This post was originally posted ahead of Valentine’s day, which on 2021 was on a Sunday and amidst the lockdown. The inside dinning options in the East Coast were rolling over but many of us were still keeping it low key and were celebrating moments at home. Thereafter, we are now more used to staying cozy inside. However, I reflected on the selection of Big Bold Red Wines that I shared with you then and I think they are amazing to enjoy not only during Valentine’s day but for any romantic or special occasion.
I have put together a bold selection of red wines to keep you warm this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Check the tasting notes, the food suggestions and the music list to pair with and enjoy in fashion these Big Bold Red Wines.
Red Red Wine…
Au Contraire Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast 2019 (750ml/$26.99)
Au Contraire wines are crafted for those who revel in turning the every day ordinary into something extraordinary. This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an elegant, silky and complex. Food pairing: Provides perfect contrast to hearty roasted meats or robust cheeses.
McGuigan The Plan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (750ml/$10.99)
McGuigan “The Plan” Cabernet Sauvignon from South Eastern Australia is sourced from top quality vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Barossa Valley. “The Plan” is full of elegance and vibrancy, at a price that’s easy to love! Food Pairing: New York Strip Steak or Vegan Meatloaf.
Salentein Numina Gran Corte 2016 (750ml/$40.99)
The Bodegas Salentein estate is situated against a backdrop formed by the eastern slopes of the Andes. Numina Gran Corte – a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc – will transport you here to Argentina’s Uco Valley, where the grapes are hand-harvested from some of the highest elevation vineyards on the planet. Food Pairing: T-Bone with side of mashed potatoes or Vegetarian Veggie Burger.
Bertani Valpolicella 2018 (750ml/$16.49)
Nothing embodies love quite like this wine from the Veneto, home to Romeo and Juliet! Bertani Valpolicella is made from two local grape varieties, 80% Corvina Veronese, and 20% Rondinella, via traditions perfected during the estate’s 150+ year history of creating wines of uncompromising quality. Food pairing: Cheese pizza or Cauliflower vegetarian pizza with mushrooms.
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas “Terres Brûlées” 2018 (750ml/$63.99)
Turn up the heat with this 100% Syrah from France’s Northern Rhône Valley! “Terres Brûlées” means “burnt earth,” and references the long hot days in the tiny Cornas appellation which are perfectly balanced by cool nights for maximum aroma and flavor development. A rich, velvety mouthfeel and sumptuous dark fruit and spice flavors will set the mood just right. Food pairing: Filet Mignon or Portobello Mushrooms on the grill.
Bodegas Caro Amancaya Reserve Red Blend 2018 (750ml/$20.99)
“Amancaya” is the name of an elusive flower found at high altitudes in the Andes. Legend has it that if you are able to locate this flower and use it to propose to your loved one, they will surely say yes. Since this flower is hard to find, however, we suggest you use a bottle of Bodegas Caro Amancaya! Made from a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine exhibits great balance and an exceptional freshness following aromas of cocoa, red fruits, and figs. Food pairing: Lamb based plates
Valle dell’Acate Nero D’Avola Il Moro (750ml/PP)
Bright medium-dark red Nero D’Avola with spicy aromas and flavors of red stone fruit and minerality on the bouquet and also present in the palate. Medium tannins and long lasting end. Food pairing: Grilled T-bone marinated with salt and butter or herbs marinated cremini mushrooms.