Quintessential Valentine’s Day–Part One

“If it doesn’t sparkle, it doesn’t matter” Happy Valentine’s Day sparkling wine recommendations from the Drunken Cyclist.

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A few weeks ago, the fine folks at Quintessential (a Napa-based family owned importer and marketing group) emailed me and asked if I would consider reviewing a few of their wines that they felt were particularly well-suited for the upcoming Valentine’s Day “holiday.”

While I agreed to sample the wines, I immediately wondered how I was going to write about the wines since Valentine’s Day does not ignite whatever romantic embers I may have in my being. It was not always that way (I am pretty sure), but being married to a wonderful woman for seventeen years who happens to think that Valentine’s Day is a marketing ploy, well, one does not tend to circle February 14th with any red marker of significance.

I decided to approach each of these wines first on their merits as a wine and then its potential to be a catalyst to reverse the general…

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