Little note here to say that of course it is entirely possible and frequently preferable to experience romance without a drop of alcohol. Neither this post nor any of the ETP cocktail posts are meant to pressure anyone to drink who doesn’t wish to or who cannot for any number of reasons which are none of my business.
But for those who do care for a sip or two, we’ve got some recommendations for sparkling wine to make your Valentine’s Day – or any special occasion – effervescent and extra-special.
We'll target Bubbles on a Budget because really, who isn't on a budget these days?!
But first ...
The song is a special request from my valentine. It's more about rowdy musicians than it is about romance, hearts and roses, and bubbly, but OK.
- La Marca Prosecco – Italy – about $14
- Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut – Spain – about $11. Bright pink but nice and dry.
- Gruet NV Extra Dry – New Mexico - $16. This is a little sweeter but not overly so.
- Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne – France – about $20. We enjoy the Perle d’Aurore Rosé Brut, a sparkling wine from the Burgundy region using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
Fun fact: Schramsberg’s Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai. Schramsberg’s sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration since.
― Dom Perignon