Bella Sparkling Wines made in BC


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The greatest part of exploring a wine region is coming across a gem. And this winery is definitely on that list! Located in Naramata in the Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. Most of Naramata sits on a slope facing West to Okanagan Lake, giving it ideal sun exposure and breezes from the lake and mountains behind. If you were a vine, I believe you would be very happy here. As well, soils vary vineyard to vineyard, granite to alluvial to clay, etc. –  a great variation that is ideal for grapes to do well.naramata map

map courtesy of winebc.com

Not only was Jay Drysdale (the winemaker) passionate and knowledgeable – the experience was fun. Upon arrival you get to choose your own wine tasting glass (which he collects online and at antique sales), from a modern flute to an antique glass. Your choice.

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I tasted through his line up of 3 different sparkling Chardonnay (each coming from a different vineyard in the Okanagan – Keremeos, Oliver and Kamloops), all influenced by the soil and climate of each area; And his rosé sparkling made from Gamay Noir is delicious! What he does, he does well.

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His passion and enjoyment of making wine starts with using the Methode Ancestral, riddling (turning the bottle slightly one by one as the fermentation in the bottle takes place) , and then he will disgorge each bottle by hand when ready to meet order deadlines and get them shipped off. I love old school in a new world, it’s just so cool.

Definitely worth a visit!

Bella Wines

Naramata, BC, Canada

http://bellawines.ca

 

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