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79 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E I picture you sitting across from someone with whom you have shared lots of history, fond memories and a deep love. Or someone with whom you hope to share those things. Or across from someone you met last week, are not crazy about, but would rather have dinner with than be alone. Or you're out with friends giving Valentine's Day the middle finger. Or at home doing the same thing solo. All of which are fine and delightful options. And I imagine there is tasty wine involved, and hopefully yummy food. Below is my dream lineup of Valentine's Day wines, complete with food pairing suggestions. You can follow my food advice, or devise your own dream meal… or just skip all that and drink these gems straight of the bottle. Regardless, they should make for a good Valentine's Day celebration, however you spend it. Aperitif and Spinach Salad with Strawberries: Sparkling Yes, naturally. Sparkling wine is almost required at Valentine's Day. Although it can go with any course of the meal (see last month's article), it is particularly delightful as an entry sipper. Most of the time, grapes for sparkling wine are either grown in rather cold regions (and do not become very ripe keeping their high acidity) or are picked early in warmer regions simulate that affect. Those high acids cause your mouth to water, telling your body it is time to eat. And those little bubbles go straight to your head, making you giddy right away. It's a great way to start the night. Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace rosé is one of the most delightful, affordable sparkling pinks on the planet (around $20). Crafted out of 100% hand- picked pinot grapes from that contended little plot of French land on the German border, it is made by Methode Traditionelle (like Champagne) and exhibits smooth, creamy bubbles that come from in-bottle fermentation and 12 months lees contact. With pretty notes of strawberry, raspberry and toast, and a crisp and clean finish, it is great to wake up your palette and play with your strawberries as you head into a lovely evening. Text Margaret Shugart tropic vintage A Lover's Line-Up of Wine Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Rosé

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