$15 or less
WHAT: Segura Viudas Lavit (sparkling rosé) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Penedes, Spain
WHY: Romeos and Juliets, throw down with this on V-Day and prepare to be loved. The little winged dude has no truer arrow in his quiver than pink, bubbly booze. Doesn't hurt that it tastes good, too. Medium dry, with a nice touch of strawberries.
PRICE: 750 ml/$14.75
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of February 3 (product #673533)
WHAT: Santa Brigida 2001 (red) Rating: NNNN WHERE: Tuscany, Italy
WHY : With its blend of domestic Sangiovese and imported Cabernet Sauvignon, this rich, ripe, aromatic wine is saying Super Tuscan, but at more of a Clark Kent price. Nice tannic grip on the finish. Ready to drink now.
PRICE: 750 ml/$22.75
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of February 3 (product #013599)
Sips and nips
WHAT: Tio Pepe Extra Dry Fino Sherry Rating: NNN
WHERE: Jerez, Spain
WHY: Is 2007 a tapas-is-hot year or is 2007 a tapas-is-out year? If it's the former and you want to get rigorously Iberian about everything, wash those snacks down with the world's most popular fino, Tio Pepe. Caution: fino sherry is drier than remedial Latin.
PRICE: 750 ml/$15.25
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of February 3 (product #242669)