A dozen long stem roses? Better with wine. A box of chocolates? Better with wine. Strawberries and whipped cream? Better with wine. An evening of steamy, unbridled passion? Well, you get the idea. Here are five of our favorite wines (and songs) that will make you feel the love on Valentine’s Day.
Mi Amore Red Cagnina di Romagna
The name of the wine and the kissing lovebirds on the label, representing peace, harmony and passion, make it a natural for Valentine’s Day. Made in the Romagna region of Italy, Mi Amore Red Cagnina di Romagna is rich with the aromas of boysenberries, strawberries and hazelnuts. It is light to medium bodied and has a tangy orange and peach marmalade finish.
Musical Pairing: Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
Marenco Brachetto d'Aqui Pineto DOCG
One of the best kept secrets of the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, this luscious red varietal has a smooth, delicate rosy scent and the sweet flavor of strawberry. With a refreshing sparkle and a pleasant acidity on the finish, Marenco Brachetto d’Aqui Pineto can be enjoyed any time of day and goes perfectly with chocolate and strawberries.
Musical Pairing: Savage Garden – “Truly Madly Deeply”
Fetish The Watcher Barossa Shiraz
Bold and uninhibited, this Shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley has a fruity palate consisting of blackberry, black plum and a touch of cranberry, along with white pepper and hints of white chocolate. Fetish The Watcher Barossa Shiraz is medium bodied with a vibrant finish and pairs well with any kind of grilled meat.
Musical Pairing: Barry White – “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe”
Principessa Gavia Gavi
Considered by many to be the premier dry white wine of Italy, Principessa Gavia Gavi flavor starts with mild lemon, continues with pear and hints of pineapple and green apple, and has a dry, refreshing finish. Principessa Gavia Gavi is an ideal partner to shellfish, fish, veal, grilled chicken and the flavors of Japanese cuisine. Sushi anyone?
Musical Pairing: Lonestar – “Amazed”
Chocolate Box Dark Chocolate Shiraz Barossa Valley
This bold Shiraz is appropriately named with its deep purple color and strong chocolate and coffee scent. Chocolate Box Dark Chocolate Shiraz Barossa Valley balances a soft, creamy richness with luscious raspberries and a silky smooth finish. Enjoy with game meats like pheasant and venison, as well as spicy pasta dishes and lamb.
Musical Pairing: Alicia Keys – “No One”