Sparkling Wine Day in Wine Country
We're planning a "sparkling only" tasting day in wine country and need suggestions. We've only been to Domaine Chandon and Domaine Carneros. What do you recommend? Schlumberger? Others?
Schramsburg is a must see. You have to have reservations, so call ahead to verify availability. Have fun!
For something different, try the Rouge de Noirs at Schug, a RED sparkling wine of Pinot Noir.
Anyone been to Artesa in Carneros lately? Used to pour the Cordorniu cava from Spain in the tasting room, which was fun to contrast with Cordorniu sparkling made in Napa. Still doing this?
FYI, Michel-Schlumberger doesn't make a sparkler, afaik.
re: Melanie Wong
It's easy to get confused - I'll bet she was mixing Schramsberg and Scharffenberger.
I absolutely recommend the Schramsberg tour but make a reservation and it's $25 a head but well worth it.
Scharffenberger is up in the Anderson Valley so may be too far.
Mumm's, on Silverado Trail, is great.
Gloria Ferrer makes sparklers and is conveniently located on Hwy 121 in Carneros.
Taittinger has a winery on Hwy 37 in Carneros but the tour was too touristy.
I used to like Domain Chandon but the last couple of times I've stopped there I haven't liked the wine or the atmosphere of the place - too touristy.
Here's a link to the "Napa Champagne Trail" http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/ch...
I like J Winery in Healdsburg, they have a Bubble room where they serve really good food, and a regular tasting room. You need a reservation for the Bubble room. They have released a Cuvee 20 which in my opinoin is absolutely delicious.
J Stonestreet & Sons Winery
4611 Thomas Rd, Healdsburg, CA
Duggan Stephen J - not a restaurant
640 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA
I second the suggestion to visit J Vineyards. You will definitly enjoy the Bubble Room. Also try visiting Frank Family for a complimentary tasting of 3 sparkling wines.
J Vineyards & Winery
11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA
Frank Family Vineyards
1091 Larkmead Ln, Calistoga, CA
Iron Horse Vineyards. Nice views as well as sparklers.
Iron Horse Vineyards
9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA