So it’s Valentine’s Day. You may have already picked up a card, or a lovely little box of chocolates, a bouquet might be out for delivery… but what about something sparkling or sassy to sip with your sweetheart? Edible Times and Thirsty Thursdays are here for you. We understand sometimes the only way to stomach a cliché, pop-culture demand for romance is with a tasty beverage. So here are five great libations approved by Cupid. And then one he might take issue with…
Schramsberg Brut Rosé NV
Hands down Schramsberg sparkling wines are my favorite. Crafted in California by one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley, this rosé is delicious – balanced and with classic fruit (think strawberries, cherries and more berries, oh my!) and a million of the tiny little bubbles that come from the classic method of creating Champagne. The bottle will be empty before you know it, well worth the $30-$40 price tag.
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé NV
Mumm is a hoppin’ sparkling wine house on the Napa Valley floor, and their wines are reliable and classic. This one received a 90 point review from Wine Spectator. The classic dry finish and pronounced fruit allow it to pair with a range of eats. The Mumm Napa winery began as a stateside label of the well-known Champagne house G.H. Mumm. So you’re getting all that experience for less, around $20.
Scharffenberger Cellars Rosé NV
A little less distinctive than the Mumm, but a reliable bubbly for the price, around $15 retail. A beautiful light pink color, and tastes like strawberries! The winery just changed ownership, and the winemaking is now supervised by the same company who makes the infamous (and more expensive) Roederer Estate sparkling wines. That being said…
Roederer Estate L’ermitage Rosé NV
If you dare drop decent cash, the Roederer L’ermitage Rosé is outstanding. And compared to most Champagne prices, a simply great bottle to enjoy for romantic moments. If may be a little harder to find – not at your run-of-the-mill grocery store – so think wine shop, not liquor store. In you live in Los Angeles, we carry it at Wally’s and it’s on sale today (I know, shameless plug)! If not, try the larger wine retailer’s in your area.
Ruinart Brut Rosé
The real deal. Ruinart Champagne is a favorite among wine folks. It’s not half as pricey as some of the flashier brands like Cristal and Dom Perignon, but delivers finesse, fine fruit and perhaps today, love in a glass. If you are setting out to buy true Champagne, this is the one to get. Ripe cherries, fresh berries and a nice silky finish. Writing this is making me thirsty, and it’s 8 AM in Los Angeles.
And now brace yourself, this one may come as a shock…
Alesmith’s My Bloody Valentine
It’s a rare beer made by a microbrewery in San Diego, California. Sorry, if you’re on the East coast you may not have access to this one. But for the name alone, it’s worth a mention. This particular brew is a seasonal ale made with American hops and pours out a deep mahogany color. True fun for the beer lover in your life. Maybe buy it online to have shipped, and slip the receipt in their love note?
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone, and cheers to an especially Thirsty Thursday!
If you like wine on the sweeter side, the Brachetto d’Acqui by Rose Regale can be found most everywhere, and is a lovely, if not cloying sparkler. The rich dessert wine is a great match for chocolate!