So maybe you aren’t that into Valentine’s Day or maybe you are. Either way, nothing set hearts aflutter quite like a bottle of bubbly. Really who needs an excuse to pop a cork (or two). And there’s no reason to head to the France or Italy aisle at the liquor store to get your bubble on; there are 40 wineries in the Okanagan that make palate-pleasing sparkling wine.
Here are a few BC bubblies, we’ll raise a glass to.
From the picturesque Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland, this popular local bubbly is crisp and fresh with notes of citrus and a light fizz. If you can get your hands on the Pink Bub or Baby Bub, grab them fast as they often sell out. No matter which one you sip, Haywire is always a hit. Retails at $29.90
From the famous-for-a-reason Gray Monk Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley. All the Odyssey Bruts (traditional or white) are worth a tipple, but this one shines for its fruity hints, touch of red wine essence and versatility. The colour adds to its beauty, and berry flavours make it a popular choice. Plus pink looks great in a glass. Retails at $18.50
Dedicated solely to sparkling wines, these Naramata bubblies are natural and classic. With the slight dryness of chardonnay, hints of citrus and perfect effervescence. Both the roses and Bruts have variations based on the vineyard they come from, making this a true, traditional bubbly. Retails at $25.90.
Add drama to any gathering by pulling out your saber and slicing off the top of your bubbly. Town Hall Brands’ Leeann Froese shows us how (and gives us another celebratory sparkling wine recommendation.)
How to Open Sparkling Wine with a SWORD
Banner image credit: Okanagan Crushpad