It is easy to think of the holiday season in terms of sparkling wine, and with ample reason. Bubbles lend a festive air to virtually any gathering and any meal. And while we have absolutely no problem recommending something like the Piper Heidseick champagne, or the incredible 2005 Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blancs, here are two alternatives that are bound to get the conversation rolling.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery‘s Cipes Rosé ($27) is a delightful example of what can be done with sparkling wine locally. It is a wine meant to celebrate not just the eve of a new year, but making it through any day of the week.
Then there is the intriguing Steller’s Jay sparkling shiraz ($25). Steller’s Jay, from Sumac Ridge, has been a stalwart in the local scene ever since Harry McWatters decided it was time for great quality bubbles to be made here. Even after McWatters went on to other vinous pastures, Steller’s Jay has been consistent, and this shiraz is quite a lot of fun, lots of body, good structure, and even a bit of finesse. Don’t let the brooding dark colour fool you; this is light on its feet and terrific with food, or to see out the year.