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Julie Planiden
 
February 10, 2015 | Julie Planiden

Valentine's Day

No matter what your views are on Valentine's Day from worth celebrating to way too commercial, one simple thing that you can do is enjoy some sparkling wine and celebrate with your special someone. 

We have four Sparkling wines to choose from 2006 Reserve Brut, 2007 Blanc de Blancs, 2010 Brut Rosé and the NV Brut. See below a recent review by Beppi Crosariol from the Globe and Mail of our Brut Rose sparkling wine:

Brut Rosé R.D. 2010: "The colour is an enticing delicate rose-petal pink, like a faint blush on a pretty face. It’s serious bubbly from one of Canada’s best sparkling wine producers, aged for 36 months in contact with the bottled yeast prior to having the sediment disgorged. Bone dry in that electric Blue Mountain style, it shows bright lemon, green apple, berry and toasty baguette flavours over a satisfyingly chalky texture."

We suggest starting the evening off with some bubbly. Looking for a super easy appetizer to enjoy? Try this recipe for Smoked Salmon and Caper Cream Cheese Toasts and pair it with our 2010 Brut Rosé Sparkling wine.

If you plan to treat your loved one with a special Valentine's Dinner, consider any of the locations in the Okanagan or Lower Mainland where Blue Mountain Sparkling wine can be enjoyed.

Reviews for our other Sparkling wines can be found on our website.

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
October 14, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Sparkling goes with everything!

   
The old adage is sparkling with everything.  But is that really true? 
 
When pairing sparkling wine and food the acidity of the wine is key. There are some classic pairings – caviar, oysters – but there are also more unexpected foods that might surprise you.
 
Potato Chips - Take a lesson from the Brits, the crunch, saltiness and fattiness of a great potato chip will sing with a sparkling wine with some good acidity.  Sparkling Rose is also an extraordinary match, both will make the other better.
 
Sushi and an extra dry sparkling refreshes the palate between bites of raw fish and delicate sushi rice.  Some of the compatibility comes from the high yeast content of both Sparkling and soy sauce.
 
Indian Food! Crunchy poppadoms can be perfect with Sparkling.  Makes a great snack or starter, kick it up with some mint sauce, mango chutney or raita.

 

Breakfast, more specifically eggs, a rich eggs benny and your favorite sparkling are the best way to start your day.
 
Cheeses - Full-bodied Sparkling pair quite well with hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan while lighter bodied Sparkling complement soft cheeses such as goat cheese and brie. 

 

Fish n Chips, another British specialty.  The mousse or fizz of the bubbly work with the crispy skin of the chips and the acidity again cuts through the oil in the batter.  Casual but elegant.

 

Fruit, different types of fruit naturally, sit better with different types of Sparkling. At the top of the fruit list are berries. They lend a sweetness to the palate that accompanies the flavour of a light sparkling. Stone fruits such as peaches and plums can also pick out some of the flavours in Sparkling.

 

Sparkling does go with everything but try it for yourself.  Experiment with a wide range of foods.  You could even host a party where everyone needs to bring bubble and something to try with it.  Either way it is meant to be fun. Let us know what your favourite pairings are with sparkling wine. Most importantly enjoy!

 

Our 2010 Brut Rosé R.D., 2007 Blanc de Blancs and 2006 Reserve Brut will be released on Monday, October 27th. Check back next Tuesday for Chantelle's blog, "Where to enjoy a glass of Blue Mountain Sparkling in the Lower Mainland and Whistler".
 

 

Time Posted: Oct 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
October 9, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Where to enjoy a glass of Blue Mountain Sparkling wine in the Okanagan

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

 

PENTICTON

Naramata Heritage Inn

3625 1st Street, Naramata   l    T. (250) 496-6808

Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Winery

425 Middle Bench Road, North Penticton   l   T. (250) 493-9463

 

KELOWNA

Barcaro Kitchen & Drink

231 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna BC   l   T.  (778) 484-6994

Bouchons Bistro

#105 -1180 Sunset Drive, Kelowna   l   T. (250) 763-6595

La Bussola Restaurant

1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna   l   T. (250) 763-3110

Old Vines at Quails Gate 

3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna   l   T. (250) 769-4451

Raudz Regional Table

1560 Water Street, Kelowna   l   T. (250) 868-8805

Waterfront Wines

#104 – 1180 Sunset Drive, Kelowna   l   T. (250) 979 1222

 

VERNON

Sparkling Hill Resort

888 Sparkling Place, Vernon   l   T. (877) 275-1556

 

Check back on Tuesday for Julie's blog on Sparkling wine pairings, "Sparkling goes with everything!"

Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 9, 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
 
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
 
March 5, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Foodies Under 40 Western Living

In their new issue, Western Living has named their 6th annual collection of the best and brightest foodies in the West, "From restaurateurs who used Kickstarter to fund a new space, to chefs who brought gluten-free to the discerning masses, to visionaries who are designing restaurants that change the way we look at food, these are Western Living’s Foodies of the Year". Our winemaker, Matt Mavety is humbled to be included among them.

Here are the twelve "Foodies" that made the list:

THE HOME TEAM: Ayden, Saskatoon

THE KICKSTARTERS: Darcy Scott—Whimsical Cake Studio & Edmonton and Dane Brown & Clinton McDougall—Bestie, Vancouver

THE ENTERTAINER: Cody Willis—Native Tounges, Calgary

THE LOCAL HEROES: Clark Deutscher & Francois Pilon—Hank's, Ucuelet and Victoria

THE VISIONARY: Mandel Hitzer—RAW:almond, Winnipeg

THE STATEMENT MAKER: Craig Stanghetta—STE. Marie Art & Design, Vancouver

THE PURISTS: Brett & Adam Yakimetz—Yakimetz Farm, Vegreville

THE WINEMAKER: Matt Mavety—Blue Mountain Winery, Okanagan Falls

"Here in Canada, oenophiles use the terms winemaker and vigneron almost interchangeably to describe a person who makes wine, But whereas a winemaker may buy grapes from all sorts of places, the vigneron is steadfastly connected to the land. They select the grapes, farm them, nurture them and practice tough love to draw out their true nature. And while the Okanagan has a nice complement of excellent winemakers, there aren’t many true vignerons like Matt Mavety. But it couldn’t be any other way at Blue Mountain, his home turf. Matt’s father, Ian, planted the first vines 1971, which may as well be in the Pleistocene, it’s so ancient by Okanagan standards. From the get-go the place was all about the land, and what grapes can and should grow in our climate. It was this ethos that Matt was raised on, and when he took over as head winemaker in 2002, there was scant danger of him producing a tempranillo or a cabernet with grapes from Osoyoos. It’s the difference between wanting to be a star or a steward."

THE LIBERATOR: Kerry Bennett—Care Bakery, Calgary

THE CRAFTSMEN: Everywhere, Vancouver

THE HEIR APPARENT: Matthew Stowe—Cactus Club, Vancouver

THE CONSERVATIONIST:Twyla Roscovich—Activist, Sointula

 

Congratulations to everyone who made the 2014 Foodies of the Year list! Click here to read the article.

 

Time Posted: Mar 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

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