Be My Valentine

February 2016
Written By: 
James Ginley

Wines for a memorable and romantic Valentine’s Day

Chateau Julian French Kiss 2012
California, $13

The name says it all, with an aroma of baked peaches and lime to start. A blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier, French Kiss earned the Bronze Medal at the World Wine Championships. The taste is easy on the palate with a slight green apple and starfruit finish, plus a touch of acidity for crispness. A perfect wine to enjoy with light appetizers and your favorite Valentine.

Eroica Riesling 2012
Washington, $15

The name Eroica came from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and was developed by Dr. Ernst Loosen, an esteemed German winemaker, and the Chateau St. Michelle winery of Washington state. This unique wine is off dry and not so sweet, with a subtle flavor profile.  It is said Riesling is the “queen of grapes,” so enjoy it with your royal sweetheart. Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate.

Menage a Trois Red Blend 2012
California, $11

This well-known brand claims its name comes from the three grapes that make up the blend: Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented separately to add complexity, the juice from each grape is blended together prior to bottling. This creates a wine that is fresh and jammy with a silky and soft finish. And how many you invite to your party is up to you.

Risata Prosecco
Italy, $13

Proseccos are hot right now, especially those cloaked in a shimmering green bottle. This is one of the best available at this price point. It’s clean, fresh, slightly sweet and it goes down easy. Although light in alcohol at 7 percent, bubbly wines move through the bloodstream more quickly, so get ready for a sweet time!

14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend 2012
Washington, $8

14 Hands, a term relating to the height measurement of a horse, is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This popular wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea, plus flavors of ripe berries and stone fruits and refined tannins. This easy-to-drink wine complements dishes like BBQ pork, gourmet cheeses and lasagna. Whether you’re an equine lover or not, you’ll love this one!