Valentine’s Day Wines
Lucky for all of us, Valentine’s Day only comes but once a year and for this weekend alone we are expected to come up with the most romantic gift for our significant others. What better way to say you care that a great bottle of wine (which you can also enjoy yourself!) We’ve compiled a list of the most romantic wines in celebration of the day of love. These wines are sure to please as well as provide a great, romantic story.
Soave: The Wine of Romeo & Juliet
Pra Soave Classico 2008
Pra Soave Classico 2008
You can’t get much more romantic the drinking the grapes of Verona, Italy. The name of Soave is rumored to have stemmed from two sources: the first gives credit to the great Italian poet of the 13th century, Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy and friend of the lord of Verona, Cangrande della Scala. The second credits Romeo (as in Romeo & Juliet), tasting the wine after a tryst with Juliet Romeo says to a servant, “Soave” after receiving a goblet of wine. Whatever the source of the name, Soave now holds the place as Italy’s most romantic wine and the official wine of “Verona in Love,” Italy’s celebration of love and romance every Valentine’s Day weekend.
Tasting notes: Fresh, flowery and lightly yeasty nose witha touch of wood smoke. The palate is attractively textured and juicy, showing zesty ‘leesy’ intensity and a hint of almonds. Crisp, incisive and mineral on the finish.
Rose: The Color of Love
Van Duzer Pinot Noir Rose 2008
What’s not to love about a pink wine on Valentine’s Day? This rose is NOT white zinfandel style. Made from 100% pinot noir, this rose is fermented with the skins for one hour to give the wine the pink hue. Held in stainless steel tanks, it exudes a crisp, dry and clean style.
Tasting notes: Dry strawberries and spice reminsicent of a traditional pinot noir. Crisp acidity on the finish leaves a clean mouth feel.
Bordeaux Blends: Deep, dark, and luscious
Jarvis Lake William Blend 2002
Lake William is the Cabernet Sauvignon blend which started out as a cellar mistake but is now a most sought after blend. It is named after the lake which borders and cools the Jarvis estate vineyards that makes up the blend. Each vintage’s varietal composition varies dependent on the blending of Winemaker Consultant, Dimitri Tchelistcheff.
Tasting notes: This 2002 Lake William combines 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. Twenty months of barrel aging in 100% new French Nevers oak adds a note of toasty vanilla to the rich violet aromas and elegant blackberry flavors of this wine.
Champagne: Add a little sparkle to your night
Graham Beck Rose Brut NV
Champagne has been linked to love and romance for centuries. In the18th century a French cardinal, of all used the imagery of a champagne bottle popping open to make very thinly-veiled erotic suggestions in a poem to his would-be mistress the Marquise de Pompadour. By the late 1700s in France the connection between seduction and champagne was established. Legend has it that the saucer-shaped champagne glasses called coupes were modelled on the the breasts of famous French royal Marie-Antoinette, wife of king Louis XVI.
Tasting Notes: Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings.