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Paso Robles Sparkling Wine?

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marcasite Nov 20, 2009 11:37 AM

I'm looking for something made in Paso to serve at Thanksgiving and also to give as gifts. A friend of mine has recommended JanKris, so I'll be heading out to taste there. Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  1. Shannon Nov 22, 2009 06:00 PM

    If you are willing to drive south a little, Laetitia in Arroyo Grande makes good sparkling wine. I also recently tasted a really good sparkling wine at Baileyana in Edna Valley.

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      chickendud Nov 23, 2009 08:52 AM

      The Laetitia XD (extra dry) is on of my favorite bottles of sparkling wine. They make something like 6 or 7 different sparkling varietals, and the offer a tasting flight of just sparkling wines. Well worth the drive.

    2. SteveTimko Nov 21, 2009 07:34 AM

      Here's the description of the JanKris sparkling peach wine from their Web site:
      JanKris is proud to introduce the newest in our family of flavored Sparkling wines, our Sparkling Peach. Beginning with 100% French Columbard grapes treated with a secret winemaker’s recipe, it is given its signature essence and bottled into peach perfection.

      So basically it's a horrid grape and they add peach flavor to it. I don't think serious wine people would consider it wine, even though it is grape-based.
      Robert Hall has made a sparkler and so has Arroyo Robles, but you generally don't get good sparkling wine from hot climates. It's more of a cooler climate wine for the acidity. I think sparkling Shiraz proves that.

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