After a week of (leftover) ham, (leftover) turkey, and (leftover) Christmas cookies, it’s time for some serious celebrating with champagne and oysters—aka New Year’s Eve.
I have tasted many bottles of bubbly over the past months in order to recommend a few to ring in the new year.
I tried a lovely organic Prosecco (here); an elegant French Crémant” (pronounced “cray-mont”) (here); charming Spanish Cava (here); and classic vintage Champagne (here); and a BC Brut (here); all for you, dear reader. I enjoyed them all. Any of these would be an excellent choice for your celebration.
But the one that is getting an encore at my house is Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut. The gorgeous Old World finesse of this Okanagan sparkler took my breath away. You could easily mistake it for non-vintage French Champagne.
Winemaker Made with 100% estate grown grapes and hand-harvested, it is a blend of 56% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Gris, and made in the Méthode Traditionnelle style.
The Brut “Gold Label” has a fine mousse, with lemon and toasty character on the nose and across the palate, with a crisp lemon finish.
~ Winemaker Matt Mavety
So welcome 2016!
Blue Mountain | Gold Label Brut NV | Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, BC | $23.90 at the winery | Also available at Private Wine Stores