Words: Henry Yuen (Chinese blog: http://taiyangbao.ca/author/henryyuen/?variant=zh-hans )
How are you going to celebrate the arrival of 2014?
No matter how 2013 was for you, you will be looking forward to better, if not great things in 2014! There might have been ups and downs throughout the year but the good news is, there’s always a fabulous way to end 2013 with a bang! Guess what, you can do your count down celebration with a world class award winning sparkling wine that you can call your own - the Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Rosé Sparkling - a beautiful British Columbia sparkling that has just been awarded a gold medal at the Effervescents du Monde sparkling wine competition in Burgundy, France! Not only that, this Sparkling Rosé has been named one of the top 10 in the world! And, of the 46 gold medal awarded, the Summerhill Cipes Rosé is the one and only one from North America to win a medal, let alone making it to the top 10 of the world. In other words, it beats out all the competitors from California, Ontario and producers from other North American wine regions!
What are the significances you might ask?
Firstly, for a BC wine to be awarded a gold medal and named to the top 10 in the world tells the world our wines are as good as the other big-name producers’ wines – this is a huge achievement for Summerhill Pyramid Winery as well as British Columbia!
Secondly, to win a sparkling wine award in France is never easy; especially when we are talking about winning an award in the home turf of where the indigenously famous Champagne is. This is more than accomplishing big. What better testament than to beat out 600 wines from 30 countries in front of 100 judges with 50% of them pride their trade in the home turf of France?
Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been one of the longest standing and more progressive organic wineries in Canada and is the first to receive the highly regarded certified biodynamic designation in the Okanagan. The result is in their wines. This Cipes Sparkling Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards in the Okanagan Valley with the grapes specifically and extremely carefully tended to with the intention of making a sparkling wine using the traditional champagne method. It’s definitely a triumph for the Cipes family and winemaker, Eric von Krosigk, who have always been firm believers that when the land is embraced and taken care of first, their high hopes of Okanagan Valley as a wine region capable of producing award winning wines will come later.
Instead of my trying to describe this award winning Summerhill Cipes Sparkling Rosé by throwing out all the big wine terms, the oohs and aahs adjectives to parlay this wine, why don’t you go grab one! I believe it is best for you to start sipping this top 10 wine of the world yourself so you’ll have your own words of description and most rewardingly, the first hand mouth-feel and palate appreciation. You’ll then agree with the judges and understand why this wine will fit any of your celebrations. Cheers!