Valentine's Day 2022 Food + Wine Pairing Guide

What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year?

If its taking your special someone or your girls out at a fancy restaurant, we always encourage to know what you are going to eat first, then order your wine. It takes the hardship of knowing how to pair out the door. For example, if you're ordering red sauce pasta, (a popular dish for the Valentine's Holiday) then make sure you are ordering a red wine that doesn't have too much acidity. Generally, red tomato sauce based pastas, have acidity. So, its best to pair the pasta with wines that are considered "Medium-Bodied." Medium Bodied Red Wine, has just enough acidity it in that matches the tomato based sauce. Wines such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, or even a Rosso di Montalcino. 

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Now, if you're ordering Shrimp Scampi, or anything seafood, generally a white wine can pair wonderfully with it. However, ordering salmon or tuna, or any other hearty fish dish, you can easily pair it with a nice Pinot Noir, Merlot, or even Zinfandel. Because again, its easier to enjoy a wine with the weight of both the selected food meal and drink of choice. The fruitiness and fresh taste of the wine, (typically more of your newer vintages, are going to be more fresh and young) complements and tones down the "fishiness," of foods like salmon or tuna. Balancing the two together, also works well, because of the aromas and texture of the fish.

 

Now, if you'll be at home with your special someone, and want to have a more intimate Valentine's Day Dinner, then check out below, some of the foods you can easily pair with the wine we have in stock:

APPETIZERS: KEEP IT LIGHT

Imagine This: You're getting prepared for the fabulous dinner that you and your special someone will have, but your beau arrives early. Good thing, you’ve got some hors d’oeuvres ready. Here’s what to bring out while you begin chatting about y'all's day and pop open that first bottle of wine. 

Queso & Rosé

Rosé, is not only the first smart option, but it's pink. So what better way to start your date, then with a glass of Rosé and Cheese. Here are some great options for Rosé and Cheese pairing, you can purchase online and pick up in-store, or have it delivered to your doorstep.

 

This 2020 Bonina Rosé, from Portugal can easily be paired with feta spread or brie topped with jam, like a strawberry jam. It would complement the strawberry aromas that you can pick up from this Rosé. Grab the 2020 Bonina Rosé, here. 

Easily pair this 2019 Ame Du Vin Rosé (Women-Owned), also with brie, but this time, top it with honey. If you're a fan or if your beau is a fan of apricots, she'll love this cheese spread topped with honey paired with the 2019 Ame Du Vin Rosé. Want to begin your evening with this wine, grab it here. 

And last but not least, If you are a fan of peaches or Lychee or if your special someone is a fan (a hairy strawberry, look) pair this 2020 Maison Marcel (Black-Owned), with Aged Gruyere. Grab the Maison Marcel, here. 

 

Now let's move forward with Entreé.


Steak or seafood? A new bottle or the old favorite? Here are two creative main course pairings to choose from, that would be perfect for the Valentine's Dinner. 

Pan-Seared Scallops and White Wine. One of our favorites to pair with Pan-Seared Scallops is a zippy Albariño. Easily pair this dish, with a Bodega Garzon's Albariño. You can also serve this over with pasta or rice. Either way, consider adding a veggie on the side to get some color on the plate. Grab the Bodega Garzon, here.

If you and your special someone want to drink pink all evening long, go right ahead! We are here for all of it! Some of the foods you can pair with fruity Rosés are Tuna Steaks, Fresh Seafood, and Chicken dishes, if you want to switch it up and add Fried Chicken to your Valentine's Dinner, by all means, we'd love for you to check out this Black-Owned Rosé, La Fete Du Rosé, here.   

Sweet Treats with Sweet Wine 

Bravo! You made it to the last course. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy these Cupid-approved dessert pairings.

Pair this 2020 Rosa Regale Sweet Sparkling Red with desserts like Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, or a Classic Tiramisù. Bon Apétit. Grab the Rosa Regale, here. 

 

Poached Pears, Lemon Macarons, or a Classic Lemon Pound Cake, would pair well with this Foris Vineyards Moscato. Chef's Kiss. Cheers! Grab the Moscato, here. 

À La Fin....

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love. So, no matter how you spend it with your special someone or even to celebrate Galentine's Day, don’t be afraid to be adventurous this Valentine's Day weekend 2022, with a glass of wine with food to enjoy. By using this wine pairing guide for Valentine’s dinner at home, or even at a restaurant, you’ve got everything you need to ensure a night to remember. 

 

 

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