It would be a very flat New Year’s Eve celebration that didn’t include some bubbles. And this year, we’ll be combining our love of champagne with our love for California’s Central Coast.
Cali Coast Wine Country Country recently released their first-ever Santa Barbara Sparkling Wine Trail Map. As the map shows, effervescence abounds here. The area is known as one of the world’s premier growing regions for chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, which are two of the main varietals used in traditional champagne. The sparkling wines are made in the same méthode classique as the Champagnes of France, and they’re every bit as delicious.
In all there are more than 50 sparkling wine producers in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles wine country. So, leave your passport at home, and stop by to meet and mix with some local vintners. And, while you’re in the neighborhood, why not devote a couple of hours to the Santa Barbara Taco Trail? You’ll find more info at santabarbaraca.com/itinerary/santa-barbara-taco-trail.