Good morning, Valentine. You've got the gift, the dress or suit, and the dinner menu. Now, all you need is a bottle of wine so sultry your date will hand over his or her heart before the second sip.
Most red wines are seductive by their nature. But, with their mouth-filling weight and inky hue, syrah, malbec, and cabernet sauvignon have a particularly masculine beauty.
White wines can be seductive, too. Think of the intoxicating aroma of a riesling, the innocent prettiness of a petal pink rose, or how the bubbles of a creamy brut always put you in the right mood.
The following five wines are not just tasty on the buds. Their labels carry messages of the heart so they can delight your Valentine and do
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double time as a greeting card or even a gift. They're the complete package, just like you. Besitos NV California Red Wine (California). Spanish for "little kisses," this luscious red blend packs enough cherry, plum and vanilla flavors to recall the lip-smacking Bonne Bell days smooching behind the bleachers. Smooth and juicy, it pairs great with steak or solo as a predate sipper. $10. Vampire Vineyards Je T'Aime Brut Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France). Can it get better than this? This sparkling rose's name is "I love you" and it hails from one of France's most notable regions for value. To match its bright strawberry flavors, try it with white chocolate dipped berries or preserves and a cheese plate. $20. Flirt 2010 California Red Wine (Mendocino County, California). Is your Valentine a first or second date? This blend of Mendocino Syrah and Tempranillo offers just what you need: A red wine with juicy, soft berry tannins easy enough to enjoy with pizza or hamburgers with your new special someone. $12. Iron Horse 2007 Fairy Tale Cuvée (Russian River Valley, California). Created for Disney's adult patrons, Iron Horse Vineyards has now made this predominately pinot noir based sparkling wine available for retail. It has a creamy mousse with a lingering almond finish and it ideal for grown up princes and princesses who love spicy Asian food. $50. Marilyn Merlot 2010 (Napa Valley, California). On the label, a photograph of the playful yet provocative Marilyn Monroe in a tomato red dress set against a black background from the last shoot with Milton Greene in 1957. The 2010 vintage of this iconic Napa Valley merlot is elegant and balanced, with rich flavors of mocha, blackberry, and cassis perfect for chicken or pasta. $30.