Think Love, Drink Pink

Few wines symbolize romance more than rosé Champagne. For starters, there is the rarity of it. The major Champagne houses have Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Roséhistorically restricted rosé to less than 5% of their production, so merely finding it can sometimes be a conquest in itself. Then there is the texture: elegant and seductive, filled with hints of ripe, luscious red fruits.

   Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, you have few excuses for not celebrating in style—although a restaurant may not be the perfect venue. It’s difficult to get a reservation, and the sight of dozens of diners waiting impatiently for your table hardly fuels the flames of passion. And if you choose to mark the occasion at home, that bottle of Champagne will cost you roughly one-third of the price on a restaurant wine list.

Here are some top picks in each price category:

Blason Rosé from Perrier-Jouët

  • Splurge: When money is no object, two brands come to mind: Dom PĂ©rignon and Cristal. Cristal RosĂ© ($500) is the harder bottle to find, although having three vintages on the market (2004, 2005 and 2006) makes the search easier. The 2002 Dom RosĂ© ($345) is the most available, although if you can find a bottle of the 2000 ($330) you’ll remember it for years to come. For a real treat, snag the Pommery CuvĂ©e Louise 2000 ($235)—intense and persistent, with a haunting red berry essence.

 

Mark Spivak is the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation (Lyons Press, 2014); for more information, go to amazon.com

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