For a real change of pace from the usual Napa or Sonoma Valley wine tasting, head to Point Reyes Station for a tasting of mead.
Yes, sparkling wines not made from grapes but honey.
Since 1997, Heidrun Meadery has specialized in this distinctive bubbly made in the French mÃ©thode champenoise tradition. It is one of North America’s oldest meaderies still in operation.
Mead is an ancient beverage that has been made far longer than either beer or wine. Owing to the different flower nectars gathered by the bees, the resulting meads boasts surprisingly intense and varied flavors, as I found when I was fortunate enough to try samples.
Heidrun recently partnered with the World Honey Exchange, a U.S.-based organization that helps honey cooperatives around the globe, particularly those in the threatened ecosystems of Patagonia, Ethiopia and Tanzania, gain access to larger markets.
Its three new limited-edition meads ($65 each) are produced from the nectar of Chilean Ulmo, Ethiopian Geteme and Tanzanian Miombo woodland flower blossoms respectively.
All of the sparkling meads are meant to be enjoyed ice cold in flutes, just like Champagne.Read more