Santa Barbara County has a history of winemaking and winegrape growing stretching back more than 200 years to before California was a state (Father Junipero Serra brought grapevine cuttings from Mexico in 1782 to be planted).
If you've never seen a winery or understand the process of winemaking from grape to glass, take a tour of the winery, you will learn a lot and your wine-tasting experience will be that much more enjoyable.
JG: In the early history of Australian winemaking, and until about 15 years ago, many Australian winemakers would model their winemaking techniques from the classic European (mainly French) techniques.
If you ever compare a bottle of wines made in this method to the other methods of sparkling winemaking, you will notice a difference in the quality, refinement, and character of the bubbles.
While not all wines produced outside of Europe follow EU guidelines in winemaking, any winemaker outside of Europe who labels a wine with a Brut designation must conform to EU guidelines.
The Artisan Collection wines are small production, often single vineyard wines that showcase the talents of our winemaking team as well as the diversity of the Napa Valley appellations.
Though other winemaking regions are legally not allowed to call their wines Champagne, many other areas of the world make tremendous sparkling wines worthy of the Champagne designation.
A Sierra Mountain native, Scott learned winemaking at Montevina, crafted wines at Santino, got everyone's attention at Renwood and then was the head wine-jester at Folie a Deux Winery.
There is a large variety of fruits, and the cultivation of grapes for winemaking is developing into a profitable industry.
Penn Yan is an important shipping point in the apple and grape-growing region of central New York, and winemaking is an important industry.