Doesn’t a glass of wine to toast your love sound just perfect for Valentine’s Day? With the lovestruck holiday quickly approaching, WineBaskets.com has put together a list of our top wine picks for Valentine’s Day, along with some food pairings. So go ahead, sip, savor and celebrate your love with any of these fine wines.
1. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque All the lightness of white flowers combine with hints of honeyed apple, white peach and lemon zest in this fresh, stylish champagne. Silky and elegant, this well-structured champagne has a base of mineral notes from the best chardonnay. On the palate, floral and fruit gives way to subtly spicy hints for a pleasant finish, making this champagne the perfect match for seafood, pasta with creamy sauces, bisque and poultry.
2. Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Light and soft-bodied, Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc’s aromas are fresh and clean, evoking the scent of a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a mouthwatering finish of fresh peach. A long-lasting, zesty minerality leaves the sensation of both subtlety and brightness, perfect for pairing with poached chicken or salmon, smoked mussels and soft cheeses like chevré and brie.
3. Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir The luscious California Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice expression. It has a dark, cherry-red color and a complex nose of potpourri, ripe strawberries, cardamom, nutmeg and peat. It has a fruit-sweet attack, a fleshy mid-palate and notes of blond tobacco and coffee bean on the long finish. While slightly tannic, this versatile, food-friendly wine pairs well with salmon, duck, quail, pork or lamb, along with chutneys, mushrooms and moderately flavored cheese like gouda and aged cheddar.
4. Leonetti Cellars Reserve Red Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave Leonetti’s Reserve Red a 100 point score, so we think we’ll let him say it best: “Even better than their straight Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional richness and texture, yet without any added weight or heaviness, inky purple in color and gorgeously rich and pure, it slowly gives up notions of smoked black currants, espresso, liquid flower, licorice and graphite that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, plush and seamless… perfectly balanced, has no hard edges and an incredible finish. It’s a monumental bottle of wine that will drink well at an early age, yet age effortlessly for two decades or more. 100 Points.”
5. Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne This iconic champagne boasts soft white-fruit aromas of peaches and pears and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy mid-palate segues to a clean, crisp finish, which is ideal for sipping with plates of poached white fish, enjoying with white cheese appetizers and light desserts.
6. Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay This organic Chardonnay is an inviting introduction to Mendocino County wines, with rich aromas of baked pear and toasted almond. The butter cream and citrus aromas in this wine are delicious with roasted zucchini and asparagus, or soft cheese appetizers like brie and goat cheese.
7. Bonterra Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon An approachable, Old World styled wine with juicy red berry and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and full, giving way to a thoughtful finish. Like many Cabernet Sauvignons, we recommend pairing with red meat and woody flavors, like beef or bison burgers, woodfired mushroom pizza, braised short ribs or stroganoff.
8. Stag’s Leap Karia Chardonnay This crisp and fresh Chardonnay opens with aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter. Karia charms with its balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. The palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit and apple blossom that lead to a persistent citrus and spice infused finish.
9. Chateau St. Jean Soiree Red Vivid aromas of blackberries, fresh plum and chocolate follow through to rich flavors of black cherries, fresh berry pie and notes of black tea. The wine is well structured with a juicy mouthfeel and a full, lingering finish. This wine is perfect to sip with an entree of grilled red meats like beef or lamb, along with strong cheeses like camembert, gorgonzola, bleu cheese or roquefort.
10. Pensfold Grange Amongst the finest Australian wines produced – replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint, plus a trace of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a balsamic liveliness and an additional film of dark chocolate. This wine is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. Pair with roasted pork, lightly steamed asparagus, fresh oysters and steamed or roasted artichokes.
Whether you’re going out on the town or staying in for a cozy night, we hope you found a wine in this list that matches your evening perfectly. Happy Valentine’s Day!