The search began on the East Coast in the 1930s where José Ferrer's father, Pedro, had an import company in New Jersey. But the Spanish Civil War came and the dream was delayed. Finally, in the 1980s, José took up the search. He found that back East wasn't the best place to grow grapes. He looked to California, where the climate is more Mediterranean.
He visited the wineries that were already here and made friends. He gathered a lot of information and finally found this place— a cow pasture.
This was in the early 1980s, before the Carneros had become famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. But even then, José knew he had found it, the place he had been searching for.
His would be the first sparkling winery established in the Carneros and the first that visitors coming from San Francisco would see upon entering the wine country.
He also wanted to build a winery that would remind him of his home in Catalonia, Spain. That's why we have red tiles on our roof, thick walls the color of the Spanish plains and the same hacienda-style archways one finds in every town and village in Spain.
He named the wine and winery as a tribute to his wife.
In the Ferrer family, women have always played an important role. José's mother, Dolores, ran their winery in Spain for many years after her husband died in the Spanish Civil War. It's no surprise that José named this winery for Gloria.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs
The bouquet of the Blanc de Blancs is reminiscent of ripe pineapple and toasted biscuit, underscored by a distinctive citrus blossom note. Juicy pear, white chocolate and lemon zest flavors fill the palate, which expand through the wine's vivacious stream of bubbles and firm structure. more
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, small, lively bubbles and a persistent finish. more
Gloria Ferrer Brut
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.
A tremendously versatile wine that is equally delicious with shellfish, crab, roasted chicken, sushi, Indian curry or Thai cuisine. more
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2011
The nose of this pinot noir has black cherry, cedar and spice. The black cherry continues onto the palate with blackberry, pinot spice and some bramble. Substantial, yet smooth mouthfeel with some light sweet toasty oak. Carries a long finish of cherry and spice. This earthy and brambly pinot noir ... more
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