Top 5 Wines for Valentine’s Day

Best Wines for Valentine's Day, NV Thibaut-Janisson, Blanc de Chardonnay Virginia, Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 2008 Champagne, Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, Chateau Haut-Brisson 2016

Honestly, my favorite part about February is the Valentine’s Day wine. It doesn’t matter if I’m single or taken, there’s one thing that’s a certainty: I’m popping open a nice bottle of vino!

Whether you’re celebrating with a loved one or partaking in Galentine’s Day festivities this year, this holiday is ideal for the wine lover. Plus, we’ve all had a long year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to treat ourselves! Today, I’m sharing my top five wine picks for Valentine’s Day!

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2008 Champagne | Valentines Day Wine

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Wine Options

Valentine’s Day Wine Pick #1: Champagne

Ok, but how often do you drink actual champagne? I’m not talking about sparkling wine, prosecco, or cava — I mean the real deal champagne?

Valentine’s Day is a special occasion, after all, and I recommend you use this opportunity to break out a bottle of the good stuff. I have a couple of recommendations for champagne: the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 2008 Champagne and the Taittinger Brut La Francaise. Both of these wines are matured to perfection and have a perfect balance.

You can open a bottle of champagne to kick off your festivities early in the evening. Drink it on its own, or pair these wines with a triple-creme cheese, shellfish, or anything with mushroom. Heck, champagne even tastes amazing with popcorn, to be honest, if it’s that type of Valentine’s Day. No judgment here!

Thibaut Janisson blanc de chardonnay | Valentines Day Wine

Valentine’s Day Pick #2: Sparkling Wine from the USA

If you’ve got champagne taste on a beer budget, never fear: there are plenty of sparkling wines that are produced in the U.S. that taste heavenly!

So, you see where I suggested Tattinger champagne in the section above? Well, they also have a vineyard in California, and they produce sparkling wine under the name Domaine Carneros. It technically can’t be called champagne because it’s produced in California, but man: it tastes like the real deal. Plus, you can get a bottle of it for $25-30 at the grocery store, which is less than half of what a bottle of Tattinger would cost.

Another sparkling wine that I’m a huge fan of is the Thibaut-Janisson – Blanc de Chardonnay. This wine is produced in good ol’ Virginia, and I try to bring all of my wine-loving friends in other states a bottle of this whenever I travel. Fun fact: this wine was served at the White House at state dinners. This sparkling wine is perfectly balanced, crisp and refreshing, and is one of our favorites!

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc | Valentines Day Wine

Valentine’s Day Pick #3: White Wine from South Africa

One country that should definitely be on your radar right now is South Africa.

I hoped to plan a trip to South Africa in 2021, but those hopes quickly diminished once COVID-19 spread like wildfire and caused shutdowns across the globe.

In 2021, South Africa temporarily banned all alcohol sales to help flatten the curve (source). They were unable to sell wine products domestically or internationally for a period of time, which did hurt some wineries. 

The next time you see a South African wine in the grocery store, give it a try and help support their vineyards. Some popular varietals from South Africa include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz/Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. 

Masciarelli red wine

Valentine’s Day Pick #4: A Montepulciano or Chianti Classico from Italy

Ok, let’s talk about something equally as important: what you’re going to eat on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re planning on enjoying beef for dinner, I highly recommend picking up a bottle of Montepulciano or Chianti Classico to pair with your dish. One of my favorite bottles is the Selvapiana Chianti Rufina. You can find it for under $20 at the grocery store, and it’s dry with notes of cherry, pepper, and vanilla.

La Grave Haut-Brisson red wine

Valentine’s Day Pick #5: A Bordeaux Red Wine

I might be totally biased here because Bordeaux-style blends are my favorite type of wine. But these will pair nicely with almost any dish you’re having for Valentine’s Day. Plus, it’s pretty easy to pick one out at the grocery store, IMO!

Bordeaux red wine will pair nicely with savory meats like beef, pork, and duck, but surprisingly, they also work really well with many Asian dishes and sauces. There’s a good chance that no matter what type of meal you’re having on Valentine’s Day, a Bordeaux wine will pair perfectly with it!

A tip for reading Bordeaux wines’ labels: if the label says “Grand Cru,” then the vineyard has a favorable reputation for wine production. If a label reads “Premier Cru,” that’s the highest level of distinction that a winery can get in the region. Look out for one of these distinctions on the label when you’re purchasing a Bordeaux wine!

What Valentine’s Day wine will you be enjoying this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Tom McGovern

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  1. Christine wrote:

    SO many great options! I’m Team Champagne for Valentine’s Day.

    And you definitely have to go to South Africa at some point in the future! I was able to go this past October and it was one of my favorite trips ever. I love a good chenin blanc from South Africa.

    Posted 1.24.23 Reply
    • Alicia wrote:

      Oh wow your trip sounds AMAZING! So happy you got the chance to go!!

      Posted 1.24.23 Reply