Scoring 16+ Dionysian points, with 12% alcohol, and costing about $25, a little more than half that for a 375ml, the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs was charming. It was my New Year’s bubbly. Light cherry showed through the toasty bubbles. It’s made from all black grapes, i.e., Pinot Noir.

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A rose blush of color, hints of cherry, and a refreshing taste made this an enjoyable sparkling wine from Sonoma, CA. It’s made in the Methode Champenoise, or traditional method, right in the bottle.

Too many of the California sparkling wines have gotten sweeter, but this Blanc de Noir was dry and clean. Enjoy one soon.  In Vino Veritas.