Wine Guy: Township 7 sparkles

One winery that has really focused on sparkling wine is Naramata and Langley-based Township 7 Vineyards.

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Perhaps Cupid’s arrow really had an impact this year because I’m still feeling convivial and festive. And when it comes to wine I’m still in the mood for fizz. Fortunately, great local bubbly is easy to find. One winery that has really focused on sparkling wine is Naramata and Langley-based Township 7 Vineyards  and Winery. Producing their first traditional method sparkler more than 20 years ago, Township 7 has expanded their sparkling wine program under their Seven Stars small lot cuvées series — including these three bottles that recently found their way into my coupe.

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Seven Stars 2021 Vega, Okanagan Valley

($36.97, available through the winery)

A few of Township 7’s seven star bottles are wine club exclusives, however all three wines featured here are available directly through the winery. This includes Vega, which is crafted 100 per cent from Viognier grown in the Fool’s Gold Vineyard located north of Oliver. Like all seven stars wines, it’s made following the traditional method of secondary bottle fermentation, and in this case left 12 months en tirage. Pouring a bright straw-colour, it presents quite fruity and floral. Orchard fruit and honeyed tones are complemented by a fresh, zesty finish in this easygoing, aromatic sparkler ready to pair with fried chicken or eggs benny.

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Bottom line: B+, Ideal brunch bubbly

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Seven Stars 2021 Rigel, Okanagan Valley

($36.97, available through the winery)

By now a theme is apparent. Yes, the Seven Stars wines are named after stars in the galaxies. Rigel is named after Orion’s brightest — and one of the youngest — stars. It’s an apt name for this seriously bright, higher acidity, 100 per cent Riesling-based sparkling wine. Also made from grapes sourced from Fool’s Gold Vineyard, the more golden-hued Rigel brings serious citrus and mineral notes. The overall style is unapologetically leaner and sharper, with a tart lemony stance and a lingering, snappy finish. It’s time to bring on the oysters, fresh or fried, or most any seafood.

Bottom line: A-, Deliciously lip-smacking

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Seven Stars 2020 Polaris, Okanagan Valley

($39.97, available through the winery)

Township 7 explains that “Polaris is the guiding light” for the Seven Stars sparkling wine program, and indeed it has proven a serious award winner. A blanc de blanc bubbly, in this case Polaris is crafted from 100 per cent Chardonnay. Creamy, with big time lemon and brioche — this is a robust and engaging bottle that finishes elegantly fresh. Actually, considering that all three sparklers are varietals it would make a fantastic evening to gather some friends, prep some food, and pour all three sparklers side by side. What a great way to appreciate just how diverse bubbly styles can be.

Bottom line: A, Textural and elegant


The Swirl: Bevies and Bites 2024

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The Rotary Club of New Westminster is again presenting Bevies and Bites, with this year’s tasting taking place from 7-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Royal City Centre, 610 6th St., New Westminster). A fundraiser for Don’t Go Hungry Food Support and Rotary Programs, the evening features beverages and bites from local businesses. Tickets are $40, plus fees. Details at https://newwestrotary.org/event/bevies—bites-2024/ 

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