It is that time of year again, where you find yourself in confused in the champagne section of the liquor store, trying to decide which bottle will add the most sparkle to your soirée. With so many local wineries, we suggest that you move away from the Import section and take home a few of BC’s best sparkling options.
Okanagan Crush Pad winery is a true family run and community-driven winery. Owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie leapt into farming in 2005 when they converted an old orchard to a vineyard, starting a chain of events that ultimately led to the construction of a 30,000-case winery in 2011, and further land purchases in 2012.
Today Okanagan Crush Pad is a shared workspace where farmers and vintners collaborate to create their own labels.
This small vineyard has evolved to include a deep commitment to organic farming and creating pure wines. From the 2015 vintage, Haywire made 10,000 cases using organically grown grapes, native yeast, concrete tanks, zero oak and few if any, additives. Three natural wines are included in the portfolio.
It is not just the winery that has a heartwarming story, The Bub is named as a tribute to Coletta and Lornie’s daughter Alison, whose nickname is ‘The Bub,’ ‘Bubster’ or ‘Alibubba’ in her earlier years.
The Bub 2015 is a shining example of what the Okanagan does best – crisp, fresh and delicious and has citrus and toasty notes and a textured, light effervescence. It is a bold, dry austere bubbly. It is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless-steel tanks before being bottling secondary fermentation and finally being disgorged with no sugar added.
Do not just take our word for it, try sampling The Bub this holiday season!