Top 5 Best Wine/Bubbles for Valentine’s Day
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Hey there again my brothers and friends, if you are looking for some ideas on how to start or finish your perfect Valentine’s Day night, here are some great ideas. I will give you my top 5 ideas to help you have the perfect beverage selection for your special night. I have had the pleasure of working for some very large and prestigious companies. They include Moet Hennessey, Diageo, and currently, I am working for Fetzer Vineyards as a Regional Manager for Upstate NY. The below suggestions are in order by price point from lowest to highest but all are amazing. Do not get prosecco LOL, it is so 2020!
The first beverage suggestion is Bonterra Rose. This wine is sold in almost every liquor store in the world. It is Organic and Vegan. Now you are probably asking yourself, why would a wine not be vegan? I assure you that wine producers are not putting meat in your wine. Almost all wine needs to be filtered before it goes into the bottle, and this is usually done by using egg whites. Bonterra rose has a perfect pink package, light and balanced acidity, with amazing flora notes, without being too sweet. It is a great way to start out your evening. It is a wine that you can enjoy with or without food, which is why I love to start my evenings with a fabulous rose. This rose also comes in three sizes so perfect for two or great for a party. You can get 4 250ml cans for under $20.00 a 750 bottle for around $15.00 and 1.5-liter bag in the box for around $22.00
Next is Rose Regale Brachetto from Banfi. This also can be found almost anywhere and comes in two sizes. This wine has just a touch of bubbles but a much darker color than the Bonterra. It has a great package, really soft and lush mouthfeel. It has a full red ruby color and it is a great way to start out your night as well or with a light snack. The 187ml split around $9.00 and the 750ml is around $20.00 give or take a buck.
My third pick is now going to up in price and up in quality because it is a Sparkling wine made in the Champaign method. Chandon Rose from Moet is a great choice as well. One because it also has a great flavor profile, and two because it is made impeccably. Now we need to first explain why this wine is considered a sparkling wine and not Champagne. For any sparkling wine to be called Champaign it needs to be made with a second fermentation in the bottle and be made in the Champagne region of France. Chandon has perfect balance, soft but vibrant fruit flavors, and comes in a 187ml as well as 750ml. The 187ml is around $9.00 and the 750 is around $24.00. This is what makes this a great trade up that is not too dry but not too sweet, with a great package.
Number four on our list is the real deal Champaign. Moet and Chandon Rose, is one of my all-time favorites. It comes in a 750ml and 187ml just like the above. However, this is the first on our list that is made in France and in the above mentioned traditional method. This Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir are just perfect all-around at this price point. The flavor is clean, crisp, and the package just screams out romance. The 187ml is around $18.00 and the 750ml can be purchased at most liquor stores in the mid $50.00 range.
I saved the best for last, it is truly the best of the best in my opinion. Don Perignon Rose is hands down, the only way to celebrate something extra special. DP has put 100% rose in the bottle from France and perfected how to make this liquid. The bubbles are so small you can feel each of them individually on your pallet. There are collectors that will buy the empty box and bottle after you have enjoyed it. Due to many collectors and limited numbers of bottles made each year the price is anywhere from $300 to $400, so this is not your everyday beverage. But that being said when you do have a reason to celebrate and the means to open one of these bottles of pure joy, you will not be disappointed.
I hope these suggestions aid in your search for that perfect Valentine’s toast. Please enjoy responsibly!
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