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Perfect Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 9, 2015 11:42:00 AM

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February 14 can be one of the most pressure-filled days of the year for couples, young or old. Valentine’s Day, in our opinion, should be celebrated 365 days a year. If you love someone, let them know. We can help you find
great wines everyday, but since Valentines’ Day comes but once a year, let’s make sure you pick the perfect wine for this special occasion.

Menu and Pairing Ideas for Two:

Strawberries and Champagne

Simple. Elegant. Two ingredients. Fresh, luscious strawberries and one bottle of a special bubbly. Think outside of the box, and consider a sparkling rose such as Lete-Vautrain Rose Royal.

A classic champagne favorite is the ever perfect Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut. It always pleases from first sip to last.

Chocolates and Wine

A classic Valentine’s Day treat includes a box of chocolates, so take it a step further by sharing a box of handmade truffles and a Port or Sherry.

If you want a rare treat, Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port will make your date swoon. It’s definitely a port wine worth sipping next to a fire with someone very special.

Graham’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port is rich, sweet, and smooth on the palate – can you say perfect evening sipper with someone you are sweet on?

Fondue For Two

What’s more romantic that sitting candle-side, dipping rustic breads into a scrumptious cheese fondue and sipping an exquisite wine?

Pick up a wedge of Rolf Beeler Gruyere. It’s an exceptional Swiss cheese that is fabulous for a fondue. Pair it with a wine as equally special such as Shafer “Red Shoulder” Chardonnay.

A cheese fondue will also pair superbly with a slightly off-dry Chenin Blanc.

Seafood and Sparkles

Imagine broiled lobster tails, two champagne flutes, and a bottle of chilled sparkling wine. We can, and think Roederer Estate L “Ermitage” Brut, with its round creamy finish, will pair nicely. In fact, it goes well with any fish or shellfish.

Another option is an American sparkling wine by Schramsberg. Here’s a delicate, off-dry wine with a creamy texture. You’ll do well with Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec paired with any shellfish dinner, or you may want to uncork and skip right to dessert. 

Steak and a Great Red

Imagine a grilled filet mignon, or a rare roast beef spread with a salad and a decanted bottle of wine ready to sip. You set the scene; we’ll pick the wine. Red meat and red wine create the perfect couple. Rich, juicy, and complex. Consider pairing with a Cabernet Sauvignon like this 2013 vintage, Roberts + Rogers from Napa Valley.

Go down under with the meaty, smoky red from Mollydooker. “Two Left Feet” might express how you feel on a date, but after a glass of this intense Australian wine, you’ll feel right at ease.

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Founded in 1934, Haskell’s has championed fine wines for over 80 years. We have 13 wine stores in Minnesota, two delis and one restaurant.  As one of the top wine shops in North America, Haskell’s is known for legendary service and one of the finest collections of wine, beer and spirits. Led by Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell, and the Farrell family, Haskell’s continues to be at the forefront of the wine scene throughout the world. Haskell’s also can ship wine, beer & spirits all throughout the world, the U.S. and we deliver locally.

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