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This is a delicious Crémant with a faint pink/coppery/salmon colour and strawberry/cranberry fruit flavours, all a whiff of minerality. Excellent with sushi. Private stores only.

Môreson Blanc de Blanc Brut Cap Classique, South Africa $25

Crisp, round, foamy palate with some sweetness. Baked peach, pear, nutty, toasty, honey flavours. Well done.

Mount Riley Savée Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand $29

Crisp and fresh with grapefruit, gooseberry, lime and melon flavours. Steamed mussels, anyone?

Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva N/V, Penedès, Catalunya, Spain $34
Very elegant and suave with citrus nutty fruit flavours. Best served with seafood tapas and or slightly salty light meats.

Sumac Ridge Pinnacle Méthode Classique 2001, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada $35

Fresh, dry and zippy palate with nutty, mineral, sour cherry, earthy, citrus flavours. More Cava style, so serve with appetizers.

Villa Teresa Prosecco Veneto N/V, Veneto, Italy $16

Expect plenty of green apple- and pear-flavoured fruit with a dusting of almonds and oranges. A classic patio party sipper and it's organic.

Yellow Tail Bubbles Rosé Semillon N/V, South Eastern Australia $14

Yellow Tail often hits a home run when it sticks to its market. A sweet, fruit-forward bubble that slides down easily. Served well chilled with some grilled prawns.


Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto