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How to Perfectly Complement Your Valentine's Dinner with Wine

09-02-2017

Light the candles and fill the vases, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’re probably already thinking of how to plan the perfect date night. We believe there is nothing more romantic than wine and a home cooked meal. It is the perfect way to say, “I care.” Here are some dinner choices for red, white, and sparkling wines to make planning easy.

 

beef stew in red wine sauce in a skillet

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Red Wine

Rich, bold, and intense, a good Pinot Noir or Merlot also boasts the robust color of love in addition to a rich flavor bouquet. Foods that pair well with red wines tend to be flavorful beefs or other red meats. If you choose to pour a red wine this Valentine’s Day, we suggest pairing it with a savory Filet Mignon topped with savory blue cheese or even a rich pork chop, perhaps served with an apple glaze? If these sound a bit too fancy for your date, try making a pizza together! It’s fun and pairs perfectly with a hearty red.

Here are a few recipes we like for red wines:

Blue Cheese Filet Mignon with Port Wine Sauce

Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza

 

White Wine

Elements of oak and honey with undertones of citrus and butter make white wines easy on the tongue and romantic all the way around. They’re widely more preferred by the wine novice, so if you’re unsure of your date’s wine preference, a white wine may be the best place to start. Foods that tend to pair well with whites include white meats, like shellfish and occasionally chicken, that have a sweet, more delicate flavor profile. A favorite of ours is a rich, warm lobster stew! It’s sophisticated and special. We are also partial to a filling risotto with shrimp.

Here are a few recipes to consider:

Hearty Lobster Stew

Shrimp Risotto

Roasted Chicken with Greens

 

Sparkling Wine

Finally, the romance of a sparkling wine should absolutely not be overlooked on Valentine’s Day. The bubbles, the sweet aroma, and the allure of this sexy beverage make it an iconic classic on the day. While it can pair well with shellfish, Asian dishes, and appetizer boards, we think its best saved for dessert on this holiday. Make the dessert a fun and interactive part of your date and whip up the deserts together as an activity for the ultimate fun romantic experience!

Here are some desserts worth of the bubbly:

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Fondue

Almond Cookies

Apple Tart

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