Enjoy a ‘sparkling’ stroll through Mendocino County – NBC Los Angeles

THE FALL CAN BE SOFT, and the winter is fresh, and the summer? It has a sultry spirit, especially when July and August reach their mercury-testing peaks. But May and June are the busiest time of the year, a tantalizing time when the air is warm and cool, our moods are more lively and the joyful spring is in our footsteps? Describing it as “bubbly” feels fanciful but accurate. In short, it is the time on the calendar that is ripe for a sparkling glass of something fine and tasteful, a beautifully crafted cuvée or perfectly pink rosé. California is home to many outstanding producers in this realm, the effervescent experts and wine perfecting pros who know how to conjure up a vibrant variety of bubbles.

PROVINCE OF MENDOCINO… is home to more than two dozen places that excel in this area, and a new sparkling wine trek gives visitors the enticing opportunity to visit some or all of them. Hopland, Ukiah, and other charming towns are stops on the map (yes, it’s on the trek site, so handy), while information about several vineyards gives bums the informative backstories they seek. Handley Cellars in Philo has a whimsical water tower, a perfect spot for a few post-drinking photos, while the family-owned Navarro Vineyards has a tasting room, lovely spots for picnics, and plenty of Anderson Valley credits (it goes way back in the area).

ABOUT OTHER CALLS? The trek has quirky suggestions for non-drinking stops, such as Vichy Springs Resort & Inn, where mineral baths provide fizzy sensations. For all the fantastic picks, you can now pop by the Sparkling Wine Trek site and get the buzzing inspiration for your next Mendo idyll.

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