Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we all know how hard it is to find the perfect gift, but you can never go wrong with a great bottle of something delicious! Here are our top picks:
Charles Baur Cremant d’Alsace ($19.99)
Bubbly is always welcome, especially to start off a romantic evening. The Charles Baur Brut is bold and flavorful balancing toasty notes with ripe orchard fruits. Perfect for aperitifs as well as desserts, so you can both start and finish the night with this one!
Jacqueline Rose ($12.99)
Fun and festive, the Jacqueline’s rosy hue is guaranteed to make you smile. The wine is softer than many bubbly roses, with more yeasty character over the classic strawberry and red raspberry.
Tozai Living Jewel ($16.99)
If the love of your life likes to stray off the beaten track, look no further than this vibrant, floral sake. Named for the Japanese koi fish that represent luck and good fortune, the Living Jewel is basically a metaphor for your entire relationship! Serve chilled.
Midgard Alliance ($14.99)
For the viking in your life, the Midgard Alliance is sweet and ready for plundering. Bold and intense, this wine boast tons of juicy berry, grape and plum, with hints of pineapple on the crisp, refreshing finish.
Honeymoon Trail Honeymoon Sweet ($9.99)
Let this luscious New York red take you back to the moment you first realized just how sweet your loved one really was! Bursting with fresh Concord grape flavors, the Honeymoon Sweet is also a delicious base for spicy mulled wine.
2015 Delagrange Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($19.99)
Time and again when asked “what is the most romantic wine” the answer is invariably red Burgundy. Silky and sensual, this French Pinot Noir finishes warm and inviting- just like we hope your evening will! Pairs flawlessly with almost any dish.
Bodega Yuste Aurora Pedro Ximenez ($19.99)
Dinner is done but the night isn’t over- this hedonistic fortified wine works just as well in place of dessert as it does alongside. Savory hazelnut and almond character, overlaid with chocolate, fig and raisin notes.
Bonus Spirit Round:
Kas Krupnikas ($37.99)
You might be more familiar with the Polish version- Krupnik- but this Lithuanian style (but made in New York) honey liqueur is in the same family. Opulent and inviting, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves, the Kas is super mellow and delicious just for sipping, but be sure to check out the distillery’s website for a tasty assortment of cocktails.