A beautiful way to begin a romantic Valentine’s evening is to share an elegant sparkling rosé with the person you love. While a brut rosé from Champagne may be outside of your budget, consider a fine sparkling wine from California’s highly regarded Schramsberg Vineyards.
Located in Napa Valley, the Schramsberg estate dates to 1862. In fact, Robert Louis Stevenson describes his visit to the winery, then owned by German immigrant Jacob Schram, in his book “The Silverado Squatters.” Although the historic property was later abandoned, it was restored in 1965 by the late Jack and Jamie Davies. Their goal was to produce the nation’s most prestigious sparkling wine, and they succeeded, according to Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia. It states the winery was the first U.S. producer of serious quality, bottle fermented sparkling wine and “started the modern California sparkling wine industry rolling.”
Schramsberg’s consistently top-rated sparkling wines are made through the Méthode Champenoise or Méthode Traditionnelle. This is the same process used to make real Champagne in which the wine goes through a second fermentation in its own bottle.
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé,
North Coast, Calif.
Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Boulevard, in January for $25.99
Description • This elegant pale pink sparkling wine earned well-deserved 90 point scores from several different wine reviewers including those at Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. It’s a true beauty with lively, persistent pinpoint bubbles and a creamy layer of mousse. A blend of 57 percent pinot noir and 43 percent chardonnay, this delicate wine combines flavors of fresh strawberries with clean, zesty citrus. A wonderful beginning or end to the evening, this wine would also be a delicious pair with seductive seafood.