Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Valentine's Day and pink-themed restaurant menus may be over-hyped, but we all need a little love in our lives and there is nothing wrong with opening a bottle of something sparkling at home this week to lighten the February gloom…

Sunday lunch

Nyetimber Rosé 2008

Only the second rosé release from the pioneering English sparkling vineyard, this exudes the kind of refined elegance hitherto found only in the finest champagne. A combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir delivers blackcurrant and, particularly, strawberries on the nose with slightly toasty, brioche flavours adding complexity. Richly satisfying. £38.95, leaandsandeman.co.uk; £45, Waitrose, bbr.com

Valentine's meal

Santa Digna Estelado Rosé 2011

A sensationally good Chilean Fairtrade sparkler made from Pais grapes grown on pre-phylloxera vines in the Curico valley will appeal to lovers of something different, particularly if you have an ethical conscience or find pink cava too sweet. Very dry, fine bubbles and a real liveliness on the palate – perfect with crustacea, such as a grilled lobster or big prawns. £12.99, alfredthegrape.co.uk (minimum order £30), vintagemarque.com (minimum order six bottles)

Bargain basement

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne

Lovers of a bargain are particularly fortunate around this time of year as retailers offer generous discounts on sparklers ahead of Valentine's Day and next month's Mother's Day. And this is one of the best: a pure Pinot Noir from the Côte des Bars: light, red-berry fruit flavours, crisply refreshing. The ideal aperitif – but also indulgent with a dessert. £15, majestic.co.uk (as part of minimum order of six mixed bottles, until 19 March; normally £24)