Whether you're bringing a bottle to dinner or enjoying a fireside drink, Gayot's best Valentine's Day wines are sure to set an amorous mood. Boasting titillating flavors and evocative names, our selections include bold reds, delicate rosés and flirtatious sparklers. Take a look at the entire list to find great wines to bring on a romantic rendezvous this Feb. 14.
Folie à Deux 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
With a name meaning "a passion shared by two," Folie à Deux captures the romantic spirit of Valentine's Day. The winery's 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir offers vibrant flavors of plum, cherry and raspberry with earthy notes on the finish and soft tannins. A food-friendly wine, it pairs well with sultry snacks such as fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Antucura Chérie Sparkling NV
Uco Valley, Argentina
You might have to cry over this sparkler, Argentina. Aromas of yeast, toast and white flowers captivate the nose. The palate is fresh and intense with an acidity that makes the Pinot Noir-based rosé a great match for appetizers and seafood.
Ménage à Trois 2012 Rosé
Fantasy meets reality in the Ménage à Trois Rosé. Not content to have just one varietal in the bottle, the makers of this boundary-pushing blend put in two reds and a white: Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer. The result is an exotic mélange of red fruit flavors, tropical and floral notes, and a crisp mouthfeel. Pour it alongside sautéed vegetables and crunchy salads.
Flirt 2011 California Red Wine
Mendocino County, California
This fruit-forward offering is something fun for singles and would-be couples alike. A blend of Mendocino Syrah and Tempranillo, it offers simple, juicy flavors of cherry and berry with a bit of vanilla. Share with flirtatious friends or a future lover over anything from pizza to prime rib.
Castello di Amorosa 2011 Bien Nacido Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley, California
Those who can't make it to the "castle of love" in Napa Valley can at least enjoy a bottle of the winery's Chardonnay. Sourced from one of the finest vineyards in California, this big and balanced white wine features luscious tropical fruit and citrus flavors, as well as rich, buttery notes and a creamy mouthfeel. Pair it with herb-roasted chicken, seafood pasta or a salad of fresh mixed greens.
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