VALENTINE'S DAY: You're Not Safe Without the Bubbles

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By Clark Trim

Whether your gift is a dozen roses, a diamond ring, or a box of chocolates, Valentine’s Day just isn’t complete without a bottle of sparkling wine. And, while Champagne does impress and IS the top shelf sparkling wine, the good news is there are so many other choices that over deliver and impress without breaking the bank.

Once again, our wine team has done the foot work. They searched the best regions of France, Italy, South America, and California and put together a list of sparkling wines sure to make any Valentine’s Day just a little more special.


France

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Taittinger Brut La Francais
This highly rated Champagne is a blend of some 30 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, respectively 40% and 60% of the total, from several harvests of perfectly ripened grapes.
regularly $74.99   

sale price $39.98

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Maison Forget-Brimont Rosé
Elegant salmon color. Fine persistent bubbles. Very fresh nose. Large range of small red fruits including mulberry, raspberry and red currant.
regularly $53.99   

sale price $39.98    

Maison Forget-Brimont Brut Premier Cru
Pale golden color. Delicate nose, very fresh, lovely complexity. Fresh and supple on the palate. The first impression is of fresh green apples with a hint of white flowers and hazelnuts. Well balanced and good length.
regularly $49.99   

sale price $37.98    

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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006
Wine Spectator rated 95: "A graceful, minerally version featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of crème de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse."
regularly $84.99   

sale price $59.98    

Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé
Tasting Panel rated 93: "Rich rose color with lots of lively raspberry and lovely texture; elegant, racy, seamless and long."
regularly $76.99   

sale price $54.98    

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial
Wine Spectator rated 90: "This bright Champagne is aromatic, with hints of smoke, pastry cream and lemon curd on the nose, and flavors of crushed blackberry and toast. Clean-cut and fresh, with a lively bead."
regularly $67.99   

sale price $49.98  

Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
This is the boldest and most unexpected Moët & Chandon champagne. It reflects the diversity and complementarities of the three champagne grapes and the richness of the region's best vineyards to reveal the magic of the world's most loved champagne.
regularly $67.99   

sale price $49.98  

Moet & Chandon Imperial
Tasting Panel rated 92. This spectacular wine replaces White Star as the flag bearer for the brand. It is a stunning improvement with a lovely citrus nose that shows hints of white flowers, minerals and brioche; it is smooth textured with graceful structure, bright acidity and showing long, precise and vivid flavors.
regularly $65.99   

sale price $39.98    

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Calvet Brut Rosé Cremant de Bordeaux 2015
This salmon-colored blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and just a touch of Merlot is light, crisp and perfumed. It has a creamy mousse and a bright, red currant-inflected aftertaste.
regularly $17.39   

sale price $14.98    


Italy

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Rosa Regale Brachetto D’ Aqui
A color of festive cranberry introduces an aromatic bouquet with hints of raspberries, strawberries and rose petals. Flavors of fresh raspberries with crisp acidity follow, enticing the palate with an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish. This is the quintessential pairing with Valentine’s Day chocolate.
regularly $24.99   

sale price $18.99

Caposaldo Prosecco Brut DOC
The color is pale straw with greenish undertones, leading to fruity aromas with citrus, green apple and acacia flowers. On the palate is a fine and persistent perlage which creates a soft, round mouth feel.
regularly $17.99   

sale price $11.98  

La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene
This pretty wine has a pale straw yellow color that leads to a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. The wine is off-dry and refreshing.
regularly $14.99   

sale price $11.98    

Zonin Prosecco
Gold Medal winner, 2014 Los Angeles International Wine CompetitionVery well-balanced and appealing, with the extremely delicate almond note that is typical of Prosecco. An excellent aperitif, it can also be served throughout the meal – including dessert – as long as the dishes are not too strongly flavored.
regularly $14.99   

sale price $10.98    


Argentina

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Pascual Toso Brut Nature Argentina
This beauty displays crisp and fresh flavors of citrus, melon, and pear with nicely integrated notes of yeasty vanilla and toasted almond. It finishes beautifully in a crisp, yet creamy burst of fruit. This wine way overdelivers for the price.
regularly $18.99       

sale price $14.99    

Gouguenheim Rosé Extra Brut – Malbec Bubbles
Delicate with red fruit aromas, predominantly cherry and strawberry. It is a burst of freshness in the mouth, with soft fruit tones and nicely balanced acidity. Enjoy the tiny, brilliant bubbles.
regularly $12.99   

sale price $9.98    

Toso Brut – Colonial Best Buy
This sparkling wine is bright and clear with a touch of pale yellow. The aroma displays a bouquet of perfectly balanced yeasts with the Chardonnay used for this basic wine. Over time, this evolves and gains complexity in the bottle. The aroma is complemented by the flavor and has a gentle, soft, fresh taste which makes it enjoyable to drink. Amazing quality at this very special price.
regularly $9.99   

sale price $7.98    


California

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Gloria Ferrer
Extra Brut
This dry sparkler has a nose of green apple and toasty brioche. The mouth is bright and crisp and adds citrus with a touch of honey and some black cherry in the background. The finish is long with a touch of ginger at the end.

Blanc de Blancs
The nose opens up with creamy pear and toasty brioche. The mouth continues and adds green apple, Meyer lemon zest and some stone fruit characters. The finish is long and crisp with a touch of fresh ginger.

Blanc de Noirs
This blush sparkler has bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, lively bubbles and a persistent finish.

regularly $21.99   

your choice $16.98    

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Sofia by Francis Coppola
Blanc de Blancs
Fruity and refreshing, it is a rare blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling. Mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. Elegant in character, this wine is lightly textured and vibrant through the finish.

Brut Rosé
It flaunts a floral nose highlighted by aromatic notes of tea leaves and flavors of tart red currants, pomegranate, strawberries, peaches, cloves, and spice berries. Graceful and round across the palate, the wine is underscored by a crisp verve that brings the tapestry of flavors to life, then lets them linger on the sparkling finish.

regularly $18.99   

your choice $14.98    

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