Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. Champagne is the first drink that comes to mind but if you’re on a budget, it can be out of reach. Luckily, those watching their dollars can still afford to drink something fun on February 14. Here are 3 sparkling wines all easy on the wallet and the palate.
2011 Joe’s Secco Oregon Bubbles produced by Wine by Joe
Made from a blend of Oregon grape varietals:
Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Pinot noir, Viognier & Muscat mostly from their 214-acre Larkin Estate Vineyard that is certified as LIVE & Salmon Safe.
1583 cases produced
Bubbles come from injecting the wine with CO2. This technique is called forced carbonation and is similar to getting the bubbles in soda pop.
Color: Pale sunshine yellow
Aroma: Green apple, lemon, kiwi, fresh rain, mineral & tart smelling
Flavor: Lime, green apple, lemon rind, green apple jolly rancher candy, hint of saline with lots of acidity. A sweetness kicks in at the mid-palate but is soon replaced with a nice tart finish.
2011 Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat Frizzanté produced by Willamette Valley Vineyards
145-acre Tualatin Estate vineyard that is certified as LIVE & Salmon Safe
5316 cases produced
Again, forced carbonated is used to increase the bubbles beyond the natural CO2
Color: Pale sunshine yellow with a rim of tiny bubbles
Aroma: Flowers, green apple, honeysuckle
Flavor: Green apple, apricots, peaches, semi-sweet with soft bubbles and nice acidity to balance the sweetness.
Pink Panda produced by Naked Rebel Winery
Sparkling Grape Wine
Alexander Valley, California
400 cases produced
The bubbles in this wine are created using the Charmat method, which means a second fermentation happens in a tank, prior to bottling the wine.
Color: Bubblegum pink with delicate bubbles
Aroma: Cherry jello, rhubarb, strawberry candy
Flavor: Cherry jello, cherries, strawberry twizzler candy and lots of fruitiness with soft bubbles get active when enjoyed with food