Splash of Wine: Break out the local bubbles to celebrate B.C. Day

Raise a glass: these sparkling wines are worthy of celebration

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      We're always down for cracking open a bottle of bubbly, but if you're the type who needs an excuse, B.C. Day makes for a good one.

      Keep the celebrations local with a sparkler from these parts. Here’s a handful of suggestions to make your long weekend eespecially festive.

      Road 13 2016 Sparkling Chenin Blanc


      Made from the oldest Chenin Blanc vines in North America (planted in 1968), this delightfully delicious bubbly from the Golden Mile Bench appellation has aromas of apple and pear. We love the perfect pairing suggestions: shrimp, smoked salmon, popcorn, and balloons.

      Even better: Shipping is free on all orders. See more at Road 13

      Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.

      Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards’ 2015 Reserve Blanc de Blancs


      The Peachland winery calls it "serious", but don’t let that intimidate you. We prefer "sophisticated" and "lovely". Made using traditional methods from 100% estate grown Chardonnay grapes, this crisp reserve wine goes just as well with freshly shucked oysters as it does with fries. Why stop at the wine itself? Pick up a branded Fitz sabre ($125) to open it up with dramatic flair. Order at Fitz Wine

      Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.

      Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars’ Brut Rose 2015


      It wouldn’t be right not to have a rosé wine in here, and we’re pretty happy about the Okanagan Falls winery’s pink take on the methode traditionelle.  Go matchy-matchy with smoked salmon, prawns, strawberries, or any other rose-hued food. Make it a sparkling four pack and get the Brut Rosé along with a bottle of Brut Reserve 2011 R.D., Blanc de Blancs 2011 R.D., and Gold Label Brut ($172.60). As with other sampler packs, this one has a YouTube video hosted by Christie Mavety so you can have a tasting room experience in your own backyard. (More info is at Blue Mountain.)