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What to Drink Now: Valentine’s Bubbles

Champagne and sparkling wine to toast your sweetheart.
By Hayley Hamilton Cogill |

Whether you toast your Valentine with a great bottle of Champagne, or you and your friends prefer to sip sparkling favorites from Italy, Spain, or the United States, we have your bubbly recommendations covered. (A few were sent for editorial consideration.)

moet vdayRosé Champagne is the go-to for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate Moet created a flirty, fun way to say I love you with their emoji decorated Imperial Brut Rosé Champagne ($45). The signature Moet & Chandon Champagne comes to life decorated with hearts, kisses, bottles, stars, and crowns. Available either as painted bottle or in a decorated box, showing your sweetie how much you care. If you like more texture and richness in your sparkler, Moet Grand Vintage 2008 Brut Rosé Champagne ($80) layers additional notes of orange peel, and toasted almond, highlighting the incredible 2008 vintage in Champagne. Available at Pogo’s.

Veuve Clicquot has created a fun way to tell your sweetheart how much you care with their “Clicq’ Call” Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. The packaging allows you to record a personal message for your sweetie, which they will hear when opening the box of bubbly. Personal, and playful, with an accompanying bottle of non-vintage Champagne. ($75)

ff blancFrank Family Vineyards might be best known for their earthy, dusty Rutherford grown Napa Valley Cabernet. They celebrate their winery heritage with small production sparkling wine, honoring the former property owner, Hanns Kornell. Kornell introduced the traditional French champenoise method to California in 1958. Today, Frank Family celebrates this history with sparklers from cool Carneros grown fruit, like their 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc with orchard fruit and creamy lemon curd. $55 via their website.

Gallo Wines recently purchased sparkling wine house, J Vineyards & Winery, one of Sonoma’s favorite wineries for over 30 years. The quality standards started by founder Judy Jordan remain. They showcase traditional method sparklers from classic Champagne varieties. J Brut Cuvee 20, crafted originally to celebrate J’s 20th-anniversary layers Asian pear and toasted hazelnut. $30 at Total Wine.

buena vista champA new sparkler was recently released from Jean-Charles Boisset and the historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma. Thanks to the ties to Champagne Boisset has with his estates in France, the winery released La Victoire Brut Champagne.  A toasted honey, golden apple, and spice filled sparkler. $50 at various Kroger stores.

Mumm Napa’s Brut Rosé is always a favorite, as the berry, orange peel, and brioche filled wine is structured, complex, and delicious. $24 at Central Market.

rms-sparkling ROCO Winery co-founders, Rollin Soles, and Corby Stonebraker-Soles, recently released the winery’s first sparkling, RMS. This is not Rollin’s first rodeo. The Ft. Worth native spent over two decades crafting vibrant sparkling wines as co-founder of Willamette Valley’s Argyle Winery. $65 via their website.

Delores and Pedro Ferrer founded Spanish Cava house, Freixenet, releasing their first traditional method sparkling wine in 1914. Today, Freixenet is one of the largest sparkling wine producers in the world, highlighting classic Spanish varieties, grown in arid Catalonia vineyards, producing sparklers with affordability. Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava retails for around $10.

Their son, Jose Ferrer, founded Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma 30 years ago. He named the sparkling house for his wife, Gloria. A lover of sparkling wine sipped from the ideal vessel, Ms. Ferrer has one of the largest collection of flutes in the world, over 2000 glasses. To honor this love of beautiful glassware, she has created a limited release stem in collaboration with Sonoma artist Alex Leader. The Gloria Flute is available via their website for $40.

stoller la rueStoller Family Estate in Willamette also recently introduced their La Rue Sparkling Brut Rosé from their sustainably farmed Dundee Hills winery fruit filled with juicy layers of ripe berry, spice, and brioche. $65 via their website.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Anna de Codorníu has a limited-edition rose petal wrapped bottle of Anna Blanc de Blancs Reserva, filled with lemon, orange, and honey notes. $15 at Goody-Goody.

prosecco greyZonin “Grey Edition” Prosecco blends Pinot Grigio into the traditional Glera variety, adding apple and citrus fruit to the crisp Italian sparkler. $15

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