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Sep 25, 2007 10:04 AM

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?

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  1. Schramsburg is a must see. You have to have reservations, so call ahead to verify availability. Have fun!

    1. The only thing I'm even remotely knowledgable wine-wise is sparklers ... so don't virtually roll your eyes when you read this. I liked the Korbel tour and the tasting room has some better sparklers that don't usually make it outside of the wine club.

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      1. re: rworange

        I totally agree....a very pleasant surprise!

      2. 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.

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        1. 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"

        2. Artesa has some excellent sparkling wines and is very close to Domaine Chandon. Plus they have excellent still wines. You can also get sparkling at Cliff Lede, still under the S. Anderson label and it's very good. Also Frank Family Winery offers sparkling wines.

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          1. re: rtmonty

            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

            1. re: Bodegadawg

              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

          2. Iron Horse Vineyards. Nice views as well as sparklers.

            Iron Horse Vineyards
            9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA