Why Roederer Estate: For many wine lovers Champagne is one of those beverages we drink often, usually at celebrations or special occasions. However, you may not really know what goes into making sparkling wines. I was definitely in that group of people. I know that I LOVE Champagne, who doesn’t it’s light, fresh, bubbly and delicious but I was unfamiliar with the actual process of making champagne. So as I was planning a Wine Tasting trip to California’s Anderson Valley I reached out to Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich of Roederer Estate to set up a visit. After spending over 2 hours touring and learning the Sparkling Wine process with Arnaud I have a much better understanding of what goes into making these incredible bubbles!
We’ve arrived. I’m so excited to taste my favorite California Sparkling Wine and get to hear first hand from Arnaud how he makes this wine.
A Tour at Roederer with Winemaker Arnaud: Lucky for me at the 2015 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting held in San Francisco I met Arnaud Weyrich, VP of Production & Winemaker for Roederer Estate Anderson Domaine. After experiencing his spectacular Roederer Estate Sparkling Rose, I fell in love! Not only with the amazing Rose served but the fact that there was an American Wine House making Sparkling Wine as incredible and delicious as what you’d find in Champagne France. As we know, any sparkling wine made outside of Champagne France can not be labeled Champagne. However, Roederer Estate is owned by French Winemaking family Champagne Louis Roederer, with a French Winemaker so it’s quite possibly the closest you’re going to get to a true Champaign yet it’s made in the United States. Voila!
The incredible views of the Vineyards from the Tasting Room patio
Me and Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich. He’s one of the friendliest most approachable, knowledgeable winemakers I’ve ever met!
The delicious L’Ermitage 2007 Brut we enjoyed during the visit. This is probably my favorite of the Roederer Estate Wines.
Arnaud, me, Marysa and Fred
The views of the Anderson Valley Fog. It’s this cool fog that helps create the incredible Anderson Valley Wines.
The Roederer Tasting Room
DISCLOSURE: Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista and guests enjoyed a complimentary Wine Tasting during this visit. However, Emily only writes posts or features about restaurants and destinations that she personally enjoys and proudly endorses and wants to share with her readers. All opinions expressed are her own.