Skip the box of chocolates and over the top gifts for Valentine’s Day. Instead impress you’re sweet heart – galentines included with these simple Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing ideas.
On behalf of Beaulieu Vineyard and Stags’ Leap Winery celebrate the day of love with these expert wine pairings.
Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Ideas For the Sweethearts Who Like Reds
“You can really taste the cassis and berry flavors in our 2016 vintage – blueberry, blackberry, violet and sage. says Trevor Durling, Chief Winemaker and General Manager at Beaulieu Vineyard. “You’ll notice the concentration and depth of the flavors, and lingering tastes of chocolate and molasses and root spice. Our “Rutherford Dust” tannins support the expansive palate and integrate into the full-bodied texture. Notes of vanilla and toasted oak spices from time aging in our French oak barrels shares a warm feeling and heightens the aromas for a lengthy finish. Overall, this wine is very approachable, but with a power behind it that stands up nicely to a hearty beef entrée like a filet mignon.”
“Our 2016 vintage is a Bordeaux-style blend with layers of flavor complexity. The Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage gives the wine its briary blackberry and cassis expression. While Merlot tames the tannins and adds structure, Malbec provides deep plum notes. While Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot complete the blend with notes of rose, forest loam and graphite. This wine pairs nicely with a pasta Bolognese dish – its boldness matches the rich flavor of the sauce, making them a delectable match.” – Trevor Durling, Chief Winemaker and General Manager at Beaulieu Vineyard
Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Ideas For the Sweethearts Who Like Whites
“Our 2018 Chardonnay opens with citrus aromas of delicate Meyer lemon and lime zest, fresh white peach and floral honeysuckle. The palate is super refreshing, with nuances of lemon meringue, green apple, guava and Asian pear. All of which pair well with a seafood dish such as grilled salmon. Vanilla and caramel oak notes give the dish life, while maintaining a core of freshness.” – Christophe Paubert, Chief Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery
“The racing acidity and steely minerality of this Viognier make it a great match for a lean poultry dish such as a grilled pork chop. The pork chop needs a wine that will provide depth and complexity without overpowering it. Which is exactly what happens when these two are paired together. It has layers of white peach, hints of lemon grass and raw almond. Paired with a floral spiced finish of this vintage, breathe life into the meat for a perfect balance.” – Christophe Paubert, Chief Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery
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