Those of you who know me and my wines mainly through Copeland Creek Vineyards may not realize that I have also been making sparkling wine since 1983, when I was working at Joseph Swan Vineyards. While most of those earlier vintages have been joyfully consumed, I have just released my recently disgorged 1992 En Tirage Extra Brut. So welcome to my new place on the Web and to my new sparkling wine.
En Tirage Extra Brut can be purchased directly from me.
En Tirage in Blind Tasting
with Legendary French Champagnes
Having just released the recently disgorged 1992 En Tirage Extra Brut sparkling wine I have been cellaring for almost two decades, I decided to launch it in a blind tasting with vintage French Champagnes also from the twentieth century. Since I made this wine in the traditional French methode champenoise with Pinot grapes from the Russian River Valley [Hopkins Ranch], this tasting was designed to provide a side-by-side comparison of the California versus Champagne terroirs...