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 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 Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.