#WineDownWednesday: Win Your Valentine with Swoon-Worthy Sips

by Robin Barr Sussman on February 6, 2019 in Food, Drink,

Hey Romeo! Cupid’s arrow is pointed in your direction. So before February 14 hits, we’ve paired some of the wines we’re really into right now with some common Valentine’s situations for a bulls-eye in the drinks department.

The Look of Love

Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blancs, Monterey County

When Sofia Coppola was young, her famed movie producer father (now winery owner), Francis Ford Coppola, promised he would make a sparkling wine and name it after her. A blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Riesling, this elegant white offers flavors of apples, pears and hints of citrus and honeysuckle. Bonus: Bottles come in pink cellophane wrapping ready to gift. Buy it: Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Central Market. About $16

Famed movie producer (and now winery owner), Francis Ford Coppola, named a sparkling wine after his daughter, Sofia. Photo courtesy Anna Ottum

Your First

Perrier Jouët Champagne, France

For your first Valentine’s Day together, this romantic Champagne, a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, flaunts a bottle with heart-fluttering flower art and French cachet. Buy it: Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Central Market. About $85

French Perrier Jouët Champagne is perfect for your first Valentine’s Day together. Courtesy photo

That’s Amore!

Il Borro Pian di Nova 2015

A smooth Toscana blend of Syrah and Sangiovese with intoxicating aromas. Fresh, juicy and meaty with hints of spice, this intriguing blend will likely hit the spot. Buy it: Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Central Market. About $19

Il Borro Bolle de Borro Classic Method Rosé, Tuscany 2012

Easy sipping cherry-and-flowers alternative to Champagne made with Sangiovese grapes for an aperitif or throughout your meal. Start with oysters with red wine mignonette and end with chocolate pot de creme dessert. Buy it: Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Central Market. About $18

Il Borro Bolle de Borro Classic Method Rosé from Tuscany is an easy sipping cherry-and-flowers alternative to Champagne. Courtesy photo

Tall, Dark & Handsome

Ravage 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Dark, robust red with decadent flavors of dark berries layered with luscious vanilla and mocha and exceptional structure. A true prince charming for the price. Buy it: readily available nationwide. About $12.99

Vinum Cellars Red Dirt Red 2016, Paso Robles

Men will dig this mind-blowing, award-winning blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Syrah and Mourvedre. With smoky aromas and cinnamon, black pepper, bacon and blackberry on the palate and silky leather texture, it packs a concentrated punch. Buy it: Spec’s, Houston and Austin Wine Merchants. About $20

A rosé of Pinot Gris that truly dazzles, Long Shadows Julia’s Dazzle is from Washington’s Columbia Valley. Courtesy photo

French Kiss

Chêne Bleu Heloise 2010, France

Svelte bottle with enchanting artwork of an old oak tree will have you two plotting a trip to the French wine country. For now, stay home and sip this impressively balanced Rhone-style blend of Syrah, Grenache and an air-kiss of Viognier. Award-winning, organic and worth the splurge. Buy it: Spec’s. About $95

Moet & Chandon Brut Rosé Treasured Ties Edition comes in a beautifully packaged box. Courtesy photo

Pretty in Pink

Moet & Chandon Brut Rosé Treasured Ties Edition

Known for its radiant color, intense fruitiness and seductive creamy palate, the Rosé Imperial is the most glamorous expression of the French Champagne house’s style and it comes in a beautifully packaged box. Buy it: Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Richard’s, Kroger. About $25

Long Shadows Julia’s Dazzle 2016, Columbia Valley, Washington

A rosé of Pinot Gris that truly dazzles with its gorgeous, feminine bottle scripted in gold and lovely flavors of ripe strawberry, pomegranate and guava. Buy it: Total Wine & More. About: $15

Meiomi

Delightfully dry with vibrant acidity and aromas of watermelon and rose petal. Not too serious or pricey—just right for a Galentine’s night out with girlfriends. Buy it: Widely available nationwide. About $14

Pretty in pink, Meiomi is delightfully dry with vibrant acidity and aromas of watermelon and rose petal.
Courtesy photo

Solid Sips

Santa Margherita wines, Italy

Readily available and reliable–just the wine to tie up a romantic evening or meal with a bow without breaking the bank. Varietals include Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, sparkling rosé and Chianti Classico Riserva. Widely available nationwide. $18-$30

Seductive Surprises

Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs, England

Drink like royalty with this sustainably produced sparkler, a scrumptious mouthful of crisp green apple with hints of biscuit and herbs. Splendid! Buy it: Houston and Austin Wine Merchants. About $50

Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011, Portugal

Classic presentation of passionate, sweet cassis-filled kisses for your dark chocolates. Buy it: widely available nationwide.
About $24


Cover photo Jennifer Regnier

Robin Barr Sussman is a freelance culinary and travel writer who studied at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone California. As a chef for Sonoma County wineries, her specialty was food and wine pairing. Sussman’s work appears in Texas Monthly, Fodor’s and Private Clubs Magazine.