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Julie Planiden
 
December 16, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Sparkling for the Holidays

 

The holidays are the perfect time for sparkling.  Think Christmas morning, New Year's Eve or any of the other great reasons to give or receive a pressure packed bottle of deliciousness.  In 2012, I wrote a blog about Sparkling wine and how troubled I was that many customers felt that sparkling, or bubbly was only for anniversaries or New Year's Eve. See www.bluemountainwinery.com/blog/Sparkling  I am pleased to report visitors to the winery seem to be reading the blog and acting on some of the suggestions that were made.  People are now drinking more bubble for no reason at all.  In addition, in the last few years we have had more wineries in the Okanagan starting to produce sparkling wines.

Recent additions to the bubble scene in the valley including "The Bub" from Okanagan Crush Pad, Natural Brut Sparkling Riesling from Tantalus (sold out), Stoneboat Piano Sparkling, Bella Sparkling Chardonnay and Sparkling Gamay Noir, 8th Generation Confidence.  And the grapevine swirl's with other producers starting sparkling production.

A couple of recent reviews of some great holiday sparkling have been provided by Beppi Crosariol from the Globe and Mail, Anthony Gismondi from the Vancouver Sun, Christoper Waters from Canoe.ca,  Darren Oleksyn from Calgary Herald and the Wine Align team.  Be sure to check out their lists before you head to your nearest retail outlet.

Maclean's magazine even did a feature on the sparkling wine industry in Canada last year and slowly it seems wine lovers everywhere are starting to realize that they can enjoy sparkling any day of the week for any reason or no reason at all.  We all have lots to be thankful for in our lives so be sure to have a bottle or two on hand for those days when life needs celebrating.

Cheers!

Chantelle Bruwer
 
December 12, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

12 days of Christmas contest

To celebrate a great year we’re toasting with a "12 days of Christmas" giveaway! We will feature one Blue Mountain wine or gift for each of the next 12 days along with the perfect holiday occasion to enjoy them or ideas on who to share them with.

To win you have to share, like, comment, tweet as much as you can over the next 12 days. One of our dedicated friends will win the dozen!! The details on how to enter are at the bottom of this blog (Enter the contest daily). Check back daily for special offers. Limited to British Columbian residents. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

 

Day 1: Blue Mountain 2013 Pinot Gris

Price: $20.90

***SPECIAL OFFER! - Order a 12 bottle case of our 2013 Pinot Gris on Monday, December 1st and receive FREE shipping in British Columbia!!  USE Promo code: PGRISFREESHIP

Review: Some Okanagan Valley Pinot Gris are fermented and aged in oak barrels and others see no oak at all. Both styles can produce outstanding versions of BC's most planted white variety (2011 acreage report). Blue Mountain successfully combines the best of both worlds with 60% of the fruit fermented and aged in stainless steel and the remaining 40% in new-to-3 year old French oak. The blended wine brings together lively, citrus, apple, kiwi and white peach aromas and flavours with beautiful, rounded characters of orange blossom, wheat, vanilla, light spice and just a hint of warm brioche in the background. A lemon/lime acidic kick keeps the finish crisp and clean. A delightful Pinot Gris to be enjoyed now, or over the next 2-3 years. Drink now-2017.
Score 90 - Liam Carrier, iconscores.ca, October 2014
 

Pairing Suggestion: Apricot Glazed Ham

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - winery direct follow this link to find stores in your area, Alberta: Jwebb Wine Merchant

 

Day 2: Blue Mountain Sparkling Stopper

This beautiful Sparkling Wine Stopper preserves the fizz and flavour in sparkling wines for several days after opening by creating an airtight seal.

***SPECIAL OFFER! We are including a FREE Blue Mountain stopper with the purchase of a case of Blue Mountain wine consisting of at least one bottle of Sparkling, ordered on December 2nd. Add  #bluemtnbubbly to your order notes.

 

Day 3: Blue Mountain 2010 Brut Rosé R.D.

Price: $33.00

Review: This terrific bubbly is mostly Pinot Noir with a bit of Chardonnay and gets the balance between complexity and freshness right. It's a beautiful wine to enjoy with oysters, seafood or even your festive turkey dinner.
Christopher Waters, canoe.ca, November 2014

Articles: Click here to read "10 sparkling wines for the holidays" by Christopher Waters via Canoe.ca

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - winery direct, Alberta - Jwebb Wine Merchant

 

Day 4: Jewels of the Okanagan by Mike Biden

Price: $20.00

This glossy coffee-table book showcases 80 pages of Mike's stunning photographs of the Okanagan and features the iconic Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars view on the cover.

To purchase contact Mike Biden at mikebiden@shaw.ca / 250-486-2112 or follow this link to purchase your copy online.

 

Day 5: Blue Mountain 2006 Reserve Brut

Price: $39.90

Review: Exceptional, complex, silky. Recently disgorged (RD) refers to the fact that this sparkling aged on its lees to add complexity, until just months prior to release. Renowned for elegant and often intricate bubbles, this one is no exception. Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris, it suggests patisserie aromas of warm buttery croissants and nutty brioche slathered in pear compote alongside golden apples, field berries, orange zest and white flowers. Expect a fine bead (bubbles) and a mosaic of fruit, exotic citrus, nuts and bready toasted flavours. It is silky and undeniably elegant with exceptional power balanced by mouthwatering acidity." Daenna Van Mulligen, winediva.ca, October 2014

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - winery direct or follow this link to our blog on Retail locations where you can buy Blue Mountain Vintage Sparkling wines the Lower Mainland, Whistler and Vancouver ;  Alberta: Jwebb Wine Merchant

 

Day 6: Blue Mountain Corkscrew

At Blue Mountain we use natural corks as the closure for all our wines. Read more on 'How Wine Corks are Chosen' on our blog. Are you a corkscrew collector? Feel free to share a photo of your corkscrew collection, email it to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will post it on our facebook page.

***SPECIAL OFFER! We are including a FREE Blue Mountain corkscrew with the purchase of a case of Blue Mountain wine, ordered on December 6th. Add  #bluemtncorkscrew to your order notes.

 

Day 7: Blue Mountain 2013 Pinot Blanc

Price: $17.90

Review: We loved last year and edition 28 may be even better. Lively juicy fun and fresh on the nose and palate this wine is really over delivering. Two clones are behind this 50/50 mix of wine raised in wood and stainless steel. Love the lively citrus, mineral, green peach flavours flecked with guava and pear. Any type of shellfish works here and I’m thinking spaghetti vongole is the perfect match.
Score 89 - Anthony Gismondi - gismondionwine.com, September 2014

Pairing Suggestion: Butter Popcorn

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - follow this link to find stores in your area, Alberta: Jwebb Wine Merchant

 

Day 8: Blue Mountain tote bag

A of bottle of wine (or sparkling wine) is always welcome, whether for the hostess, for your secret Santa or for under the Christmas tree. Make it extra special by choosing a creative way of wrapping the bottle of wine.

Check out our Pinterest page -we've created a Pinterest board with some inspiration. For creative gift basket ideas - check Julianna Hayes' article on "Getting creative with gift baskets" via The Daily Courier.

***SPECIAL OFFER! We are including a FREE Blue Mountain Tote bag with the purchase of a case of Blue Mountain wine, ordered on December 8th.

 

Day 9: Blue Mountain 2007 Blanc de Blancs

Price: $39.90

Review: "Bone-dry and razor-sharp with acidity, this all-chardonnay beauty displays great depth of flavour, hinting at lemon pastry, green apple, honey and classic champagne-style tangy-toasty autolytic character. www.bluemountainwinery.com".
Score 93 - Beppi Crosariol, globeandmail.com, November 2014.

Articles: Click here to read "Top-notch wines just in time for the holidays" by Beppi Crosariol via The Globe and Mail.

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - winery direct or follow this link to our blog on Retail locations where you can buy Blue Mountain Vintage Sparkling wines the Lower Mainland, Whistler and Vancouver ;  Alberta: Jwebb Wine Merchant

 

Day 10: Blue Mountain Key Chain by Creative Corkworks

Unique Key Chain made with love by Creative Corkworks with upcycled Blue Mountain wine corks.

To purchase contact Raelene Rozander at creativecorkworks@gmail.com, order on Etsy or visit the Penticton Visitors Centre. To see more of Creative Corkworks' products visit their facebook page.

***SPECIAL OFFER! We are including a FREE Blue Mountain key chain with the purchase of a case of Blue Mountain wine, ordered on December 10th. Add  #bluemtnkeychain to your order notes.

 

Day 11: Blue Mountain NV Brut

Price: $23.90

Review: "Just released in Ontario Vintages stores and also available direct from the winery, this non-vintage bubbly from one of Canada’s top Champagne-style producers is superb. A blend of mostly pinot noir with chardonnay and pinot gris, it’s bone-dry, rich and creamy, with a sherry-like tang and bread-like autolysis essence. Wonderfully yeasty, honeyed depth; $23.90 direct from the B.C. winery bluemountainwinery.com."
Score 93 - Beppi Crosariol, globeandmail.com, October 2014

Articles: Click here to read "Salut: Sparklers that shine" by Anthony Gismondi via The Vancouver Sun.

Where to find: Vancouver/ BC Interior - winery direct or follow this link to find stores in your area;  Alberta: Jwebb Wine Merchant, Ontario - LCBO Vintages

 

Day 12: Okanagan Valley British Columbia 2015 Calendar

Price: $14.99

This beautifully photographed 12-month 12" x 12" wall calendar of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia features Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars on the cover. To purchase follow this link.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Cathi Shaw, the winner of our 12 days of Christmas contest!

 

Time Posted: Dec 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
December 5, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Retail locations - Where to buy Blue Mountain Vintage Sparkling wines

A of bottle of sparkling wine is always welcome over the holidays, whether for the hostess, for your secret Santa or for under the Christmas tree. We have recently released our vintage sparkling wines - 2010 Brut Rosé R.D., 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. and 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. 

Are you looking for a retail location in the Lower Mainland, Whistler or Victoria where you can purchase some Blue Mountain vintage sparkling wines over the holidays? Our agent, Christine Fawcett at Keystone Fine Wines provided a great list of locations that will most likely have our Sparkling wines available this December.

 

 

Lower Mainland:

16th Street Liquor Store

220 16th Street, West Vancouver

 

Blackcomb Liquor Store

#1-4573 Chateau Blvd. Whistler

 

Brewery Creek Liquor Store

3045 Main St, Vancouver

 

Dundarave Wine Cellars

2448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

 

Everything Wine - North Vancouver

998 Marine Dr, North Vancouver

 

Everything Wine - Surrey

15735 Croydon Dr, Surrey

 

Firefly Fine Wines and Ales – Cambie

2857 Cambie Street, Vancouver

 

Granville Liquor Store

2658 Granville Street, Vancouver

 

Kitsilano Wine Cellar

2239 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

 

Legacy Liquor Store

1633 Manitoba, Vancouver

 

Liberty Wine Merchants - Commecial Drive

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

 

Liberty Wine Merchants - Granville Island

1660 Johnston Street, Vancouver

 

Liberty Wine Merchants - Park and Tilford

560-333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver

 

Liberty Wine Merchants - Park Royal

704 Main Street, Park Royal SE Mall West Vancouver

 

Liberty Wine Merchants - Point Grey

4583 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver

 

Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie St. Vancouver

 

Nesters Market

990 Seymour St., Vancouver

 

Quayside Wine Cellar

Suite 111 - 960 Quayside Drive, New Westminister

 

Sunshine Hills Liquor Store

6439 120 St, Delta

 

Sutton Place Wine Merchant

855 Burrard Street, Vancouver

 

Village Liquor Store 

IC 900 Main Street Village at Park Royal

 

Value On Liquor Store

1450 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver  

 

Viti Wine and Lager Store

 

West Coast Liquor

5503 West Blvd, Kerrisdale

 

Yaletown Liquor Store

1116 Hamilton St, Vancouver

 

Vancouver Island:

Cook Street Village Liquor

230 Cook St., Victoria

 

Everything Wine Victoria

#131-2401 Millstream Road

 

Hillside Liquor Store

3201 Shelbourne Street, Victoria

 

Vintage Spirits

653 Pandora Ave, Victoria

 

Email us a picture of Blue Mountain on your dinner table this holiday to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will feature it on our facebook page!

 

Julie Planiden
 
November 25, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Cheese in British Columbia - Moonstruck

   

Fine Farmstead Organic Cheeses from Salt Spring Island

These makers of fine organic cheese on Salt Spring Island use the fragrant milk from their own small herd of purebred Jersey cows. They have about 25 cows in total. Depending on the season, they milk between 12 and 20 cows. The cows are treated well as they are the foundation of the company. The healthier and happier they are, the more sweet and fragrant their milk is. Organic management is used throughout the farm meaning good food, no drugs, no chemicals, free access to the outside world and lots of opportunity to interact socially with other members of the herd.

Julia Grace (cheese-maker) and Susan Grace (farm manager) have been producing cheese at Moonstruck since 1998.  All of Moonstruck cheeses are made from raw milk in small batches.  The job of the cheese-maker is not only to transform milk into cheese but to preserve as much of that fragrant flavour as possible during the process. That is why they use simple, old-fashioned recipes. All of their cheeses develop natural rinds because they believe that good cheese, like good wine, needs to breathe.

Some favourite pairings:

Pinot Blanc & White Moon: White Moon is a surface-ripened bloomy rind cheese, milder than a Camembert. The easiness of the Camembert works well with the pear and apricot flavours that come through in the Pinot Blanc.  The rich mouth feel of the Pinot Blanc compliments the richness of the Camembert. 

Sauvignon Blanc & Savoury Moon: Savoury Moon is dusted with organic summer savoury following a great tradition from the south of France. The herb infuses the cheese inside the breathable wrapper giving a woodsy, herbal note to the cheese. This herby earthiness marries well with the crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc.

Gamay Noir & Ash Ripened Camembert: This earthy creamy cheese works well with the juicy vibrant acidity that is Gamay Noir.  Try it with some savory crackers and a little berry compote.

Pinot Gris & Tomme d'Or: Tomme d'Or is a cooked curd cheese similar to the Alpine cheeses of Europe. Made to age long, it becomes a grating cheese when it is over a year old. Made from raw milk, the curd is very slowly heated so that the curds shrink and mat to form a smooth, buttery texture that becomes increasingly firm with age. The nutty flavour of this cheese will lend itself to the Pinot Gris's acidity and notes of stone fruit.  Enjoy with a spicy peach marmalade.

During the summer months, you can find their cheeses at the Salt Spring Saturday Market and at the Tuesday Farmer’s market from 2-6 pm.
The farm store is open Mon-Sat from 11-4pm (but only softly open on Sundays for those who are truly desperate).

 

Moonstruck Cheese
Email: julia@moonstruckcheese.com
By Phone: 250-537-4987

 

Julie Planiden
 
November 18, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Winter Farmer's Markets in the Okanagan

Although many farmers have completed their harvest for the season, there are still winter markets to enjoy when the weather gets cold.  Here are a couple of local Okanagan area markets that run through the holiday season.  The items will differ slightly from the summer farmer's markets but there is still lots of delicious baking and local crafts to enjoy! 

Penticton

The Shatford Centre is once again hosting the Penticton Farmers' Market Winter Market at the Shatford Centre from 9am to 1pm on the Saturdays of November 22nd and December 6th and 20th.

Join them for goods from all around the Okanagan. From fresh baking to vegetables and snacks to crafts, each vendor will have something interesting.

Penticton Farmers' Market
pentictonfarmersmarket@gmail.com
250-770-FARM

Shatford Centre
info@shatfordcentre.com
250-770-7668

 

 

 

Oliver

Oliver Arts and Crafts Fair at the Oliver Community Centre

Friday, November 21, 2014 10am - 7pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10am - 4pm

Free Admission with a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank.

 

Kelowna

Held Saturdays from 9am-1pm from November to March at the Parkinson Rec Centre.
Winter Market Dates 2014/2015:
November: 1st, 22nd, 29th
December: 6th, 13th, 20th
January: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
February: 14th, 21st, 28th
March: 7th, 14th, 28th    

Please note dogs or other animals are not allowed at the market. 

An ATM is onsite at the indoor market in the hall near the bathrooms.  

Customer parking is located in the Parkinson Rec parking lot, access off of Harvey Ave or Parkinson Way.

kelownafarmersmarket@shaw.ca

Chantelle Bruwer
 
November 16, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Fall 2014 at Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars, Okanagan Falls

A few of our favourite pictures of Fall 2014 at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Okanagan Falls. If you have any great pictures of Fall, please submit them to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will post them on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Chantelle Bruwer
 
November 13, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Holiday Cheer Open House Weekend, Okanagan Falls

Join the wineries of Okanagan Falls this holiday season for our open house weekend in the “Heart of Wine Country”!

Come visit our 12 wineries for your holiday gifting ideas, food pairings and sample our delicious wines! Join us amidst our decorated wine shops and vineyards while enjoying delicious holiday treats and exclusive features from each winery. We invite you to come celebrate the season at Blue Mountain Winery with some bubbly and our delicious truffle popcorn.

Take part in our photo scavenger hunt for your chance to win a private wine tour for two with Top Cat Tours!

Full contest details online at ofwa.ca/contest

Each winery will open their doors from 11AM to 5PM on Saturday November 29th and Sunday November 30th. Admission is free.

 

Participating wineries include:

Blasted Church Vineyards
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Krāzē Legz Vineyard and Winery
Liquidity Wines
Meyer Family Vineyards
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Painted Rock Estate Winery
See Ya Later Ranch
Stag’s Hollow Winery and Vineyard
Synchromesh Wines
Topshelf Winery Ltd.
Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

Check back for more details on winery features and promotions!

Want to book a shuttle for the event? Have a look at our list of tour operators in the area!

The Holiday Cheer Open House is one of 5 winery association events that invites guests to spend a weekend in BC wine country! Visit winterwineevents.com for further details on all the winery events from November 29th through December 7th!

 

Julie Planiden
 
November 6, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Where to find our wines - in Ontario

Available in Ontario are two of Blue Mountain's wines.  Found in the LCBO Vintages, check their website to look up availability and find an outlet near you. 

NV Brut Sparkling reviewed by Beppi Crosariol in the Globe and Mail:

"Just released in Ontario Vintages stores and also available direct from the winery, this non-vintage bubbly from one of Canada’s top Champagne-style producers is superb. A blend of mostly pinot noir with chardonnay and pinot gris, it’s bone-dry, rich and creamy, with a sherry-like tang and bread-like autolysis essence. Wonderfully yeasty, honeyed depth; $23.90 direct from the B.C. winery bluemountainwinery.com."
Score 93 - Beppi Crosariol, globeandmail.com, October 2014

 

Blue Mountain 2012 Chardonnay reviewed by Beppi Crosariol in the Globe and Mail:

"Medium-bodied and firm in the best sense, this serious white displays peach and tropical fruit drizzled with toffee, lifted by lemony acidity and subtle toastiness. Marvellous."
Score 91 - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, April 30, 2014)

Be sure to tell your friends and family in Ontario about these BC wines available in their local LCBO.

Time Posted: Nov 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
October 29, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

#VISITBLUEMTN 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun & submitted their #visitbluemtn photos this season.

Congratulations to our winner, Nora Iliakis!

 

Chantelle Bruwer
 
October 28, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Blue Mountain Vintage Sparkling Wines are now available!

Exciting News! Our 2010 Brut Rose R.D., 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. and 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. are now available! These wines were recently disgorged in May 2014.

                                                                                                          Brut Rosé R.D. 2010

                                                                                                                     $32.90

Winemaker Notes
The Brut Rosé has a fine mousse, with fresh strawberry notes on the
nose and across the palate, with a crisp fruit finish. The wine is made in
the Méthode Traditionnelle style. 

Reviews

This is a very refined, subtle and complex pinot noir-based with fine dried red cherry-strawberry fruit aromas with herbs, toasty and stony aromatics. It's light bodied, elegant and mouthwatering with excellent focus and length. Lovely lemon and cherry on the finish. David Lawrason - Oct 2014, winealign.com

A juicy, succulent rose with a hint of maturity. Quite complex but also accessible and with terrific intensity. Dry, nicely balanced but with lively red fruit. Great persistence, focus and length. Lip-smaking. Sara d'Amato - Oct 2014, winealign.com

A blend of primarily Pinot Noir with approximately 15 per cent Chardonnay, the Rosé bubbles by Blue Mountain rest 36 months on lees. Perpetuates the clear and concise house style, shared in common excellence with the Reserve Dry bottle. The smells of strawberries are key, the texture so important to character and aridity the driving force behind its level of elegance. So faintly pink, rusty really, this is blush fizz of the domicile kind; loyal, agreeable and persistent. It pleases from the first sip and lingers with consistent tones to the last drop. What beach sit, couch lag or special event stand wouldn't be improved with a glass of these Okanagan bubbles?  Michael Godel - Oct 2014, winealign.com

 

 

                Reserve Brut R.D. 2006

                      $39.90

Winemaker Notes
The Reserve Brut has a fine mousse, with fresh complex aroma of red
fruit - strawberry and toasty character on the nose and across the
palate with a long rich strawberry finish. The wine is made in
the Méthode Traditionnelle style. 

Reviews

Exceptional, complex, silky.
Recently disgorged (RD) refers to the fact that this sparkling aged on its lees to add complexity, until just months prior to release.
Renowned for elegant and often intricate bubbles, this one is no exception.
Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris, it suggests patisserie aromas of warm buttery croissants and nutty brioche slathered in pear compote alongside golden apples, field berries, orange zest and white flowers. Expect a fine bead (bubbles) and a mosaic of fruit, exotic citrus, nuts and bready toasted flavours. It is silky and undeniably elegant with exceptional power balanced by mouthwatering acidity.
Daenna Van Mulligen- Oct 2014, winediva.ca

This is a very intense, linear dry Brut with very lifted aromas of dried pear and lemon fruit, and some marzipan. Very complex. It's light bodied with slightly frothy mousse, riveting acidity and very lemony, nutty flavours on the finish. Excellent length. David Lawrason - Oct 2014, winealign.com

The RD from estate fruit is Pinot Noir based, with approximately one third support from Chardonnay and a pittance of Pinot Gris. The extended lees sit is seven years and if that is not the texture kicker than nothing is. Strawberries persist throughout this very dry sparkler, from leaves on the nose to bled fruit on the palate. This carries more arid character than the Blanc de Blancs, more texture and less atomic airiness. Finishes dusty and gingered, with a hint of mineral though the subtlety is sketched. The poise here is to be commended, the grace embraced. Calming fizz for any occasion. Michael Godel - Oct 2014, winealign.com
 

                                                                                                       Blanc de Blancs R.D. 2007

                                                                                                                 $39.90

Winemaker Notes
The Blanc de Blancs 2007 has a fine mousse, with lemon, nutty and
toasty character on the nose and across the palate. The wine is made in
the Méthode Traditionnelle style.

Reviews

This lovely chardonnay-based sparkler shows some real class and finesse. Generous, complex refined aromas of lemon, mashed apple, vanilla and almond biscotti. It's slim, focused, juicy and mouthwatering, with excellent to outstanding length. David Lawrason - Oct 2014

Blue Mountain's B de B is all in Chardonnay, a 100 per cent estate fruit, cuvée first press, finished dry (6 g/L RS) and left on the lees sparkler for six years. This is quite an olfactory clot of yeast, yogurt and yellow fruit. Full and widening in the mouth, the flavours expand and contract, then expand again like fizz on life support. It's hard to tell where this will go; the So2 is noticeable and though it blows to the mistral, beyond the element there are more elements. Magnetic to be sure and all over the mountain, these bubbles are confounding and exciting, but confounding nonetheless. Michael Godel - Oct 2014

A crisp, elegant, serene experience, the 2007 recently disgorged Blanc de Blancs from Blue Mountain exhibits great finesse. Notes of lemon and green apple with acids that are firm but not screeching on the palate of good breadth. Highly enjoyable. Sara d'Amato - Oct 2014

Julie Planiden
 
December 16, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Sparkling for the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy some effervescence in a glass. Be sure to make your list, check it twice and have lots of bubbly on hand to enjoy with friends and family!  Continue »

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