February 8, 2016
7 wines to sip on this Valentine's Day
Wine and love’s particular relationship goes back a long way – we’re talking Greco-Roman mythology – ever since Aphrodite, goddess of love, and Dionysus, god of wine, had an affair. So if there is one night of the year made for drinking wine, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s that time of the year again; perfect opportunity to open a special bottle of wine, whether to impress your significant other or simply to indulge! If you are still looking for the perfect bottle, here are some tasty options to start you off:
Whenever we think love and celebration, we cannot help but go for the Champagne. Bubbles and France are synonym of romance, and for a good reason.
NV Bollinger Brut Rosé Champagne or NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
You cannot go wrong with a Bollinger or a Billecart-Salmon, both non-vintages, and both superb. These Rosé Champagnes have the perfect combination of fruitiness and freshness, and their salmon-pink color fits right in the Valentine’s Day mood. Take our advice and get a half bottle – the amount is perfect for two, as it allows for a glass and a half each.
NV Casa Belfi Colfondo Prosecco Frizzante
If Champagne is a little bit over your budget, don’t hesitate to try Prosecco, like NV Casa Belfi Colfondo Prosecco Frizzante. Light-bodied, low in alcohol, bone-dry with delicate bubbles and fruity scents, this Prosecco is worth drinking. “Imagine floating on a cloud of soft ripe pears over a garden of jasmine” (Susie Barrie, MW). This is exactly why you should try it.
NV Roederer Estate Quartet Anderson Valley
If you can’t stretch to Champagne but still want the closest there is to the real deal, NV Roederer Estate Quartet Anderson Valley is the one for you. Made by Champagne House Louis Roederer in Mendocino County, California, the sparkling is harmonious, generous, toasty with brioche aromas and a fine mousse, and the closest in style and flavor to its French counterpart.
Champagne may be the classic choice, but the richness and depth of flavor of red wines reminds us of true romance.
2005 Villabella Fracastoro, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Amarone – one of the most romantic wines out there, from Romeo and Juliet’s region, Veneto, Italy. What makes these wines so rich, powerful, and, most importantly, so unique? After harvest, the grapes are left to dry all winter, concentrating their sugars, flavors and alcohol levels. This 2005 Villabella Fracastoro is a majestic wine with great structure, elegant fruity and spicy notes, and notes of cacao, tobacco and cherries. In general, try to look for Amarone that has a little age on. The best ones can get a little pricey, but isn’t it the occasion to splurge?
Miguel Torres San Valentín Garnacha
You could also go for a sexy bottle of Garnacha, French Grenache’s Spanish counterpart. This specific bottle not only has thick and sensual tannins, its story screams “love”. It was created by Miguel Torres as a gift to his wife, on Saint Valentine's Day – hence its name, “San Valentín”.
For white wine lovers, we also have a superb option to impress your SO – or just yourself.
2012 Weingut Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltliner
Austria’s signature grape: Gruner Veltliner. The cool Austrian white is full of personality, and this one in particular does not disappoint! This groovy Gruner is a smooth-drinker and award-winning wine. Its minerality and crisp acidity make it perfect for any occasion, basically – but mainly for your valentine.
Bonus tip: Access the bottle you’re drinking on Sunday night with your Coravin, and save the rest for same time next year. Drinking the same wine with your significant other on Valentine’s Day a year later makes for great memories!
Cheers to love and great wine!