My email inbox is stuffed to the gills, at the moment, with Valentine’s Day press releases featuring elaborate five-course meals and splurgey hotel deals. (The "Love Your President" package at the Hotel 1000 comes complete with a book of Obama speeches and a poster. Um, the Barackomania has officially become creepy, Seattle.)

Nothing wrong with going all out, of course, but my personal approach to Valentine’s celebrations is to have some champagne and call it a day. If you too are into the simple and the sparkly, here are three easy champagne themed suggestions for Saturday.

1. Buy a bottle of Mountain Dome Brut Sparkling Wine NV. Made by a family-owned winery on the border of Washington and Idaho, it’s usually priced around $16—an enormous value. Look for the creepy gnome lovers (cartoon versions of the winemakers) on the label.

2. Take a pal or a partner to The Bottleneck Lounge where, between the hours of 8pm and midnight, they’re offering two-for-one champagne flutes.

3. Read up on the best champagne and food combos in this article from Seattle Met’s February 2008 issue, then put together a pairing menu at home.

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