When it comes to sparkling wines, we typically enjoy them to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, New Year's toasts, after a bride and groom are married, brunch or even just because it’s Monday. Personally, I can enjoy this wine any day at any time. Thanks to Kelowna wineries, each having a unique style, we as consumers have a choice; there is a sparkling wine for every palate whether you like sweet, dry or something in between.
Did you know there are more than 20 wineries in the Kelowna area that are making sparkling wines? I have yet to try them all, which makes for a perfect reason to get out wine touring and discover some new wines.
1. Ricco Bambino
Kicked Out of the County Club: This bubbly is unforgivingly crisp and fresh. White peaches mingle with blossoms and soft lemon. Undoubtedly delicious, sincere, and unique. Sustainably-farmed Pinot Blanc and Organic Pinot Noir.
EXhilaration Brut. Made from Chardonnay, you will taste crisp green apple, white peach, and fresh pear, complimented with bright acidity and a zippy finish.
Cipes Brut. Made in the traditional method from organic Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc. Aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds, and grapefruit. p.s. Summerhill has nine sparkling wines to choose from.
Sparkling Brut. Made from Pinot Blanc, this classic method sparkling is born on their heritage family vineyard where grapes reach ideal maturity and development through long, crisp fall days.
Odyssey White Brut. This wine is made from a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay Musque grapes. On the palate, the wine has a full creamy texture with flavours hinting of citrus fruits and apricots.
Summerstorm. This wine is made from Zweigelt and is a brut sparkling Rosé, which has aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, and pink grapefruit.
Home Block Sparkling Brut. Made from Muscat Ottonel, you’ll enjoy lovely flavours of orange, tangerine, and flowers.
8. The Hatch Winery
Octobubble. A prosecco-styled bubbler; this wine is sparkling Pinot Blanc and Noir. This is a crisp, delicately intense, dry but fruity sparkler.
Pearls. This traditional method sparkling wine has subtle notes of granny smith apple, lime zest, citrus fruit, and minerals mixed with traditional toasty bready notes.
Bubbly Gewurztraminer. This dry sparkling wine shows elegant aromas of lychee with soft floral notes. Mouth-watering flavours of kiwi, green apple, and citrus.
Serenade Sparkling. Lively and fun, these tiny bubbles burst with flavours of maraschino cherries, cranberries, and sweet strawberries. A blend of Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir.
BLISS. Made with juicy Okanagan cherries and honey to give BLISS a beautiful blush colour; notes of cherry, plum, and pinot noir.
A few more wineries that are making delicious sparkling wines: