Sonoma is sparkling…

…at the 335 acre Sonoma Carneros Estate of Gloria Ferrer. This Northern California vineyard & winery offers well-crafted cuvées, born from their ample Pinot Noir & Chardonnay estate-grown grapes. Known as the first sparkling wine house of Sonoma Carneros, Gloria Ferrer specializes in sparking wines & Pinot Noirs. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting their panoramic estate, but one of their sparkling wines has become a personal favorite – Blanc de Noirs.  After my Half Marathon race today, I decided to open the bottle still chilling in my fridge, and pour a celebratory glass… (an adopted tradition of recent years, and it beats taking Advil!)

Blanc de Noirs is made from 90% Pinot Noir & 10% Chardonnay grapes. I am a sucker for a dry, French rosé Champagne, though I do not find them often around here. When I originally saw the rosy hue of this Blanc de Noirs, I was eager to try. It was exactly what I hoped- dry, smooth, yet complex, with hints of bright fruit that linger with the tiny bubbles of every sip…

It is a favorite for any celebration. Gloria Ferrar offers a well-rounded portfolio of sparkling wines & estate varietals including, several Pinot Noirs, Merlot, Chardonnay & a Rosé. I can find the Blanc de Noirs at my local grocery and it is quite affordable (I’ve seen it range from $15 to $24).  This makes a great housewarming gift, brunch or holiday beverage (though I would NOT make this one into a mimosa!), or toast for any worthy occasion; even a road race! 

Gloria Ferrer is also devoted to sustainable vineyard managment. This means they focus closely on creating biodiversity within their estate, maintaining soil through composting, water management via recycling, and energy conservation. See more of what their vineyard has to offer, Next time you’re at the store, pick up a bottle, pop the cork & find a little reason to be bubbly one day, very soon.

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