There are wines and then there are the best of wines, tried and tested by the experts. And why go for anything less for your amorous Valentine's Day celebrations.
Marianna, Michael Pozzan Winery
Aged for twenty months, this gold medal winner Pinot Noir at the 2020 USA Wine Ratings is the perfect ensemble of flavors. Aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberries and black plum dominate the nose. The palate is a great blend of dark chocolate, freshly ground espresso and black cherry.
The Marianna can be paired with a pan-roasted fillet with whipped mashed potatoes and balsamic glazed asparagus.
Michael Pozzan Winery, Source Website
Sonoma Cutrer Rose’ of Pinot Noir, Brown-Forman Wines
You cannot go wrong with the Sonoma Cutrer Rose that shone at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards, taking home a gold medal with a whopping 92 points. Its beautiful salmon color will add to your setting and its refreshing mouthfeel will add to its charm. The perfect wine to pair with chicken, prawn, risotto and salmon.
Brown-Forman Wines, Source Website
Etoile Brut, Domaine Chandon California
An impeccable blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, followed by extended aging, this Sommeliers Choice Awards gold medalist is known for its tiny bubbles and an elegant aroma. Pair it with a hearty seafood meal like grilled scallops in brown butter, or poached salmon to bring out the best mouthfeel in this Etoile Brut.
Domaine Chandon California, Source Website
2017 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ehlers Estate
The 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon, named Wine of the Year at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards is known for its red-purple color with aromas of cassis, wild blackberries, licorice, herbs de Provence, cedar and tobacco leaf. If you’re looking to splurge on wine for you and your partner, then the double-gold medalist is worth every penny.
Ehlers Estate, Source Website
Brut Blancs de Blancs, Maison Jussiaume
As the day reaches its golden hour, imagine popping open a bottle of matching wine pale gold in color. The Brut Blancs de Blancs 2017 is a handcrafted wine replete with freshness, elegance and complexity. Pure on the nose with aromas of tangerine, ripe pineapple and Meyers lemon, it is vibrant on the palate. Extremely limited in release and a winner at the 2020 USA Wine Ratings, this wine surely holds up to its gold medal.
Mason Jussiaume, Source Website
Chaleur Blanc, DeLille Cellars
If you are a lover of exquisite Sauvignon Blancs, the Chaleur Blanc from DeLille Cellars should be your wine of choice for Valentine’s Day. The nose is dominated by petrichor, pastry dough and golden hay while the palate consists of herb notes of basil and tarragon. The wine’s traditional acidity and a great proportion of balance throughout make this an excellent Valentine's wine choice. Loved by all, this wine took home a double-gold medal with 96 points at the Sommeliers Choice Awards.
Chaleur Blanc, Source: website
Cline Los Carneros Syrah, Cline Cellars Winery
The gold-winning wine from USA Wine Ratings, Cline Los Carneros Syrah comes in a pristine bottle and is a perfect bottle of choice this Valentine's Day. The look is not where it ends, however. Cherry, spices and other savory flavors make up this Syrah. Its lengthy and silky finish complements the occasion superbly and pairs well with a pappardelle with duck sauce.
Cline Cellars Winery, Source Website