Have you already chosen your Valentine’s Wine this year?
It’s still so chilly out there, and if you’re thinking of staying in for a romantic dinner or a take out to eat at home, there can’t be anything more romantic than rosé sparkling or still wine. We’re very lucky in Alberta to have so many great choices, at prices to suit all pockets.
We’ve picked a few beauties to share with your loved on this February 14th:
From the first established Champagne house in 1729, this “wine with bubbles” as Nicolas Ruinart described it at the time, is a blend of Chardonnay Premier Cru grapes and Pinot Noir to produce an intense wine, with flavours of strawberries, pomegranate, and cherries. A lovely acidity balances the fruit. We drank it with smoked salmon and duck confit – and it’s a very food-friendly wine for lamb and charcuterie too. CSPC +718222 $97
Bench 1775 Brut Rosé
There are only 533 cases of this light and easy-drinking sparkling rosé, but pick it up at the winery to be sure of your bottle. It’s a blend of two vintages of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, and aged on the lees for added complexity and structure. Another wine ideal for charcuterie and cheeses, or just to enjoy and celebrate without breaking the bank. CSPC: +6489 $20
La Gioiosa Rosea
“Marca gioiosa et amorosa”–“march with joy and love” is the root of the name of this friendly and very accessible bubbly. So let’s do it, this blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Bianco from the northeast of Italy is an unpretentious wine for celebrations, sharing with friends –and at this price you may be able to share two bottles. CSPC+ 791422 $17
Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose
Over the last 85 years, Champagne Taittinger has grown in acreage and respect, and only in the last 12 years had the Taittinger family bought back the family business. This juicy and fresh rosé is unusual in that while it is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, just before it’s bottled, 15% of red wine is added to the cuvée for colour and fresh pressed red berry aromas and flavours. CSPC +372367 $100
Eau Claire’s Cherry Gin
If you want to impress and keep the faith with the colour but go a little stronger, this elegant London-dry gin is infused with sour cherries and more than 12 botanicals for a unique and complex gin that is perfect in a neat martini or with mixers or in a cocktail. A versatile gin to stretch your imagination. It is now available in stores across the province. CPSC +800293 $52
Côte des Roses 2016
New from Gérard Bertrand, and available in a super romantic magnum! A big bottle for your sweetie with a rose base designed by a young artist from the École Boulle the fine arts college in Paris. A fresh and fruity blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault from the Languedoc region of southern France, you’ll soon forget the snow outside. CSPC + 793426 1500 mL $41
Ricasoli Albia Rose Toscano
From the oldest winery in Italy and the creator of the Chianti recipe, comes this new rosé, a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, with a delicate colour and aromas of violets and red berries. Chill down well, and dream of your patio in summer. CSPC +793581 $20