Varietal: 89% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay & 3% Muscat | Region: Sonoma | Retailer: Check Local Grocery Store | Price: $15.98
Mood: Habakkuk 2:2-3 — “Write the vision and make it plan…For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come…”
Happy New Year, wine friends! 2017 is finally here and in full effect! For some reason, the scripture above was really heavy on my heart over the last couple weeks. You see 2016 was a year of realization and growth for me. I really feel like God had me in this holding pattern last year and as I look back, He really forced me to deal with a lot of issues I had tried to ignore for along time. What felt like this never ending emotional roller coaster, ultimately taught me an invaluable lesson of self worth that I believe was meant to set me up for the next season in my life. So, as I walk into 2017, I have this inner light of hope that God has great things in store for me. Therefore, I know that I must be intentional this year and strive for things that are only aligned with His purpose. I’m a super organized person, so I spent time writing out my goals for 2017, so that I would not lose sight of what I wanted to accomplish. The words that I’m typing can’t even describe how excited I’m about this year. And let me be the first to say that no foolishness nor pettiness shall prosper against me in 2017. I did not come to play!
Wine Pairing: Since we’re celebrating a new year of power moves, I thought it would be best to pair this “go get it” mentality with a sparkling wine. Today’s selection is Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi, a méthode champenoise sparkling wine. Va de Vi is a term used in Barcelona that means “it’s about the wine!” while méthode champenoise refers to the labor-intensive process whereby wine undergoes a secondary fermentation inside the bottle, creating bubbles. All Champagne and most high-quality sparkling wine is made by this process.
This Sonoma sparkling wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Moscato, which is one of the reasons why I picked it up. I’m not a fan of brut Champagne or sparkling wines, so I was hoping its unique blend of grapes would bring a touch of flavor to it. Luckily, I was right! The aromas from the wine are very soft and subtle. I mainly picked up cherries that reminded me of some kind of sweet hard cherry flavored candy. On the palate, this wine is not overwhelmingly dry at all. Many of its ripened fruit flavors really come through. I found hints of apple, cherries, blackberries, and vanilla that all compliment each other nicely for a smooth finish.
Rating: 4 Corks
Sip, Chug, or Cork It? Definitely SIP it! This sparkling wine is a must for any celebratory occasion. I definitely recommend Gloria Ferrer Va di Vi if you’re looking to up your game in sparkling this wines this year. At $16, this is a solid price point for a high-quality sparkling wine.
As we celebrate the new year, what are some of your biggest lessons from 2016 and what are you looking forward to in 2017? Let’s sip and chat!