by Valerie Schroth
Feb 6, 2013
09:02 AM
Table Hopping

Drink Pink For Valentine's Day


Try as we might to resist gender stereotyping, nothing says “girl” like the color pink. Pink is the epitome of all things girlish—pink baby blankets, pink ribbons, painted pink toes and, for big girls, pretty pink martinis. Add bubbles to the mix, and what girl wouldn’t be tickled . . . pink? So I understand why men look at pink sparkling wine as if just one sip will send their fantasy football league standings plummeting. But boys, I’m here to tell you, pink can pack a punch. These pink sparklers will please even the most serious wine palates and, for Valentine’s Day, they are sure to please that special girl.

Riondo Pink Spago Argento, Italy— Begin your special celebration with this delicately fizzy wine made from 100 percent raboso grapes in the Veneto. Light-bodied and just slightly sweet, this bubblegum-pink wine is decidedly dainty, with a taste suggestive of strawberries and roses. $10

Albet i Noya Cava Brut Rosat, Spain—From the leading organic winemaker in Penèdes, this 100 percent pinot noir cava is fruit-forward yet still dry with a crisp acidity that makes it a versatile aperitif for a romantic evening. $12

Hesketh The Proposition Premium Cuvée, Australia—From its suggestive name to the label’s romantic artwork, this apricot-rose sparkler from Australia was tailor-made for Valentine’s Day. The chardonnay, sémillon and shiraz blend provides a much fuller mouthfeel than the pretty packaging and 8.5 percent alcohol content would suggest. The herbaceous bouquet fades as the first sip bursts with pineapple, mango and strawberries. More fruity than sweet, this off-dry wine is hefty enough to bypass the canapés and go straight to the main course. $15

Gruet Brut Rosé NV, New Mexico—New Mexico’s not generally known as wine country, but French winemaker Gruet has put it on the map with his outstanding sparkling creations. This crisp rosé produced by the traditional Champagne method boasts a floral bouquet and well-structured body that is superbly balanced with flavors of almond brioche and red berries. $17

Albert Bichot Crémant de Bourgogne, Franc—The exceptional bubble ballet of this beautiful sparkler from Burgundy foretells the exquisite sensory experience that awaits. A blend of pinot noir, gamay and chardonnay produces a pleasing yeasty lemony-tart beginning that introduces soft notes of red currants and raspberries and finishes with a toasty elegance. A dry sparkling wine with a creamy mousse that’s worth popping at any celebration. $25

Charles Heidsick Brut Rosé NV, France—One of the most consistently excellent nnonvintage rosé Champagnes, this salmon-pink sparkler opens with pear and citrus zest, delights the taste buds with berry notes, and concludes with a sleek, spicy fennel finish. The epicurean journey is pervaded throughout by a satisfying biscuitiness. $65

Villa Jolanda Moscato Rosé, Italy—This pretty pink bottle with its happy face cork is the perfect ending to an amorous evening. A hint of rose petals on the nose mixed with tropical fruits evokes visions of an island vacation. The rose notes erupt on the tongue, opening up to waves of melon and pear. Crisp and refreshing, this semisweet sparkler from Piemonte is perfect with cheese, fruit and chocolate-dipped strawberries. $10

Drink Pink For Valentine's Day

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