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Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV

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I love sparkling wine.  When the cage is removed, the cork is popped, and the glasses echo softly with effervescence, my mood is instantly improved, no matter where it started.  Which is why it is a tragedy to reserve sparkling wine for only special occasions.  Life’s not always easy, and isn’t every day worth celebrating.  Especially, when you can find a great wine for under $16.

I’ve been a fan of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines for quite some time.  For me, they have always offered a great product at an affordable price point.  Wine that leaves you satisfied, knowing that the value met or exceeded the dollars spent.

The Sonoma Brut is a blend of Pinot Noir (91.2%) and Chardonnay (8.8%), which has been hand-harvested from their vineyards in Sonoma.  Gloria Ferrer has over forty different varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, planted on 340 acres, giving them incredible diversity and allowing them to blend this wine to their precise style specifications.

I loved the pear and floral notes (decidedly feminine), crisp and citrusy acidity, toasted nuts, all backed  by a well-balanced and creamy finish.

Do you have a favorite sparkler?  Do you have a favorite time to drink sparkling?  Share your story.

Cheers!

Jodi a/k/a tampawinewoman

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Concannon Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2009

I really love when someone sends me a bottle of great juice.  I love it even more when I can share it with someone else in a way that makes them hunt the bottle down relentlessly and purchase it for themselves and friends.  That is the true joy in finding a great wine, sharing the experience with others and anxiously awaiting their feedback.  These are the moments that give the greatest joy as a wine person.

When I recommended this wine to a good friend the last week, he immediately went out and researched where he could buy some for himself.  To no avail.  So, he contacted the wine sales rep at the restaurant where he worked, ordered a case and talked some fellow wine geeks into sharing the case.  Now, he’s been drinking it and loving it all through the holiday weekend.  That is the reward for his determination.

The Concannon Conservancy Crimson & Clover is a blend of 50% Petit Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel from the Livermore Valley appellation in California.  The wine was made by John Concannon as a tribute to his father, Jim, and presented on his 80th birthday earlier this year.  Jim Concannon is considered the father of American Petite Sirah.  A grape that has recently risen to the very top of my hit list.

In addition to the nod to their proud Irish heritage and the deep red color of the blend, the name Crimson & Clover seems a perfect fit for this wine.  It is the fifth wine in the Conservancy portfolio.  Conservancy wines are sourced from vineyards who have placed their lands in a legal trust to protect the land from urban development.

For more information about Concannon Vineyards click here

For winery tasting notes of Crimson & Clover click here

Have you had a wine that was worth tracking down lately?  Share your story

Cheers!