For those of us who’ve been in love with the winery, grounds, view and elegant wines of Biddle Ranch Vineyard for the past two years, we now have one more reason to pine and gush—bubbles!
Right near the entrance to Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo Wine Country, Biddle Ranch Vineyard sits on 17 acres of grapes and a minimalist tasting room fashioned from a vintage barn. It’s surrounded French-style gardens: olive trees, lavender, oak trees an grapevines. And now they have released their first non-vintage sparkling wine, made entirely from Chardonnay grown in Edna Valley, and bottled in August 2018.
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).
Look for this consistent, elegant Champagne-style wine to be available year after year!
Biddle Ranch Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine could easily be called a Blanc de Blancs: the classic Champagne style made only from white wine grapes in the Champagne region of France. This wine should satisfy any Champagne lover with its yeasty notes, flavors of tart green apple, fine bubbles, and crisp, elegant finish. It’s clean, with just a hint of almond, and absolutely delicious.
Locally-made sparking wines can be very expensive. Following all the steps of the labor-intensive Méthode Champenoise or Méthode Traditionnelle costs the winery quite a bit per bottle, so this one’s a great deal!
Read more about Biddle Ranch Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine.
Biddle Ranch Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine Details
Source: Edna Valley
Type: Blanc de Blancs méthode champenoise
Availability: year-round by the bottle, sometimes by the glass (just ask!)
See more! There are over 80 sparkling wine producers in San Luis Obispo County.