Every Kiss Begins With Rosé: Best Wines for Valentine’s Day

Well, hello there lovebirds! So, Valentine’s Day is almost here (hint hint to all the men out there) and you know what that means: last minute shopping.

Though my BF and I aren’t huge V-Day people, we do enjoy a nice dinner and drinks to break up our usual routine of eating meal prep and watching The Office. I gotta say, for the first time in my life, I’m prepared for our Valentine’s celebrations: I’m bringing the wine.

Because I am a giver, I’m going to share my wine findings with y’all. So, this article is for you, last minute shoppers! You know, the ones who clear out the flowers and cards section at 4:45p.m. on February 14th? I’m here to tell you that there is no need to fret about the wine selection- I’ve got you covered.

Me, when I share my wine selections with you:

 

Trefethen Family Vineyards, Chardonnay ($29):

I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t include a white wine in here, because it’s Valentine’s Day, right? We need the red and pink aesthetic, right!?

The truth is, some people- like myself- LOVE white wine and will want to drink it with the person they love, no matter the day. It’s your holiday, your rules. I personally love the Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay, which was introduced to me by my boyfriend’s grandparents, weirdly enough. It’s light and crisp, with a touch of oak, but not so much that you feel like you’re licking butter. It’s got that stone fruit taste (rather than overly lemon zest) and pairs well with seafood and chicken. I also pair it with desserts, but that’s just because I LOVE this stuff.

Okay, now to reds.

Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Pinot Noir ($45)

Thanks for the flowers, boyfriend.

I have been a longtime fan of Flowers Winery, stemming (hehehehe) from my deep love of their Rosé. I was excited to find out that they had a Pinot Noir and even more thrilled to find I loved it just as much, if not more, than the Rosé! Their Pinot is light in weight, but still packs a lot of flavor. You certainly get a taste of tannin and acidity, but they are well balanced and make for a more complex sip. I paired this Pinot with a cheese and charcuterie plate at a dinner party and the combo was a hit. It’s a little on the higher price side for most “ballin’ on a budget” folks, but it’s worth it.

My suggestion: if you see anything from Flowers Winery, buy it.

Locations AR-6 Argentinian Red Wine Blend ($19.99)

Now that’s a starting lineup. (photo credit: Locations Wines)

Time to spice things up a little. AR-6 Argentinian Red Wine is truly unique in almost every way. I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t drink enough wine from Argentina, but this wine will be changing that. Predominantly Malbec with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is seriously different- and I mean that in the best way possible! Though a little bit more tannic than I’m used to, I got a very distinct flavor of dried fruit, which happens to be one of my favorite snacks. Let me tell you, if you combine this wine with Brie cheese, it’s GAME OVER. *dies of happiness*

Also, this wine is part of a group called “Locations Wine“, where they feature a very cool label showcasing the….wait for it…locations of the wine’s origins. I’m a big fan of the CA ones, and it’s guaranteed you’ve seen these wines in your local Cost Plus.

I was interested in the winemaker, David Phinney, and it turns out he’s been the young mastermind behind several wines I love, including The Prisoner. Shoutout to D.Phin, I’m your biggest fan.

Department 66 “Others” Red Wine Blend ($25)

The “Others” Red Wine Blend takes us to a different part of the world- Maury, France. Kind of like the show, except not at all.

This wine also has a strong tannin presence, but I found myself really liking it on the finish (which is a rarity for me.) It’s a well-married blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre and offers a variety of flavors- my boyfriend got cherry cola, I got a dark chocolate . As you all know, everyone’s palate is different, but both of those flavors are 100% okay with me.

So what did I pair this with? GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. Yes, it was magical. I paired them with a Tagalong and a few Samoas and it was the combo I never knew I needed. So, for Valentine’s Day, I really suggest pairing either with a red meat, or taking a chance and committing to a chocolate pairing.

Rosé Wines

Day Owl Rosé ($15)

photo credit: Day Owl’s fabulous Instagram

Someone has brought Day Owl Rosé to a barbecue, I promise you. Day Owl is actually one of my favorite rosés- not just because it’s in a super cute bottle and totally Instagrammable- but because it’s a got a flavor palette that’s not always common in Rosé. It’s made from Barbera, which isn’t the most popular grape used for Rosé, and has a distinct flavor that has a little citrus in it. It’s got a light pink-soft orange color and it pairs with just about anything.

So yeah, bring the Instagrammable wine to your V-Day feast. Give her the gift of good wine and the ‘gram.

Charles & Charles Rosé ($13)

Charles & Charles Rosé is one of those wines that is consistently popular. It’s got the bright pink hues that everyone loves from Rosé and a strawberry tart taste on the palate. It’s a great wine to pair with fruit or a strawberry shortcake (which is one of my favorite desserts). It’s pretty much at all BevMos, so be sure to stock up on a few- you’ll drink them so quickly, you’d be surprised!

Sparkling Wines

Carpenè Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano DOCG ($18.99)

I love love love sparkling wine, especially Prosecco. I think it’s underrated and delicious, which is fine because more for me!!! I’ll preface, Carpenè Malvolti’s Prosecco is one of those wines that looks intimidating on the bottle- it’s mostly in Italian and it looks faaaaaancy. Don’t be scared off by the label! You deserve to treat yourself on this wine! Let me break it down for you (in English).

This wine is dry and fresh, tasting a little bit like pear, maybe even a slight apple and honey taste. Though I usually save sparkling for after dinner, think this wine would pair really nicely with some wild rice and fish/chicken.

I also think this could pair with a shortcake (again) or a pear tart. If you need a pair tart recipe, I’ve got a great one I will be sharing on the newsletter very soon!

I have more favorites on my most recent article on sparkling wine. Check it out here.

So, that’s it. I hope the last minute picks make your life a wee bit easier! If not, sorry I can’t work miracles.

Remember, though this is technically a holiday-based article, these wines are great year-round and really are wonderful wines to share and pair with a variety of foods. Similarly, though February 14 is technically the “day of love”, I hope you all remember to share your love every single day, because that’s what’s more important than the chocolates, flowers and even, wine.

Wishing you lots of love and happy pour decision making!