Interview: Barry Jackson, Bard of Bubbles

Featured Posts, Wine — By KF Louis on December 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

Photographs courtesy of Edible Monterey Bay

I’m expecting a few arrows in my back for the story that I just wrote for Edible Monterey Bay Magazine:  Bard of Bubbles:  Barry Jackson and his Equinox Champagne Cellars.

I went out on a limb and said that sparkling wines made in the U.S. are not all that different from comparatively priced counterparts in France.  And that what our country needs is a signature sparkling wine, or twelve, that has its own personality, perhaps even cult worthy.

A bit of background:  Last winter, I attended a wine tasting of 10 boutique wines from the Champagne region of France and I was excited by the diversity of flavors, as compared to say, a lineup of Shramsberg, Iron Horse, Chandon, etc.  And I thought – why aren’t the premium sparkling wines I’ve had from U.S. producers as individually defined as these?

So I went on a search and found very few wines that didn’t taste like something I’d had before — not to say that the U.S. doesn’t make great premium sparkling wine, because it does.

On that quest,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Barry Jackson of Equinox Sparkling Wines in Santa Cruz.  He is one of the most experienced sparkling wine makers in our country, and under the Equinox label, he is creating a few bubblies with distinct terroir and personality.

Let me know what you think of the story…

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