A Few Rosés for Valentine’s Day

Before I met my wife, I dated a string of women that were, shall we say, rather “high-maintenance” (another word would be “psychotic” but my inner therapist would say to avoid using any judgmental terminology like that). As such, Valentine’s Day would always cause me a significant amount of angst. I always knew I should do something but I was never quite sure what.

I can safely say that I can not recall a single Valentine’s Day that went exactly as planned. In fact, I am pretty sure that the last Valentine’s Day that went “really well” was back in the seventh grade when I got a card from Deanna Miller, who, at the time, was the be-all and end-all of my world and the fact that she even knew that I existed was “awesome”.

What I did not realize until after I was married is that Valentine’s Day is much better (understatement of the year) not with a bunch of roses, but with a bunch of rosés (see what I did there?).

[Of course, this is not an endorsement to have your seventh grader crack a bottle open if their “Deanna Miller” neglects to deliver a card….]

Mia Rosé

2013 Freixenet Mia Rosé: Retail $10. The label says “Delicate & Fruity” and it is certainly the latter. Tons of berry fruit on both the nose and the palate, this is a fun wine. Delicate? I am not as sure about that one. There is a hint of sweetness which actually works well with all that fruit. This is not a wine that is going to cause intense introspection, but then neither is the cost. This is a great Valentine’s Day wine for the Grad Student—you do not have a whole lot to spend on either wine or a meal—grab a bottle of this and order a pizza. If she is “the one” she will certainly not mind that you went “budget” and if she is not “the one”, well, you might have a fun night on the cheap. Good to Very Good. 85-87 Points.

Mia SparkleN.V. Friexenet Mia Sparkling Wine: Retail $10. A light pink hue with a nose of strawberry Jolly Rancher. On the palate, that Jolly Rancher really comes through, but not quite as sweet as the hard candy. Not quite. This is certainly on the sweet side, and like the non-sparkling Mia, this would pair best with something rather salty, spicy, or even fresh fruit. There is that person in your office that you have been dying to ask out for a while–you know the one–the one who is bubbling with excitement and always seems to be drinking a Cherry Coke Zero? This is the bottle for that first date. Good to Very Good. 85-87 Points.

Garbo2012 Garbó Montsant Rosat: Retail $19. 70% Garnacha, 30% Syrah. First off, I love saying “Garnacha”–it might just be one of my favorite wine words to utter. Second, the color here is striking–certainly more “red” than your typical rosé–in fact, it could come close to being mistaken as a light red. Strawberry, raspberry, and even a bit of apple waft gracefully from the stem, with a lively acidity greeting the tongue. More fruit is introduced on the palate, but this is by no means a “fruity” wine–no, this is a serious rosé that demands a spot at the table. This is a rosé for perhaps a more serious encounter with that special someone who “gets” wine. This is not a first-date kind of bottle, but rather one for that third or fourth date—when you are pretty sure that the relationship is getting “serious” (and the thought of that does not freak you out all that much). I scoured the inter-web to try and determine whether this is a saignée or a dedicated rosé (made from grapes that were grown expressly to be made into rosé). In the end, it doesn’t matter as this is Very Good, maybe more. 88-90 Points.

Segura RoseNV Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rosé: Retail $10. 90% Trepat, 10% Garnacha. Part of the Freixenet Group, one of the largest producers of Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain.  I wish I had a more open mind when I first started getting into wine—I was a teacher and during the summers I would lead bike trips in France. For me, there was only one “real” sparkling wine and that was Champagne. I pretty much ignored all others, which, given my paltry salary, was not a good economic decision. This wine is perhaps perfect for that dating phenomenon that I never really understood: the blind date. Why on earth people would go out with someone that they have never met let alone seen is beyond my level of comprehension. But if you have a blind date lined up for this weekend, this is an excellent choice for several reasons. First, nothing says “I’m fun” more than a bottle of bubbles. Period. Second, this is only $10, and for ten bucks there might not be a better deal out there. Third, this is really good—if the date turns out to be a failure (like most blind dates), then you have a really nice bottle of wine, which prevents the episode from being a complete disaster. Red berry fruit great acidity and an admirable finish. Really nice and definitely Very Good. 87-89 Points.


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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18 Responses to A Few Rosés for Valentine’s Day

  1. Pfft. Valentines Day is a Hallmark holiday. Every day should be Valentines Day. It is in our house! Cheers!

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  2. A few rosés….good to see the pun is still alive and well! 🙂

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  3. Beth says:

    Garnacha and Grenache are both fun to say! Syrah, too!


  4. Mike Rogers says:

    Hey, if you get the opportunity I’d love to get your thoughts on the rosé made by Ehlers Estate. It’s made from Cabernet Franc and I like it a lot. In fact, my mother, a big rosé fan, declared that there were no good rosés made in California. The best were from Provence. Gauntlet thrown.

    I found this wine and it is now her favorite. Better than the French (though the owners of the winery are French).



  5. flippenblog says:

    Nope. Huh uh. Easy way out.


  6. There’s a Campo Viejo Rose Cava that I buy for only $8.99 at my grocery store in California, and it’s very good at this price. Bright cherries and strawberries, plus excellent citrus notes to keep it balanced, and there’s no obvious sweetness, I love Spanish Roses! It’s you asked me to rate it, at this price point, I’d give it 87 to 88 points on the 100 point scale.
    When you were in my neighborhood, did you ever try Goat Bubbles from Flying Goat Cellars? It looks like a Rose, and it’s not cheap, but it is elegant and delicious! Happy Valentines Day to you!


    • I almost could not get past your first line–we can only buy wine from state stores here (which are woefully inadequate and grossly over-priced). As for Flying Goat, I spent a little bit of time with Norm Yost at the Wine Bloggers Conference last summer. Great guy, really nice wines!

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  7. I am anti-Valentine’s Day, but I’ll use any excuse to open up a nice bottle/


  8. dwdirwin says:

    What is this Valentine’s day? Some years from now, our children’s significant others aren’t going to be too pleased with us


  9. Now I want to see if I can find some of these – they all sound fabulous. By the way, I married my last blind date – we “met” on Match.com. 🙂


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