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Vino for Your Valentine

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Photographs by (Domaine Vincent Ravaut) Juan Prieto Wines, (André Roger) Suzie Cohen, & (Corison) MJ Wickham Photography

February 11, 2015

Vino for Your Valentine
Looking to woo someone special on Saturday? For classic romance, queue up smooth tunes, dim the lights, and—perhaps most importantly—pour some wine. David McCarus, sommelier and co-owner of McCarus Beverage Company, offers up three picks at a range of prices to help set the mood


Under $25: Domaine Vincent Ravaut, Côte de Nuits-Village Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France, 2012
“It’s tough to find a Burgundy that’s both delicious and affordable, but this small grower has created a gorgeous version with sensual aromas of fresh cherries and cranberries. With a nice mid-weight, fruity palate, it’s perfect for pairing with a home-cooked meal—or sipping while nestled on the couch.” Available at The Daily, $24.99

Under $60: André Roger, Grand Reserve Grand Cru, Champagne, France, NV
“From the pop of the cork to the way the bubbles feel in your mouth, Champagne is a sexy beverage. This heady version is perfumed with stone fruits, citrus, and peppercorn. On the palate, it’s voluptuous and bright. Pair it with fresh fruit and cheese during an afternoon picnic.” Available at goat. sheep. cow, $50

$60 and up: Corison, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2010
“Cathy Corison is a Napa Valley icon. Her complex wines walk the line of power and elegance. This cabernet is aromatically seductive, with whiffs of berries, violets, and cassis, while flavors of dark, juicy fruits such as plums dominate the palate. Pair it with dark chocolate for a luscious combination.” Available at Accent on Wine and More, $79

For a cozy night in, pair one of these wines with a romantic homemade meal. Check out our recipe archives for inspiration.