As British Columbia’s wine industry gains more clout internationally, it is about time that recognition for our bubble is added to the growing repertoire of knockout still wines. Our province has produced sparkling wines that rank amongst the best from Cava (Spain) and Prosecco (Italy). One of the wineries to do so is Evolve Cellars in Summerland, BC.
Evolve Cellars believes that every choice you make has intention – to accomplish, create, and grow. The McWatters family created Evolve Cellars in celebration of the growth and accomplishment of the BC wine industry, as it strives to be better with each progressive change. Their intention is to create a lineup of friendly and approachable wines, providing a pure expression of the grapes grown at the estate vineyard and by their Okanagan grower partners. Evolve Cellars’ wines are a celebration of this great region, all it has achieved, and all it is going to accomplish in the future.
Evolve Cellars encourages you to #RaiseAGlassTo yourself, your successes, and your happiness, when enjoying their wines.
To evolve means to change or develop slowly, step-by-step, one day at a time, into a more advanced state of being. Evolve Cellars believes that the Okanagan Valley has evolved to produce some of the best wines on the planet, and it is their intention to gently transform the fruit that Mother Nature creates into wines that can be enjoyed by all. Evolve Cellars’ wines are fresh, fruit-forward, crisp, approachable, well balanced and affordable; and can be enjoyed by anyone, at every occasion.
Evolve Cellars’ signature bubble, Effervescence, is a blend of 70% Pinot Blanc and 30% Chardonnay. The wine is soft on the palate with notes of freshly baked bread, plus a kiss of sweetness. Fun and fresh, this sparkling wine with its cute blue cap is equally as fun to pop open as it is to drink with friends.
Effervescence’s blushing sister, Pink Effervescence, has notes of ripe peach and rich berry fruits. This beautiful ballet-slipper hued blend is made from 97% Pinot Blanc and 3% Merlot. The UK-based Glass of Bubbly Magazine has named it as one of the six best BC sparking wines.
The newest addition to the Evolve Cellars lineup of wines that shimmer like the winery’s lakeside viewis the Élan Effervescence. It has vivacious and floral aromas of stone fruit and apple, echoed and uplifted by the slightly sweet bubbles on the palate, with a bright and balanced finish. Élan, which means panache, flair, and style, is just the sparkler to celebrate everything wonderful about you.
The fresh, crisp, and approachable nature of these bubbles makes it enjoyable to partner these wines with a vast array of dishes all year round. All three of the Evolve Cellars bubbles may be enjoyed on their own, however sparkling wines are some of the most versatile with food: the acidity of these BC wines can cut through rich, fatty dishes, or even can work with high acid ingredients like vinegar, citrus and tomatoes. And of course, the pop of the bottle and the rising bubbles just begs for a celebratory toast… #RaiseAGlassTo your victory of the day.
Chef Chris Whittaker is the force behind Forage, a restaurant that has become a vibrant addition to Vancouver’s West End dining scene, as well as a leading restaurant for responsible food management. Examples of Forage’s trailblazing ecofriendly efforts, include zero-waste programs, reduction of energy consumption, and support of local communities.
Create a starter of foraged and cultivated mushrooms and grilled caraway rye plate. An optimal pairing to bubbly wine – “The strong savoury flavours in this dish are balanced by the lightness of Evolve Cellars’ bubbles would result in a complimentary and composed culinary fusion,” says Forage manager Margot Baloro.
Wine director Joshua Carlson of longtime Vancouver staple, Provence Marinaside in Yaletown, suggests the Panisse Crepe to be paired with Effervescence. Panisse are traditional to Provence in France – especially in Marseille, the hometown of Provence executive chef and owner Jean-Francis Quaglia. They are made from chickpea flour and topped with yellow pepper coulis, artichokes, Kalamata olives, and red onion. Carlson says, “this notably crisp and vegetable-forward dish paired with Evolve’s Effervescence would result in a poised, consistent, and tasty pairing.”
In North Vancouver at The Portly Chef, husband-wife team Jeffrey and Emily Batt have established their family restaurant as both a beloved neighborhood patio, as well as a North Shore culinary destination. The menu is contemporary west coast, and changes with both the seasons and what can be found at the market. To go with the Evolve Cellars sparkling wine, Emily recommends the Ground Goddess: this veggie-favourite is comprised of toasted Brussels sprouts, pickled beets, white asparagus, charred green asparagus, roasted lemon, and finished with house made basil oil. The light bubbles and charred flavours marry beautifully – just like the newlywed duo that owns the restaurant. We #RaiseAGlassTo their new marriage!
Indeed, bubbly wines are a smart choice for celebrations and everyday dining alike. With these surefire choices from Evolve Cellars, your festivities are sure to get that much merrier and your dining experience much more delicious. Let us #RaiseAGlassTo good food, great wine, and even better memories.