Treat your sweetheart with a great glass of wine this Valentine’s Day.
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the way to a woman’s might just be through a great glass of wine. If you’re planning a romantic dinner at home, pick one of these luscious Valentine’s Day wines for the perfect pairing.
WHISPERING ANGEL ROSÉ
For your angel, serve this rosé that has set the gold standard for Provence style rosé. The world’s most popular rosé from Chateau d’Esclans took off when it became the Millennials wine of choice found at SoHo House, the Beverly Hills Hotel and other trendy hotspots. But don’t let its mass popularity fool you, the blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle, has also garnered critical acclaim from the likes of James Suckling and Jancis Robinson. Whispering Angel is everything a rosé should be with floral and peach aromas, fresh raspberry flavors and a crisp, dry finish.
CLOUDY BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC
If your Valentine is fresh and vibrant, celebrate her personality with the zesty Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. What Whispering Angel did for rosé, Cloudy Bay has done for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The 2022 vintage bursts with citrus along with notes of peach and tropical fruits. The result is dry, fruit-forward wine that goes great with any seafood dish.
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LOUIS ROEDERER COLLECTION 243 CHAMPAGNE
There’s no Valentine’s Day wine more romantic than a flute of Champagne, and no better bubbles for your glass than the Louis Roederer Collection 243. The multi-vintage Champagne is the evolution of the House’s Brut Champagne and gets its name from the 243 vintages of the brand. Wines from previous years are meticulously blended to create a Champagne that is a perfect expression of terroir and history. With nearly equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with almost 20% Meunier, Collection 243 is rich with initial notes of yellow fruit, citrus and jasmine and secondary aromas of fresh pastry. It’s the perfect glass to toast to your love.
If you love putting the exclamation point on a great meal with a French Sauternes, this Valentine’s Day try the 2015 Dolce. This sweet treat from Far Niente represents the United States’ only winery dedicated to creating a single late harvest dessert wine. Made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Dolce is brimming with orange, apricot and lime scents and carries citrus flavors on the finish.
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2001 KOPKE COLHEITA TAWNY PORT
The perfect after dinner Valentine’s Day wine to enjoy snuggled up together by the fire. Colheita ports are similar to Tawny Ports, but are a product of a single vintage, not a blend. Colheita ports legally must age for seven years, but many spend up to 20 years in barrel. Kopke is the oldest port house in Portugal and this 2001 bottle has a golden red color, intense aromas of dried fruit and a smooth, lingering finish. It fully expresses its character when served chilled and with desserts like crème brulee or those made with caramel. You can make the experience more personal by selecting a port from the year the two of you met, or the year your sweetie was born.
On Valentine’s Day, it’s impossible to resist the overt, in-your-face irreverence of Sexual Chocolate. The 2020 is an intense red blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Malbec brimming with dark red fruit and spice. The intoxicating, velvety blend is sure to wow fans of The Prisoner or big Aussie Shiraz. Pair it with a juicy steak for dinner or a sinful chocolate dessert.
No matter what you’re making for dinner on this romantic day, picking up a bottle of one of these Valentine’s Day wines will ensure that romance is on the menu.
2020 APERTURE BORDEAUX
The French invented love and this intoxicating 2020 Aperture Bordeaux by the premiere Bordeaux producer in Napa pairs perfectly with a rich, decadent Valentine’s Day dinner. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and a splash of Cabernet Franc, the wine is elegant with ripe red fruit notes. Because the wine is still young, get out your decanter and let this blend open up to fully enjoy all its nuances now.