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Like a typical Asian girl, I love all things sparkling be it from the bling bling I wear around my neck, my fingers and my toes or the bedazzling are you blind yet sequins tops and stilettos. So is it any surprise that sparkling wines from Proseccos, champagnes and cremants also make my heart sing and my ears ring and if I drink too much, I’ll go bump bump in the night?  Every year during the Vancouver Wine Festival, the I Heart Bubbly Party is a big hit as guests will taste up to 30 sparking wines paired with delectable canapés for the mere price of $59.  This year’s I Heart Bubbly Party was on Valentine’s Day with many guests wearing the colour red for the occasion and I with my two boys stepped out for the evening in style.

 

 

The following is my list of favorite wines from this event.  Note that my list contains sparking wines that aren’t too acidic but are what I called easy sippers, perfect for that night out with the girls or sipping by yourself in or out of the closet..

 

BC Haywire Narrative XC Method NV ($24.90) Plenty of aromas of citrus with lime on the palate and big bubbles with lively acidity.
BC Haywire Pink Bub Sparkling Wine 2015 ($29.90) Although it’s over my price point of $25, it’s one of my go to roses, as it’s always refreshing with medium bubbles and well balanced acidity with aromas of strawberry jam and red currants and bright red cherries.
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BC Noble Ridge The One Brut Sparkling 2012 ($35) Aromas of green and apricot and peaches on the palate with fine bubbles and lively acidity.
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Italy Mondo del Vino Acquesi Asti Spumante DOCG NV ($19.99) Honeysuckle flowers and apricot aromas and lemon meringue pie and apple juice on the palate.  Best to drink this with dessert as it is a little sweet with fine bubbles.
Italy Zonin 1821 Masseria Altemura Brut Rosamaro NV ($32.99) A delicate pink fruit forward wine with apple and red currant aromas and pink grapefruit on the plate with small bubbles.
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Italy Zonin 1821 Prosecco Cuvee 1821 NV ($19.99) Aromas of key lime zest and green apples and lime on the palate with well balanced acidity.
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Nova Scotia Blomidon Estate Winery Cuvée L’Acadie 2012 ($33.39)  This Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine is made from 100% L’Acadie Blanc grape.  Rated Brut (Dry), this wine has aromas of lemon, lime, stone fruit and pineapple aromas with pear and apricot on the palate with well balanced acidity with a long creamy finish.
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Nova Scotia L’Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvée 2014 ($34.99) Aromas of pineapple, mango and lemon lime zest on the palate with small bubbles with well balanced refreshing acidity, light body.
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Nova Scotia L’Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvée Rosé 2013 ($34.99) Blend of Marechal Foch, Seyval and L’Acadie. Has bright red fruit aromas with strawberry and cherry on the palate with fine bubbles and refreshing acidity and a long crisp finish.  It has its own unique flavour unlike other Roses as it utilizes varietals grown in Nova Scotia.
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Nova Scotia- Blomidon Estate Winery Cremant ($23.83) Blend of Seyval Blanc (57%), L’Acadie Blanc (23%), and Chardonnay (20%) which has lemon aromas with green apple and lemon pie on the palate with a luscious creamy finish.
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Ontario Jackson-Triggs Niagara Brut Grand Reserve Entourage ($24.99) Tropical fruit on the aromas with lemon, green apples, lychees on the palate with a creamy lush finish and long crisp finish.
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Ontario Colio Estate Wines Girls Night Out Sparkling VQA NV ($19.99) An off-dry wine with floral, peach and citrus aromas that is so easily to drink like koolaid as the bubbles are small and is very fruit forward with strawberries doing a playful dance in your mouth with just a hint of sweetness.
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Spain Codorníu Raventós Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV ($15.99) Light bodied wine with fine bubbles and honeysuckle and violet aromas and plenty of lychees and pineapples on the palate.
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Spain Codorníu Raventós Cuvée Barcelona 1872 Brut Rosé NV ($19.49) This pale pink wine tastes like summer as it has refreshing thirst quenching acidity and isn’t too sweet as it’s off dry but has plenty of ruby red grapefruit, strawberries and citrus with lemon on the palate and fine elegant bubbles.
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I Heart Bubbly

 

Canapés from Culinary Vision

Ocean Wise Tuna Tataki
baby kale, pickled red onions

Oysters on the half shell
pickled ginger and watermelon

Organic Ocean Wise Prawn press
shallot jam

Beef Tenderloin, black rice crackle
mushroom, truffle aioli

Herb crusted Lamb racks
thyme jus

Oven dried Tomato
thyme and Goat Cheese Tart

Gorgonzola and roasted red beets
balsamic gastrique

 

Featured Wines:

Domaine Bousquet
White Brut Organic NV
Rosé Brut Organic NV

Church & State Wines
Traditional Method Sparkling Pinot Noir 1999
Sparkling Syrah Rosé 2016

Haywire
Pink Bub Sparkling Wine 2015
Narrative XC Method NV

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Methode Classique NV
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Grand Reserve Entourage Brut 2013

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery The One Brut Sparkling 2012

Sperling Vineyards
Sparkling Brut 2010
Brut Rose 2013

Blomidon Estate Winery
Crémant 2013
Cuvée L’Acadie 2012

L’Acadie Vineyards
Vintage Cuvée Rosé 2013
Vintage Cuvée 2014

Colio Estate Wines
Lily Sparkling Wine NV
Girls Night Out Sparkling VQA NV

Trius Winery
Brut NV
Brut Rosé NV

Sieur d’Arques
Premiere Bulle Blanquette–AOP Blanquette de Limoux 2014
Aguila–AOP Cremant de Limoux White NV

Cantine Giacomo Montresor
Rose Royal Spumanté NV
Perlage Noir NV

Giusti Wine
Rosalia Prosecco DOC NV
Asolo Prosecco Brut DOCG NV

Mondo del Vino 
Cuvage Nebbiolo Alba DOC Rosé VSQ Metodo Classico NV
Acquesi Asti Spumante DOCG NV

Villa Sandi 
Prosecco Il Fresco Brut DOC NV
Il Fresco Rosato NV

Zonin 1821
Masseria Altemura Brut Rosamaro NV
Prosecco Cuvee 1821 NV

Codorníu Raventós
Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV
Cuvée Barcelona 1872 Brut Rosé NV

 

 

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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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