Sparkling Wine Tour Northern Sonoma County

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France may have the literal trademark on Champagne, but the sparkline wines long-produced in Sonoma County are no less delicious. The northern part of the County is home to several well-known and under-the-radar producers making delightful sparkling wines in a variety of styles and grapes, from Brut Rosé to Sparkling Syrah. Here’s where to sample some of the best sparkling wines in Northern Sonoma County.

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Wineries / Healdsburg

J Vineyards & Winery

J Vineyards & Winery is a great place to start a tasting tour of Sonoma County’s sparkling wines, as the winery is a top producer of bubbly in the region. In fact, the Healdsburg area winery has an elegant hospitality space coined The Bubble Room, where Traditional Method sparkling wines are paired alongside five courses of thoughtfully composed dishes that highlight local and seasonal ingredients. J Vineyards & Winery offers sparkling wines in a range of styles and price points, as well as acclaimed still wines, so there’s truly something for everyone.

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Wineries / Sebastopol

Iron Horse Vineyards

Sparkling wine is the specialty at this scenic family-owned winery, located within the Russian River’s Green Valley. The outdoor tasting area may be on the rustic side, but don’t let that fool you–the bubbles poured at this unpretentious winery are spectacular, and the views of the surrounding vineyards are quite impressive, too. Come for the sparkling wine, but don’t overlook Iron Horse’s still wines, including its single vineyard Pinot Noirs representing different blocks on the estate.

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Wineries / Healdsburg

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Located in the picturesque Alexander Valley region of Sonoma County, Jordan Winery is a must-visit destination for people who love wine, food, and beautiful scenery. The stunning 1,200-acre, sustainably-farmed estate is not only home to grape vines, but also nearly 100 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, as well as bees, chickens, cows, and goats. While the historic winery makes a wide range of acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon wines, Jordan’s Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble is a real treat. Developed in partnership with the Malassagne family in France, this non-vintage Brut is the perfect accompaniment to Jordan’s own artisanal caviar.

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Wineries / Healdsburg

Thomas George Estates

This Healdsburg winery produces small batches of single vineyard and single block estate wines, which can be tasted from the inviting tasting room, relaxed picnic area, or wine caves. As with the other varieties, the sparkling wines offered for tastings change with the seasons, but you can always count on them to be bright and bubbly. Enhancing a visit are the Italian culinary delights, like pizza and arancini, prepared by the winery’s Estate Chef, as well as Bocce ball available onsite, making for a leisurely afternoon in Wine Country.

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Wineries / Healdsburg

Amista Vineyards

This welcoming winery in the Dry Creek Valley is known for its small lot wines, made from estate vines as well as neighboring vineyards in the region. Owners Mike and Vicky Farrow seek to make wines that can be enjoyed with friends for everyday celebrations, and their sparkling portfolio perfectly captures this ethos. Crafted using Méthode Champenoise, or the Traditional Method, Amista’s sparkling wines include unique offerings such as their Sparkling Grenache, Sparkling Mourvedre, and Sparkling Syrah, which they describe as “joy in a bottle.”

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Wineries /

Breathless

Breathless is a joint venture between three sisters, who founded the boutique winery to honor their late mother, who taught them to believe that each breath taken is a gift. Along with winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, the women focus on Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines, including Blanc de Blancs and Late Disgorged Bruts, which can be tasted from their welcoming tasting room and garden in downtown Healdsburg. Tastings can include caviar and charcuterie add-ons, but Breathless also offers a unique Sabrage experience, if you’ve ever wanted to learn the time-honored tradition of sabering a bottle of bubbly.

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