Don't forget: this coming Sunday is Valentine's Day. No matter how you intend to celebrate, we've got the ideal elixir for you.
The Traditional Valentine
Chocolates, check. Flowers, check. Steak dinner, check. Now to top it all off with the perfect red wine. Look no further than Aperture Cellars Red Blend Alexander Valley 2011 ($74.99). Not only will this lush, layered, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine pair perfectly with your strip steak, but the stunning label (see above left) from renowned photographer Andy Katz will have you fantasizing about your next trip to wine country.
The Romantic Valentine
The way to the heart is through the stomach they say, so if you’re cooking up a romantic Italian dinner for your sweetie, complement the amore with the charming La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany Italy 2007 ($59.99). Fiorita means ‘flowery’ in Italian (bonus points!) and this smooth, refined wine has notes of roses and almonds along with red cherry fruit on the palate. Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu would be a divine match.
The Festive Valentine
Whether you and your Valentine are celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, everlasting love, or just a good excuse to drink Champagne, popping open a bottle of LeClerc Briant Brut Rose Champagne NV France ($56.99) is sure to get the sparks flying. This 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay is fresh and clean enough to simply enjoy with popcorn and a movie (I refuse to reference ‘Netflix and chill’), but also has enough depth to pair with a meal of grilled salmon or duck confit.
The Sexy Valentine
There’s something very alluring and warming about whiskey and the Hibiki 12 Year Blended Japanese Whiskey ($99.99) is fruity, expressive, smooth and spicy. Be adventurous and pair it with sushi, or skip straight to dessert – whiskey matches surprisingly well with fruity tarts, banana based sweets, and rice puddings.
The Anti Valentine
If you’re celebrating ‘Singles Awareness Day’ instead of V-day (it’s a thing, I swear) then grab yourself a bottle (or 2…) of Calabretta Gaio Gaio Nerello Mascalese Sicily Italy ($19.99), which translates to “joy, joy” in Italian. All that’s left to do is call a friend, assemble a decadent cheese plate, and watch Trainwreck or Ted 2 on demand.