Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Wines to Celebrate Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! When thinking about this holiday, what comes to mind first, besides long stem roses and chocolates? Diamond jewelry, perhaps? Nope...for me, it’s all about love in the glass: wine! great wine to impress your significant other or if you are solo, wines to share with your friends. 

Now, since we are still in the middle of a pandemic, chances are many of you will be celebrating the holiday at home; so here are some wines I tasted recently that hopefully, will help you set the mood on the most romantic night of the year!

Robert Hall Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2019: completely fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve aromatics and fruit. This Paso Robles medium bodied white features grapefruit, lime and crisp apple notes, with zippy acidity. Enjoy with asparagus risotto, roasted fennel and carrots with dill, or lemon buttered filet of sole. $18

Robert Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: it’s a delicious blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc, that was aged for 18 months in French and Eastern European oak. On the palate, this Paso Robles red is full bodied, delivering ripe black currant, dark chocolate and spicy cedar notes. Enjoy it with bacon wrapped filet mignon, roasted prime rib or grilled lamb chops with rosemary. $20

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva 2017: made mostly of Sangiovese grapes, aged in tanks and barriques for 24 months. This enticing and earthy medium bodied red, offers black cherry, violet and tobacco notes supported by super velvety tannins. Enjoy this with pasta in a rich meaty sauce, your favorite veggie lasagna, or sautéed veal with mushrooms and mashed potatoes. $33

Finally every Valentine’s must have some sparkling wine, match one of my favorite cavas with your favorite holiday dessert, mine is chocolate covered strawberries!

Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut NV: made from 70% Chardonnay, with 15% Parellada and 15% Xarel-lo grapes, this elegant Cava exudes peach and ripe jonagold apple notes, complemented by briochy nuances and a lively finish. $17

Cheers! Silvina.

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