Romance sparkles. And for your Valentine's Day, bubbly wines, from whimsical prosecco to full-bodied Champagne, are ideal. You still have time to run out for a bottle. Celebrate with these:
Prosecco is a good buy. Enza Prosecco ($15), a light and festive extra-dry choice, has a peachy, citrusy quality and is very food-friendly, too. Likewise, the dry Mionetto Prosecco Brut ($15) with an apple accent. Bocelli Prosecco ($19), as in the family of tenor Andrea Bocelli, hits a high note with floral, fruity style.
If you're feeling absolutely rosy, there's a blend of pinot nero and chardonnay in a dry, delicate, bright package: Ferrari Brut Rose ($37) from Trento. For an American rose, sample the dependable, pretty-in-deep pink Chandon Rose ($22); Chandon's delightful Etoile Rose ($40), with a diverting salmon color and Napa-Sonoma flair; and the versatile, crisp, balanced, vivid J Brut Rose ($38).
Nonvintage rose Champagnes couple finesse and intensity. The Ruinart Brut Rose ($75) is a radiant, brilliantly hued way to find that out. It's complex, layered and vibrant, with touches of black cherry and raspberry. Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose ($69) uncorks with trademark elegance. The house makes wonderful roses, round and rich.
Polished and excellent: Moet & Chandon Imperial Rose ($50), a fresh wine full of red fruit plus a trace of pepperiness, that, fittingly for the date, also has an aroma suggesting a rose. And if you prefer your Champagne gilded, try the reliable Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial ($41), a classic blend, suggesting apple and pear. They all go well with chocolate, creamy desserts, starry nights.