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Wine writer and educator Elaine Chukan Brown speaks Scott Caraccioli of Caraccioli Cellars in Monterey County and Michael Cruse of Cruse Wine Co. in the North Coast, both producing of sparkling wine in California, for a talk about harvest in their regions. They bring counter perspectives on approaches to sparkling wine production: a family-owned, traditional method sparkling wine house sourcing fruit exclusively from the cool Santa Lucia Highlands and a more contemporary operation that produces traditional method sparkling and Pét-Nat from atypical varieties such as Valdiguié and St. Laurent, sourced from all over the North Coast.

Featured Wines:
Cruse Wine Co. 2018 Valdiguie, Rancho Chimiles, Napa Valley
Caraccioli Cellars 2014 Brut Rose, Santa Lucia Highlands
Caraccioli Cellars 2014 Brut Cuvee, Santa Lucia Highlands
Curse Wine Co. 2017 Tradition, California
While sparkling wine may not be California’s most widely recognized style, the history of sparkling wine production is as long as it is rich, with producers in constant pursuit of pushing the envelope when it comes to quality and innovation.

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