Pop the bubbly and raise a glass to the end of Summer! We bid adieu to Summer with a fabulous sparkling wine dinner party, featuring Gloria Ferrer, Instaballoons and Snowfox. We are excited to pop the bubbly with you.
Gloria Ferrer opened in 1986 as the first sparkling vineyard in Sonoma Carneros. The estate spans 335 acres and produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The Ferrer family has been in the winemaking business since the 16th century in Spain.
Sparkling wine isn’t just for NYE or special celebrations. This wine is versatile and pairs well with Thai food. The effervescence of the wine cuts the spiciness of Thai cuisine and adds textural contrast for crispy fried food. Bubbles accentuate the flavor in Thai food and pair nicely with salty bites.
Our tasting included 4 varietals of Gloria Ferrer wines:
- Sonoma Brut
- Blanc de Blancs
- Blanc de Noirs
- Rosé Brut
The Sonoma Brut is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. We tasted notes of pear and apple.
Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine made only from the Chardonnay grape. In Champagne, Blanc de Blancs is considered one of the most challenging varietals to make. In California, this wine is one of the most versatile sparkling wines due to the area’s acidity. Gloria Ferrer’s Blanc de Blancs is a blend of 9 base wines. We tasted notes of creamy pear, green apple and Meyer lemon.
Gloria Ferrer’s Rosé Brut is a beautiful color and made with a preponderance of Pinot Noir grapes blended with some Chardonnay grapes. We tasted berries and ginger.
The Blanc de Noirs is primarily made from Pinot Noir grapes, which give the wine a light rosé color. Vin Gris is then added to this lightly Pinot Noir tinted blend. This wine has strawberry and black cherry aromas.
We created a stunning backdrop behind our tablescape with Paperramma’s Tropical backdrop and rose gold Pop the Bubbly Instaballoons. We recommend assembling backdrop the day before the party. We also recommend a balloon pump to fill the balloons. We placed white tableware on neutral table linens. We added beautiful flutes and glasses from Snowfox. The Snowfox Carafe contained sparkling water so we could continue to pop the bubbly. Each guest received a pink chocolate lollipop favor.
Snowfox’s insulated stainless steel partyware are stylish, durable and keep beverages cold. We selected the white and rose collection, but the partyware is available in a variety of colors and shapes.
We also poured the wine into clear, stemless flutes so that our guests could see the color of the wines.
For our Pop the Bubbly dinner party, we kept the food easy and ordered an assortment of Thai favorites including:
- Spring Rolls
- Chicken and Shrimp Dumplings and Veggie Dumplings
- Coconut Shrimp
- Mango Salad
- Red Curry with Chicken
- Pad Thai with Tofu / Chicken / Shrimp
- Pineapple Fried Rice
- Eggplant Basil
We concluded the meal with a homemade mango panna cotta for dessert.
Farewell summer! We cant wait for an exciting Fall with Halloween, Diwali, Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving.
“Tiny bubbles in the wine…make me feel happy, make me feel fine.” – Don Ho, Hawaiian singer
I feel like a bubbly now! 🙂
What a great post. I absolutely LOVE the balloons!
We love bubbly but are a bit on the picky side when we purchase a bottle. We usually prefer champagne. How was Gloria Ferrer wines?
Now that’s how you celebrate! It looks like you guys had a great time.
this is so cute! i love how the theme is all tied together with the serving selections
Sparkling wine is the drink of choice for me. I love the dry, I love the bubbles. So delicious.
Can I please get an invitation next time!? Sounds amazing!! 🙂 Hope you had the best time! What a cute idea!
Your Pop the Bubbly dinner party looks like so much fun! I love the theme and the Thai food looks amazing!
Your Pop the Bubbly party looks fab! I love Thai food and it sounds as if the Gloria Ferrer wines are the perfect accompaniment.
Wow! Looks like an awesome party. I absolutely love the pink letter balloons.
Wow the photos are beautiful, now if only I could taste them. hehe
I could definitely enjoy bubbles at any season. Looks like a good year for the grapes.
Wow way to pull it off! It looks stunning! nothing like a little bubbly!
This looks like a fun get-together to have. Looks like a yummy drink too!
The party looks great! I bet you all had tons of fun and enjoyed the good looks everywhere!
What a beautiful event. I would love to host something similar locally.
What’s great way to celebrate. I am sure you guys had a lot of fun. The food and the bubbly look divine.
Send all the bubbly wine here please! This event looked like so much fun!
I must say that i’m not a big champagne fan !! but! I love your pictures and must be so much fun !!
I don’t drink alcohol very often but Bubbly is definitely my favourite !
I love champagne, its my choice of drink where ever I go x
What a great looking party super fun and all those bubbles and amazing food is just what a party needs.