almost here. Leave the Christmas excess behind, grab a bottle of BC wine and celebrate.Fizz. We all need more fizz in our lives – ideally every day, but definitely at New Years. BC has some great options. Two wineries that grabbed my attention this year are Bella in Naramata and Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan Valley.Bella Sparkling Wines’s owner and winemaker, Jay Drysdale, is passionate about his bubbles and the winery only produces sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. All the dry wines are made in the traditional method (think Champagne), but each is site-specific and Drysdale captures the voice of the vineyard in each bottle. My favourite is the 2013 Oliver West Side Chardonnay; it’s crisp and elegant, with baked apples, citrus notes and subtle toasty notes. Available at private liquor stores at approximately $25.Blue Grouse Estate Winery has been around since the 1990s, but Paul and Cristina Brunner bought the winery in 2012 and have made significant investments in the winery and tasting room. With its stunning architecture, a visit to the winery should be on your to do list. Thankfully, it’s not just about the architecture – the wines also hold their own. The 2012 Paula is a traditional method sparkling wine made with estate-grown Pinot Gris, Ortega, Muller-Thurgau and Pinot Blanc. It shows a lovely complexity of ripe pears, white flowers, citrus and spices balanced with gentle savoury notes of toast and mushrooms. Available at private liquor stores at approximately $30.Aromatic white fans should look to Sea Star Vineyards on Pender Island. 2014 is only the second year that wines have been released, but Sea Star has already established a reputation for wines that are fresh, crisp and loaded with fruit. My choice is the 2014 Sea Star Salish Sea, which blends Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Oretga and Schonberger into a wine that screams with peaches, apples, pears and roses. Available at private liquor stores at approximately $24.My surprise red find this year was the C.C. Jentsch Cellars The Chase 2013 from the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver. It’s a Bordeaux blend with just under a third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, plus a hint of Petit Verdot and Malbec. It shows blackcurrants, chocolate, spice, espresso and black pepper with ripe, fine tannins and supporting acidity. I tried it when I was judging at Gold Medal Plates this year and was excited by the structure and depth of fruit – especially at the $19 price point. It took silver place, losing out to the 2012 Foxtrot Vineyards Henricsson Vineyard Pinot Noir, which is a super silky, ripe, sleek wine, but is significantly more at around $50 per bottle. The Chase definitely over-delivers for the price. Available at BCLDB and private liquor stores.Whatever you have in your glass for “the bells” at midnight, say a loud cheers to 2016. It’s going to be a great vintage. Slàinte! SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sharon McLean ... Read More You may also like Wine Events May 17, 2017 Coast to Coast – Ontario & Nova Scotia Wines Shined at the Vancouver Wine Festival. At the Vancouver Wine Festival 2017 only six attendees at a standing room only Coast to Coast media and trade seminar who, when asked if anyone had ... Read More Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Comments are closed.