American Sparkling Wine
The United States is a significant producer of sparkling wine: California in particular is famous for its rose sparklers. American Sparkling Wine can be made in both the methode champenoise and the charmat method. The history of producing quality sparkling wine in California can be traced to the Sonoma Valley where in 1892, the Korbel brothers, immigrated from Czechoslovakia to the area and began producing sparkling wine according to the methode champenoise. The first wines produced where made from the Riesling, Muscatel, Traminer and Chasselas grapes. As the sparkling wine industry in California grew, foreign investments from some of the Champagne region’s most noted Champagne houses came to set up wineries in the area. These include Moet et Chandon’s Domaine Chandon, Louis Roederer’s Roederer Estate, and Taittinger’s Domaine Carneros.