St Valentine is just around the corner and what better drink to set the mood with your lover than sparkling wine. Call it Champagne, Prosecco, Cremant, Spumante, or Franciacorta’s. There are many types for each budget.
Here are some interesting facts about sales of sparkling wine in Canada. I found it in Statitics Canada.
366.9 million — This is the value of sales of sparkling wines in Canada during the year ending March 31, 2012, an increase of 7.9% from the previous year. Canadian domestic wines made up nearly a quarter of this amount.
21.9 million litres was the volume of sparkling wines sold in Canada during the year ending March 31, 2012, an increase if 5.5% from the previous year. This represents the equivalent of more than 10 million 750 ml bottles of domestic sparkling wines and nearly 19 million 750 ml bottles of imported bubbly during the year ending March 31, 2012. With this mind, it is ckearly that Canadians have a keen affinity for the bubble.
Sparkling wine is also the best drink to match for aphrodisiac food on your st-valentine day. I cannot thing of a better wine to have with oysters than Champagne. Salmon tartare or Tuna tataki would not be the same either with a glass of Cremant. The acidity and often creamy texture of these types of wines complement the saline and sometime bold flavors of these types of seafood. They are also light, allowing you and your lover to share more than one bottle without too much concern for intoxication.
Skip the dozen roses and just give your lover 1 rose. With the money saved, you can buy a nice bottle of sparkling wine.
Sparkling wines for St-Valentine’s day:
Antech Cuvée Expression Crémant de Limoux 2012. Price: $20.95. SAQ Code: 10666084.
On the nose, apple, herbs with some straw and nutty character. The palate is dry and mineral, medium depth and oily texture. Ripe fruit gives it a sweet taste , making it very approachable. Long and dry finish. 90/100.
Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs. Price: $45. SAQ Code: 11766597.
A champagne made exclusively from chardonnay grapes. On the nose, white fruits with lots of floral character and a hint of baked almond biscuit. In the mouth, medium body and very elegant. Very long persistance. 93/100
Catherine et Pierre Breton Épaulé Jeté. Price: $27.65. SAQ Code: 12100279
On the nose fun aromas of yellow apples, whits plums with a touch of dry chinese mushrooms. In the mouth, medium body, a tad sweet with a nice mineral profile. Very fun to drink. 92/100