And now for a few locals available at LCBOs. ‘Spark’ is a clever labeling idea and this Sparkling Riesling from Tawse is perfect for aperitif, or to partner oysters, or other seafood apps. Henry’s Provence-pink Rose is very Champagneish. A classy good-looker. Worth breaking the $20 barrier. Entourage from J-T is a relative bargain, considering the quality. And, if you must spend Champagne money for self or gift giving, please consider something from left field, Benjamin Bridge Sparkling from Nova Scotia. Maybe a tad lighter than the big brands but still an amazing achievement. Or maybe not – Northern Michigan Sparkling has been surprising experts for over a decade. Move over Champagne.
TAWSE 12 ‘Spark’ Riesling, VQA Twenty Mile Bench 370361 Vintages $19.95
HENRY OF PELHAM ‘Cuvee Catharine’ Rose, Brut, VQA Niagara 217505 $29.95
JACKSON-TRIGGS ‘Entourage’ Brut, VQA Niagara 234161 Vintages $22.95 (avail Dec 6)
BENJAMIN BRIDGE 09 Reserve, Brut, Nova Scotia 381533 Vintages $44.95 (avail Dec 6)
Burgundy grows the same grapes as Champagne and is located just down the highway. Bouillot bubbly got me excited with its feeling of luxury. And low price. A lovely ‘quiet moments’ drink.
LOUIS BOUILLOT 09 Cremant de Bourgogne, Brut, France 178137 Vintages $19.95
Ferrari makes Italian bubbly by the Champagne (oops, I mean Traditional) method. Bold, characterful stuff that’s a lot better value than the car. At least in my opinion.
FERRARI Brut, Trento, Italy 352153 Vintages $25.95