Celebrated on the first Saturday in June, National Bubbly Day toasts those lovely sparkling wines that make life festive.
Because let’s face it: a glass of bubbles makes every day a special occasion.
But who needs a holiday to enjoy a sparkling wine? We sure don’t!
From Champagne in France to Cava in Spain and Prosecco in Italy, and bubbles from domestic wineries, it’s fun to explore and find your favorite sparkling wines.
Lucky for us, we have several wineries in 805 Wine Country that produce nice bubbles.
Here are a few we’ve enjoyed recently. And this list isn’t meant to list every sparkling wine in the Central Coast. Discovering them is part of the fun, after all.
Do call ahead, as inventories change.
We’ll be updating this list as we discover more sparklers.
West Paso Robles
Alta Colina. When we visited a few weeks ago, their sparkling was nearing completion. We’re not sure if it will be released beyond the wine club. But even if they don’t have a sparkling, their other wines are worth a try.
Castoro Cellars. Their 2017 Brut is made in the Méthode Champenoise fashion — the traditional method used in Champagne, France. And using classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Halter Ranch. Their 2015 Libelle is unique, made from 100% Picpoul Blanc grapes. It’s made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise fashion.
Opolo Vineyards. Its sparkling wine is fun for any occasion (and widely available at wine shops and liquor stores). Made from French Colombard, an offspring of Chenin Blanc, Opolo makes its sparkling in the Méthod Charmat technique.
East Paso Robles
Bianchi Winery. Not only do they have a light and fruity Brut, but an amazing koi lake and patio to sit, talk, and relax. And tastings are free.
Graveyard Vineyards. Their fun and tasty nonvintage The Ascender sparkling wine is a blend of French Colombard and Chenin Blanc.
Laetitia Vineyard, just south of Arroyo Grande, is the king of sparkling wine in our opinion. They offer non-vintage and vintage wines from both blanc and noir grapes, all in the Méthode Champenoise style. With a range of price points, they’ve got a bubbly for everyone.
When we visited Cutruzzola Vineyards in Cambria a few months ago, they had a Pét-nat, or Méthode Ancestrale, method of sparkling wine. We’re listing the winery here in case they still have some on hand; it was very good. And if not, their coastal Pinot Noir and other wines are worth the trip.
What's Your Bubbly?
What’s your go-to bottle of bubbles in 805 Wine Country? Let us know so we can add it to our sparkling list of wineries!