Wine category: SPARKLING

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut B.C.

Blue Mountain has earned much acclaim for their bubbles and the Gold Label is the perfect introduction for sparkling wine lovers. From the glass full of tiny bubbles to the toasty, crisp flavour this is a delicious wine that delivers on every level. The aroma of berries and lemon draws you in but the mouth feel will capture your taste buds. It’s creamy, medium bodied and with great acidity and a lingering finish. A complex wine made in the traditional method found in Champagne but at a fraction of the price. A perfect companion for celebrations of all kinds or pair it with seafood.

Price: $26.01 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $28.99 (plus tax)
Available: Liberty Wine (various locations)
Price: $29.00 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th avenue

Gray Monk Odyssey Rose Brut 2015 B.C.

I’ve always believed Gray Monk Winery has been a leader in delivering great bang for the buck. There’s no better example than this beautiful pink bubbly. This is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière which delivers a solid, easy drinking sparkling wine that’s good to the last sip. This is filled with the flavours of the Okanagan….strawberries and cherries in a smooth, creamy wine that’s clean and crisp. Pour with any occasion, parties, weddings, on the patio or with suishi and you’ll discover an approachable B.C. bubbly that keeps on giving.

Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown and Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Bubbles by the Glass-The Wine Bar

I thought The Wine Bar-Provence Marinaside couldn’t top their wines by the glass program but then I hadn’t met Joshua Carlson. The affable wine director wanted to build on the city’s most expansive “by the glass list” by adding bubbles. Thanks to modern technology you can pop the cork and pour a glass and restore the fizz! Who knew? Joshua did the research for us and now we can enjoy twenty-four sparkling wines up to and including Champagne! All because of the Le Verre de Vin system that keeps the bubbles without affecting the flavour. No longer do you need to buy an entire bottle to enjoy your favourite bubbly. The price per glass ranges from $8 for prosecco to $110 for a glass of Cristal if you feel the urge to party like a rapper. The wines Joshua has chosen include B.C. favourites from Bella and Evolve, prosecco and cava that offer tremendous value and Champagne from some of the best houses including Lanson, Bollinger and Moët et Chandon. Something for everyone and in all price points. Plus, drop in for Sparkling Saturday at The Wine Bar and all day you can save 25% on your bubbles of choice. What a deal! Save room for me please.

Price: $8.00-$110.00 per glass
Available: The Wine Bar adjacent to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown

Poema Cava Brut Spain

Since first trying this beautiful bubbly a couple of years ago, I find myself returning time and time again to Poema. For wine lovers Cava is to Spain what Prosecco is to Italy and Champagne is to France. In fact this Cava is made in exactly the same way as Champagne but costs a fraction of its French cousin. The aroma is full of apples and citrus. The flavour offers more of the same along with a lovely toasty finish. This is a deeper bubbly than others I’ve tasted so it pairs well with any dish or serve it to celebrate the New Year!

Price: $18.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kitsilano Wine Cellar and Dunderave Wine Cellar in West Vancouver
Price: $19.04 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street

Vaporetto Prosecco Italy

When it comes to value and flavour Vaporetto is one of the best sparkling wines available in B.C. You can’t help notice there’s plenty of choices at your favourite wine store but not all Prosecco is created equally. This sparkling wine wins you over with the beautiful aroma of fruit and flowers. I tasted peaches and pears with a nice toasty finish and a touch of citrus. This is the Prosecco to pour when company drops by during the holidays. Or with the first course at a family feast. While you’ll find Prosecco that’s priced the same I think Vaporetto offers an elegance missing with others on the shelf.

Price: $17.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Ruffino Prosecco Italy

From the first time I tasted this gem of a sparkler I was a fan. It won me over from the citrus aroma bursting out of the glass. Then came a beautiful flavour of apples and pears with a lemon mousse that compliments this first rate Prosecco. Italy has really focussed on cornering the sparkling wine market. Ruffino has hit it out of the park at a price that’s hard to beat. If you’re looking for a bubbly to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or a new job grab a bottle or two of their Prosecco. Or if you need a great food wine don’t overlook Ruffino.

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Monster Vineyards Rosie B.C.

The amount of rose wine being produced and purchased in B.C. grows year after year. No surprise really. It’s easy to drink, affordable and pairs with anything and everything. Now Monster Vineyards has added a new twist to their lineup with Rosie. Essentially a sparkling rose. It’s absolutely the perfect wine for your next party or reception. I love the strawberry aroma in the glass. The taste of strawberries carries through with your first sip and there’s also a touch of cranberry. Grab this fizzy pink and let the fun begin!

Price: $19.12 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine store in Yaletown
Price: $23.39 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars

See Ya Later Sparkling Brut B.C.

When it comes to getting great bang for your wine buck look no further than SYL bubbly. This is a consistent winner you can pour on any occasion. The first aroma reminds me of a fresh loaf of French stick and then a walk through an orchard. You’ll taste fruit, cream and toast along with some citrus flavour. This sparkling wine is really complex for the price. It makes a great starter or to compliment a mimosa or Kir Royale. Plus it’s on sale until the end of March! Stock up now.

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey

Bottega Petalo Moscato Italy

When the Vancouver International Wine Festival chose Italy as the featured country I was excited at the opportunity to add more Italian wines to Here’s another sparkling wine from Bottega that re-inforces my opinion that they’re one of Italy’s most reliable wine-makers. The rose on the bottle is a hint of what you’ll experience when you open the bottle. A beautiful aroma of roses. Moscato is a sweet desert wine with layers of fruit flavours. You can pour this wine with your favourite desert or on its own and enjoy the pleasant experience of a bubbly that over-delivers for the price.

Price: $15.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. liquor stores

Rosa di Sera Spumante Italy

This is one of the most pleasant sparkling wines I’ve tasted recently. Made mostly of prosecco it offers a fresh take on bubbles. Call it “Pretty in Pink” with a hint of sweetness. A lovely aroma of roses, peaches and cream and a touch of citrus. The flavour is full-on fruit…from pink grapefruit to summer berries. I’d recommend you pour this wine with chocolate ganache cake or a tray of chocolate truffles. It’s a perfect compliment for a desert social.

Price: $18.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. liquor stores