Quite a delicate yet substantial sparkling wine, in the classic French style – no matter that this is the premier New World winery of a Spanish cava producer. The wine is toasty with a bit of yeast in the nose, and some cedar notes. On the palate a little apricot and dried apricot, with integrated acidity kicking in on the end-palate and in the finish. This is a wine that is easy appropriate to drink with a light meal; at 12.5% the alcohol is lower than most table wines these days. Drink as an aperitif, or with lunch or dinner.

Highly recommended — BSE

WHO: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

WHAT: 67% pinot noir, 33% chardonnay

WHERE: Carneros (Sonoma) California, US

HOW MUCH: $33 (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, www.wine-pages.com 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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