Best sparkling wines in Paso Robles
Visitors looking to taste the best sparkling wines in Paso Robles and all of San Luis Obispo County have a new way to plan their wine tasting adventure. CaliCoastWineCountry.com recently created the “San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles Sparkling Wine Map: a Champagne Lover’s Guide.”
“San Luis Obispo county has over 30 sparkling wine producers, from Paso Robles wine country to the wine trail right around San Luis Obispo itself and even in Morro Bay,” CaliCoastWineCountry.com reports. “Champagne from France is made only of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but sparkling wine can be made out of almost any grape. San Luis Obispo county has a large range of sparkling wine producers from the French classics at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery to Italian Proseccos and sparklers from San Antonio Winery. There’s even a sparkling Viognier, a sparkling Marsanne and a sparkling Grenache.”
Best sparkling wines in Paso Robles include:
- Arroyo Robles Winery
- Bianchi Winery
- Cass Winery
- Clautiere Vineyard
- Derby Winery
- J & J Cellars
- Jack Creek Cellars
- Le Vigne Winery
- Niner Winery
- Opolo Vineyards
- Pomar Junction
- San Antonio Winery
- Tobin James Winery
- Vina Robles Winery
What is the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne?
The short answer is that sparkling wine is only called Champagne when it comes from France in the region of Champagne, which is near Paris. Additionally, Champagne is only made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. So, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne.
History of sparkling wine
The history of sparkling wine begins with Champagne. It has seen the wine evolve from being a pale, pinkish still wine to the sparkling wine now associated with the region in France. The Romans were the first to plant vineyards in this area of northeast France, with the region being cultivated by at least the 5th century, possibly earlier.
In the 19th century the modern Champagne wine industry took form. Advances by the house of Veuve Clicquot in the development of the méthode champenoise made production of sparkling wine on a large scale profitable, and this period saw the founding of many of today’s famous Champagne houses, including Krug (1843), Pommery (1858) and Bollinger (1829). -Wikipedia
The history of producing quality sparkling wine in California can be traced to the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County where, in 1892, the Korbel brothers (emigrated from Bohemia in 1852) began producing sparkling wine according to the méthode champenoise. The first wines produced were made from Riesling, Muscatel, Traminer and Chasselas grapes.
Sparkling wines produced in the United States can be made in both the méthode champenoise and the charmat method. Lower cost sparkling wines, such as André, Cook’s, and Tott’s, often employ the latter method with more premium sparkling wines utilizing the former. -Wikipedia
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