This piece was written for Daily Hive by DJ Kearney, Director of Wine at newdistrict.ca and our resident wine expert.
Nothing says I love you like a well-chosen, irresistibly delicious, tempting bottle of wine. It’s liquid love in a glass.
In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection and he’s been known to fire arrows of amour. If you are stuck, look out – you are destined to fall in love.
So, what kind of wine would Cupid fall for? Here 5 swoon-worthy wines that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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Cupid would definitely love something pink and fizzy, like the soft, creamy mousse of Monmousseau’s Cuvee J.M. from the lovely Loire Valley. It’s made just like champagne from Cabernet Franc and Gamay grapes and delivers a lush gush of berry flavours.
British bubbles are all the rage now. One of the very best is Coates & Seely Brut Reserve, and it too is made just like the real stuff. Did you know that southern England has similar chalky soils and cool weather to those in the Champagne region? That’s the secret to the high quality of British fizz.
If Cupid were a winemaker, he’d have made Antica Vigna’s Appassionato. Its plump, plush fruit will seduce your tastebuds, and perhaps someone else’s too! It’s a natural Valentine’s Day red.
If a bolder, (and ahem…. pricer) bottle is going to seal the love deal, then a velvety, blockbuster like Plumpjack Syrah from the Napa Valley is your secret weapon. With dreamy black fruit, melting tannins and muscular body, it’s simply irresistible. And here’s the absolute ultimate in decadence… a half bottle of mesmerizing sweet wine that just happens to be the most celebrated dessert wine in history.
Château d’Yquem 2009 is as collectible as it is rarified. Imagine a liquid macaron, gilded with praline, creamy lemon curd, and wildflower honey. It’s an unforgettable bottle, even at the eye-popping $675 price tag.