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How To Make Your Valentine's Day Sparkle: Bubbly For The Big Day

Forbes Magazine
February 14, 2017
By Brian Freedman

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Every year it’s the same: The pressure to select the perfect pairing for Valentine’s Day dinner, or just the right bottle of whiskey or wine or whatever else you plan on filling your glass with, builds to a frenzy until the 14th finally rolls around. By then, so much thought and worry and obsession has gone into the whole ordeal that much of the joy that might have resulted risks been obliterated.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The key to successful Valentine’s Day drinking is no different than it is the other 364 days of the year. The only difference is that today, there seems to be a built-in excuse to pop the cork or unscrew the cap from bottles you might hesitate to open on any other day.

Valentine’s Day, then, is the perfect opportunity to splurge a bit. Which means that this is the optimal day to treat yourself to a great bottle on a Tuesday night without having to deal with the pangs of guilt that might otherwise sully the mid-week experience.

For Pinot Noir fans, the Inman Family Wines OGV Estate Sparkling Blanc de Noir Brut Nature (SRP $68) is a taut, nutty bottling that can age for two decades but is great now. The Soter Mineral Springs Brut Rosé 2011 (SRP $65), from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, shows spice, strawberry, and pink grapefruit, and would make for a fantastic Valentine’s Day bottle.

No matter what you drink for the holiday, make sure to use this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to pop the corks from bottles of bubbly that you might not ordinarily consider. There’s no better way to celebrate. And no better time to drink those sparklers.