We think that any night you open a great bottle of wine is a celebration, having an excuse to splash out certainly never hurt, and Valentine’s Day just so happens to be an excellent excuse to really indulge. Whether you’re going for a full feast this year or nibbling on a snack spread in front of a good romantic movie, we guarantee that these bottles will make whatever you’re doing for date night feel especially memorable.
Whether you’re nibbling chocolate-covered strawberries or slurping fresh oysters and caviar, this complex Napa sparkling wine is an ideal choice for its ability to pair well with everything from sweet to savory, with notes of citrus, apple, and toasty baking spice.
With a palate full of soft red fruits, toasty notes of flaky pastry, and a fine balance between acid and minerality, this champagne is astonishingly easy to drink. Plus, you can never go wrong with pink on Valentine’s Day.
“A blend of the classic Tuscan grape Sangiovese with Merlot, this wine is Italian amore in a glass—lusty with red berry, savory spice and red licorice notes,” Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson says.
What better to celebrate a romance for the history books than the chardonnay that put Napa Valley on the map? Filled with the flavors of ripe core fruit and a whiff of floral, its creaminess would be a lovely foil to Valentine’s confections.
Odds are if you are out on Valentine’s for a nice meal you will want to have a nice dessert, and a completely under-the-radar option to pair that might just change your world is a glass (or bottle) of Madeira.
“Be original and royal and pop open this gem from England,” Gwendolyn Osborn, director of education and recommendations for Wine.com, recommends. “This is a crisp and delicious example of the quality work they are doing in an emerging region for sparkling wine.”
Once, riesling had a reputation for cloying sweetness, but this traditional German bottle reminds us that riesling can be brisk, crisp, and infinitely drinkable. Refreshingly bright with just a hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect wine for starting a meal or sipping while noshing on charcuterie.
“Bewitching complexity and suede-smooth tannins make this California icon wine a can’t-miss for Valentine’s Day,” Robinson says. “It’s got both dark and red fruits, truffly spice, and subtle elegance.”
Aside from the obvious holiday-themed color, rosé is a great choice for Valentine’s Day because of its sommelier-approved ability to go with practically everything on the table. This bottle out of Napa is made of 90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay for a rich fruitiness that plays beautifully with savory flavors.
Bring some freshness to the table this Valentine’s Day with this sauvignon blanc from Stellenbosch. Produced by Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first Black female winemaker and winery owner, the palate is full of lush citrus that will wake up the flavors of everything on your date night table.
Iconic Prosecco producer Mionetto’s organic version of their beloved classic brut makes a lovely Valentine’s gift for an eco-conscious wine lover. Light and delicate, with citrus and floral aromas and golden apple on the palate, it is an incredibly versatile sparkling wine.