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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Favorite California Sparkling Wines

Since it's New Years Eve I'm in the mood to talk about sparkling wines. For some reason this is about the only time of year Americans drink bubblies--a mistake IMO.

Some of my favorites:

Gloria Ferrer / Carneros, Sonoma County
Royal Cuvee, $37. A complex and award-winning bubbly.

Iron Horse / Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Wedding Cuvee, $44. My second favorite sparkling wine maker (after Schramsberg). Many excellent bubblies with this cuvee being a top-notch value.

Korbel  / Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Organic Brut, $15. This is not the same as their standard California Brut found in every market in America. This one is actually good and it's inexpensive as you'd expect from Korbel.

Roederer / Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
Estate Brut, $21. The best California bang-for-the-buck sparkling wine. My go-to sparkler.

Schramsberg / Napa Valley
$33-up. Not able to pinpoint just one wine from the best sparkling wine producer in the state.