Graduating from Chardonnay table wine to blanc de blancs Champagne or sparkling wine makes sense — if you have a very good one like this, made with 100% chardonnay grapes, and aged in the winery’s cellars for a couple years before being ready to drink now. The wine has some classic champagne-style notes with hearty, almost smoky yeast along with fruit in the aroma. On the palate there is honey and a bit of stone fruit that blends into the moderate acidity on the end-palate and in the finish.

Highly Recommended — BSE

WHO: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Carneros, California, US

HOW MUCH: $50 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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