A SPARKLING VALENTINE BY S. L. GORE
There can be times when a romantic dessert at home is the perfect way to end a Valentine evening. Especially if it involves glasses of rosé bubbly, chocolate and candlelight.
find it perfectly acceptable to cheat a little with the dessert— like my chocolate ganache purchased at Trader Joe’s and enhanced with fresh strawberries. Frankly, I would be hard pressed to make a better ganache myself. Never mind if the berry taste isn’t summer sweet; this is all about the presentation. If you can’t find strawberries, then choose any exotic fruit. Whether dining out or at home, at some time in the course of the evening, our celebration must include a very chilled bottle of pink sparkling wine. Yes, it must be pink. Just as preferred by James Bond. The gold standard of bubblies is authentic French brut rosé champagne. To my mind, one of the best is Nicolas Feuillatte. Although not as well-known outside France as Moet Chandon or Veuve Clicquot, this superb, highly complex wine has the perfect balance of dry and fruit without being the least acidic. Chocolate Ganache with fresh strawberries.