woman on wine with amy reiley
Since the Valentine’s Season is upon us, I decided to theme my wine picks around perfect wines to give to or drink with that special someone. But don’t get me wrong. I think wine can be a romantic drink any time of the year–not just on the day the calendar dictates. So my selections, though well-suited to Cupid’s big day, will work to keep your lover warm all winter long.
Prosecco Brut DOC
Something sparkling can always spark romance and when it’s both Italian and affordable, well, somehow that just makes it even better. This wine has both aphrodisiac baking spice notes as well as a citrus freshness, which helps keep the mood light and your palate primed.
2009 The Chocolate Block
By the name alone you can probably guess why this is one of South Africa’s best-selling wines. An unusual blend of Cab, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Viognier, its raspberry, blackberry and nutty notes are perfect for pairing with dark chocolate.
Georges DuBoeuf is most often associated with Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine most of us drink once each year simply to join in the party. But the winery also makes wines of depth and character like this sexy red with its romantic name.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
This is definitely among California’s most impressive Cabernets for the price. Beyond its romance-inducing name, the wine offers notes of cocoa and musk that make it notoriously irresistible to men.
2010 Sparkling Ice Wine
Sometimes the best thing to share with your sweet is something sweet. This wine fits the bill in a most seductive way. From North America’s leading maker of ice wines, this unusual bottling is made in the Champagne style for a truly unforgettable sweet experience.
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