For those looking to have the perfect, sensual Valentines Day, the right meal can go a long way towards a delightful evening. A good bottle of rosé does more than simply complete dinner on this holiday. It sets the mood, as essential to the date as candles and music. Make your Valentine’s Day truly remarkable this year with one of these delightful bottles (Pairings included).
NV De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Brut Rosé
This delectable bottle of bubbles is a great way to get your Valentine’s meal started. Sparkling wine works as a wonderful aperitif, pairing with a great variety of lighter foods. Prepare a starter of crab cakes, clams on the half shell, or oysters rockefeller for a succulent, aphrodisiac filled start to a romantic evening. The effervescence goes wonderfully with the salinity of fresh seafood. This rosé displays delicate notes of strawberry, pink grapefruit and freshly baked bread, making it incredibly refreshing. Find it here.
2016 Domaine La Suffrene Bandol Rosé
For those seeking a more powerful style of rosé, Bandol, France is acts as a great option. The wines of the region can be incredibly full, offering up new and exciting pairing opportunities. The 2016 Domaine La Suffrene Bandol rosé epitomizes the style, with pepper and almost a gamey quality over a fruity, intensely mineral filled backing.Try it with duck and lemongrass skewers to get the meal started, or citrus salmon for your main course. This wine will work beautifully with a number of options. Find it here.
2016 Bouchard Aine & Fils Grenache-Cinsault Rosé
This classic blend of Cinsault and Grenache gives a true taste of southern France. The wine is lightly perfumed with delicate florals. Beautiful fruit notes of blueberry and raspberry complete the profile over a strong, creamy mouthfeel. Pair this expressive rosé with asparagus and feta, a perfect accompaniment for light, floral representations of this refreshing style of wine. An absolute steal at $8.99. Find it here.
2017 Elk Cove Rosé of Pinot Noir
Hot of the wine press, Elk Cove has just released their first wine of the 2017 vintage, and just in time too. This rosé is incredibly bright and expressive. The nose gives hints of melon and strawberry. Once the wine hits the palate, bright acidity is accompanied by sweet and tart cherries, pear, and rose petals. Pair this exquisite wine with lamb leg and a sweet raspberry sauce as your main course for this special occasion. The mouthwatering acidity will work to cut the richness of the lamb, while the sauce will bring out the fruit notes of the wine. Find it here.
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé
For those not familiar with Vinho Verde, it is worth noting that some of the best value wines (particularly dry, refreshing whites) grown anywhere in the world are found at this northern edge of Portugal. This lightly effervescent rosé is a great pairing option after the main course is cleared and dessert decides to make an appearance. A touch of residual sugar makes panna cotta with fresh berries an absolute delight. This wine displays sweet cherry and strawberry with a wonderfully decadent, yet not over the top finish. Find it here.
2016 Chateau Les Valentines Rosé
Subtle, elegant, and pure, this is a great expression of Côtes de Provence and the nuanced rosé produced here. Steely minerality and vibrant fruit notes characterize this wine. A bit of time to open reveals a floral intensity that is quite breathtaking. There is a very distinct freshness to this particular rosé that seems to linger on the palate. Enjoy the 2016 Chateau Les Valentines rosé with a salmon carpaccio, the salinity working wonders in its balance with the mineral freshness. Find it here.
This year, take the opportunity to make Valentine’s Day genuinely exceptional with one of these delightful rosé wines. The pairings are marvelous, especially when prepared and enjoyed with the one you care for the most. Beyond that, few things spark romance like a delicious dinner over candlelight.