WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
“My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art”
I’m not a Hallmark card kind of guy, but Sinatra’s sentiments in “My Funny Valentine” work just fine for me thank you very much. I already bought my wife her Valentine’s Day gift. Flowers? No, far too predictable and in the “no brainer” category. Chocolates? Are you kidding? My wife is on a permanent diet and she can be blown away as easily as a leaf on the calmest day. OK. I’ll tell you what I bought her. I got her an Android tablet. Something she wanted. Made with the finest platform in the tablet business and it was a creative gift. She loved it and now she doesn’t keep pestering me to use mine. I’m no dummy!
There is a similar predictability when it comes to Valentine’s Day wines whether you’re buying for your main squeeze or for yourself. I have been searching for the Android tablets of Valentine’s Day wines and I do believe I have a very user-friendly selection. Pink wines seem to be de rigueur for the nectar on the lovey-dovey night, so I found you some pink wines which I think will give Cupid some rosy cheeks.
If you’re planning to live large on Feb. 14 Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé is an elegant choice of quaff. I was fortunate enough to sample some of this legendary bubbly and it is as delicious as ever.
The Champagne House describes the gorgeous packaging for the 2 special gift sets available this year, so exquisitely that I’ll let them carry my narrative for the next few sentences: “The Moët Impérial Rosé Unfurl the Tie Coffret offers a chic new way to enjoy and share the (Valentine’s Day) holiday,” according to a press release. And, “Offering a taste of the same beloved Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé” there’s also an Unfurl the Tie Box as a “more compact gift offer.” The wine is produced from 3 grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and the result is an elegantly structured red berry flavor and the biscuit taste that one expects from the Chardonnay component. For more information and prices, check http://www.moet.com.
From the fabulous Spanish fizz producer Freixenet, a range of pink wines were eagerly consumed by yours truly this past week. The sexy label on MIA Delicate & Sweet Moscato Rose, a sparkling wine, promised something special and it delivered exactly what I expected. A beautiful summer garden perfume followed by a fresh and irresistibly sweet flavor is just as sexy as it’s label implies. And at an approximate $12 a bottle this is unbeatable in looks and in charm and taste. There is also a nonisparkling version called MIA Rose Delicate and Floral (an approximate $10) and I tasted those summer berries I love so much in well-made pink wines. A very pretty wine in looks, and most definitely in taste.
I also enjoyed the Freixenet Cordon Rosado pink sparkler (an approximate $10) fresh, crisp and lively. Made from Spain’s Trepat grape, and my favorite Garnacha grape, once again there is that splendid taste of those very ripe summer red berry fruits. The latest edition to the Freixenet family is the Heredad Collection of ultra-premium wines, selected to showcase the finest vineyards and leading DO’s (Denominaciónes de Origen) of Spain. The 2012 Heredad Collection Garbó Rosé, is packed with delicate fruit flavors, made from Garnacha and Syrah grapes, an irresistible blend, and a sip of this wine is nothing less than a liquid kiss.
Every one of these wines will make you smile with your heart. Cheers and XO!
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