Bob Iantosca from Gloria Ferrer

Earlier this week I was able to sit down and chat with Bob Iantosca, Executive Winemaker, from Gloria Ferrer. Bob is a pioneer in the sparkling wine-making business – bringing Pinot Noir & Chardonnay clones from the Champagne and Burgundy regions of France to Carneros to test and develop for production of sparkling wine there in the early 1980’s.

Our conversation ranged from what he considers one of the best sparkling wine values on the market right now (Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee 2007) to how overcoming challenges (rolling blackouts) can turn into making better wine.