The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 6

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 6

  Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut This traditional method sparkler is always on hand at my house, especially over the holidays. It’s possibly BC’s most well-known bubble and has certainly earned its street cred!  This wine is comprised form estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and…

 

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut

This traditional method sparkler is always on hand at my house, especially over the holidays. It’s possibly BC’s most well-known bubble and has certainly earned its street cred! 

This wine is comprised form estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris. The blend is 50/45.5/4.5 if you want to get technical. The wine is aged for a full 24 months on its lees before being disgorged (9 months longer than Champagne’s regulations for non-vintage wine). It’s aged an additional 6-9 months before its release. In essence, it takes close to 3 years to make this wine from grape to glass. At $28 it is among the least expensive traditional method sparkling wines made in BC. It’s also roughly half the price of the least expensive Champagnes we see in the market. Did I mention it’s also delicious? 

I get granny smith apple, fresh lemon juice and light toast with brisk, mouth-watering acidity and a creamy mousse of fine bubbles. I love crisp sparkling wines like this with salty, fatty foods. A super simple but insanely delicious pairing for this wine is plain Ruffles potato chips (I may have been snacking on them as I wrote this tasting note). It’s also perfect with smoked salmon on cream cheese bagels for Christmas morning breakfast.



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