The Blanc de Noirs was my favorite of the Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines I tasted this season. A very delicate-seeming wine, pale red-gold with light aromas and flavors, made mainly with pinot noir. — hence the name “blanc de noirs” which means white wine made with black (aka red) grapes. Gracefully flavored, but with a nice acidity that made it all-too-easy to swallow. And the pinot noir component means it can be paired with light meats as well as other mildly salty and smoky foods for appetizers and first courses. The fruitiness in the wine intensifies as it warms and opens. Subtle  acidity reigns on the end-palate and in the finish.


WHO: Gloria Ferrer
WHAT: 92% Pinot Noir, 8% chardonnay
WHERE: Sonoma, California
HOW MUCH: $19 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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