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Is your Valentine sweet?


Seeing red?

Yes, there's a passionate wine out there for almost every lover in every mix and match.

For the inseparable duet, consider: the Ruinart Rosé One-for-Two gift set. The Champagne itself charms with cherry and berry flavors, fine bubbles, a hint of spice and a long finish. And it comes with a Limoges porcelain pourer with two spouts that allows you to fill two glasses at once. $65.

For the purist who sparkles: the Krug Grande Cuvée, the peak of nonvintage Champagne. It's fresh and complex; balanced, fruity, nutty, toasty. This is what great bubbly is all about -- a celebratory, seductive union from many lots and years of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay -- a multivintage beauty, $179.

Continuing French and turning sweet: the 2008 Château de Cosse Sauternes, a gilded offspring of Château Rieussec. The bright, vibrant wine, with a hint of citrus, is enjoyable this minute, on its own or with buttery desserts, nuts, even blue cheese. About $25.

Fortified, ripe and sweet: the 2008 Les Clos de Paulilles Banyuls Rimage, a red mouthful that's 16 percent alcohol by volume and an ideal partner for dark chocolate. In that way, Banyuls is a rare wine. It also works with berries and Roquefort cheese. About $20.

And Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui, a fizzy, friendly, off-dry red sparkler from Banfi's Vigne Regali, will remind you of berries and roses. About $20.


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