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Wine & Dine: Fabulous Valentine's Day Pairings

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and love is in the air! And to celebrate, we’ve come up with some delicious wine pairings so that you can have your own at-home elegant wine tasting with friends, family, or loved ones!

 

Merlot & Dark Chocolate

California Merlots tend to be on the sweeter, fruity side, with lots of velvety berry notes. These pair very well with rich, dark chocolate! (Photo: Baker by Nature)

Cabernet Sauvignon & Berries

A full-bodied red like Cabernet tastes great when paired with equally bold and darker fruits like blackberries, plums, and raspberries.


Pinot Noir & Caramels or Milk Chocolate

Sweet treats like caramels or milk chocolate bring out the fruitiness in a lighter red wine like Pinot Noir!

Pinot Grigio & Soft, Mild Cheese or Melon

Pinot Grigio is typically light, crisp, and dry, which makes it a perfect partner for a soft, mild cheese like Brie. Also, the fresh, light flavor of any type of melon helps bring out the sweeter flavors in the wine.

Chardonnay & Hazelnuts

The buttery notes in oak-aged Chardonnays are super tasty when paired with toasted hazelnuts and similar nutty flavors. Did someone say Nutella?!

Rosé & Fruit Tarts

Both drier blush wines and sweeter, sparkling rosés are perfect with not overly sweet fruit tarts.

Moscato & Orange, Peach, or White Chocolate

The sweetness of Moscato pairs very well with summer fruits flavors like orange and peach. In addition, the sweet, buttery flavor of white chocolate is a great fit for Moscato!

Champagne or Sparkling Wine & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Last, but not least, the forever classic pairing. The sweetness of milk chocolate and the mild tartness of strawberries taste amazing with a semi-sweet sparkling wine. Champagne, while on the drier side, works best with a darker chocolate.

 

What to do if some of your delicious pairings end up on your V-Day outfit? Check out our Stain Removal Guide for tips & tricks on how to remove chocolate and wine stains in no time!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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