Ryan Beauregard is at the forefront of winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains. His Bald Mountain Vineyard 2016 Brut Blanc De Blanc is a fine example of his expertise. Most of the wines he makes are available at Shopper’s Corner in Santa Cruz, so there’s still time to get some Beauregard bubbly before ringing in the New Year.
Using all Bald Mountain Chardonnay is Beauregard’s new sparkling wine project—the term “Blanc de Blanc” means, only white grapes were used.
“This release of the 2016 Blanc de Blanc ($70) was made utilizing traditional Méthode Champenoise winemaking techniques identical to the approach used in the Champagne region of France,” says Beauregard.
In other words, no stone is left unturned to make a sparkling wine fit for any kind of celebration. The taste is fresh, delicious, fragrant and harmonious.
Bald Mountain Vineyard is in Bonny Doon and farmed by Ryan’s father, Jim. They make a good team.
There are two places to taste Beauregard wine: Santa Cruz and Davenport. The Davenport wine bar is relatively new—they have lots of fun events, so check their website regularly. The Davenport venue is also available for private parties and corporate events.
Beauregard Vineyards, 10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz. 831-425-7777. The Slow Coast Wine Bar, 450 Hwy. 1, Davenport. beauregardvineyards.com.
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