Top pink Champagnes and Sparklings to enjoy this Valentine's Day
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Top pink Champagnes and Sparklings to enjoy this Valentine's Day

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Vintage Cellars
February 16, 2017
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Valentine’s Day is a special day to spend with a loved one. Why not top it up with one of our recommended pink Champagnes or Sparklings?

St Valentine’s Day is all about love, flowers, chocolates, dinner for two - and sparkling wine. To take this to the next level, the bubbles should also be pink, thus covering all bases for the ultimate day of passion. If you want to be clever, instead of roses, simply take rosé. If you want to class it up, take both.

Rosé wines are an amazing category, defined solely by their pinkness. In most instances, the colour of the pink wine must be derived from a short amount of time on skins at the beginning of the wine-making process. In Champagne, however, the law allows the winemaker to simply pour some red wine into the white wine, creating the pink wine by blending. But enough about the technical side of things - let’s look at making things romantic.

The perfect pink bubblies for your Valentine’s Day

If you don’t have time to go out for dinner then perhaps surprise your valentine with a mid-morning brunch. The perfect pink bubbly is Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato. Effortlessly pretty and aromatic, think rose petals, lychees and musk; this will be a lovely treat with some sweet pastries. It’s low in alcohol and at only 375ml, it won’t disrupt the rest of your day. If brunch doesn’t provide enough time with your loved one, the Innocent Bystander will also be perfect with a strawberry soufflé or red berry tart after your romantic dinner.

Heading to more savoury styles of rosé, the Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is bound to woo. Pale pink in colour and made from 100% Pinot Noir, this will partner beautifully with roasted salmon fillet with hollandaise sauce and a simple salad. It offers fresh acid and generous fruit expression of strawberries and cherries - a real delight.

If your intention is to elaborately demonstrate true love, (and on this day what other motive could there be?), you’ll need to bring out the big guns. Head to the Champagne section and don’t hold back.

To begin, sample some Moutard Rosé Champagne with fresh oysters dressed with lemon juice only, and a drop of rose water. It is simple and classic with a little twist. The Moutard is aged for 3 years giving complexity and also offering a lovely note of summer fruits.

With our entrée of chargrilled five-spice quail, take things to the next level with Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage. This achingly dry wine will not only be a perfect match with the spice and gamey notes of the quail but will change your mind about how good rosé champagne can be. It is powerful, intriguing and utterly classy.

As you stare into each other’s eyes you need a wine of seduction and style. The Perrier Jouet Blason Rosé is the wine to finish on. You share half a duck with cherry sauce as you canoodle and whisper sweet nothings to each other. The wine will also take your attention. Blended from over 30 unique parcels of wine, the Blason rosé exemplifies harmony. This wine is at the very zenith of rosé wine production. It is supple and complex, rich and long in the mouth.

Of course, if you can’t find the time to enjoy all of these Champagnes in the one sitting, nor the inspiration to prepare all of the lovely food, fear not. Choose one bottle, find a spot in the park, and have a simple picnic with your Valentine. You can take love anywhere.