Roederer in the Anderson Valley
When wine country travelers think of California sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros, Mumm Napa, and Schramsberg come to mind. All of these are in the Napa Valley. An excellent alternate choice is the Roederer Estate in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. It is off the radar for most sparkling wine lovers, but the rewards for the traveler are many. Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley is the California home for the historic Champagne house of Louis Roederer. The 200-year-old French winery of the Roederer Family branched out 35 years ago to establish a sparkling wine house in California. The Anderson Valley environment was the perfect spot for sparkling wine grapes.
The Roederer Estate Experience
Unlike the Napa Valley, the tasting room fees and wine by the glass are very reasonably priced. A tasting fee of $10 a person will provide the tasting of six wines. The tasting includes four Roederer sparkling wines and a taste of their estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The sparkling wine is served in a Champagne flute, the still wines in lovely wine glasses. There are no skimpy pours at Roederer. Adequate wine is poured to savor and contemplate the character of the wines. The tasting room staff is very cordial and visitor friendly. There is no uppity wine-speak here.
The tasting room is high on a hill, affording beautiful views of the Anderson Valley. Visitors can sit in the tasting room or outside in the winery’s patio to enjoy the views. It is a very relaxing experience.
The Anderson Valley has the ideal climate for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Alsatian grapes. Head to other nearby wineries to learn more about Anderson Valley wines. We recommend Navarro Vineyards, Handley and Husch. Another sparkling winery to visit is Scharffenberger.