I just did some research on Valentine’s Day and was surprised to learn it’s not as much of a Hallmark holiday as I had thought. It turns out Saint Valentine was persecuted for conducting weddings for soldiers who were forbidden from marrying. According to the lore, on the eve of his execution, he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter and signed it, “From your Valentine.”
In the 15th Century, the holiday became associated with romantic love and it has evolved over the centuries to become a time of expression of love and friendship.
We think you should do this every day, but we can’t deny an excuse to enjoy wines, chocolate and a nice celebration with your loved ones.
Valentines Day Wines: Jon’s picks
We are all about broadening our palettes and exploring new wines. With that, Jon has shared with us his four different and interesting picks to accompany your experience.
- Argyle 2001 Extended Tirage: Bob Parker says,
The 2001 Brut Extended Tirage is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, exactly the same wine released in 2004 but with a decade sur lie. The 2001 vintage provided plenty of natural acidity and it shows in this elegant effort. Light gold in color, it displays complex aromas and flavors along with an attractive minerality. Mouth-filling, creamy textured, and long, this pleasure-bent bubbly is meant for drinking over the next 3-4 years. As usual, Argyle’s sparkling wine offerings are among the best made in the USA. (2/ 2011)
The 2001 is not easy to find online but check your local shop.
What would the celebration of love be without an Italian or French red? Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara are all classic Italian varietals blended to make:
2011 Allegrini Valpolicella: Light ruby red; lovely ripe cherry and berry aromas; dry, medium bodied; ripe fruit flavor with a touch of spice, balanced acidity and long finish. It’s about $11 and goes with almost anything such as Italian antipasti and red or white meats.
2009 L’Etoile De Bergey: A French Bordeaux for $19? Count us in. 91-94 points Wine Spectator: “Blueberry and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a berry, spice and dark cherry aftertaste. Really polished.”
Elk Cove 2008 Ultima: Drink your dessert! Super delicious, like sweet orange and tangerine nectar along with honey. Very luxurious feel on the palate. A spike of acidity rises up in the finish and cleans up nicely. Overall a delicious desert wine. About $18 to $20.
Now you tell us – what will you be doing, eating, and drinking for Valentine’s Day? Let’s grow the list of picks!
*Thank you to grapes.com for the beautiful image.
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