The Perfect Valentine’s Day Wine? Try a Sparkling Rose.

Sparkling rosé is the perfect Valentine’s Day wine. It’s bubbly and pink, it goes well with food (or without food) and damn it, it just looks pretty.

Rosé can be made via one of two methods: the winemaker can leave the skins in contact with the grape juice after the grapes have been pressed until just a bit of the color leaches out, or the winemaker can mix white wine with a small amount of red wine (typically Pinot Noir). Most people see a pink wine and think it’ll taste sweet (you can blame White Zinfandel for that), but sparkling rosés are generally dry. If the wine is sweet, the label will indicate it either with the word “sweet” or another word indicating sweetness, like sec, demi-sec, or doux.

Here are some of my favorite sparkling rosés:

Affordable

Mumm Napa Brut Rose Sparkling Wine NV — $15.99
This California sparkling wine wine, made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, tastes much more expensive than it really is!

Retailer (Marketview Liquors) ships to: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé NV — $18.99
If you’re looking for something a little different, Cremant d’Alsace sparkling wines, like Champagnes, are from France but come from the Alsace region rather than the Champagne region. Most sparkling wines from Alsace are made via the traditional Champagne method, with traditional Champagne grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier). Cremant d’Alsace sparkling wines are a tasty, affordable alternative to Champagne. The Allimant Laugner is made from 100% Pinot Noir.

Retailer (K&L Wine Merchants) ships to AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, HI, ID, LA, MO, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, ND, OR, WI, and WY.

Korbel California Brut Rose NV — $10.99
A great, everyday sparkling rosé from California. Korbel makes a huge range of affordable, generally good sparkling wines. The Rosé and Natural are two of the best.

Retailer (Get Wine Online) ships to all states except KY, ID, PA, SD, TX, and MA.

Mid-Range

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Rose NV — $29.95
From the Californian outpost of the French Champagne house Taittinger: “the Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour celebrates the life and times of Madame de Pompadour (the great courtesan and mistress of Louis XV) who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court and was an influential tastemaker in the matters of art, architecture and philosophy–famous for her comment, “Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful.”” This wine is made from a blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay.

Retailer (Liquorama Fine Wines & Spirits) ships to all states except KY, ID, PA, SD, TX, and MA.

Expensive

Veuve Clicquot Rose Brut NV — $51.99
The base blend of Veuve Cliqout’s Rose is identical to their Brut Yellow Label blend, making this wine taste similar to the old classic. Red wine and reserve wines are added to the base wine to create the pink color and fruity flavor.

Retailer (Get Wine Online) ships to all states except PA, MA, MD, NH, TX, and UT.

Taittinger Prestige Rose Champagne NV — $64.99
Taittinger is one of my favorite Champagnes. This rose is crisp and delicious.

Retailer (WineMadeEasy) ships to all states except AL, AR, DE, IN, KY, MD, MA, MS, MT, NH, NJ, ND, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WV.

Bollinger Champagne Brut Rose NV — $74.99
But wait! Bollinger is one of my favorite Champagnes! Luckily, we don’t have to choose here.

Retailer (K&L Wine Merchants) ships to AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, HI, ID, LA, MO, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, ND, OR, WI, and WY.

Ouch!

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Rose 2002 — $215.00
The quality of vintage Champagnes can vary from year to year, like all wines, based on the quality of the crop. To avoid yearly variation, most Champagnes and sparkling wines are made from a blend of wines from different years. This Champagne, from the highest rated recent vintage, 2002, is sure to provide a serious wow factor.

Retailer (Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits) ships to all states except IN, KY, LA, MD, PA, TN, TX, UT, and WA.

Happy Valentine’s Day!