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Gloria Ferrer's Royal Cuvée Vintage 2001.

A "Vintage" sparkling wine from Sonoma, Ca made in the traditional method.

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Holiday Sparklers popularity, bubbles up Gloria Ferrer "Royal Cuvée" Vintage 2001

  • Dec 13, 2009

This review is going to be about a "sparkling wine" from right here in California, Sonoma to be precise. This is a great Sparkling wine for your next holiday celebration or anytime. It has tremendous taste and is easy on the wallet and since my journey into the world of vino a short five years ago, I have come to the conclusion that many times "Cuvées" rule the roost in the wine world and this example is nothing different I want to introduce to the Gloria Ferrer's Royal Cuvée Vintage 2001.

Versatility: Forget special occasions, most anytime is suitable for a sparkling wine from California. "It's a product you can drink at any moment of the day. While I'm not about to advocate all-day quaffing, these lively wines have soared in popularity and not just in the simple uncorking and quaffing but I can vouch for the allure of this wonderful bar-staple.  Speaking specifically about their Blanc de Blanc (see slide show) in this case, a delightful drink can me made with fresh white-peach nectar or mixed with any other manner of fruit juices, from orange to pomegranate, generally proves eminently quaff-able and a real party pleaser, which may catch your guests off guard. But you should drink this sparkler plain if you want to feel the full characteristics of the wine.
Since most sparkling wines are so vibrant, I consider it a pretty swell sipper on its own, especially since the average alcohol percentage falls into the 11-13 % range and with prices hovering in $15-$25 a bottle range it's very easy on the wallet. In my experience with Gloria Ferrer Sparkling wines I find them to be a fantastic product, a pleasant aperitif or can be used as a wonderful party mixer. The simplicity and refreshing character of good, clean sparkling wines made in right here in California where their bubbles are a bit less focused, but feel fatter on the on the palate than some sparkling wines from across the pond. They also pair wonderfully with many first courses, including salads, which contributes to its popularity of this versatile wine.

Vintage Sparklers: If you are new to wine you will may be surprised to find that most Champagne or Sparkling wines are blends of different years, unlike still-wines which are generally made from a vintage year. So in the world of Sparkling Wine, winemakers will set aside a fantastic year and called a "vintage" year. (Vintage means it is from a specific year and if you don't see the year printed on the label (which makes up the bulk of sparklers and or Champagnes) then it is a blend of different years.) Sparkling wine or Champagne is probably the most versatile drink for pairing you're are going to find and at these prices, this is an indulgence you could easily afford to keep on hand.

Other Voices:  Maybe you were wondering well how you can trust the advice of the San Diego Wine shopping examiner alone. So if you need to be reassured, I've scoured the internet to find two other opinions who could lend some extra creditability to this review.

Where to Purchase: I purchased this sparkler for a mere $20.00 at ......... if you want to read more just click this link  Holiday Sparklers popularity, bubbles up Gloria Ferrer "Royal ...
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Defined by elegance and cool-climate fruit this elegant sparkler will dance on your palate and ignite your holiday cheer!
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“Gloria Ferrer reliably produces some of California best sparkling wines, from the fruit-forward blanc de noirs to the richly structured Carneros Cuvée. On a warm day, step out onto the terrace of the visitors center as you sip your bubbly or one of the winery's Pinot Noirs or Chardonnays…” Wine Spectator, Travel to California Wine Country, June 15, 2008

For more than 20 years, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards—the first sparkling wine house in the Sonoma Carneros region—has invited visitors to discover cool-climate wines served with warm Spanish hospitality.

Owned by the Ferrer family, whose wine experience is rooted in 19th century Spain, our winery is a vibrant blend of Catalan and California mission design. We cultivate fruit for our premium quality sparkling and still wines in our 335 acres of estate vineyards distinguished by warm days, cool nights, summer fog and a long growing season that coaxes grapes to maturity slowly and consistently, with balanced sugar and acidity. Our Vineyard Manager Mike Crumly and Winemaker Bob Iantosca, both of whom have worked for Gloria Ferrer from its inception, have devoted more than two decades to identifying the diverse soil types, microclimates and specific needs of every vine in their care.

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Winemaker: Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
Varietal: Sparkling Wine
Year: 2001
Region: Carneros, California
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