Napa Valley’s pride, the Schramsberg Vineyards has been dedicated to producing world-class sparkling wines. Hugh Davies’s parents Jack and Jamie founded Schramsberg Vineyards in 1965. They acquired an abandoned vineyard on Diamond Mountain, and with one ambition: to make their sparkling wine to be among the world’s best. They called their wine Schramsberg after Jacob Schram, who had the place in 1862, built the house and planted 100 acres, or 40 hectares, of grapes. The Davies’s issued their first sparkling wine, a 1965 blanc de blancs, at a time when nobody was making Champagne-style sparkling wines in California. Their biggest seller is the vintage blanc de blancs, made entirely from chardonnay. The 2002, goes for around $25 a bottle and the high-end 1999 J. Schram, is an $80 bottle.
Schramsberg, Roederer Estate and Iron Horse are some of the names that produce sparkling wines in California. But amongst them all Schramsberg is the clear winner.