This tasting room in Avila Beach means you can always sip Bubbles by the ocean…who needs cake?!
Méthode Champenoise is how sparkling wine is made in the Champagne region of France, also called méthode traditionnelle or classique. This is the highest-quality and most labor-intensive way to make sparkling wine. It involves bottling the still wine with additions of sugar and yeast after a first fermentation, ensuring a second fermentation happens in the bottle, trapping the bubbles inside. It then goes through aging (and periodic turning of the bottles to force the lees to the neck of the bottle), until it’s ready for dégorgement (to get these lees out) and dosage (to finish the wine).
The Alapay Cellars Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine is a very classic, basic, dry sparkling wine that could be paired with many dishes, and many palates. It’s got nice bubbles, notes of green apple, yeast and a little mineral.
On the palate, the apple flavor is quite pleasing for those non-snobby champagne drinkers, which would be great with many desserts, spicy foods, and also great with cheese.
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See more! There are over 80 sparkling wine producers in San Luis Obispo County.
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