Written By Treve Ring Libations / Sparkling Wine Nov 14, 2011 Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut NV SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestHenry of Pelham Family Estate Cuvée Catharine Brut NV Niagara Peninsula, Ontario www.henryofpelham.com$30-35 +616441 available at select private liquor stores This past weekend the local wineratti descended on Whistler for the annual Cornucopia weekend. One part tastings, one part dinners, one (larger) part partying, Cornucopia is about indulging all the senses, and this year’s event was no exception.One of my favourite seminars this year was East Meets West – Best of the Canadian Wine Awards, presented by an all star panel of Canadian wine judges. The annual Wine Access Magazine ranking of Canada’s top wines and wineries was condensed for the crowd, and merits discussed by WA contributors DJ Kearney, Sid Cross, Rhys Pender and Tom Firth. This Ontario sparkling wine stole the seminar for me.Henry of Pelham Family Estate has been owned and operated by the Speck family since 1988, but their connections to the land reach back far further than that. The winery was founded by brothers Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck on the limestone bench land that was deeded to their great, great, great grandfather, Henry Smith, in 1794. Cuvée Catharine is in dedication to his wife Catharine, and this lovely sparkling wine is a beautiful brut tribute. This Traditional Method blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is aged en triage (on the lees) for 24-30 months. Toast and apple aromas are echoed on the medium bodied palate, with more creamy lees and bright, meyer lemon acidity. There’s a fluid seamlessness to this wine – round in the mouth, with fresh juicy fruit and fantastic minerality on the lingering finish. They also make a Rose Brut NV (more Pinot Noir than Chardonnay) and for next year’s 25th anniversary, they’re releasing a vintage dated Blanc de Blanc (all Chardonnay) tete de cuvée which will have seen 60 months of bottle aging. Though you can’t find the other bubbles in BC (grr), Cuvée Catharine Brut is available in limited quantities (yea!). Terrific value for only $30 – if you see this bottle, buy it.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsHenry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut NVThis Traditional Method blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is aged en triage (on the lees) for 24-30 months. Toast and apple aromas are echoed on the medium bodied palate, with more creamy lees and bright, meyer lemon acidity. There’s a fluid seamlessness to this wine – round in the mouth, with fresh juicy fruit and fantastic minerality on the lingering finish.Sparkling Winewine review 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.