Last week I was in wine country. One thing I mentioned to my SO (significant other) before going on the trip was this, “I can not go to wine country for a second time and not go to any wineries.” As much as I have fallen in love with wines in the past year and a half, there was just no way. He made me a promise, and last Saturday was one of the best days of my life.
We visited a total of 4 wineries, and one wine tasting room, and lets just say by the end of the day I was feeling pretty good 😉 And the next few weeks I will be showcasing each of the wineries I visited.
The first winery of the day was Gloria Ferrer caves and vineyard. They are known for their champagne. When I heard champagne I couldn’t wait because I love my bubbly and my sweetness.
For my first winery in Northern California I had no idea what to expect. As I walked into the building small displays showcased the floor, and there were casings along the walls filled with awards, bottles of wine, cheeses and meats. We then walked up the bar area where they told us to find a table, and at Gloria Ferrer the tastings took place table side.
And this is what greeted us upon our table:
We took a bit to look over the menu as our waiter came over to us and explained the different champagne options. I chose the Va di Vi, which means “It’s about the wine” in Barcelona. The VA di Vi as explained on Gloria Ferrer’s site is: VA de VI is the stylish new méthode champenoise sparkling wine that celebrates our Spanish heritage. This ultra-premium cuvée adds new dimension to our house style. Elegant and refreshing, dry but not too dry, VA de VI is a classic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with just a trace of Muscat. VA de VI captures the exuberant aromas and luscious flavors of perfectly ripened fruit and reveals them throughout a long, soft finish.
And let me tell you, I loved every last drop of this splendid champagne. As I said earlier I am partial to sweet, and this was definitely that.
I also got to try out the “Sonoma Brut” which: Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond. On the palate, one finds lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish. This one was a bit more dry for me, and didn’t appeal to me nearly as much as the VA di Vi.
Afterwards I walked out to the courtyard to take a peek at the Carneros vineyards, and this is what greeted me:
The building sits atop a hill in which the vineyards fall below, and it is quite the site to see.
Each glass of champagne ranges from $5 to $10 dollars, but it is worth every drop. I also enjoyed peeking at all the merchandise found in the main room. From chocolate covered wine bottles to sunhats to wine candles, they had it all.
For my first Northern California winery, this left a lasting impression. Thank you Gloria Ferrer, I am your newest fan!