Love Libations

February 2019
Written By: 
James Ginley

Five winsome wines to share with your Valentine

Meiomi Sparkling N/V

North Coast, California, $20

Sparkling wine always ensures a festive start to a romantic evening! This new entry comes from the same vineyard that made Pinot Noir popular again—that and the movie Sideways. Made like traditional Champagne, it starts with green apples and pears on the nose, with citrus and honey on the palate. Food friendly, this one is easy to match with your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

Rombauer Chardonnay 2017

Carneros, Napa Valley, California, $36

The epitome of luscious Chardonnay, this wine is always appreciated. Full-bodied, it offers melon and mango, baked apple and crème brulee—and that’s just the aroma! The palate is creamy and rich with peach and baked spices leading to a lingering finish. A perfect accompaniment with broiled lobster and drawn butter. Rated 92 points by Wine Spectator.

Cuvee Royale Tavel Rosé 2017

Rhone Valley, France, $16

Tavel is the premier wine region for French Rosés. The deep red color comes from a blend of six grapes. Strawberry notes dominate the color, aroma and taste. On the palate it is velvety yet spicy, fresh and fruity, and rich and structured. Pairs well with prime rib or spicy Asian foods. Rated an impressive 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, it begs to be part of your Valentine meal!

Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Napa Valley, California, $32

A lovely, yet intense Cab, this wine is well structured, offering mushroom and plum on the nose followed by earthy flavors of cassis, chocolate and mint. Find hints of oak in the juicy, slow finish. Definitely a wine to pair with filet mignon and mushrooms. Enjoy now, or hold for several more years for a future Valentine’s Day treat.

Sandeman Porto Tawny 10 Years Old

Portugal, $30

Port is not for everyone, but once you try it with a fine meal, you may be hooked. It is fortified wine, and alcohol is 20% or more. The dark amber color leads to a vibrant, deep concentration of fruit balanced with mature flavors. Delicious served slightly chilled on its own, but also good to pair with blue cheese and rich desserts. Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator.