Over the years, my husband and I have opted to stay in for Valentine’s Day, eschewing the busy (and often pricey) tradition of dining out at a restaurant. Instead, we usually pick up our favourite takeout and indulge in a nice bottle of wine. Unlike being at a restaurant on this holiday, we don’t have to wolf down our meal and rush through conversation for the next seating time. Oh, and the best part is that if I want to dine in my nightgown I can.
And, of course, to pair with your romantic meal you’ll need a delicious bottle of wine! For a change, instead of the usual red or white offerings, why not try something new this Valentine’s, like a sparkling rosé wine? Its blush-toned colour is perfectly festive in a kitschy-kind-of-way, and contrary to popular belief, pairs really well with various foods from a Thai curry to decadent chocolate mousse.
Below, are 5 pink-hued sparkling rosé’s (all available at LCBO) to share with your partner this Valentine’s Day:
From Chile, this sparkling pinot noir rosé gives you major bang-for-your-buck! It’s light and fruity without being overly sweet, with aromas of wild raspberry, yeast, and notes of blueberries. Try it with a green Thai curry and spring rolls.
This is probably one of the prettiest looking bottles on this list, but don’t let its attractive exterior fool you; inside is a deliciously light yet rich sparkling rosé with hints of berries and fresh-baked bread. Featuring a long-lasting mousse and delicate bubbles, Lily would pair nicely with a seafood risotto.
So, you might be thinking to yourself lam-what? And for good reason: Lambrusco, the Italian red fizzy wine that was popular in the 1960s and 70s, is making quite the comeback. And this time, you can enjoy it in a dry version. It’s best served slightly chilled and is lovely paired with foods like pizza or a nice charcuterie and cheese board.
This pale salmon coloured bubbly is medium-bodied with notes of strawberries and apples, and finished with creamy textured foam. Seafood, like smoked salmon with crème fraiche or oysters, would pair nicely with this sparkling wine.
Looking for something to pair with decadent chocolate? Look no further than the Italian red sparkling wine, Brachetto. This sweet wine has hints of rose and strawberries with soft, delicate bubbles. It’s also really low in alcohol content (around 6%), so you can indulge in a couple of guilt-free glasses after your main course wine. It's best paired with chocolate and/or fruit desserts, or simply enjoyed on its own after a meal.
Do you like sparkling rosé wine? Could you see yourself pairing it with a savoury meal?