Valentine’s can be stressful enough without me recommending special bottles that are not in your local store. I thought it might be more useful to offer wines that are generally available, along with a few possible food suggestions. You can add your own Valentine touch.
A bright start: Add a splash of Aperol to Prosecco for a truly bright-red aperitif. Aperol is a bitters, but it also has a sweet side. When added to bubbly it creates an appetizing, colourful and fun drink. Sure to please.
APEROL, Italy 176834 $25.95
VILA SANDI Prosecco, Veneto, Italy 394387 $13.95
Candlelight dinner: The silky, musky nature of Pinot Noir speaks of romance. Especially by candlelight. And it flatters almost any food – salmon, chicken, beef, vegetarian, or mildly spicy.
ERRAZURIZ 13 Pinor Noir, Chile 226696 $14.00
Chocolate and its perfect partner: Make an attractive display of truffles on a plate, along with a glass of chilled Framboise. This raspberry drink makes an exciting contrast with chocolate.
SOUTHBROOK Framboise VQA Ontario 341024 $15.00/$375ml