It's not everyday that you get to crack open a Sauternes, a delicious dessert wine from Bordeaux, made primarily from the white wine grapes of Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc. However, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to sample this sweet treat. Chateau Guiraud's Sauternes brings lovely honeyed citrus fruit, wrapped in sweet vanilla spice and creamy, full-bodied layers of fat tropical fruit appeal to the table. Pair with anything from Roquefort cheese to custards, fruit tortes and cherry or apple cobblers.
This is a lovely sparkling Rosado, brimming with the ripe aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit. On the palate red fruit premiers buffered by bubbles and balanced with optimized acidity. There is plenty of class in this glass and at only $18 a bottle, it would make for a great Valentine’s Day wine find.
Italians have a long legacy of love, from Verona’s Romeo and Juliet to Venice’s famed Casanova, there’s no doubt that they’ve got it going on when it comes to amore! To satisfy the search for an Italian red wine this Valentine's Day, look no further than this classic Chianti from Frescobaldi; full of Sangiovese's fresh florals, plum mixed with red cherry flavor and good bit of warm spice, this medium-bodied wine enjoys balance and well-woven tannins. At a mere $12 a pop and enjoying wide distribution, this particular wine from Tuscany is a winner with aged cheese (think Parmesan), tomato-based sauces and a variety of sausages.
Another famous dessert wine, this time from Hungary. This particlular Tokaji is the rich, full-flavored epitomy of Notting Hill's "apricots soaked in honey" with a nutty nuance playing in the background. Stunning from start to finish and priced for everyone to experience. Pair with creme brulee, chocolate delights, and foie gras.
Banfi's Rosa Regale is always a welcome Valentine wine. Not only does it bring the day's color themes to the table in a vibrant rendition, it is an amazing accompaniment to all things chocolate (the the darker the better, in my opinion). This bright pink wine from Italy's well-loved Piedmont region has a devoted following. It is a red sparkling wine that is sweet and subtle with the lush flavors of ripe raspberry and juicy strawberry. Consider giving this wine a run with chocolate-based desserts, fresh fruit and pecan pie.
Always a delight, Eroica is the delicious off-dry Riesling offspring born of a partnership between two prominent Riesling estates, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington and Germany's Dr. Loosen from the famed Mosel wine growing region. Guaranteed to be a palate pleaser from start to finish, the Eroica Riesling brings beautiful balance, unmatched elegance and food-friendly acidity to every sip. A versatile wine find for Valentine's Day - think sushi.
For those looking for a wine and chocolate experience to remember on Valentine’s, check out the Sandeman’s 20-Year-Old Port - delivering the sweet, rich full-flavors of honeyed almonds and a touch of fig and caramel on the palate. Port is the perfect partner for high-end Valentine's Day chocolate.
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