The Best California Wines at Korbel Champagne Cellars

While we’re all stuck at home and practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future, I thought it might be a fun time to write about some delicious and affordable champagne options, because Lord knows, I could certainly use something fizzy and frivolous to elevate my mood right now!

Oh, Korbel Champagne Cellars in Sonoma County ūüėÄ We have been visiting this place for the past seven years, on our way to the Russian River or St. Orres in Gualala. Good friend’s told us about this place, and we haven’t looked back since.


The tastings are free, and as our fav sommeiler once told us, “you get five tastings, but hey, I’m not a math major.” the grounds are gorgeous, the wine room is festive as all get out, and bottles cost about 13 bucks on average.


We always do the tasting because it’s fun, and end up taking home a few bottles of the Sec, the Organic Brut, the Ros√©, and usually a red sparkling Rouge for the holidays, because that deep red with shimmering bubbles looks great on your table for Thanksgiving.

Korbel Display

The Sec and Organic Brut you can only typically purchase at Korbel Champagne Cellars. If we’re feeling splurgy, we get a slice of the turtle cheesecake at the onside deli, grab a bottle of chilled Sec and sip our bubbles on the patio overlooking the vineyards.

Baby Brie & Brad – first visit to Korbel!
This my friends, is the turtle cheesecake, baklava and Sec ‚̧

The Sec: This California sparkler is now actually a little too sweet for me, but it was the first sparkling wine I fell in love with. We served it at our wedding so it holds a very special place in my heart. It’s slightly sweet and delicately fruity with excellent bubbles. I recommend serving with orange or pomegranate juice as a mimosa.

View from the Timber Cove Inn in Jenner CA….ahhh aaaaa (Angels singing)

The Organic Brut: ( Our new fav) – Light body, dry, with hints of fruit and delicate bubbles.

The Rouge: This dark red sparkling wine is tart and tangy and rich with a dry finish. Perfect for Thanksgiving and gorgeous on the table.

Next on the wine blog – best budget bubbles at Bevmo! I think we can all use some good recommendations for great sippin’ bubbly while we’re stuck in doors for the foreseeable future!



4 thoughts on “The Best California Wines at Korbel Champagne Cellars

  1. Brianna,

    …and how is it all going…pretty crazy times for all of us…grin and bear it…do the best we can to stay away from possible infections/infectors…and stay healthy…its a good time to be on the younger side of things…given that the age factor is something that is taken into consideration with infection probabilities/and death rates…but when I think about it now…being on the younger side of things has always a nicer slice of things…

    We do enjoy the sparking wines‚Ķprimarily Brut‚Ķlike the drier stuff‚Ķand the more affordable stuff…$13 to $20‚ĶI‚Äôve done some blind tasting of these sparkling wins‚Ķdo not know/taste that much differences between the higher priced and lower priced‚Ķthought I read some place that the higher priced had smaller and more bubbles‚Ķdon‚Äôt know for sure‚Ķspend more on my red wine per bottle than on sparkling wines‚Ķbut drink a whole lot more red wines than any other adult beverage.

    I trust time in Costa Rica was wonderful.

    We can get together sometime in the future…when all things calm down…return to those times when all is good…for all of us…

    Love you,




    1. Hi dad!
      It’s going okay here. Very weird to leave the Osa Peninsula (where we had no internet) to arrive home to a world in a panic! Minus that, Costa Rica was absolutely wonderful! A total jungle paradise. I will blog about it next! Glad you are feeling well.

      I go for the affordable sparklers as well. Bubbles always feel festive to me. You have introduced me to do some good reds as well. I like the Cab Savs and Spanish reds once in a while, but mostly I am a sparkling kind of gal, or dry white wines.

      I’m going to shoot you an email as well. Yes, let’s get together.
      Love you


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