This fizzy red wine conjures up an Italian vacation


This week’s wines all delighted me from first sip to last. It might be a little counterintuitive to offer these for Valentine’s Day dinner – but that’s never stopped me. Of course, no one will blame you for going for champagne, but why not go for something unexpected? Italians know how to make red wine sparkle. Here are two examples that will add flavor to your evening without the expense, pretense, or pressure. They provide comfort and relaxation. (If you propose, drink champagne.)

And for this week’s third wine, a reminder that a glass of rosé is as expressive as a rose. Well, you might have to add some personal flair to pull it off, and the Inman Family Endless Crush I praised last summer, this gorgeous rosé from Ridgecrest Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, would be perfect here.

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Salvatore Martusiello Otto Uve Gragnano Della Penisola Sorrentina 2021

(3.5 stars)

This rosso frizzante hails from the Sorrento Peninsula south of Naples – think Amalfi Coast, romantic views and, of course, pizza. Think of it as vacation in a bottle. Washington importer Michael R. Downey Selections first brought the wine to 2 Amys at the launch of the Neapolitan pizza craze. Fruitier than its northern cousins ​​from Emilia Romagna, this wine has a dried plum character that reminds me of – dare I say it? – Dr. Pepper. But it is a Italy Dr. Pepper. And great value for the price. Alcohol by volume: 11.5 percent. Bottle weight: 631 grams (Sparkling).

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Imported and locally distributed by Michael R. Downey Selections.

Medici Ermete Le Tenute Solo Reggiano 2018

(3.5 stars)

This “vino frizzante rosso secco” comes from a leading producer of Lambrusco in Emilia Romagna. The wine has a vibrant ruby ​​color with earthy and fruity aromas and is nicely balanced with black cherry and mushroom flavors on the palate. Bubbles add texture and texture to all types of food. A classic pairing would be charcuterie or smoked meats, which can cut through the richness of heavier pastas. ABV: 11.5 percent. BW: 775 grams (Glossy).

Imported by Cobrand. RNDC distributes locally.

Ridgecrest Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

(3.5 stars)
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Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Ore., $32

Yes, it’s winter, but roses are great year-round, especially for Valentine’s Day. Harry Peterson-Nedry was a pioneer planter in the Ribbon Ridge section of the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He and his daughter, Win Peterson-Nedry, make Ridgecrest Wines. Their pinot noir rosé is luxurious with a velvety texture and flavors of strawberry and mint. It’s successful as a stand-alone act, but will add zest and romance to any seafood meal. Stable with LIVE certification. ABV: 13.1 percent. BW: 460 grams (Light).

Distributed locally by Lanterna.

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