Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Picks

Truth be told, I am not a huge Valentine’s Day fan, (no presents, no overpriced dinners…my husband is a lucky man!), but I definitely won’t pass up the chance to cook a delicious meal at home and open a nice bottle of bubbly.  Here are a few suggestions that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day romantic and special.

Something Sophisticated- Champagne Diebolt Vallois Blanc de Blancs Prestige NV

This is definitely a great bottle for a Valentine that loves Champagne.  All of the grapes come from a single vineyard in the French village of Cramant.  With every sip, this sparkler reveals new layers of flavors.  Creamy notes of lemon, apple, and peach are followed by sharper notes of ginger and anise.  Complex and well worth the price!  (A-, $70, perfect with shellfish or brie cheese)

Somthing Frugal- 2007 Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Nature Vintage Cava

If you are looking for a bottle of bubbly that will impress your Valentine but won’t drain your bank account, this is a great choice.  Dry with tastes of orange, lime, toasted nuts, and vanilla.  This sparkler really over-delivers for the price.  ($14, B+, pair with sushi, d’Affinois cheese, or oysters)

Something Different- Biltmore Pas de Deux

If you really want to score big this Valentine’s Day, spend it at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.  If you can’t make it there, try a bottle of their sparkling wine.  Sweet and full of fruit, this bubbly has tastes of honey, oranges, and peaches with a citrus-filled finish.  A great pick for someone who is just getting into wine and wants a sparkler that is easy to sip! (B, $18.99, perfect with dessert or as an apéritif, media sample)

 

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