California Sparkling Wines & Champagnes

We are constantly adding to our site in an effort to bring you the most information possible about the California sparkling wine industry.

Please take a moment to read the following information about California sparkling wines to gain a better understanding of why they are rapidly becoming some of the best in the world.

While California sparkling wines are made in the Méthode Champenoise style, many wineries call their product “sparkling wine” and some even use the Champagne designation. Most sparkling wine producers are found in cooler climates and use the same grapes, primarily pinot noir and chardonnay with some pinot meunier as their cousins from France.

The most popular designation is brut, a dry style that is usually a blend; blanc de blancs indicates a wine made solely from chardonnay while a blanc de noirs is made with either Pinot variety (or a blend thereof). There are also rosés. We have also compiled a more complete list of the grapes used in the production of sparkling wine from around the world.

Unlike the still wine market, sales of sparkling wines are largely seasonal and are usually linked to celebratory occasions. This web site aims to change this by providing a large knowledge base on accessories, wineries, and information on how to purchase, store and drink fine California sparkling wine.

We hope you enjoy your visit with us, if you have any questions regarding this site, please contact marc@californiachampagnes.com.