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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard!

Posted by on July 11, 2012

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!

 

16 Responses to Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard!

  1. Kristin

    How fun!! Sounds like a grand adventure, and that first champagne sounds simply divine! I will have to see if it’s available near me.

  2. Suzanne @ The Wine{a}be

    Awesome!!! See…wineries are amazing. The entire atmosphere and the views plus the wine…really…it is heaven!!! We need to hit some up together!! ;) Cheers!!

    • Jamie

      Suzanne; we should really schedule a day to visit a few in Temecula. I would definitely make the drive for that =) We would just need to find a sober cab!

  3. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    I love winery tours. I live in a small town with over 20 wineries most of them with award winning wines and I love October….the month long wine festival when all the restaurants & wineries feature their new wines & pair them with new menu items…:)

  4. Anita

    How exciting!! I have never been to a winery and love how you gave us all the amazing details :) Thank you!

    • Jamie

      Oh Anita!! It’s a really relaxing place, and it’s just beautiful with the vineyards surrounding the place. I hope you experience it sometime in your life =)

  5. Laura @ Pruning Princesses

    Jamie, thanks for stopping by my blog. With the hot rocks, I delivered the rocks with hot pads to each girl. They had a hot pad at their work area, but the girls were ten and there was no need to touch the rock really. Some of them rotated the direction of the rock with the pad, but that is all. Glad you finally got your SITS day.

    • Jamie

      Laura, thanks for taking the time to answer my question =) That makes sense, and it was a fun project!

  6. Lorrie

    Nice blog! We have a significant and tasty wine community here in Northern Virginia. If you ever come east make sure to check them out!

  7. Jamie H

    I used to drive through Sanoma County when I visited my Grandma in northern California. Never once did we stop at the vineyards. One of these days we will need to go visit just to tour the vineyards!

  8. Alexis Grace

    I am glad you had such a great time! That was one of the joys of Lukus working in the restaurant/club industry: we were gifted wines etc a lot! But we never got a chance to enjoy wine country. Partly my fault, because I am allergic to red (although I will risk a trip to the hospital for a taste!) and I HATE California Chardonnays….. yep I am a total snob.

    (PS- and to prove my snobbery: This is not a champagne. A champagne by definition can ONLY come from Champagne, French as it is a designation given by the French govt to the region. Instead this is a sparkling wine…. just an fy!)

    • Jamie

      you’re right! whoops… I went to the site and they call it “sparkling wine” all over… I think bubbly I automatically assume champagne… that’s good to know!

  9. Pamela List

    Sounds like a blast. We have been to the wine country for two anniversaries and still have not been to one single winery. I am looking forward to the next post. Maybe next time I will give it a go, and he can just be the designated driver. I have never been all that good at just tasting, lol

    Pam

    • Jamie

      Ohhh, yes, you have to visit a couple of wineries the next time you’re in wine country ;) I’m a pretty big wino so I may be a bit bias LOL ;0 Even just visiting a couple that are right next door to each other is pretty fantastic ;)

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