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Wine bubble tips for Valentine sparkle

A special off-dry sparkle for your Valentine.
A special off-dry sparkle for your Valentine.
Graham Beck

There is no better elixir for celebrating with your sweet heart than Champagne. For that matter, is there anything better than bubbles at any time? Whether you like it dry or off dry, as an aperitif, with dinner, or an accompaniment for dessert, nothing surpasses the finesse and twinkle of sparkling wine.

The following rave bubbles are found at City Wine in Central Denver:

Dry

Sommariva Prosecco Di Conegliano Brut, Vino Spumante, Italy $15.99

Prosecco is grown and made in the Veneto region of Italy. In the past, it tended to be a sweeter sparkling wine, now it is typically made more dry. It has become increasing popular in the last decade as it is less expensive than Champagne. Yet, light and refreshing, it tastes delicious.


Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rose, France $21.99

Only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France is labeled Champagne. Bubbles from other areas of France are labeled Crémant or Mousseux. By French law, Crémants must be made using the traditional Champagne method. Sparkling wines around the world are made using this method and advertise it on labels with the phrase méthode champenois. There are other methods for producing bubbles, such as the Charmat process. This Crémant d’Alsace is made of 100% Pinot Noir making a beautiful rose colored liquid with “red berry flavors.”
 

Off Dry

Graham Beck “Bliss” sparkling wine Demi Sec, South Africa $18.99

This sparkling wine is made from 54% Chardonnay and 46% Pinot Noir. According to the vintner, it is a “blissful alternative for those who do not like their bubbly too dry.” It is described as having light yeasty aromas, with hints of butterscotch, honey and praline. Because it is sweet, serve as an aperitif, with foods having some acidity to balance, or with dessert.

With these, you will add sparkle to your Valentine plans, wow the object of your desire, and set the course for romance. Get your bottle of bubbly chilled and let cupid do the rest.

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