Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love in your life, no matter what form that comes in, and these are some delicious wines that can pair with what you have planned on February 14th.
Wine lovers know that a good bottle can be the best pairing for this love holiday. Wine can set the tone for a romantic night or one filled with laughs and the company of friends. Making for thoughtful gifting and even the perfect cherry on top of a day about self-love and reflection.
Wines for Going All Out
You can cook from home and shower your loved one with an evening full of attention and care. Go all out, shout your love from the rooftops, and serve it with some wines that are ideal for the perfect date night.
The Beronia Elaboración Especial is made from solely the Tempranillo grape. It is a unique expression of the hero grape of Rioja. Ruby red with notes of cherries, cocoa, deep floral aromas and a hint of toasted notes. This full-bodied wine is smooth with ripe tannins and a long finish. Ideal for pairing with small bites, meat dishes and smoked foods.
A bold and fresh take on Pinot Noir can be found in the glass with the Solid Ground Pinot Noir. From Lodi, California, this is a Pinot with a touch of Zinfandel in the blend. Deeply coloured with bombing purple flower notes, raspberries and blackberries, complemented by a velvety textured palate, a wine that matches roast dishes and vegetarian meals.
The Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose is from the southern French wine region of Roussillon, crafted from a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre. Served in a memorable bottle to match and filled with rose, strawberry, and white peach notes, with a crisp and refreshing palate. A lovely complement to seafood dishes and lighter meals.
Galentine’s Day With Your Friends
Celebrating the people in your life who have been there for you are the friends to cheer with for a Galentine’s Day bash. Throw on a movie marathon, order in, and have a good time laughing and enjoying the night in the company of friends with these wines at the ready.
A wine with a story behind it and one that is like pouring a bouquet of red fruit and flowers. Named after the Cesari family matriarch, the Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and the rare Negrara grape. All done in a fresh style before adding in the grape must from the Amarone production to give this wine some intensity.
Known for being a place that celebrates love Saint-Amour Beaujolais makes some fantastic, warm and intense red wines from Gamay. The Domaine de Boischampt Saint-Amour brings nostalgic candy-like aromas with notes of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and a touch of earthiness. Easy to love on the palate, this is a wine that is ready to enjoy.
A wine made by some stellar women, the Benazzoli sisters, the Benazzoli Tecla Chiaretto DOC is part of their Sogni Di Donna (Dreams of a Woman) line of wines. Adorned with an image of a woman exploring the world around her, this is a genuinely hopeful and uplifting wine with notes of rose petals, wild berries, blood orange and a touch of pepper in the finish.
Thoughtful Wines for Gifting
There are lots to choose from for the wine lover in your life. A thoughtful gift for the wine enthusiast you’re aiming to please is always a bottle that speaks to their palate and soul. You can make a memorable impression with wines like these that bring intent to the glass.
Amarone is a wine that brings to mind the Italian word for love, Amore. The Cesari Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOC is a bold and thoughtful wine that is very gift-worthy. Filled nutty notes, mocha, dried dark fruits, spiced flavours and a rich finish with a lux vibe. This is a wine for those that love a big finish.
California has more than just Napa making delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. From down in Paso Robles, the J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that blends vineyards. A bit of Estate fruit mixed with grapes from high-elevation plots to create a wine that can transport and lets you explore what Paso can offer.
Chablis is a classic French region making white wines from Chardonnay that have their own style and flair. The Petit Chablis category is vibrant and expressive, and the William Fevre Petit Chablis is true to form what this wine style can offer. Filled with crunchy green apple notes, lime and mineral intensity, it is truly a classic and a great gift.
Rose bubbly is a top choice for this love holiday. The Ruffino Prosecco Rose is a delicious wine made from a blend of the Glera, the Prosecco grape, and Pinot Noir. This is such a loveable wine, like the classic Prosecco bubbles, and the production is done just a touch off-dry in style.
Popping a Bottle for a Moment of Self-Love
It might sound bold and unconventional to take a moment for yourself on Valentine’s Day but giving yourself a little self-love is essential. Take the time to bask in your own glory. Whether you plan on making your favourite meal or just getting cozy on the couch, these wines are worth your time.
Pour a glass of the original sparkling wine, Petillant Naturel. Called Pet Nat for short, this is a sparkling wine made with a single fermentation and is known for being compelling in the glass. The Leaning Post Pet Nat is filled with notes of nutmeg, honeysuckle, lemon and ginger. Complemented by a fizzy palate that has a whimsical vibe.
If you are a Cab Sauv lover, you must try the Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon. Made in the famed Argentinian region of Mendoza, this wine serves up a different expression of Cab Sauv. Aged in American oak barrels resulting in a final wine that is powerful, deeply evocative, spiced and thought-provoking, with a palate that is rich and smooth to match.
A wine that is a labour of love, the Toscolo Chianti Classico is primarily Sangiovese with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. Neil and Maria Empson started the winery to pay tribute to all things Tuscan. This a sentiment you can taste in the wine, with its notes of fresh violets and iris, with vanilla, red and black berries, followed by a silky, elegant flavour to end the experience.