Valentine’s Day Wine Treats From BC!

I know we are only a couple of days away, but for those guys (and girls!) still looking for the perfect wine for their Valentine’s Day celebration, here are some BC recommendations.

Sparkling Wine

Champagne is the classic wine for lovers, but it is so expensive (and variable in quality) that you can be disappointed. Well, there is no need to take the risk when you have a couple of great BC options available to you.

Vigneti Zanatta from the Cowichan Valley actually makes three of them, all of which I have blogged on before.  The Fatima Brut and Allegria Rose are both vintage wines (latest are the 2005’s) and made in the classic champagne style. Toasty, yeasty and bone dry, they are full-bodied wines that will stand up to food really well.  And at under $28, are a half to a third of the price of even introductory Champagne. Look for them in some of the private BC wine stories or, if you are on Vancouver Island, you can get them directly from the winery or on-line.

The other recommended wines come from Blue Mountain Winery in Summerland, up in the Okanagan.  Known more for its Pinot Noirs (the Reserve is one of the two or three best Pinots made in BC every year), they also do a couple of great Cava-style sparkling wines. Both the Brut and the Brut Rose are crisp and clean, with lovely green apples and tiny bubbles. Both are good value at about $25 and available either at private wine stores or from the winery (directly by appointment or on-line).

If you prefer white wine for your celebration, I would recommend something lush, smooth and velvety.  For me, that means the Township 7 Chardonnay.  A gorgeous California-style Chardonnay, it has vanilla and butterscotch flavours wrapped around a solid core of citrus fruit. It is rich enough to go with sauces or even lobster! And at only $20, it is also available in government liquor stores.

Finally, red wine. And, for celebration, that means Pinot Noir! Luckily in BC, we have some outstanding wines to choose from, although they can be hard to find. If you bought last year’s vintages of Kettle Valley’s Hayman and Reserve Pinot Noirs or Blue Mountain’s Reserve Pinot Noir, feel free to crack one of those babies open!

If not, though, don’t despair. The regular Pinot Noirs from Kettle Valley and Blue Mountain are also good and should still be available in private wine stores. And currently at the government liquor stores, try a bottle of the Nk Mip Pinot Noir. Always a good wine, something special happened with the 2008 vintage…it tastes like a reserve wine, with gorgeous black cherries, earth and just the right amount of oaks. Incredible mouth feel…and all for $20!

So there you go! Only two days to go, but some good options for your Valentine’s Day celebration regardless of whether you like sparkling, white or red wine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



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