Are you feeling the pressure to make Valentine’s Day special? Or are you single and trying to decide what wine to drink to celebrate your independence? Whatever your situation, we have some Valentine’s Day drink suggestions for you.
Champagne is the classic Valentine ’s Day drink and it is easy to see why. It has a strong pedigree of being a celebration wine and it is simply impossible to be in a bad mood after drinking a glass. Champagne is a great beginning to the evening and it pairs well with oysters, goat cheese, and fruits. A few classic French Champagne favorites are Alaya Brut and Veuve Cliquot. If you prefer some sparkling wines from California, Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee and Schramsberg Blanc de Noir are a couple great choices.
Speaking of bubbles, sparkling red wines are outrageously fun and a great pick for the adventurous wine drinkers. These aren’t rosé wines, but regular dark red wines with bubbles. Drinking one will put a big smile on your face.
A couple types to try are Sparkling Shiraz and Sparkling Gamay. The Chook Sparkling Shiraz is a great choice from Austrailia. Shiraz grapes are sourced from reputable wine regions such as Mclaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. The Chook is delightfully rich and pairs well with chocolate.
One of my favorite sparkling reds is Terres Dorées FRV100 from the Beaujolais region of France. This wine is made with the Gamay grape, which gives it a very delicate and pleasant texture with bright fruit flavors. This wine has subtle effervescence and just the right amount of sweetness. You may also find the FRV100 to go surprisingly well with the warm Florida spring.
Port is the granddaddy of all dessert wines and pairs excellently with chocolate, pies, and cake. Port is a wine fortified with Brandy. It is rich, round, and smooth and tends to be around 20% alcochol-by-volume. What better wine could be found for Valentine ’s Day? Port wines can range from $10 per bottle to well over $1,000. Ruby and Tawny Ports tend to be more affordable and, unlike vintage ports, are ready to drink immediately. The Graham’s 10 Year Tawny is an excellent choice for under $40.
Skip the boxed chocolate from the drug store and buy your Valentine some chocolate beer instead. These beers are actually brewed with real chocolate. Chocolate beer flavors range from subtle (Young’s Double Chocolate Stout) to heaps of rich chocolate flavor (Terrapin Moohoo, Rogue Double Chocolate Stout). If the mixed chocolate mystery box is your thing, set up a blind tasting for your date with a mix-six pack of chocolate beers.