Blue Mountain Vineyards in the Okanagan is well-known for their sparkling wines. If you have not had a chance to enjoy them, the BC Wine Appreciation Society is having a special tasting here in Vancouver on Feb. 12 at the Listel Hotel. The announcement is below.
What better way to celebrate a winter evening than with some festive sparkling wine?
Matt Mavety of Blue Mountain Vineyard is coming to see us on Tuesday February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and he’s bringing four of his celebrated sparkling wines, plus six of his award-winning table wines: two Pinot Gris, two Chardonnay, and two Pinot Noir. We’ll be able to taste one Cream Label and one Reserve Striped Label of each varietal – what a treat!
To make this even more special, we are going to be able to try two amazing vintage sparklers, the 2005 Reserve Brut, and the 2006 Blanc de Blancs. Both are very rare, and we’re very lucky that Blue Mountain is generous enough to let us try them!
Ian and Jane Mavety purchased the 80 acre Blue Mountain property over 40 years ago. Matt Mavety, the current winemaker and son of Ian and Jane, had his first real job in the vineyard at age 14. Loving the work, Matt studied agriculture at UBC, and also studied viticulture and oenology at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Matt started full-time back at Blue Mountain in 1997, and became the official winemaker in 2005.
Matt feels that farming grapes in an environmentally sustainable way leads to the best expression of terroir for the wines. The focus of Matt’s talk will be about what makes Blue Mountain unique, including biodynamic farming, the making of the sparkling wines, cellar aging benefits, their barrel program, and how the wine clones they’ve chosen work with the land they live on. We’re sure this will be fascinating, especially as we get to taste several of the results!
The Wine Lineup
2006 Blanc de Blancs
2005 Reserve Brut
2011 Pinot Gris Cream Label
2010 Pinot Gris Reserve Striped Label
2011 Chardonnay Cream Label
2010 Chardonnay Reserve Striped Label
2011 Pinot Noir Cream Label
2010 Pinot Noir Reserve Striped Label
Wouldn’t this make a wonderful Valentine’s outing for you and your favourite wine-lover? And if you want to come on your own, bubbly wine is always a cause for celebration, no matter what day it is!
Our previous tasting sold out. Sign up quickly to make sure you don’t miss this one!
Where, When, and How Much?
Date: Tuesday February 12, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Place: Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St., Vancouver
Click here to sign up: http://www.bcwas.com/BlueMountain.html