Our go-to sparkling is Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut. It’s mostly because it’s a fabulous, affordable sparkling wine – but the Gloria Ferrer vineyard in Sonoma is a spectacular spot in this world, and holds a special place in our hearts because we had such an amazing visit this past spring.
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut in the 3 bullet points:
- Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve – enjoy this sparkling now
- Not too sweet – a great dry, clean sparkling with hints of green apple and lemon
- Pair with seafood, like grouper over grits with fresh succotash for a main course, or goat cheese, almonds and olives on the Gloria Ferrer porch in Sonoma Valley
Food/ Gloria Ferrer serves this with a smattering of delicious snacks like olives, almonds and goat cheese, which is a lovely pairing. This would also pair well with seafood like grouper over grits with fresh succotash for a main course.
Style/ This is a sparkling to enjoy anywhere, but on the porch at the winery is definitely a pretty spectacular spot to enjoy it. Wear a long maxi skirt, loose top, large earrings, and a wine tasting hat.
Company/ Get a little romantic with your husband or sweetie, and pop this bottle when it’s just the two of you – either out at a nice, dimly lit restaurant or at home, when the kids are all sound asleep.
Tasting notes via Wine.com:
#78 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Produced exclusively with hand-picked grapes, this Cuvée was put on the American market for the first time in 1985. It is prepared according to the traditional method. Its bouquet with pear aroma distinguishes it from other sparkling wines and the fruity aroma lends it an initial effervescence which culminates in a lingering, creamy effect.
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay.