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“Lovely gardens, lovely sparking wines!”

Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
Ranked #15 of 113 things to do in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Winery in Sonoma Valley featuring bottles of wine that have been dipped in chocolate.
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This place was very rejuvenating & relaxing! After taking the tour, we settled on a shaded patio table outside to sample our bubbly. The warmth & beauty of the day was only enhanced by the sparkling wines. I would have been satisfied to stay here all day! The service is friendly and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. If you are in the area & enjoy sparkling wine, you should make it a point to come here!

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We've enjoyed their sparkling wines for years purchasing them at the grocery store. We went to the winery for their Catalan Festival a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed ourselves so much we became members! A member perk is four free glasses any time you stop in. (The list of the wines included in the “free” offer is extensive.) We stopped by again this last Sunday to take them up on the offer. They had an area of the terrace set aside for members only and told us that we could sit there or anywhere else if we preferred. The service was prompt and very friendly. We had our dog with us and that was fine with them as long as we were outside.

2  Thank lovingsonoma
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

I have been a fan of Gloria for quite some time so was very excited to have the opportunity to stop and taste some of their best offerings. We hit up Cline (just down the road) and then drove the short distance to Gloria, not knowing what to expect.

Arriving we saw a beautiful vinyard and then pulled up in the parking lot to a wonderful front entrance. We weren't exactly sure where to go first but ended up finding the tasting room and talked with a couple of the servers and the manager as we arrived. Everyone was incredibly helpful and said that we could sit anywhere we wanted so we found a table on the patio that overlooked the vines.

It seemed as though a sampler was the route to take because you could get 3 partial glasses and taste a variety. My girlfriend ordered reds and I ordered sparking. All of the wines we tasted were delicious and nicely sized portions. They also came with a small plate of roasted almonds that complimented the wines nicely. Wanting a little more to snack on, we grabbed some cheese and crackers from the self-serve area and had them added to our bill.

The whole experience was relaxing and peaceful. All of the servers were attentive and helpful which helped make this time well spent!

2  Thank Lisa N
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I can only speak about my personal experience on Sunday June 9, 2013. We arrived during a members’ event so half of the tables were reserved for them; regardless, since it's a first come first serve regarding tables on the deck my husband hit the loo I found a table. Our first server was a bit aloof, but she was prompt with the bubbles. Our second server was Ryan and he was spot on with his attentiveness and his customer service skills. Now, most people play musical tables meaning when a better-situated spot becomes available people MOVE, so after about half an hour we moved – unfortunately it was out of Ryan’s section but he continued to stop by and check on us. We had a class of the Brute Rosé and the 1993 Royal Cuvée, both delicious; after a bit, Ryan offered us a complimentary glass from a bottle that was opened by mistake (the offer was extended to other tables as well) and we happily accepted. We had been considering becoming members for a very long time and since Gloria Ferrer is almost always the last stop on the way back home we decided to go for it. We came home with a bottle of the 2008 Anniversary Cuvée and the 2008 José S. Ferrer Pinot Noir, a free tasting, complimentary glass of the JSF Pinot Noir and let’s not forget the complimentary glass of the mistakenly opened bottle of bubbly. Great ending to our wine tasting jaunt. Salud!

Thank wing2010
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I would never come back here. We were treated so terribly by multiple people, and even though they make good bubbly-- and I'm a sucker for bubbly-- I am not eager to repeat the experience.

We came because the Wine Taster app told us they had a buy-one-get-one free tasting deal going on. We get there, and it was: buy a $35-40 glass of wine and get a $6 one for free. What a great deal! We felt like the deal was mis-advertised.

We (politely) asked to see the manager, who snidely asked us to read the fine print and ended up getting very condescending and angry. In the end, she aggressively demanded, "what would make you people happy?" We said, to purchase a tasting deal and to get the same deal for free. She stormed away.

The best part was then when her co-manager (presumably? he never introduced himself-- he just rolled his eyes at us while standing behind her) came over after she left and told us we had been there earlier in the day (we hadn't), that we should just have been happy that we were getting anything for free in the first place (are you kidding?), and that it was inappropriate for us to raise our voices (the female manager was the loudest one among us!).

The female manager came back and gave us both tastings for free. Above and beyond...maybe.... (hence the two-stars, not one) but it also made us suspicious they had spat in them or something. Ugh. This was the sole bad memory of the entire weekend.

Thank ajhorse21
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