Wine review: Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Sparkling

Established in 1986 as the California home of Spain’s Ferrer family (who own Freixenet), Gloria Ferrer embodies the winning result of a large gamble placed 29 years ago. Sure, the Ferrers likely had a few sheckles to burn, but to throw down cash to buy 160 acres of land in Sonoma County’s unproven Carneros Valley takes some courage. They did, however, have some experience in the bubbly arena.

The Ferrer family has been growing winegrapes in Spain since the 1500s and Freixenet is the largest producer of Methode Champenoise (what’s this?) sparkling wines in the world. Decent pedigree, huh? Jose Ferrer named the new world winery after his wife, Gloria and they’ve both been basking in success for many years now. But I wasn’t a fan for many, many years until this one passed my lips recently.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Light salmon in color and fairly full-bodied, the tightly wound bubbles make your tongue tingle. Refreshing, creamy and more refined than many others GFs I’ve tried, especially at this price. Red apple and a smidge of dirty cherry from the heavy use of Pinot Noir (90% – the rest is Chardonnay) makes it all interesting. Great value for the $.

For another great example of Gloria Ferrer value, also try their Va de Vi sparkling wine.

A interesting video celebrating their 25th anniversary this year

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Price: $15 – $18
Occasion: Tasted at the Wine Blogger’s Conference Speed Tasting event
Availability: Widely available. Find where to buy it here. OR, skip the search and buy it online at Wine.com.
Food pairing: Bubbles goes with anything. Really.

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2 comments to Wine review: Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Sparkling

  • Amerilis

    Hi Taylor!

    Thanks for this review! At the winery where I work, when everything has been cleaned and tucked away, we often wind down and toast to the end of a great day with a glass of bubbly….Gloria is often a bubbly of choice. Although her last name struck a familiar chord (I absolutely LOVE Miguel Ferrer), I wasn’t aware of the familial connection. Thanks for that mini-history lesson. I think I’ll have to try the Va de Vi next. 😀

  • Taylor Eason

    A fantastic use of bubbles, I must say.

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