Vancouver bars and restaurants proudly serve sparkling wine from BC, not just during festive times but through the entire year – and for good reason. It’s delicious, affordable and nothing says ‘spirit of the season’ better than an effervescent glass of chilled bubble. Here’s what to sip, and where. Cheers!
Narrative XC Method. Introduced in 2014, this lively blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay comes from two unique terroirs: Secrest Mountain Vineyard in Oliver, and Watkins Family Vineyard in Summerland. Toasty, creamy and available at Tap & Barrel Olympic Village.
A Blue Moon Royale. Order this cocktail at Reflections: The Garden Terrace, new winter pop-up lounge. This outdoor (but heated) space at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is beautifully decked out in wintery-cozy holiday décor and offers a special holiday food and drink menu. The Blue Moon is a blend of Star of Bombay gin, Giffard violette, and lemon topped with Blue Mountain Brut.
Evolve Pink Effervescence. Takes the win for prettiest packaging, but this Okanagan Valley blend of 97% Pinot Blanc and 3% Merlot tastes just as lovely as it looks. Hints of peach and berry, and available at Steamworks in Gastown.
Steller’s Jay Pinnacle 2007. Be sure and try the Sparkling Star cocktail served at West Restaurant on South Granville. Banff Ice vodka, Giffard vanilla, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit and a splash of Steller’s Jay.
Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut. A delicate mousse, a bit of lemon and toastiness on the nose and palette, plus made in the Methode Traditionnelle style. Always a winner, and served at Provence Marinaside.