For Valentine day wines, let’s start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines…
Bubbles are a natural for Valentine’s Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers’ holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards, J Vineyards and Winery, and River Road. All come from Russian River Valley’s cool climate, which creates excellent cool climate varieties. All brands are delicious, and all are very special to share with someone you love. Prices vary, with Iron Horse having the most range, and being on the high end (but, you lover is worth it, right?). J is the next price point to consider, which can also be a bit pricy, depending on what you can afford (after your December holiday spending). The River Road Pinot is the most affordable and a great value, to boot.
Red wines for you to enjoy
First Malbec for Lovers
Let’s go to South America for our Malbec from Trivento (translated: Three Winds ).
STORY: When, in the mid-1990s, Concha y Toro, Chile’s leading wine producer, announced its successful purchase of a collection of vineyards (now accounting for 3,185 acres) in the Mendoza region of neighboring Argentina, there was little doubt on either side of the Andes that change was in the air. Wind is an agent of change, so it was only fitting that the new venture was named “Trivento” (Three Winds), a whimsical reference to three winds that sweep through Mendoza and are such a distinguishing feature of the region’s climate and environment.
At every level, Trivento Malbec wines are designed to provide the wine lover with superb value and an authentic expression of the world-class potential of Argentinean winemaking and terroir.
Trivento Argentina 2013 Malbec Reserve Mendoza
This is a bright red wine with plum and raspberry aromas that intertwine on your palate. I love the touch of vanilla, which comes from this wine enjoying six months of barrel aging in French oak. It’s delicious, well balanced, with the finish having soft tannins that give us a velvety mouth feel. (Get our soft beef dishes, like a pot roast. It will be a natural compliment, and will soften the tannins further from the marbelization in the meat’s cut of beef.)
A Cabernet-Malbec blend…
Trivento Argentina 2013 Cabernet-Malbec Reserve Mendoza
Think about Dorothy’s slippers… Ruby red and bold… This red wine is more bold than the pure Malbec as a variety. The blended flavors of this wine get their guts and glory from the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon. (It reminds me of a Rutherford Dust Cab.) It’s a 50-50 blend, so it’s got plenty of Cabernet to make this different from just the Malbec one.
Aromas: Plum and bramble berry, a touch of sweet vanilla
Palate: Bold, beautiful, and the aromas carry forward onto your palate
Finish: The big, black fruit carries into the lingering tannin’s structure, which then demands a Tri-tip to make it all come together nicely.
For the little Devil in all of us!
If presentation is just as important as what’s inside the bottle, let’s go with the Legendary Collection from Casillero del Diablo.
The package is just as impressive as the wine: “Commemorating its successful partnership with Manchester United, Casillero del Diablo presents Legendary Collection, an exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon that aims to conquer the most demanding palates in the world. ” It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s gorgeous. My girl friends will love giving this one to their guy pals.
Petite Sirah ~ A Lover’s Favorite Red Wine
With an advocacy group called PS I Love You for Petite Sirah, how can I not list Petite Sirah on any Valentine’s Day list? Our entire Dark & Delicious event is based around Petite Sirah and the aspects of love… PS, I Love You. Those pouring at Dark & Delicious on February 20, are the following… as we continue the love past February 14, on February 20th. (Tickets: secret code for a discount: dd2015winery.)
All of these Petite Sirahs are highly recommended. Our members all make their Petite Sirahs with passion, and hand crafting is of the utmost importance to them.
|Artezin Wines||Fulcrum Wines *||Ridge Winery|
|Ballentine Vineyards||Gustafson Family Vineyards||Robert Biale Vineyards|
|Berryessa Gap Vineyards||Harney Lane||Rock Wall Wine Company|
|Bogle Vineyards||Klinker Brick Winery *||Sones Cellars|
|Carol Shelton Wines *||Kokomo Winery *||Stanton Vineyards|
|Clayhouse Wines||Las Positas||Sundstrom Hill Winery *|
|Concannon Vineyard||Lava Cap Winery||The Crusher|
|Dashe Cellars *||Marr Cellars||Theopolis Vineyards *|
|David Fulton Winery||Mettler Family Vineyards||Trentadue Winery|
|Delectus Winery||Michael David Winery||Tres Sabores|
|Denier~Handal Vineyards||Mineral Wines *||Twisted Oak Winery|
|Diamond Ridge||Miro Cellars||Ursa Vineyards|
|F. Teldeschi Winery||Neal Family Vineyards *||Vasco Urbano Wine Company *|
|Fenestra Winery||Overland Wines *||Venteux Vineyards *|
|Field Stone Winery||Page Mill Winery||Vezer Family Vineyards|
|Foppiano Vineyards||Parducci Wine Cellars||Wilson Vineyards|
|* New Winery|