13 Perfect wines for your favorite person on Valentine's Day
Everyone knows that a good Valentine's Day gift is a one-way ticket to lover’s lane. Nothing says "be mine" like a good bottle of wine! With love in the air and a glass of vino in hand, we serve up 13 wines to wow your favorite Valentine. These wines are so sweet even cupid and his arrow can't compete.
All the single ladies
After spending several years stag on Valentine's Day, I hold a special place in my heart for all the soloists out there. The single ladies need to find a reason to celebrate their solitude on the most romantic — or depressing — day of the year. Instead of staying home and sulking, grab your gal pals and have a DIY beauty and bubbles bash at home! Dita Von Teese's new book, Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour paired with a bottle of bubbly Champagne Taittinger will make you feel good on the inside and out! Here are three other fantastic bottles of wine for the single ladies.
Hey Mambo 2014 Rosé — Dance the night away with your gal pals with this dry rosé with floral notes and bright acidity. It’s a well-made wine that’s the perfect dance partner for that single girlfriend on Valentine’s Day (Wine.com, $10).
Sofia Blanc de Blancs — Sofia Blanc de Blancs is a delicate sparkling wine perfect for any Valentine's Day single celebration. Made from a blend of Pinot blanc, Riesling and Muscat, this wine offers seductive flavors, fresh aromatics and light effervescence, all packaged with striking, feminine flair (Arlington Wines, $15).
Sofia Blanc de Blancs Minis — If you can't finish a bottle of bubbly on your own, don't worry, you can can finish a can. Sofia Mini is a single-serving of the effervescent Sofia Blanc de Blancs, tasting of fresh juicy pears, summer melon and honeysuckle. Zesty, refreshing, cool and fun, each dazzling pink can comes with its own straw for sipping (Wine.com, $17 for four cans).
Bottle for the ballers
I love it when you call me big poppa! Even the heavy hitters need to get hot and heavy on Valentine's Day. What do you get for the guy or gal who has it all? Hey big spender, these bottles of wine are worth every penny.
Lodi Native — A few years ago, six Lodi winemakers on a mission got together to take California's heritage grape to the next level (LodiNative.com, $180 for six bottles). Proving "grape" minds think alike, Lodi Native shines the spotlight on Zinfandel planting many of which have been around since the 1800s. The focus is on Zinfandel but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brunello Ripe al Convento 2009 — Give your lover this Italian Stallion, and you will be the apple of his or her eye for the evening (Union Square Wines, $77). The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva is made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes. Brunello Ripe al Convento 2009 appears a deep ruby red with subtle garnet highlights. The nose boasts an elegant aromatic complex of peppery balsam and wild berry fruit, which gradually evolve into impressions of smooth tobacco leaf, baker’s chocolate and liquorice root. Pair it with a plate of aged cheeses for an evening of ecstasy.
Broadside 2013 Wild Ferment Chardonnay (Broadside, $20) with High Bar, Polite Bar Solutions (High Bar, starting at $500) — Take a walk on the wild side and give your sweetheart the gift of good taste. High Bar is polite, portable and perfect for the lover in your life who has everything. Made from vintage suitcases, this space saver is chic and stylish. Broadside comes from Paso Robles, a wine region known for breaking the rules and making some fantastically wild wines.
For your leading man
Leviathan 2012 — Whether the leading man in your life is your hot hubby or dear old dad, make sure you do him right with a wine that lives up to his name (Wine.com, $48). Leviathan is a California red blend from renowned winemaker Andy Erickson. Erickson is famous in the wine world for making cult Cabernets for wineries such as Favia, Dalla Valle, Arietta, Dancing Hares Vineyard, Ovid and Mayacamas.
Leviathan 2012 is a beastly red blend with dense berry fruits, licorice and bittersweet chocolate notes and hints of coffee and peppery spice. This red is balanced with bright acidity and prominent oak. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah from vineyards in and around Napa, this wine is never blended the same way twice.
Older port — If your dude has some age on him, why not find a wine that ages gracefully? Colheita is an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage. Legally, it has to be matured in wooden casks for at least seven years, but typically it's aged for up to 50 years. Sogevinus serves up a selection of Tawnies. Kopke is the oldest Porto wine brand and assumes the leadership in the “Porto Colheita” category. Grab one with his birth year or anniversary date and you're golden.
For the leading lady
Global Wine Cellar’s Entertainer’s Collection Take your wife on a wine trip around the world without leaving your living room (Global Wine Cellars, $100 for six bottles). Whether she's the mother of your children or the light of your life, this collection of worldly wines is sure to make your sweetheart smile. The collection includes:
- A fresh and vibrant Prosecco from Italy
- A lively Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
- A Pinot blend from the northern California coast
- A plummy red from sunny, southern Italy
- A silky Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
- A bold, limited-production Cabernet from Mendoza, Argentina
Celebrate with the wine newbie
Wineist — Don't know what to get the new (three dates or less) dude or diva in your life? How about an at-home wine tasting experience with a sample-sized set of mini wines (Wineist.com, $20 monthly subscription). Give your new relationship something to sip on without overdoing it. Wineist offers wine newbies and connoisseurs alike a chance to experience the thrill of falling in love with a new wine and to learn the amazing story behind it without spending money and time on full-sized bottles of wine you end up not enjoying.
Domaine Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Blanc 2012 If you've got romance in your pants or seeing the sparks for a lasting relationship, nothing says, "hey hot stuff," like a bottle of Bordeaux Blanc (Wine.com, $21). This very rich and round wine doesn't cost a fortune but shows your new flame you've got class. The balance is perfect, with a great deal of finesse and elegance. A wonderful vintage for dry white Bordeaux!
Still not sold on what to get your flavor of the week? Kyle Nadeau, general manager of the Bank of Wine and Spirits at Wingtip, serves up some suggestions on the best bottle of wine to buy without seeming desperate. "It's got to be not too geeky but not too common either. Geeky means you are trying too hard to impress. Too common means you don't really value the specialness of your encounter together. I love Champagne, and I think it's something that people don't drink enough of. I think it's great for any celebration or Tuesday! I love rose Champagne. It's a crowd pleaser."
Wine to me, from me
Trapiche 2012 Oak Cask Malbec — If anyone deserves a bottle of wine it's you! Open up a bottle of this Malbec and take a mundane day and make it magical. This medium-bodied wine offers Argentine romanticism, plus it won't put a pinch on your pocketbook (Central Avenue Wines, $12).