Romantic Wines for Valentine’s Day
If Valentine’s Day is all about love, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with food and wine, which are two grand gestures of amore? Whether you share your Valentine’s Day with a loved one or beloved friends, the holiday is a perfect time to explore new (and romantic) wines.
You can give roses . . . or you can give Barolo, which is known for its “tar and roses” aromas. Barolo wines are rich and deeply concentrated thanks to the Nebbiolo grape––which comprises 100% of Barolo wines––and to the wine’s strict aging standards. (The wines are aged for a minimum of 38 months; riserva wines are aged for a minimum of five years.) After centuries of being served to Italian royalty, Barolo is known as the “king of wines and wine of kings.” What better way to give friends or a loved one the special treatment than a wine of such high acclaim?
We suggest: 2012 Elio Filippino La Morra Barolo
Husband and wife team Elio and Miriam Filippino produce less than 3,000 bottles of their Barolo, which is from grapes planted on a small, two-acre plot of land. The wine has notes of cherry and rose petals as well as leather and spices. It is truly a labor of love for the famiglia Filippino.
Since its tannins allow it to age well, Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent token of love as well: gift someone a bottle that can be enjoyed now or on Valentine’s Days to come. (Plus, Cabernet can sometimes exude aromas and flavors of the one food often associated with Valentine’s Day: chocolate!)
We suggest: 2016 Wild Rover Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Wild Rover is a passion project between Quigley Fine Wines and Leon Tackitt of Tackitt Family Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA. This soft wine has notes of cocoa and chocolate and red currant flavors. Give your loved one a wine that is as unique as he or she: Wild Rover is exclusively sold through QFW and is not available in stores.
Pinot Noir is a soft and elegant wine. While it takes on different flavor profiles depending on its region, it often exudes a velvet texture and notes of bright fruits, such as cherries and strawberries. The wine pairs well with poached salmon, duck breast, mushrooms, and herbs.
We suggest: 2014 Michael Hall, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
Fresh cherry, lavender, and rose petals comprise the aromas of this beautiful wine from the Bonython Vineyard in Piccadilly Valley. Its silky texture makes it Valentine’s Day in a bottle!
Ribera del Duero red wines are made predominantly from Tempranillo grapes. The wine can be aged for just a few months (and labelled joven), or aged for up to five years (and labelled gran reserva). When aged significantly, the wine takes on a dark cherry or deep purple color and ripe fruit, vanilla, and spice aromas. It’s an excellent accompaniment to slowly braised meats and stews.
This Ribera del Duero wine is a marriage of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Celebrate this perfect pairing, which create a wine with tobacco and vanilla notes and flavors such as dark fruits and spice.
If you would like to toast your loved this Valentine’s Day with one one of the romantic red wines listed above, contact Quigley Fine Wines at (619) 795-7043.