We all know it is coming, that special day for all you lovers out there! You wanna roll your eyes and act like it’s not a big deal, that it’s just some ‘Hallmark’ holiday, but when the day arrives and forbid your special someone forgot or believed your words that ‘it’s not a big deal’, you’ll be sad, disappointed and maybe angry? You’ll walk down the street see couples hand-in-hand and your gag reflex will give you a dry heave. You’ll pass by the flower shops or take a walk down a Target aisle on your way for some toothpaste and see all the chocolates dressed in pink and red and you’ll be fuming! So don’t play like it doesn’t matter. It does, so bathe in the warmth, the love, the oh la la la and passion and just have a romantic day. Chocolates are good, appreciated, lovely, but wine, yes, wine with chocolates? If you’re loved one brings that combo to your door, you might want to think twice about dumping them the day after. So if you’re on the other end of that door, here are some sweet wines for your sweet.
- Is your valentine always in-the-know on the latest fashion trends? You’re in good company, - Riesling is always in style! From Inniskillin, the 2012 Riesling Icewine will make the sweetest of evenings. And if you’re a couple of foodie cuties who love to finish off a lovely dinner with cheese, get some blues for this one.
- The 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington. Is your lover a fan of lemon desserts, maybe some tres leches cake? It’s so easy to make and it’s for your special someone… Google it.
- If you’ve got a sweetie who’s a wine connoisseur and you need to impress? Pop by with this, some roses and even some Spanish Cabrales blue cheese (believe me, the pairing will be better than with chocolates) and you’re a keeper. The wine? Oh, here you go; 2012 Domane Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen, Austria.
- Vermouth. Yes, it’s technically a wine. Here’s a sweet one! Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth from Italy. Word is that you infuse it with chai spices and boom (!), instant love formula aphrodisiac, check the recipe. https://houseofbourbons.wordpress.com/tag/chai-tea-infused-vermouth/
- If you are whipping up some pasta with all the shellfish, aka aphrodisiacs in their with the classic cream sauce, then you’ll need a bottle of this, 2009 Studert Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling. It’s sweet, just the right amount of sweet, like your hunny bunch. Don’t try and remember it, just write it down.
- Do as the Italians do, make or go get some orange-almond biscotti and this bottle of 2014 Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti. What do you do with the biscotti? As the Italians do it, dip it in the wine. That’ll make some memories.
- Let’s all face it, really. Cabernet Sauvignon does not go with chocolate! What does? This! And if you’ve found yourself in the doghouse over the last month, you’ll be out lickity split. Get the best dark chocolates you can find! From Inniskillin too, the 2012 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine.
- Even you cuties out there on a budget can enjoy some sweetness and sweet stuff on Valentine’s Day. Try Pacific Rim’s 2012 Vin de Glaciere Organic Riesling for around $15. And you still have some left over for the chocolates.
- 2002 Beringer Nightingale Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc from North Coast California. It’s got some aging on it and sure to be like the sweet nectar of a bee hive.
- For a little lovin, and touch of bubbly, that’s spritzig in German, try the 2012 Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese. We love it when you speak with an accent.
- For a something sweet and spicy, the German Gewurz wines will do it. Try 2014 Fitz-Ritter Spatlese Gewurztraminer. Perfect for some spicy coconut Thai.
- Let your wild side show, surely she’s been waiting for it for a while. Yalumba does it with their wild ferments. Try the 2014 Yalumba Viognier from Eden Valley… Like the Garden of Eden. Go!
- Who would have thought that something amazingly honeylicious could come out of Long Island (say it with the accent <wink, wink>) Of Wolffer Estate Vineyard’s, get the 2012 Descencia Botrytis Chardonnay.
- Time to wrap this up, you all have some shopping, planning, vermouth-infusing and wooing to do. Here’s the last one! It won’t break the wallet like some classic icewine out of Germany. New York does it again with Lamoreaux Landing’s 2014 Riesling Ice. It’s a flower bouquet in itself, but you should still bring the flowers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christie Kiley, International Sommelier and Chef, has over a decade of experience in both restaurants and wineries. She began working kitchens under talented chefs. Nights off from the kitchen, she would work at the same restaurant as a server. Her passion for food grew into the wine industry. She has worked wine harvests in Napa, learning the nature of the product from soil to bottling. Working the back- and front-of-the-house in restaurants and wineries in sales, and as a food and wine educator, has given Christie an in-depth knowledge in both food and wine throughout many aspects. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, where she has just received her International Sommelier Certificate from the Escuela de Argentina Sommeliers (EAS) after two years of study. She works as a wine and food writer and Sommelier at a boutique hotel in Palermo where you can catch her most nights of the week entertaining guests with her unique wine tastings.