Founded in Guerneville in 1882 by three brothers from Czechoslovakia, Korbel is now a sparkling wine empire. In 2011, it was the 12th-largest wine producer in the United States. The winery has long specialized in “California Champagne” — technically only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called as such, but Korbel uses the old European production methods to produce bottles that are light, bubbly, and delicious. The large, historic winery in Sonoma County is a pleasure to visit, and offers tours through some beautifully landscaped gardens.
Don’t just sample the bubbles — Korbel’s terrific port is complex and refreshing — perfect for a night cap.