I feel like I have slacked off slightly the past few weeks on my blog posts. I must say that this venture has been a bit more difficult than this Dino really imagined. With that said, I have been finding time to read through other blogs and stumbled upon a Monthly Wine Writing Challenge that really caught my attention. Each month there is a different theme that is chosen by the previous months winner. This month’s #MWWC27 theme is “Bubbles” and was set by JVB Uncorked. I wasn’t planning on attempting one of these challenges just yet considering I am really new to the blogging world, but how can I pass up the chance after spending some time visiting the land of bubbles just last weekend? So here I am, giving it the old college try!
Camping is not particularly my cup of tea. If I wanted to sleep outside in the woods I would have just stayed in the Mesozoic period. Not to mention fire is not really conducive to my delicate skin, so when the handlers told me I was going to be drug along on a weekend camping excursion I was not thrilled. We headed out to Duncan’s Mills, a small blurb of a town that was due to be our home away from home for a few days. As I sat in the back on the winding road pouting slightly about not getting the front seat, something caught my eyes. Was that a sign for Korbel?!?! My begging finally paid off and my handlers pulled into the massive parking lot. Your first view of the facility is quite impressive, large brick buildings covered in ivy stretch out across the property. I could barely contain myself with the thought of getting bubbles in my belly! We walked up the stairs and made our way over to the tasting room. Upon entering I was taken aback by the sheer size of the space. With tall ceilings and multiple bars, this place was massive. That turned out to be a good thing since they were quite busy (probably more poor schmucks drug along camping).
After finding a free spot at the bar, we were greeted and told we could choose 4 varietals off of the list of nearly 15 to try. I decided to check out the Sec first. This is Korbel’s very first champagne, it was lightly sweet and very refreshing. Moving onto the Rouge next, it was more on the dryer side with a dark color based on the local Pinot Noir grapes from the Russian River area. I finished with both the Blanc de Noir and the Brut Rosé. I found each to be just the right amount of sweetness. The Blanc had a nice balance of berry flavors but the Rosé was just delicious. I was bummed to find out that we had just missed the last tour of the property, they offer many throughout the day. I guess that just gives me an excuse to head back!
After deciding on a bottle of the Brut Rosé, we made our way out onto their beautiful deck overlooking the vineyard across the street. I went and grabbed some snacks to enjoy from the Korbel Delicatessen & Market that is also on the property. It was wonderful to just relax with a bottle of bubbly, surrounded by the gorgeous trees that flank the property. I wanted to stay there for the rest of the weekend but the handlers informed me to finish up so we could continue on.Korbel really was a breathtaking place. I wish we could have taken the tour to see the whole property because I hear the gardens are beautiful. If you find yourself out this way I would highly recommend swinging in to check it out. I enjoyed my time here and look forward to coming back again soon, because this Wino Dino loves her some bubbly!!