This is not just an aperitif wine, it’s a dinner wine too. When poured, its light straw gold color didn’t prepare me for the heartiness of this wine. Made with 100% chardonnay, this is a rich and full-bodied sparkler. In the glass I found a fine mousse with a creamy yeast on the nose. Substantial on the palate, shot through with fireworks of great acidity all the way into the very long finish. I would pair this with uncomplicated main dishes such as poultry, pork loin or simply prepared fish. Squash and other wintry vegetables with buttery sauces would work too. As would substantial seafood, salty or smoky appetizers if served before dinner.

RECOMMENDED — BSE

WHO: Gloria Ferrer
WHAT: 100% chardonnay
WHERE: Sonoma, California
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)