|1. Bleasdale||2. Amarone||3. Rombauer|
The day of love on February 14th can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is an opportunity to celebrate the love in your life, on the other, it can set off a small panic attack at the thought of getting it all so wrong. Perhaps you are just starting to get to know someone and you are worried that marking Valentine’s Day is a tad presumptuous. Maybe you have known your amour for a while but the day for lovers is when things can all go wrong with hurt feelings over the wrong plans or no plans at all. Or it could be that you can your partner just adore celebrating February 14th and want some ideas about how to mark it.
Presenting a bottle of good wine on Valentine’s Day is a neutral yet classy gesture and there are plenty of types and styles that sing of passion, elegance, and the uniqueness of your connection (wherever that may be on love’s Richter Scale).
With cupid hovering in the wings, take a look at our best wines for Valentine’s Day.
Best Wines for Valentine’s Day 2021
1. Sparkling Wine
A bottle of bubbly always says “time to celebrate” and that is what Valentine’s Day is all about. If you do not want to grab your usual fizz for the day of love, maybe the below wines can offer some inspiration.
Rosy colors are traditionally associated with love, so it makes sense to go for a bottle of red sparkling wine. One of the best places to set your sights on in this department is Australia. Winemakers here have perfected the art of crafting fine bubbly wine from the vibrant, fruity Shiraz grape, and what a delight they are. With its deep, ruby hue, intense spicy dark berry fruit, smooth, and lush velvety palate, and fine mousse Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz is an ideal wine for Valentine’s Day.
If the day of love is the perfect excuse for cracking open a bottle of Champagne, nothing says class, tradition, and “I love you” like Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne N.V.. Invented by Madame Clicquot in 1818 (smart lady!), it has a glamorous pinky copper color and all the qualities we love about champagne – gorgeous fresh strawberry and notes of pastry.
2. Romantic Reds
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”. This is one of the most famous lines from one of the most famous plays about love: William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” which took place in Italy’s north-eastern city of Verona in Veneto. This region is renowned for producing some of Italy’s most iconic red wines that are steeped in the romance of the area.
One of the classic reds from Veneto is Amarone della Valpolicella. Deep, concentrated, and spicy, it is the kind of wine you would probably enjoy one glass of at any other time of year – but this is Valentine’s Day, so you are entitled to sip your way through the entire passionate bottle! Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is amongst the most highly-rated Valpolicellas. Owing to the Appassimento method of drying grapes before hitting the winery, everything about his wine is deliciously intense. The deep ruby red color, ripe, concentrated red and black cherry, wild berries and spice, plus a soft, dry mouth make it very drinkable. It is beautifully balanced as well, its tannins lined with a fresh seam of acidity. Passion in a bottle!
Another gloriously big red is Zinfandel, California’s signature grape. Making fruity, concentrated wines, Valentine’s’ Day just cries out for a bottle to express your feelings to your love. Carnivor Zinfandel is bottomless, smooth, and sensual with layer upon layer of rich blackberry, buttery caramel, creamy cocoa, and toasted French and American oak for a truly enjoyable, savorable, and intense experience. It is a little like love in a glass.
3. Wild Whites
Often a smoldering spirit can be found in the most unexpected places. One of the world’s most popular grapes is Chardonnay and it would be easy to shrug it off as an everyday varietal that goes down nicely as a summer cooler but nothing special for Valentines’ Day.
How wrong you are if you have this view and how lucky you are to stand corrected! It all depends on where the Chardonnay is produced. We need to return to California for this as an area bursting with rich, deep, buttery Chardonnays that speak of restrained passion.
Take Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay for example. To the eye, it displays a light yellow hue that barely hints at the sheets of the tropical, sun-soaked fruity intensity of the wine in the bottle. One sip reveals ripe peach, honeydew melon, and lemon zest all rimmed with dense yet refined strokes of vanilla and spice. The palate broadens into lychee and ripe pear with more voluptuous vanilla and butter tones. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy owing to malolactic fermentation and plenty of lees contact and the finish peachy and spicy with a fresh acidic backbone to balance the layers of fruit. Try to pick up last year’s vintage for bottle aging that adds finesse, butter, spice, and gentle complexity to this Chardonnay. Surprisingly sultry, this California white is ideal for February 14th.
The world of white wine opens up a range of classy sweet styles that are at home on any Valentine’s Day table. Chilled and luxuriant they make you slow down as you savor their seductive tones – just the kind of appreciation that suits the day of love.
France offers a classic sweet white from Sauternes that displays top-notch winemaking and warm fruit tones for sensual sipping. Mouton Cadet Réserve Sauternes is glittering yellow on the eye with candied pear, honey, apricot, toast, and baking spice on the nose. Nutmeg and cardamon deepen on the palate with peach jam, lovely minerality, and gorgeous acidity to balance the sweetness to perfection.
Sauternes is made from hand-selected grapes affected by botrytis so even before vinification, it is an example of care and skill – the ideal wine to show your appreciation of your amour.
With Valentine’s Day upon us, there is a universe of unique wallet-friendly wines that speak of a range of feelings for anyone special in your life. Have fun finding a sparkling, red, or white wine that expresses your feelings.