Valentine’s Day can be a sweet day of loving reminders, cute presents, thoughtful notes, romantic dinners and warm hearts. It can also be a day when a wine choice is making you nervous for that perfect moment of romance and candles. What are some great wine choices that exude romance? One always thinks of Champagne. It’s effervescence and crispness on the tongue compliment oysters to start and rich creamy dessert to end. It is also a very food friendly choice for many meals you may choose. I enjoy bubbly with sushi, fried chicken, pasta with cream sauce, cheeses and fruit. The price of french Champagne, especially if it is vintage, can be very unromantic though. So what are some sexy bubbly recommendations from your favorite Wine Chick? I will break it down into several price categories to fit your romance budget.
MIONETTO PROSECCO: I love this Italian wine for it’s refreshing dry finish and melon and pear fragrance. It’s light straw color and tiny bubbles make for a wonderful and fresh sparkler that can enlighten a brunch or lunch. And be a refreshing beginning to your evening. At about 12.00 a bottle. Enjoy a couple of bottles!
MUMM NAPA BRUT ROSE: With it’s lovely romantic pink color and soft wisp of strawberry, this California sparkler can be served with Thai all the way to Italian food. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, it has a nice medium mouth feel and the berry flavor adds a soft delicious finish. Price about 19.99
TATTINGER LA FRANCAISE AND VEUVE CLICQUOT YELLOW LABEL: Having compared both these bottles side by side, I find the Veuve to be my favorite with it’s smooth and elegant approach. The La Francaise has bubbles that excite and a dry finish with hints of toast. Both are easy to find and are winning choices. Tattinger La Francaise price about 40.00 and the Veuve Clicquot price is about 45.00
LOUIS ROEDERER CRYSTAL: This legendary Champagne is the big daddy for a memorable night! If you are planning on a special night of proposing marriage, rekindling flames, or celebrating LOVE. This is the perfect bottle of sexy bubbles to celebrate with. Created for a Russian Tsar in the 1800′s, it is made under the strictest criteria of perfect Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. With a price tag of around 180.00 it is definitely for that big night!