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Pink Bubbles

I know pink wine has bad connotations after the 80s White Zin craze -- and pink wine with bubbles is even more frightening to most, but for the sake of Valentine's Day, you might want to give it a chance. We all know how happy those bubbles make us feel, and well, come on, what do you really have against pink?

If you want to take a baby step in the world of sparkling rosť, Bouvet Brut Rose ($11 @ Amphora, 348 Hayes) is the perfect way to ease in. It's very dry; I promise no thoughts of soda pop will enter your head. It's clean and fresh with the flavor of strawberries and green almonds. It's a distinctive way to start out a special evening, and after a few glasses your cheeks will match the wine.

If you've already embraced the pink and are ready to add some sparkles, Roederer Estate Brut Rosť ($20 @ The Wine Club, 953 Harrison) is the way to go. It's all about cranberry and strawberry with a hint of toasted vanilla oak. There is nothing sweet or heavy about this wine, but it definitely has a bit of a backbone. It's a great pair with either appetizers or dessert.

For the full of elegance of pink bubbles, Domaine Allimant-Laugner ($23 takeout, $30 drink there @ Hayes and Vine, 377 Hayes) is like drinking strawberries and cream, only lighter. There is a definite creaminess to this full-bodied wine, but the tart fruit of the strawberries and maybe a few raspberries cut through to clean off your palate perfectly.

Now go out, be bold, and drink pink wine with bubbles proudly; the 80s are long gone.

Vineyards Genevieve Robertson can be reached at [email protected]