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Chantelle Bruwer
 
March 12, 2015 | Chantelle Bruwer

Pinot Noir at Blue Mountain Winery, Okanagan Falls

Pinot Noir is one of the wines we are most well-known for at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars. We produce two tiers of Pinot Noir: the Estate Pinot Noir, which we normally release at the end of February and the Reserve Pinot Noir (formerly Stripe Label), which we normally release at the end of April. We also produce the Reserve Pinot Noir in Magnum format (1.5L).  Be sure to join our mailing list to be notified of these wine releases.

 

 

Viticulture and Vinification:

The grapes for our Pinot Noir are grown on 8 to 30 year old vines with a wide selection of clones including 113, 114, 115, 375, 667 & 777 (see the map below for the location of the clones on the farm).

 

The winemaking process

We de-stem and lightly crush the grapes into open-topped fermentation tanks, with a small portion of whole clusters adding to the intensity of the flavour and enhance the mouth feel. During the 16-20 days' maceration period, we practice manual cap management, with punch downs twice and up to three times daily. We then drain and press the Pinot Noir into French oak barrels, where it remains for 10 months.

In 2013 100% of the vintage got fermented with wild yeast. Wild yeast fermentations starts by itself when wild yeast strains – originating in the vineyard / site (harvest equipment, transport bins, the surface winemaking equipment) - start fermenting. Wild yeast can take up to a week to begin the fermentation because their initial populations are small compared to an inoculated fermentation. Using Wild Yeast is a very risky process, but our winemaker, Matt has done a lot of experimenting and have found great success using wild yeast. This helps to express the unique terrior of our estate.

 

Winemakers Notes: Estate Pinot Noir

Light garnet colour with red and black fruit. Vanilla and toast complement cassis and black cherry flavours, and spicy, velvety tannins fill out the Pinot Noir. Its balanced structure will allow the wine to age for 6 to 7 years.

 

Winemakers Notes: Reserve Pinot Noir

The Reserve Pinot Noir is a rich, ruby-coloured wine complex layers of red fruit, spice and integrated oak. The wine could age 7 to 8 years.

 

Be sure to check out this video on Pinot Noir in the Vineyard, Blue Mountain Winery produced by Chris Stenberg at Vine & Beach.

 

Time Posted: Mar 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
February 17, 2015 | Chantelle Bruwer

Where to find our wines in the States- Pike and Western Wine Shop

Looking to purchase Blue Mountain wines in the States? We recommend paying a visit to Pike and Western wine shop in Seattle.

Pike and Western is an old fashioned wine shop. Since opening in 1975 they have seen a lot of changes in the wine world, the biggest being the number of wineries that have opened worldwide! Back in the day they had to be many things to many people but as wine has become more accessible they have taken another road, featuring the small, the artisanal, and the producers who produce wines of character.

They are motivated by delicious wines, made in a manner that highlights their terroir, the people that grew the grapes and made the wine and the culture that surrounds them. They taste everything, are opinionated and can help you drink well within any budget.

When they opened their doors, the Pike Place Market had just been saved by a vote of the Seattle people. It was then a local market. There were no tourists. Today that is not the case and summers can be crazy in the Market. But in its soul it is still a market for food loving locals. And that is why they are there. Their passion is to talk to you about the fascinating subject that is wine. It’s a subject that is complex, confusing and they don’t want to strip wine of that. They just want to help you understand a bit more, one bottle at a time.

Visit their website for more info.

Pike and Western Wine Shop
1934 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101

Email: wineshop@pikeandwestern.com
Phone: (206) 441-1307
Fax: (206) 441-1308

Shop Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
January 14, 2015 | Chantelle Bruwer

Winter 2014 / 2015 at Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars, Okanagan Falls

A few of our favourite pictures of Winter 2014 /2015 at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Okanagan Falls. If you have any great pictures of Winter in the Okanagan, please submit them to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will post them on our facebook page.

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
December 23, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Staff Selections: Christmas Holiday Traditions

A few of our Staff members shared their favourite Christmas Holiday Traditions - Dinner Ideas and Wine pairings!

 

Christie Mavety & Jason Michiel

"Jason Michiel is the chef in our household and therefore I would like to add his input…Our tradition on Christmas eve is to have Cassoulet and pair it with a Beaujolais Cru, Daniel Bouland Morgon", Christie.

Recipe: Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

Wine pairing: Beaujolais Cru, Daniel Bouland Morgon


Ernst & Chantelle Bruwer

"Christmas in South Africa is in the middle of summer, so Christmas tradition would be to enjoy Cold Cuts - think Ham, Leg of Lamb and lots of salads for Christmas Eve or for Christmas lunch. Since we will be Celebrating Christmas in Canada this year, we will make a traditional South African Chicken Pie (Meraai se Paai), Roasted Potatoes and Veggies. Our wines of choice would be Hamilton Russel Chardonnay, Hemel en Aarde Valley, South Africa or Blue Mountain's Estate Chardonnay", Chantelle.

Recipe: Chicken Pie ("Meraai se Pie")

Wine pairing: Hamilton Russell Chardonnay or Blue Mountain Chardonnay


Julie and Roger Planiden

" A holiday tradition in our family is to have lobster for Christmas Eve (which happens to be my birthday) We always pair this with a rich buttery Chardonnay.  While Roger is preparing dinner we always enjoy a glass or two of bubble. Some of our favourite chardonnays are: MerSoleil, Rombauer, La Crema Chardonnay" , Julie

 


Bill Adams and Petra

"For many years this French Canadian classic was prepared by my Grandmother for our family dinner on Christmas Day, and it is a tradition that I still carry on. Chef David Lee has added venison for a slight twist, which provides a more “gamey” taste to compliment this rustic dish", Bill

Recipe: Venison and Pork Tourtière

Wine pairing: Blue Mountain Gamay Noir, Quails Gate Old Vines Foch Reserve or Pfaffenheim ‘Steinert’ Grand Cru Gewürztraminer

 

Do you have Holiday traditions? Feel free to share them in the comments section below. Happy Holidays!

Time Posted: Dec 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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!

 

Time Posted: Dec 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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.

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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!

 

Time Posted: Nov 13, 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!

 

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
October 21, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Where to enjoy a glass of Blue Mountain in the Lower Mainland and Whistler

Looking for a spot in the Lower Mainland to enjoy a glass of Blue Mountain Sparkling?

 

Blue Mountain NV Brut "Gold Label"

Blue Eyed Mary's

1735 Marine Drive West Vancouver

 

Chambar Restaurant

568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver

 

Edible Canada

1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver

 

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

 

The Fish House in Stanley Park

8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

 

Four Seasons Hotel / Yew Seafood & Bar

791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

 

Gotham Steakhouse

615 Seymour St., Vancouver

 

Hawksworth Restaurant

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

 

Hy’s Steakhouse

637 Hornby Street, Vancouver

 

The Keefer Bar

135 Keefer Street - Vancouver Chinatown

 

Pourhouse Restaurant

162 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver

 

Provence Marinaside & The Wine Bar

1167 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

 

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

801 West Georgia St., Vancouver

 

Shangri-La Hotel

1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

 

Wedgewood Hotel & Bacchus

845 Hornby St, Vancouver

 

 

Blue Mountain Brut Rosé R.D.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

 

Bearfoot Bistro

4121 Village Green, Whistler

 

Check back on Thursday for Christie's blog on R.D. - Recently Disgorged.

Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

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