As we journey through life, we discover love has many faces. From first love to true love to enduring love, few things are as diverse as love itself, except for maybe wine. Wine too has many faces and stages of progression that help tell its story. So as the official holiday of love approaches, we cannot think of a better way to express the dynamic range of love than with a bottle of wine! The following are a just a few of our top wine choices to help communicate the many labels of love this Valentine’s Day:
First love is always the sweetest, somewhat shy yet always full of excitement. Convey this sweetness to your love with a bottle of Primo Amore Moscato from the warm vineyards of Puglia. It’s fruity and inviting and filled with pleasantly sweet peach and exotic fruit flavors. Enjoy Primo Amore with a jam tart or any light, flakey pastry and a fresh fruit salad.
Young love is adventurous, playful, and flirtatious, and this stage of your relationship should be celebrated with an appropriately named wine! Flirt offers a spritely blend of white grapes perfect for the occasion. Vibrant aromas of orange blossom, pineapple and honeysuckle invite you to sip the flavors of ripe red apples, key lime, and fresh kiwi awaiting you in the glass. You don’t want competition, so keep it simple with fresh fruit and light, soft cheeses.
Banfi’s Rosa Regale is the perfect selection to help you reveal the depth of your love. An Italian beauty from Piedmonte packaged in a bottle with a little sex appeal calls to you with a dark cranberry color and hints of raspberry, strawberry, and rose petals. Its crisp acidity and luscious palate pair perfectly with sushi.
Burgundy, the color of love, and France, the country of love, come together to make Nicholas Potel’s Burgundy the quintessential Valentine’s Day wine. Dark ruby in color with aromas of red cherry, fern, and white flowers and toasty notes of black fruit on the palate make this medium bodied, inexpensive Burgundy one of my top picks for pinot noir. For the culinarily gifted, pair this wine with poached eggs in red wine sauce and soft pungent cheese.
Any Valentine’s Day wine list would not be complete without a dessert wine. Belle Joli, an award winning local winery in the Black Hills produces several delicious dessert wines. Mon Cheri’, a Smith’s favorite, exhibits a fragrant fruit nose with an intense cherry flavor similar to a chocolate covered cherry. This delicious wine is wonderful on its own or alongside a decadent chocolate treat.
Not currently in a relationship? That’s okay! As long as you have man’s best friend at home, there is no need to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Pick up a bottle of Portrait of a Mutt red blend, pop a frozen or homemade pizza in the oven, and enjoy a funny movie for the perfect evening. Portrait of a Mutt is a blend of spicy carignane and jammy zinfandel and is a bit reminiscent of a warm berry pie.
Whether Cupid aims your love at your partner, family, friends, or your pet – give them (and yourself) a little love in a bottle for Valentine’s Day. At Smith’s Liquor Gallery we offer more than 2,000 selections of wine. Stop by today and let our courteous, knowledgeable staff help you select the perfect wine for your special occasion!