The last in the series of Bay Area Bubbles wraps up at another one of my favorite places: Roerderer Estates.
My first introduction to Roerderer Estate came at a time when I was looking for a good local bubbly that I enjoyed by itself, but also came at a price where I wouldn't feel bad about mixing it into a French 75. This search led me to their Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut, a multi-vintage sparkling wine made from estate grown pinot noir (40%) and chardonnay (60%) in the cool Mendocino climate. Much like in the Russian River Valley and Carneros region, the proximity to the ocean provides the cool nights provide optimal conditions for the grapes. And at about $20 a bottle, aged en tirage for a two years, and made in the same style as the parent company Champagne Louis Roederer in France, it's a total deal.More »