Impressive wines to uncork on Valentines Day


Valentine’s Day is around the corner and while some folks may be thinking red roses, I’m thinking of a dinner with my husband that starts off with a glass of bubbles, a white wine with a soup or salad, followed by a silky red to pair with the main meal…then top off the evening with an icewine.

vintagesI had a hard time narrowing down my choices especially with so many award winners….I have chosen 4 fabulous wines that amount to no more than $100 total at the cash. On Valentine’s Day, my husband & I usually prefer to stay at home and enjoy a nice dinner but the evening does not have to be a work horse. I have some SIMPLE pairing suggestions to accompany these great wines.

On Feb.14, I will be working in Moscow, but I’ll be squirreling away the bottles listed below for a great dinner upon our return. I would love to hear about anything that you find remarkable.

Happy Valentine’s day, from my heart to yours!


If I only had $100 I would buy at LCBO Vintages…


Pfaffenheim Brut Rose Cremant d'Alsace sparkling winePfaffenheim Brut Rosé Crémaunt D’Alsace

AC, Alsace, France
$17.95 (Vintages #352203) 12 % alcohol

A lovely sparkling wine, a dreamy and so romantic soft pink colour with flavours and tastes of summer berries with a perfect punch of acidity. One of those wines that could take you through an entire dinner and dessert or just to enjoy on its own. Oh and did I mention it was a Gold Medal winner at the 2012 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. I’m not the only one that loved it.  Bring out some Miss Vickie’s potato crisps and a few shrimp, what a start to your evening!

Irony Chardonnay white wineIrony Chardonnay 2011

$19.95 (Vintages #027409)   14.5% alcohol

Aromas of butterscotch pudding and buttered toasty almonds made me think this Chard. might be a little sweet, but it dissipates into tastes of tropical fruit, bone dry with a tad citrus, a mouth coating lengthy finish and the word “yum” just sprung to my mind. Although not a new product to Vintages, thankfully I have finally tasted this white wine. I like a full-bodied and rich Chardonnay during the winter months and this would be sheer bliss with a creamy squash or carrot and ginger soup. (You don’t have to slave in the kitchen, there are some great jars of soup out there.)  

Signargues Cotes du Rhone red wineLes Vignerons Du Castelas Vieilles Vignes Signargues

Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2010
$16.95  (Vintages #034116)  14% alcohol

Dark garnet in colour with cigar box and black currant aromas, full bodied with tastes of lavender, liquorce/pepper and a little fruitcake. How you go wrong with a Grenache and Syrah with 20% Carignan. It has good structure and balance, some smooth but nippy tannins as only a fine Rhone valley red wine provides. It is an amazing price point considering this was a Gold Medal winner at the 2011 Concours Général Agricole in Paris.  I plan to serve this will some roasted pork tenderloin, ground hazelnut crust, sweet potatoes and green beans and am salivating as I write.

Henry of Pelham IcewineHenry of Pelham Cabernet Icewine 2012

VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula
$39.95 (Vintages #672402)  10% alcohol

The floral on the nose is reminiscent of an English country garden but with strawberry and rhubarb flavours on the palate not to mention a little citrus. No one could not adore this beautiful, elegant and refined taste. The marmalade sweetness makes it a perfect dessert wine with a seam of acidity that make your taste buds pay attention. This Icewine has a long lingering finish that just sends you back for more. It would be heaven served with a great baker’s lemon or raspberry tart followed by a little artisan blue cheese – a perfect first class Canadian finale. Who needs the Olympics?

Grand Total: $ 94.80





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