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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and love is definitely in the air. Whether you’ll be popping the question on amour‘s biggest day or celebrating with a rom-com and your favorite group of galentines, we’ve got the perfect love potion to serve, thanks to world-renowned wine critic Antonio Galloni. Come close and listen in as Antonio, the founder of wine website Vinous, reveals the best wines for eight of the most common Valentine’s Day scenarios.
It’ll be your first Valentine’s Day with your new love, so you want something impressive and delicious but not too over the top.
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, $78
The NV Brut Rosé is a pretty, gracious wine. Freshly cut roses, red berries, and spices take shape nicely in the glass as the wine shows off its understated, refined personality. Billecart’s Rosé is consistently delicious and the perfect way to impress the special person in your life.
You’re going to pop the question—or have a hunch your special someone will—so you want something timeless that will be as special and memorable as the moment.
Dom Pérignon, $180, or Dom Pérignon Rosé, $300
Dom Pérignon and Dom Pérignon Rosé are both timeless classics. Dom Pérignon is all about elegance and precision, while Dom Pérignon Rosé takes things to an even more sensual level with its beguiling aromatics and rich, vinous profile. Either is an excellent choice for toasting one of life’s most special moments.
You’ll be hosting a group of couples for a Valentine’s Day party, so you want something celebratory and delicious but affordable.
Raventós i Blanc Cava, $20
The Raventós i Blanc Cava is a terrific value from Spain. With a complex bouquet and a clean, strong finish, it pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods and is a great wine for toasting love and friendship.
You’ll be hosting your galentines for a movie night, and you want something that’s fun and festive and goes well with popcorn and candy.
NV Zardetto Prosecco, $13
Zardetto’s Prosecco is refreshing, affordable, and easy to find. With its generous aromatic and fruity notes, the Zardetto Prosecco is a budget-friendly wine that’s perfect for casual evenings at home with friends.
You’ll be enjoying nibbles at home before heading out with your honey for dinner.
Pierre Péters Brut L’Esprit, $79
The Pierre Péters Brut L’Esprit, with its bright citrus, mineral, and floral notes, is the perfect Champagne to enjoy with appetizers before heading out for a night on the town.
The kids will be at Grandma’s, and you’ll be home alone with your honey sitting in front of the fire.
Vietti Barolo Castiglione, $49
The Vietti Barolo Castiglione is a rich, sumptuous wine. With its classic signature flavors of rose petal and sweet spices, this Barolo from Italy’s Piedmont is a perfect accompaniment to a romantic evening by the fireplace.
You’ll conclude the night with dessert at home, and you’re looking for a delicious way to end the evening.
Saracco Moscato d’Asti, $15
Saracco’s Moscato d’Asti is a delicious, refreshing sparkling white wine to enjoy after dinner. The green apple, pear, and floral notes pair best with fruit-based desserts and cookies, and the bubbles add a celebratory flair.
You’ll be home sans date—who needs a steady anyway?—and want to treat yourself.
Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvée, $119
If you’re going to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day, it should be with a great bottle of bubbly. Vilmart’s Coeur de Cuvée is a gorgeous wine to follow over the course of an evening as it opens in the glass. The Coeur de Cuvée is all class.
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The Best Wines for Valentine’s Day
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