We’ve got Oscar fever! Stock your party with our Oscars wine picks to make tonight unforgettable. Our picks include an elegant Pinot Noir for Best Actress, a spicy Syrah for Best Director, and a Franc de Pied as Best Foreign Language Wine. These wines are all winners!
The Rhône valley is my favorite wine production region and Jean-Louis Chave is one of
the top producers in the region. Several of his mind-blowing wines rate as the best that
I have ever tasted. That brings us to “My Heart,” or as the French say “Mon Coeur”.
This Côtes du Rhône is exactly what I will be drinking to celebrate St. Valentine.
It seduces you from the first moment with velvety, smooth plumbs and cherries.
This is a wine that is perfect by itself, but sings when paired with duck, pork or chicken.
Truly amazing at this price, it makes me fall in love with every sip.
This is the perfect wine for my wife and I to share on V day… I like a more full bodied Red, while she enjoys a lighter style.
The Meiomi is one of the more full bodied Pinot Noirs on the market and is the perfect way for us to meet in the middle.
Because there is no love without compromise.
Brachetto is a wine made for Valentine’s Day. It’s a very slightly sparkling, red wine with just a touch of sweetness with notes of rose petals and strawberries. Not quite as sweet as a dessert wine it’s not cloying and is one of the very few wines in the world that actually pair rather nicely with chocolate. Either the Braida di Giacomo Bologna Brachetto d’Acqui Piedmont 2013 for $24.99 or the Alasia Brachetto d’Acqui Piedmont 2012 for $12.99 will give you those sexy red petal and red berry notes, although the Braida is a bit more refined and has a more luxurious mousse.
I usually have to work on Valentine’s Day (high-five, Krista!), so I usually celebrate with some chocolate on an alternate day. This year, I’m going to pour a glass of this sweet and nutty PX sherry with my truffles. It’s got lovely aromas of dried fruit and honey with a spicy edge, so it plays well with almost every flavor in the chocolate box. Plus the little lock and key on the cap make it look perfectly dressed for the occasion.
A delicious, mostly dry, Riesling in the Alsace tradition. I drank this wine over several hours and its evolution in the glass was amazing. From minerality and petrol hints when served cold, it became crisp and citrusy as it warmed and evolved into tropical fruit, peach and apricot. Very full in the mouth, would match well with anything from salmon to pork.
Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne NV ($89.99)
This is one of my all time favorite Champagnes. Aromatic and expressive with notes of candied red fruit up front. Perfectly balanced with a slight toasty note on the finish with lively and focused acidity.
Honig Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (Sustainable) ($34.99)
As a Honig club member for over 10 years, I’ve enjoyed the great value for the price that this winery consistently delivers.Their 2010 Cabernet was a Wine Spectator Top 100 choice and the 2011 is equally as delicious. It is a balanced Cabernet with flavors of black cherry, plum, and black tea, anise, and cedar. Big mouthfeel and long finish.Perfect when snuggling in front of the fireplace.
With graceful, delicate bubbles, this is the sexiest sparkler I know! Elegant and precise with subtle, convincing power, it whispers, “be my Valentine.”