We’ve invited wee Bella Wines to join our GOODS section. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome list of goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making BC a more bubbly place to live.
Owners: Jay Drysdale and Wendy Rose
Winemaker: Michael Bartier
ABOUT BELLA WINES
Bella is a sparkling wine house capturing the natural beauty of British Columbia fruit in every bubble. Made in the traditional method, being bottle fermented, hand riddled and hand disgorged, Bella exclusively produces single vineyard, single varietal sparkling wines focusing on Chardonnay, a classic Champagne grape, and Gamay Noir, an under-appreciated BC grape. At Bella, the goal is to make world class sparkling wines that are perfectly dry and left natural with no dosage so you can taste an elegant, genuine expression of the vineyards we source from.
Owners Jay Drysdale and Wendy Rose are particularly interested in making sparkling wines because not only are bubbles extremely food friendly and fun to drink but they feel this wine style is tremendously well suited to British Columbia where the natural acidity found in the grapes is perfect for sparkling wine production. As avid promoters of sparkling wine Jay and Wendy hope one day BC bubbles will have the same notoriety as Spain’s cava, Italy’s prosecco and even France’s champagne. Join their cause and celebrate today with BC bubbles!
To learn more about our story visit www.bellawines.ca.
REVIEWS AND ACCOLADES
BRONZE – Bella Wines – Sparkling Chardonnay – 2011 – 32nd Fall Okanagan Wine Festival
“Bella 2011 Gamay Noir Rosé Sparkling Wine – The wine presents an attractive rose petal hue, a fruity aroma and palate with hints of cranberry, and a lively mousse with a creamy texture. The finish is dry and refreshing. 90 points.” John Schreiner
“Bella 2011 Chardonnay Sparkling Wine – Once again, the lively bubbles set up quite a display in the flute. The wine is crisp, with hints of toastiness and with slight apple flavour notes. Light and fresh on the palate, the wine has a clean and elegant finish. 90 points.” John Schreiner
“2011 Bella Sparkling Rosé – It is a very attractive blushing pink in colour and offers cranberry, summer berries, rhubarb and peach stone with herbal undertones. It’s a light, clean bubbly with a fine bead, it’s quite delicate but with bracing acidity. I suggest serving some mild creamy cheese with this Gamay sparkling.” 89 points. Daenna Van Mulligen
“2011 Bella Sparkling Rosé – This light, crisp, sparkling rose made from Gamay Noir grapes, is charming with floral aromas and delicate notes of strawberry-rhubarb. A wonderful illustration of the Okanagan Valley’s budding potential and focus in sparkling wine production.” Emily Walker
“2011 Bella Sparkling Rosé – Jay Drysdale’s first wine release under the Bella label. Named after his dog, but no dog of a wine, the rosé bubble is a pretty pale pink colour, medium in intensity with savory lees, strawberry, dried herbs, lemon, orange zest and light cherry notes. The palate is dry, light in body with crisp acidity, a racy citrus and mineral palate, a surprising amount of lees for just three month aging and some interesting flint, crab apple, clove and a long persistent finish.” Rhys Pender
Christine Coletta, Owner
Steve Lornie, Owner
Michael Bartier, Chief Winemaker
Matt Dumayne, Associate Winemaker
Julian Scholefield, Operations Manager
David Scholefield, Wine advisor
Alberto Antonini, Consulting viticulturist & winemaker
Leeann Froese, Marketing and Communications
Alison Scholefield, Brand Manager
Whitney Law, order desk and THE Club @ Crush Pad
About Okanagan Crush Pad
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, is based in beautiful Summerland, British Columbia, overlooking the 10-acre Switchback Vineyard site and Lake Okanagan. The winery is home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield, as well as other brands that have been made at the custom crush facility. With a team of dedicated industry leaders, OCP’s mantra has been to improve the quality of Okanagan wines through shared space and ideas. Since September 2011, the winery has opened its doors to provide home to smaller producers and growers within the Okanagan Valley, while focusing on their own boutique line of hand crafted wines. Keeping with the philosophy that less is more, grapes are handled with minimal intervention with an eye on pure fruit expression that accentuates the Okanagan’s distinctive terroir. Aided by six concrete egg fermenters by Sonoma Cast Stone, Okanagan Crush Pad is the first Canadian winery to introduce these modern vessels to the market.
Okanagan Crush Pad boasts an impressive state of the art facility, but owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie stress that it is their winery team that remains the hallmark of their success. Respected winemaker, Michael Bartier is an Okanagan native that has a refined understanding of the valley. Coupled with the global experience of internationally acclaimed wine consultant Alberto Antonini and OCP’s wine advisor David Scholefield, the team strives to create distinctive, quality driven BC wines. The winery is responsible for the boutique labels Haywire and Bartier Scholefield but is equally committed to bringing small producers from field to market.
The winery is not open regularly to the public but is designed to be a shared working space for winemakers to work closely together. Tastings and visits to the winery can be made by appointment through Alison Scholefield at Alison@okanagancrushpad.com.
Review on Tim Pawsey’s www.HiredBelly.com | “Bartier Scholefield 2010 Rosé gets better every time we taste it. Looks pretty too. Lovely salmon colour in the glass, raspberry earthy notes on top.”
Recommendation in Georgia Straight by Jurgen Gothe | This one delivers hints of ripe strawberries as well as truffles—no mean feat!—for an intriguing—guess the grapes, Uncle Frank!—dinner companion. Not-quite-salmon-but-beyond-apricot is the colour. Think I could sell that to Sherwin-Williams? Great, crisp finish.
Bartier Scholefield White
Review by Christopher Waters in The London Free Press, 24 Hours Edmonton, 24 Hours Vancovuer, Fort MacMurray Today | It boasts terrific integration and focused peach/apricot character that makes real the cliché that a blended wine is better than the sum of its parts. Made in a unoaked, old school way to amplify the flavours that came with the fruit, you could say it’s a “no B-S white.”
Haywire Pinot Gris
One of Julianna Hayes Top Wine Picks for 2011 – Okanagan Saturday | “Intense aromas of pear, golden apple, yellow grapefruit and lemon meringue pie. Delivers all that character on the palate with mineral and mouthwatering acidity. Stylish.
Reviewed by Kasey Wilson in The Globe and Mail | It’s a deliciously pure, fresh white that displays citrus and delicate mineral nuances highlighting our lighter West Coast cuisine. Influential Tuscan-born winemaker Alberto Antonini acts as a consultant to Haywire, helping craft terroir-driven wines like this one.
Review in Tidings by Harry Herstscheg, 89 points | Fragrant orchard blossoms tease the nose, while ripe pear flavour rides lemony acidity along a crisp, lively palate. Generous lees contact gives a rounder mouthfeel. Flinty minerality lingers.
Reviewed in the Okanagan Sunday | “Haywire 2010 Rose ($25) – Cranberry, cherry, blood orange with some earthy notes. Refreshing.”
Review in Tidings by Harry Herstscheg, 88 points | “Attractive salmon pink colour. Delightful scents of all manner of red fruit. Bright cherry and cranberry flavour upfront set up lean, lingering mineral notes.
Haywire Pinot Noir
Reviewed in Vines magazine | On the nose this has pleasing strawberry and pepper notes. The palate keeps that same delicious peppery character, with the addition of cherry and some subtle herbaceous hints. Some slight grip from fine tannins adds structure and great acidity on the finish rounds out this truly enjoyable wine.”
News from Scout supporter Road 13 Winery
Oliver, BC | Trust the team at Road 13 Vineyards to switch it up. Effective this spring, the winery will be moving away from the production of several varietal wines to focus on blends. Joining the popular Honest John’s Red and White and the premium Fifth Element, are Stemwinder, a refreshing white blend (CSPC $21.99) named in honour of the soil of the winery’s home vineyard, and Rockpile, a red blend (CSPC $24.99) named after Mick and Pam Luckhurst’s most difficult vineyard. Both wines can be found at the winery, VQA stores, the BCLDB and private wine stores and restaurants. Read more
Sid Cross is doing a little guest-blogging for us this week as we cover the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Widely considered one of the finest palates in the world, Sid’s list of honours and accomplishments are staggering. He is Wines Committee Chair for The International Wine & Food Society (www.iwfs.org) headquartered in London England; an Officer in France’s prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole; a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du vin de Bordeaux (and the only Canadian to receive that honour); and he has been named The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America. He’s also co-founder and an advisor to The Chef’s Table Society of BC, and an all around gent, first class… Read more
13140 316A Ave., Oliver BC | V0H 1T0 | PO Box 501
Follow Road 13 on the west side of Hwy 97 between Oliver & Osoyoos
Toll free: 866.498.8330
Phone: 250.498.8330 | Fax: 250.498.8331
The People Who Make It Happen
Owners: Mick & Pam Luckhurst
About Road 13
Road 13 Vineyards is owned and operated by Mick and Pam Luckhurst. Since purchasing the winery in 2003, the Luckhurst’s have focused on making wine that is a reflection of the land, which has given rise to Road 13’s mantra, “It’s all about the dirt.”
Winemaker J-M Bouchard continues this focus by treating the grapes gently and respectfully in order to craft wines with a definite sense of place. Road 13 has three tiers of wine ranging from the very approachable everyday favorites produced under the Honest John’s label, to the high end, complex, age worthy wines of the Jackpot tier. The wine shop at Road 13 is open year round and offers tastings from April to October.
A separate Tasting Lounge is open during the summer months for those who wish for an upscale tasting experience. Road 13 hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Summer Dinner Series on the 13th of each month from May to October.
These three wines – a white, red and rose – are a tribute to John Oliver, BC Premier from 1918 to 1927. Honest, approachable, and frank these offer value for any occasion and refreshment for everyone from the most discerning wine lover to the thirstiest beer drinker.
The Road 13 tier offers a selection of varietal wines and blends that reflect the terrior where the grapes were grown. This includes the winery’s most recognizable blend, Seventy-Four K, as well as a selection of Low Yield wines, made with grapes from vines cropped to a low tonnage that are pressed gently to surrender only the best juice.
Jackpot is the culmination of all things that make a great wine. Hand-crafted from the best vines the Okanagan has to offer, we let the grapes do what they do best – impress. The finished product is age worthy, complex, and profound. Evoking the joy of winning a hard earned prize, Jackpot is a fitting title for our top wines – the reward for our hard work in the vineyard and cellar.
Wines & Reviews
2013 WineAlign National Wine Awards
Platinum: 2011 Syrah Malbec, 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Gold: 2011 Jackpot Syrah
Silver: 2011 Jackpot Malbec, 2011 Syrah, 2011 Chardonnay, 2011 Castle Vineyard Pinot Noir, Bronze: 2011 Merlot, 2012 Mitchell’s Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2011 Fleet Road Pinot Noir, 2012 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2012 Mitchell’s Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2011 Seventy-Four K, 2011 Stemwinder, 2012 Viognier
2013 Best of Varietal Spring Judging
2011 Syrah – Best of Varietal
2011 Seventy-Four K – Best of Varietal
2012 Platinum Judging
Platinum: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Double Gold: 2011 Chenin Blanc
BC Wine Awards 2012
Best Sparkling Wine: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Gold: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2011 Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Bronze: 2009 Fifth Element, 2011 Viognier
Canadian Wine Awards 2012 – Wine Access Magazine
Gold: 2010 Seventy Four K, 2010 Syrah, 2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne
Silver: 2009 Jackpot Pinot Noir, 2009 Merlot Syrah, 2009 Seventy Four K, 2010 Chardonnay, 2011 Mitchell’s Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2011 Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Bronze: 2009 Fifth Element, 2009 Jackpot Syrah, 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2010 Pinot Noir, 2011 Honest John’s Rose, 2011 Mitchell’s Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2011 Stemwinder, 2011 Viognier
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wine
2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne
Top 25 BC Wines 2012 – Wine Access Magazine
2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir
Canadian Wine Awards 2011 – Wine Access Magazine
#6 Winery in Canada – 3rd Year in a Row!
Gold: 2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir
Bronze: 2009 Jackpot Chardonnay, 2009 Merlot Syrah
Vancouver Magazine Awards 2012
2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc – Best Sparkling Wines
2010 Old Vines Chenin Blanc – Best Whites
2009 Jackpot Chardonnay – Best of Class
Northwest Wine Summit 2011
Silver: 2009 Viognier Riesling Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Jackpot Riesling, 2007 Fifth Element, 2009 Honest John’s White
Bronze: 2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir, 2008 Seventy Four K, 2009 Honest John’s Red
Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2011
Silver: 2007 Fifth Element, 2009 Honest John’s Red
Bronze: 2009 Stemwinder, 2008 Seventy Four K
Okanagan Fall Wine Festival Awards 2011
Gold: 2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2010 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2009 Jackpot Chardonnay, 2010 Honest John’s White
Bronze: 2009 Merlot Syrah
All Canadian Wine Championships 2011
Gold: 2009 Seventy Four K