Category: Sparkling

  • Sign of the times. Sigh.

    Wow: Blue Mountain won’t bottle this spring.  We got the email last week.  Smoke, from forest fires last summer, have left them with a difficult decision: Bottle a less than desirable wine, or face the fact that smoke has irreparably harmed the harvest.  BM made the right choice. Wow: This is disheartening on so many […]

  • Lunessence Brut Riesling 2020

    Bar none the sparkling wine of summer 2021.  We drank it, we sipped it, we had it as an aperitif, sometimes with a dash of Amaro or Campari; one guest even asked for an Aperol spritz (it takes all types…).  It’s dry.  Gorgeously tart and citrus forward with a toasty, chewy note on the palate […]

  • Bizou + Yukon BEE-zoo Bubbles, 2018

    This is an easy-off flip cap and easy on the pocket-book super effervescent, no buoyantly effervescent sweet—but not too sweet, not cloyingly sweet—decently fruity if in a faux fruit sort of fashion, bubble gum fruit flavour, perfectly sippable patio style (not so much celebratory style) lively and colourful as in literally colourful Okanagan fizzy that […]

  • Villa Teresa Prosecco

    92 points for Prosecco.  What’s the comparison? Andre’s Baby Duck? In regard to flavour, this was fine; the melon and lemon, the lilt of a spring bouquet.  But flat as all get out.  We literally counted one bubble, one solitary bubble.  Look at the flute, freshly poured, could be Pinot Gris. A light, low alcohol […]

  • Naramata Bench Wineries

    Last weekend of October we went to the Okanagan for a wine weekend.  It was archetypally fall; cool, crisp, sunny, quiet.  Trees had turned, apples were being harvested in the orchards, and the BC Lieutenant Governor’s wine awards had just been released—the vineyards were well stocked with award winners.  We ate good food, we drank […]

  • Mare Magnum Crudo Prosecco

    The bottle says party up.  The wine says better than most Prosecco at the local liquor store.  Organic plays another trump card.  So all round, pretty good value, and fun times.  Good fizz, maybe too assertive (look at the photo; that’s some dense conglomeration of bubbles).  Dry (ish), dryer than the bubbly from up in […]

  • Cune Cava Brut, NV

    Thank you Marquis: A dry, palatable, superb summer sparkler, much more enticing than umpteen local rose offerings and some plain un-outstanding local fizz.  A most perfect mixing faux-champers, a dash of Campari or put a Spanish twist on an Aperol spritz.  Not too effervescent with some heady, yeasty, earthiness and a touch of shale.  Decent […]

  • Calmel & Joseph Blanquette de Limoux

    Gismondi quite liked this and “pointsed” it 90.  Yeah, OK, whatever; he’s gotta keep up with his colleagues who found it similarly “over the 89 point hump.”  We found it, well, a little austere, lacking in depth, mineral forward, cucumber hits the palate in an unusual not invigorating way, mediocre effervescence.  Glass half full it […]

  • Summer Gate Moscato Frizzante, 2017

    Well, umm, it’s fizzy. Yeah, it’s that.   Supposedly dry, I’d give it a one.   Appetizer friendly.  That’s a plus.  And, well, not much more to add.  If you’ve got $30 burning a hole in your pocket, and you need something neutral and novel, OK.  But gosh the province is awash in better options […]

  • Pirie, Tasmanian Sparkling

    Drinking wine in Australia 3: In search of a brilliant sparkling we drank glass after glass of Australian sparklers, but mainly Tasmanian wines because, well, it’s almost impossible to find them outside of the state.  The wine industry in Tassie is young, the volume is low, and only a few generic sparklers make it overseas.  […]