Written By Treve Ring Libations / Sparkling Wine Oct 22, 2010 8th Generation Vineyard Chardonnay Sparkling 2009 VQA SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOkanagan Falls, BC $20-25 Available at the winery & select private wine storesThe buzz about this family winery isn’t just about their labels (though they are highly striking). And I don’t use the term ‘family’ lightly – Bernd Schales is an 8th generation winemaker and his wife, Stefanie is a 10th generation winegrower. Lifetimes of history and years of winemaking/winegrowing study throughout Germany (where their family still owns vineyards), New Zealand and South Africa lead the Schales to set up shop with their young family in the Okanagan in 2003. They are currently exposing and involving their children to their craft – will we see a 9th Generation Vineyard in the future?This frizzante-styled Chardonnay was much talked about and hotly anticipated over the past few months. The wait was worth it – their new release was a Bronze winner at the recent Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. Lightly effervescent, this chardonnay is freshly sweet, with white peach, citrus and melon notes. Big and creamy mousse fills the mouth, and zero oak treatment keeps the fruit bright and lively. This would make a lovely brunch bubble – and – bonus – you can use the stunning bottle as the centerpiece.So WHY a CO2-infused Prosecco style Chardonnay? According to Bernd, it’s “to get an affordable way to cover our own consumption.” Germany has the highest sparkling wine consumption on the globe, and fresh, fruity Prosecco is huge in Europe. The Schales grew tired of searching over here, so in 2008, with a mix of their emigrant adventurous spirit, decided to make it themselves. First of this style in BC (Canada?). I’ll toast to that!Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)—by Treve Ring, Online DRINK EditorOctober 22, 2010BCOkanaganSparkling WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.