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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
Christie Mavety
 
October 23, 2014 | Christie Mavety

R.D. - Recently Disgorged

Some of you may ask, "What is R.D.?"  Well, R.D. stands for recently disgorged, a concept devised by Madame Bollinger in the early 1960s.  Take a look at the picture of the back label of our Brut Rose sparkling wine to view the disgorgement date, May 2014.  While on the front label we label it R.D. 2010 (the vintage the grapes were grown in).

 

    


Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wines goes through a primary fermentation in the tank and a second fermentation in the bottle.  Once the wine goes through its second fermentation in bottle it is left to age on its lees, the dead yeast cells.  At this time, the sparkling wine continues to age for several more years resulting in a toasty, yeasty characteristic.  

Next we need to disgorge, remove the yeast cells from the wine and then it will be ready to drink.  This is when we will date the disgorgement date on the label and it is titled R.D.

This special aging on the lees allows the wine to maintain a unique combination of freshness and liveliness, while developing delicate and complex aromas. Sparkling wines benefit from a prolonged maturation on its lees reinforcing the aromatic subtlety and complexity of the final wine.

Below is our disgorging line.  The first image shows all of the sparkling bottles with their necks down in a glycol bath.  Whereas the next image is the bottling line where the dosage is added.


     

Next time you pick up a bottle of sparkling wine please go ahead and take a look at the label and look for the disgorgment date!

Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 23, 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
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
 
October 7, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Blue Mountain wines

Busy planning your Thanksgiving feast? You should also think about wine pairings.

 

Nothing quite says "Celebrate!" like a glass of bubbly! Start off the festivities with at least one bottle of our NV Brut "Gold Label" or 2006 Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine.

 

 

Our 2012 Chardonnay will be perfect to enjoy with your delicious thanksgiving turkey, roast potatoes and lots of classic vegetable dishes.

    

 

How about Gamay for Thanksgiving this year? Our 2013 Gamay Noir is light enough for appetizers and can carry through the main course.

        

Do you have another wine pairing to recommend for Thanksgiving? Please share it in the comments section below.

 

 

Time Posted: Oct 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

Blue Mountain On The Road - Priorat, Spain and the i4C

Some thoughts on Spanish vineyards at 700m above sea level and the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration  Continue »

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