This was our wine pairing for dinner the other night: linguini with seafood, braised greens on the side. Just enough flavor in the dishes to enhance this golden-tan sparkling wine. Over all, this is a light-feeling wine with a frothy mousse. Of course we were impatient and started sipping it when it was too cold, right out of the fridge. As the wine opened, light florals and toast appeared on the nose. Very mild fruit with a touch of honey on the end-palate deepened in intensity as it warmed. Enough acidity to pair well with food, but a full, balanced body that would work well on its own, too.
RECOMMENDED — BSE
WHO: Gloria Ferrer
WHAT: 67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay
WHERE: Carneros, Sonoma, California
HOW MUCH: $25 (media sample)