BC Bubbles to Ring in 2018!

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Sabering a bottle of bubbles at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

NYE is just a few days away, and every great countdown should include a bottle (or two) of BC Bubbles to toast at Midnight. I LOVE BC Bubbles because I find them so fresh, crisp, bubbly and delicious. There are also lots of different kinds, from authentic champagne method, to more procecco/frizzante style wines. Wineries are experimenting with different styles of sparkling wine and there is something for everyone to enjoy! And if you are feeling up for the challenge, learn how to safely saber a bottle of bubbles with a knife. DJ Kearney offers tips here.

 

Here are our top picks to ring in 2018:

Frizzante/Prosecco Style (more entry level, crowd pleaser) 

  • Stoneboat | Piano Brut N/V made from Pinot Blanc & Muller Thurgau grapes.
  • 8th Generation | Integrity made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris & Kerner grapes.

Authentic Traditional Method (for the more defined palate)

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DIY: Wine Themed Bridal Shower

Does your bride-to-be love wine? Do you want to throw an elegant, sophisticated Bridal Shower full of delicious wine and food, perfect decorations and fun for all?

Here is an event plan to follow to help you throw the best wine themed party!

THINGS TO DO:

1) Guess how many corks are in the vase- provide small pieces of paper for guests to choose how many corks are in the vase, and give a prize out to the closest # without going over

2) A pop-up BC wine tasting can include the following wines:

  • Okanagan Crush Pad/Bella Sparkling Gamay Noir
  • Averill Creek Pinot Grigio
  • Tinhorn Creek  2BenchWhite
  • Wild Goose Vineyards  Gewurztraminer
  • Dirty Laundry Kay-Syrah
  • Krause Berry Farms Blueberry

3) Have guests give hand written advice to the bride-to-be- provide a box for guests to leave the notes in, then give this to the bride to take home and keep forever

4) How well does the Bride know the Groom? (Q+A game)

DECORATIONS:

Flowers | fill mason jars with corks and top with a seasonal flower and/or fill wine bottles with a tall flower, or even a rose

Wine glasses | make sure you have tags so each guest can write their name down so they don’t loose their wine glass during the event

Thank you gift ideas | wine charms, a cheese spreader (knife), home-made infused olive oils

Details | grape crates, wine barrels, and wine corks can be scattered around the room to add to ambiance

Frame | quotes like “you had me at merlot” or “may your love age like a bottle of fine wine and get better with time”

FOOD and WINE:

Food

  • create a large cheese (aged cheddar, brie, asiago) and meats (salami, garlic sausage) platter served along side with bread and crackers.
  • make home-made pizza on the BBQ
  • serve fruit alongside a white chocolate dipping sauce

Wine

  • welcome everyone with a glass of bubbly. Some of my favourite BC sparkling wines come from Backyard Vineyard, Blasted Church, Summerhill winery and Sumac Ridge
  • serve a variety of BC wines in a large ice bucket so guests can try different wines, and learn about BC wineries. Add a tag/note around the top of the bottle, which states the winery, region and an interested fact about the wine.

If you are looking for some help planning an upcoming wine-themed event, please contact Kayla at Kayla@uncorkBC.com. She specializes in event coordination who can help with pre-planning and execution.