Photo: Blue Mountain winemaker Matt Mavety
Recently, an executive from Champagne producer Lanson was asked by a radio reporter if the
houses should be concerned at dramatic rise in Proseco sales.
Not at all, he replied. The quality of
Champagne simply puts it in a different
league than Proseco, the Italian bubbly.
I would not argue with that, other than to say we expect more from a $50 - $100
than we do from a $20 Proseco.
Having said that, we don’t need to go offshore if we want a classy sparkling wine for New Year’s, or for any other occasion.
Vineyard & Cellars, right in our own back yard, is one of Blue Mountain Canada’s best
sparkling wine producers. Its wines certainly compete with Champagne.
In fact, the wines in its reserve sparkling program are nudging toward the price of
However, good sparkling wine is never going to be cheap. There is at least
twice as much labour involved in making bubble than in making still table wine.
Secondly, when the sparkling wine is aged for years in the cellar before release, capital is tied up for years. The three current
from the 2006, 2007 and 2010 vintages. The cost of capital inevitably will need
to be reflected in the price of the finished wine. In fact, the volumes of the Blue Mountain
reserves are so modest – 100 to 200 cases – that winemaker Matt Mavety may be
making these more for the prestige than for the profit. Blue
Here are notes on those wines. R.D. means recently disgorged.
If you can’t find any of this in good wine stores, the winery plans to release a Brut 2007 R.D., followed by a 2008 Brut R.D. You might want to get on a list for this wine.