Ordinarily, the Wine Curmudgeon does not participate in the festivities surrounding The Holiday that Must not be Named. But this year, given the rough winter that so many of us are having, I figured, why not? Plus, it gives me a chance to write about champagne and sparkling wine, which was the blog's New Year's resolution. (If you really don't want to do bubbly, this Chalk Hill is quite nice.)
Bubbly fits Valentine’s Day like a red paper heart (and yes, you can even drink it with chocolate). The sparkling wine glossary explains all, and the 2009 New Year's post explained the difference between the world's various sparkling wines.
So if you’re wondering where to go with Valentine’s Day wine, here are three sparkling suggestions:
• Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut ($11, sample). Spanish bubbly is called cava, and this one is more fruity (some citrus) than similarly-priced cavas. Plus, it's pink, so you're getting with the holiday theme.