Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

(Candida comes in with glasses, lemons, and a jug of hot water on a tray.)

Candida: Who will have some lemonade?  You know our rules: total abstinence. (She puts the tray on the table, and takes up the lemon squeezer, looking enquiringly round at them.)

Morell: No use, dear.  They've all had champagne.  Pross has broken her pledge.

Candida (to Proserpine): You don't mean to say you've been drinking champagne?

Proserpine: (stubbornly): Yes I do.  I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.

George Bernard Shaw

It's a great time of the year to drink sparking wine because with the holidays approaching there are some tremendous discounts to be had.  While this Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs is not champagne (it's from the Carneros region of Sonoma County, California) it certainly sparkles and bubbles.

There was a pretty copper color in the glass, and a nose of strawberries and lemons with a hint of cardamon, almost like a Christmas cookie   Tight bubbles and great fruit and cookie taste.  Just off dry with great acid and a wonderful fruity finish.  There was some fresh cod loin baked in ginger and sesame and some garlic and ginger spinach for dinner.  Good match with the wine as the fish retained its richness and the wine balanced that out.

$16 and 12.2% alcohol.  Super price for this wine.

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