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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..
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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
Beef Tenderloin, black rice crackle
mushroom, truffle aioli
Herb crusted Lamb racks
Oven dried Tomato
thyme and Goat Cheese Tart
Gorgonzola and roasted red beets
White Brut Organic NV
Rosé Brut Organic NV
Church & State Wines
Traditional Method Sparkling Pinot Noir 1999
Sparkling Syrah Rosé 2016
Pink Bub Sparkling Wine 2015
Narrative XC Method NV
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery The One Brut Sparkling 2012
Sparkling Brut 2010
Brut Rose 2013
Blomidon Estate Winery
Cuvée L’Acadie 2012
Vintage Cuvée Rosé 2013
Vintage Cuvée 2014
Colio Estate Wines
Lily Sparkling Wine NV
Girls Night Out Sparkling VQA NV
Brut Rosé NV
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
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
Prosecco Il Fresco Brut DOC NV
Il Fresco Rosato NV
Masseria Altemura Brut Rosamaro NV
Prosecco Cuvee 1821 NV
Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV
Cuvée Barcelona 1872 Brut Rosé NV