Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you are looking for romantic food and wine, but want something different than an expensive meal out, we have just the idea for you! Why not stay in for a romantic evening and cook a delicious meal? Follow this guide for our top romantic food and wine picks to make your Valentine’s Day special!
Oysters and Muscadet
Oysters can be a delicious appetizer to serve for your Valentine’s celebration. They can be found in most seafood aisles of your local grocery store. Enjoy the oysters as is or add your favorite topping (we recommend fresh lemon juice). When pairing wine with your oysters, Champagne is a popular choice—but there is another option worth noting!
Have you ever heard of a Muscadet before? Muscadet is often confused with Moscato since they have similar spellings. Muscadet is made from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne and comes from the appellation, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, located along the Atlantic Ocean in the Loire Valley of France. One of the main foods enjoyed there are oysters with some Muscadet.
We recommend the Manoir des Herbauges Muscadet bottle from our Cellar Collection. It is a dry, light-bodied white wine. You’ll enjoy aromas of lemon zest and crisp green apple. On the palate, there are citrus and mineral notes that complement the oysters.
Lobster and Chardonnay
Lobster is a lavish delight and can be a wonderful surprise for your special Valentine. Serve your lobster with melted butter and you are all set! When pairing seafood with wine, white wine is always our go-to. Red wine with fish leaves a metallic aftertaste. With that being said, opt for a white wine, particularly a buttery, full-bodied Chardonnay.
The Black Ridge Chardonnay from California is just the right complement to lobster with melted butter. Lobster is a heartier fish, so this full-bodied wine is a perfect match. Of course, with melted butter, a buttery Chardonnay will complement the dish.
Filet Mignon and Cabernet
If you plan on serving lobster, perhaps a surf and turf will be your main course for your Valentine’s dinner! Filet Mignon is a real treat for an at home dinner date night. Filet Mignon is a tender cut of meat that can be prepared simply for a great flavor result. A red wine is the right choice to go along with this decadent meal. We recommend a smooth Cabernet that would pair with the lighter qualities of this cut of meat.
The Café Zoetrope Cabernet Sauvignon from California is our staff favorite for any Valentine’s Day or date night because of its romantic wine bottle label. This wine is full-bodied with rounded tannins and will pair well with the Filet Mignon. Experience aromas and flavors of plum and blackberry that make for an inviting taste. You could even try cooking with wine by making a bordelaise sauce (red wine sauce) for the filet using this bottle!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
For your sweetheart, you better make sure to have something sweet! Chocolate covered strawberries have become a Valentine’s Day staple and rightfully so. They are easy to make, and taste so good. We recommend the Sweet Sunset Chocolate Cuvee to pair along with your strawberries.
This red blend is made with chocolate flavoring, which is quite different for this type of wine. Typically, we see a chocolate liqueur with red wine flavoring added, but this is real wine! When you sip the wine, it will remind you of chocolate covered strawberries. It really is the perfect pairing!
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