Our Favorite Pink Wines to Pop on Valentine’s Day
It's time to think pink—pink wine, that is! These are our sommelier's top picks for gorgeous rosés to uncork with your special someone.
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Tasmania is a real up-and-comer in the world of sparkling wine, and Jansz is one of the leaders in the pack. Their sparkling rosé ($20) is a symphony of rose petals, strawberries, summer fruits and Turkish delight—a wonderfully romantic bottle of bubbly. Save room for dessert with these wine and chocolate pairings!
Vibrant, fresh and fruity, Sicilian winery Planeta’s rosé ($15) is a blend of syrah and the local nero d’Avola grape. This sip of Mediterranean sunshine is incredibly versatile and makes a delectable partner with everything from grilled seafood dishes to roast chicken or pork.
This delicious canned spritz ($45 for 12) is a blend of cherry wine, white wine and cranberry. With a hint of sparkle, it’s excellent on its own or as the star of a wine cocktail. Bonus? These double as stellar picnic wines once the weather warms up. Our entire editorial team is obsessed.
Chandon’s marvelous sparkling rosé ($20) is an expressive wonder filled with delicious red fruit aromas and flavors. It’s a wickedly good aperitif wine that you can also enjoy throughout your meal! Drink it alongside this ultra-zesty lime shrimp ceviche.
With refreshing brightness and a deliciously floral, watermelon and berry fruit profile, this dry rosé ($22) is a real treat. Thanks to its cabernet franc grapes, this René Couly boasts plenty of personality. Be sure to pour a glass if there are veggies among your Valentine’s Day side dishes.
For those in the mood for a slightly more robust rosé, check out the excellent PMV Grenache offering ($25). The Santa Barbara winery is known not only for creating superlative wines but also for its commitment to biodynamic farming. The PMV is a richly layered rosé that features all the classic hallmarks of Grenache—mouthwatering red ripe red fruit with a subtle hint of fresh flowers.
Champagne is the classic wine come February 14th, and this stunning example from Launois ($40) offers exceptional value. Made exclusively from pinot noir grapes, it’s a phenomenal choice if you’re opting for a traditional Valentine’s Day wine. Soft, fruity and elegant, this is definitely one of our top picks. If you’d like to stock up on your bubbly, here are some more to choose from.
Franciacorta is Italy’s answer to champagne, and the wines made here give the French region a run for its money! Bellavista’s gorgeous pink bubbly ($45) is perfect if you want to shell out a little bit extra, but aren’t looking to max out your credit card. Made from a blend of chardonnay and pinot nero (that’s Italian for pinot noir), this elegant sparkling rosé is a stunner with smoked salmon roulades.
There’s no denying that pinot noir makes outstanding rosé. This pretty example ($14) hails from Australia’s Adelaide Hills, a cooler region where pinot can thrive. Bursting with strawberries, pink grapefruit and red cherry, it’s impossible to go wrong.
Skewing towards the more generous end of the rosé spectrum, this Merlot-based beauty ($23) is full of ripe, perfumed red fruit aromas and flavors that are balanced out by crisp acidity. “Rainy” holds up to a variety of dishes, from fatty fish to duck or with something more decadent like lobster.
France’s Provence region is synonymous with world-class rosés. Clos Cibonne ($30) is famous for using the rare Tibouren grape in its stellar pink wines. You’ll encounter a delightful array of red fruits in the glass. Pop this open with anything tomato-based, whether it’s a pizza for two or a homemade pasta dish.
This one is for all the zinfandel fans out there. This lush blush wine ($25) has an almost tropical flair—lychee and guava mix with notes of juicy peach, candied watermelon and orange zest. Rosé lovers can’t afford to miss this one.
If your sweetie has a sweet tooth (and expensive taste) and you need a li’l something to serve with dessert, look no further than Inniskillin’s fantastic cabernet franc icewine ($100). Bursting with notes of ripe strawberry complements anything with chocolate and strawberry. The best part? It comes in several sizes!