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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
 
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
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
Julie Planiden
 
August 12, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Where to find our wines - in Quebec

Since May of 2013 Blue Mountain's Brut Sparkling has been available in Quebec's SAQ.

http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/vin-mousseux/blue-mountain-brut-nv/11881907

Recently reviewed by Jancis Robinson who gave it 15/20. Here is what she wrote:

"A great find from the Okanagan! Flavourful sparkling wine conveys aromas of apple and nectar-producing flowers. Excellent quality-price ratio."

The SAQ website allows you to find a store near your location where the wine is available.  It also has some great recipe pairings to enjoy with the Brut Sparkling NV. So be sure to share this information with any friends and family in Quebec.

Time Posted: Aug 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
August 5, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery, Oliver

Are you looking for a good spot to have lunch or dinner while visiting Oliver/ Osoyoos.

Terrafina Restaurant is on the beautiful Golden Mile Bench in the heart of Oliver wine country. They serve Tuscan style food made with fresh local ingredients. On April 24th Blue Mountain's tasting room staff had lunch at Terrafina and staff choices included Tuscan Salami and Mushroom, Roasted Vegetable Sandwich and Shrimp & Clam Tagliatelle

Their dinner menu includes delicious options such as Duck Confit and Blue Cheese Pizza, Braised Lamb Pappardelle Pasta, Hill Farms Oven Roasted Chicken and Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin.

 

(Roasted Vegetable Sandwich at Terrafina Restaurant)

Be sure to add Terrafina Restaurant to your next Okanagan culinary experience.
 

Terrafina Restaurant
13183 -326th Ave (Road 8)
Oliver, BC
(250) 498-2229

Time Posted: Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
June 10, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Okanagan Falls Party in the Park 2014

The Okanagan Falls Winery Association’s annual Party in the Park is back & tickets are on sale now!

Come join us and our neighbouring Okanagan Falls wineries for an authentic Southern-style BBQ dinner prepared by The Chef Instead, live music by local minstrels Uncorked, and wine tasting by 12 Okanagan Falls wineries (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, Topshelf Winery, Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery)

Also, Blue Mountain Winery is giving away 2 tickets to the event. To enter, find your way to our Facebook page, "like" us (please!),  like our post about the Party in the Park event & share it with your friends. Simple!



 

When is it? 
Friday, July 11th, 2014 from 5pm till 9pm
• 5 to 7 PM taste and learn about each winery’s specialty
• 6:30PM – 9 PM dinner buffet & live music
• Wines by the glass will be available at a nominal fee

How much is it?
Tickets are $50 + tax and can be purchased at the following locations:
• Member winery tasting rooms
• Penticton Visitor Information Centre
http://www.eventbee.com/v/ofwapartyinthepark2014

Where is it? 
At Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls (on the shores of Skaha Lake behind the IGA)

Shuttles are available for your convenience
• from Osoyoos & Oliver, contact Landsea Okanagan Tours and Charters
• from Penticton, contact Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Accommodation discounts are offered for your convenience subject to availability
12% off rooms at the Ramada Inn and Suites Penticton, email Gord at gm@pentictonramada.com or call 250-492-8926 (mention Okanagan Falls Winery Association or Party in the Park when booking)
• discounted rooms at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, book online or email Courtney Fossett at cfossett@watermarkbeachresort.com

Participants must be 19 years of age or older. For more details on the event check out OFWA.ca

 

   

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
June 5, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Where to find our wines in the States- McCarthy and Schiering

A world of personally selected fine wine awaits your discovery… McCarthy and Schiering opened their first retail wine shop in 1980 and have spent over 25 years offering clients select wines that represent quality and value. McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants emphasize personal service in comfortable, friendly settings.

They carry an extensive selection of wines from around the world, specializing in wines from Washington and Oregon. Passionate about the small individual estates of France, Italy, Germany and Austria. New world wines from California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Argentina are well represented on their shelves.

As fine wine merchants, McCarthy and Schiering select their choices through daily tasting and evaluation. They were recognized in 1998 by Food and Wine magazine as “retailer of the year.” In April 2004, GQ magazine named their shops as one of the “50 best Wine Stores in America” and one of the “top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany.”

McCarthy and Schiering publish a weekly news email and a monthly newsletter. Click here to join.

McCarthy and Schiering
2401 B Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
206-282-8500
206-284-2498 fax
queenanne@mccarthyandschiering.com

Time Posted: Jun 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
May 15, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Shelter Restaurant, Tofino BC

Shelter restaurant in Tofino offers the basics - food, wine, shelter - at its best. Shelter combines a sophisticated seasonal menu with a relaxed attitude and panoramic view.

At Shelter Restaurant they use local, organic ingredients and ethically raised, all-natural meats whenever possible. The salmon, halibut, and prawns are caught by Tofino's fisherman.  The poultry is free run and farmed on Vancouver Island. Shelter offers hormone free, grass-fed beef, as well as anti-biotic and hormone free pork, including bacon from the Fraser Valley.

Located behind the restaurant is a garden they have started in 2010 that supplies produce and fresh herbs to the kitchen and bar for many months of the year. In addition, they have implemented an extensive two-tier composting program as well as a rainwater catchment system that helps reduce their dependency on the delicate municipal water source.

Shelter aims to minimize their global footprint and are happy to be able to work with like-minded suppliers. With the help of the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild, they are consistently moving forward in the world of sustainability and local cuisine. "After all there is no more a gracious host than one who shares with their guests that which their habitat has provided"

Chef Matthew Kane has provided a great Pan Roasted Spring Salmon, roasted garlic emulsion, marinated asparagus & gnocchi recipe to pair with Blue Mountain Chardonnay. "To pair with the Blue Mountain Chardonnay, I have chosen a very springtime dish to compliment it’s crispness, but also chose to add some richness to the dish to compliment its buttery finish. The cream in this recipe lends really well to the hints of vanilla found in this light Chardonnay", Chef Matthew Kane - Shelter Restaurant, Tofino.

 

Shelter Restaurant
601 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC
250-725-3353
 

 

Time Posted: May 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
May 2, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Time Lapse of Blue Mountain Vineyard looking south over McIntyre Bluff

Time Lapse of the vineyard at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars looking south over McIntyre Bluff. Created by our 2013 Tasting Room Intern, David Schafer.

The Blue Mountain tasting room is open May - October, 7 days a week from 11am - 5pm.


Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
2385 Allendale Road
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia V0H 1R2 Canada
Tel: (250) 497-8244
email: bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com

Tasting room hours:
Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm  
 

 

 

Time Posted: May 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

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