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Valentine's Day food and wine

Are you looking for the ideal sensual food for Valentine's Day and a wine to match? Check out our romantic food and wine pairings for the perfect Valentine's Day date. Whether you are cooking at home or going out to dinner, these wine pairings are terrific choices.

Valentine's Day

Juicy steak

Every man loves a juicy steak. Pretty it up for Valentine's Day with this recipe for steak pinwheels with sun-dried tomato stuffing.

Pair steak with a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Try 2003 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. At about $30 a bottle, it's a steal.

Chocolate fondue

Serve milk chocolate fondue with fruit chunks, berries and other sweet treats. Fondue is a sweet and sexy choice for Valentine's Day.

Pair chocolate with a rich Shiraz. Try 2005 De Lisio Shiraz Krystina. The full-bodied flavor features blackberries and raspberries - the perfect complement to chocolate.

Oysters

Oysters are a natural aphrodisiac. Serve roasted oysters with a mixed salad and a champagne.

Pair oysters with a brut champagne. For the best affordable champagne, try Roederer Estate Brut. Roederer is the maker of Cristal, so you know it's good. It's just $20 a bottle. Romantic couple

Hearty pasta

Most men love pasta. Fix a delicious pasta dish such as angel hair pasta with tomatoes and sausage. Add a green salad and crusty bread.

Pair pasta with a classic Chianti. Try 2000 Chianti Classico Riserva from Badia a Coltibuono in Tuscany. At $30, it's a fantastic buy.

Roasted salmon

The pecans, honey and mustard bring out the rich flavor of the salmon fillets in this pecan-crusted salmon recipe.

Pair salmon and other seafood with a Pinot Noir. Try Sanford 1999 Pinot Noir with its sweet strawberries and cinnamon.

Spicy chicken

This hot and spicy recipe for Piri-Piri pomegranate chicken is perfect for Valentine's Day. Serve it with rice and finish off this seductive meal with a fresh fruit dessert.

Pair chicken dishes with a Chardonnay. Try 2006 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, Vint Reserve. It's a ripe, juicy favorite.

Beef tenderloin

Roasted tenderloin with a mushrooms and a spinach salad makes for a terrific Valentine's Day meal.

Pair beef tenderloin with a Merlot. Try 2004 Benziger Merlot at just $15 a bottle. Romantic dinner

Shrimp and scallops

Serve seafood, such as shrimp and scallops, in a delicious Mediterranean sauce.

Pair scallops and other seafood with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Try Rochioli 2000 Sauvignon Blanc at under $20 a bottle.

Crab cakes

For a different twist on traditional crab cakes, try this unique recipe. These crab cakes are stuffed with avocado.

Pair crab cakes with a Riesling. Try Pikes Traditionale Clare Valley Riesling. This well-balanced Australian Riesling is priced around $20.

Light tiramisu

If you are looking for a special dessert, try this light tiramisu. It has all the flavor without all the fat.

Pair dessert with a Malvasia. Try 2006 Bartenura Malvasia Salento. It's a semi-sweet wine that is the perfect partner to tiramisu.

Valentine's Day recipes

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