Valentine’s Bubbles

Romance is in the air, and bubbles are flowing. Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to pop a cork in celebration with your sweetheart. This is especially ideal if the one you love the most is yourself. After all, you deserve to be celebrated. Enjoy one of these beauties on Valentine’s Day and every day, as every day is the time to celebrate you! #Cheers!

Capturing the pastoral nature of Anderson Valley, Goldeneye Vineyards and Winery highlight an earthy rusticity that melds with complexity in its Goldeneye Anderson Valley Brut Rose. Utilizing classic varieties and traditional methods, the sparkler is produced from the best blocks of fruit from the estate, blending Pinot Noir with Chardonnay. To capture liveliness and freshness, grapes are whole cluster pressed then aged sur lie for 10 months in neutral oak. This stage adds body and texture to the wine, followed by two years of aging en triage (on the lees/yeasts in the bottle). The resulting wine is juicy and lush, with wild berry, golden peach, and nectarine melding with wild herb, creamy marzipan, and honey.

MacRostie Winery’s traditional method sparkling Brut-style wine from the Sonoma Coast reveals thousands of dancing bubbles upon first pop, followed by crisp, clean, fresh acidity that melds with ripe orchard and stone fruit. The production begins with three years of aging in three-year-old barrels, allowing structure and complexity to develop without adding toasty or spicy notes. The wine is then aged en triage for 30 months to round out the texture and flavors of the sparkler. With a rich, balanced palate layered with jasmine, fresh cream, lemon curd, and golden and red delicious apple, the wine has an easy drinking style with a smooth, inviting finish.

Russian River’s Benovia Winery creates a rich, exuberant, and luscious Banc de Noir sparkler that is also wonderfully very, very dry. I am a huge fan of sparkling wines with little or zero dosage, allowing the essence of place to shine through the wine. California’s naturally and consistently warm climate often allows for the Extra Brut style of wine to be easily crafted, as warm summer temperatures easily ripen fruit year after year. However, few winemakers in the state create the style of wine. Benovia’s dosage, or the sugars added in the final production stage, is minimal, revealing a refreshing, refined wine with racy acidity, minerality, and fresh fruit that maintains richness and yeasty creaminess. A beautifully balanced, elegant, and mouthwatering wine that is easy to sip any time of day.

From Australia’s Tasmanian coast, vibrantly energetic and lively, Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvee showcases the river and ocean influences on the region’s vineyards, capturing energy and freshness in lush Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Handpicked fruit is fermented cool, going through full malolactic fermentation. Crafted in the traditional method, the wine is bottled and aged for two years en triage. The resulting sparkler is complex, structured, and delicious. The wine leaps from the glass with aromatic notes of lemon blossom and honeysuckle, followed by fresh cream, lemon, marzipan, and brioche.

A sparkling wine made in France outside of Champagne is known as Cremant (unless you are in the Languedoc, where it is most likely known as Limoux, the first sparkling wine). Cremant options are available from Alsace, Loire, Bordeaux, and more. Following the governing rules of the types of varieties allowed, selections from Bordeaux varieties feature Bordeaux varieties, like Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. French Blue Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose brings together 99% Merlot with a hint of Malbec for an expressive sparkler with pink grapefruit, watermelon, wild raspberry, and purple flowers like lilac and jasmine. Clean and precise on the palate with beautiful length, the selection is aged on the lees/yeasts, adding creaminess and texture to the wine. With approachability and affordability, the selection is perfect for enjoying with breakfast, lunch, or as an aperitif before dinner.