Written By Sharon McLean Libations / Wine Events Feb 10, 2016 Bottled Love SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestChoosing wine for Valentine’s Day can be tricky. Get it wrong and you face a lonely 2016. Pet names can be quirky, cute or downright embarrassing, but they usually reveal some truth about your beloved. Use them to guide your wine choice for the big day.There’s only one way to prove to your “bae” that you mean it – and that’s with Champagne; the real stuff. To make it even more special, choose a grower Champagne – a wine that’s crafted by the grape growers and their families. Representing a tiny percentage of all Champagnes, grower offerings are as rare as your bae. One of my favourites is Pierre Gimonnet, Cuis 1er Cru, Brut (private liquor stores, approximately $70). This is a blanc de blancs, made only from chardonnay grapes, and it’s a super-fresh, focused wine with apples, citrus, white flowers, subtle toast and piercing minerality. Cupid would definitely approve.“Bubs” are easy. Haywire’s the Bub is a shoe-in (private liquor stores, approximately $25-30). Made from pinot noir and chardonnay, this is a seriously good sparkling wine from the Okanagan Valley. Fresh and crisp, it has aromas of green apples, pears and subtle notes of bread, toast and spice. And if you want to go pink, there’s Baby Bub – a half-bottle offering of sparkling strawberries, raspberries and spice. (Baby) bubs everywhere are sorted.If you have a “bo thang” in your life, you obviously aren’t constrained by convention. Opt for a more unusual grape – something as unique as she is. Italy is home to hundreds of less common varieties: aglianico, montepulciano, primitivo, nero d’avola, nerello mascalese to name a few. Amarone, from the Veneto region, is made from semi-dried corvina (mostly) grapes that give a big, full-bodied, concentrated wine. Plus, “Amarone” is so close to the Italian for love (“amore”), that you have to score some bonus points. The 2010 Masi Costasera, Amarone Classico is dense and complex (BCLDB approximately $50). Figs, plums, cherries, smoke, chocolate and floral notes jump out the glass and the palate is round and plush.For all the honey buns, sweeties and baby-cakes it has to be something as sweet as they are. The 2014 Gehringer Brothers, Late Harvest Cabernet Franc is a dessert wine (BCLDB approximately $16/375 ml). It has a seductive nose of ripe blackberries, black cherries and strawberries – a perfect pairing with the chocolates that you’re buying – and the deep pink hue is Valentine’s Day perfect.If you don’t have an angel-face, pudding pop, cuddly-wuddlly, pookie or dumpling in your life, indulge yourself with an elegant and refined Provencal rosé. The 2014 Caves D’Esclans, Whispering Angel (BCLDB approximately $28) has a classic nose of strawberries, peaches, citrus and a creamy palate of red fruit and spice, wrapped round a mineral core. Delicious and just what you deserve.Enjoy Valentine’s Day – whatever is in your glass and whatever your nickname. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sharon McLean ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.