Fall head-over-heels for one of these wines!
Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year AND it follows the Super Bowl, so really there’s only one good beverage option that feels appropriate, and that’s wine.
Whether you are celebrating with a significant other, or reading a good book at home alone in a bubble bath, there’s no better excuse to drink wine than February 14th. Choose a can or bottle that feels festive but isn’t too expensive with this list of our favorites practically made for this love-filled holiday.
BEST RED WINES
If you enjoy bubbles, want a totally new tasting experience, and desire a label that is made for Valentine’s Day, give Stolpman Vineyards ‘Love You Bunches’ Sangiovese a try. It’s carbonated, sweet, and best served chilled. Pair with cheese and charcuterie — could there be anything more perfect for Valentine’s Day? We don’t think so.
Speaking of labels symbolic of the holiday, our Valentine’s Day 8-Pack is the perfect way to spend the evening with that special someone or a friend. Get the Red Wine-In-A-Can or Red/Rosé combo pack for two types of wine in one box. Plenty of wine, lots of fun, and save the remaining cans to enjoy throughout the week — no wine wasted!
For a big, juicy, can’t-go-wrong, easy-drinking Cabernet Sauvignon, the Big Smooth is perfect to enjoy with that partner who loves a solid Cab. You can’t go wrong with this wine, or a red velvet label. Yes, you read that right — it has a red velvet label.
BEST WHITE WINES
How about instead of buying flowers this year, drink Flowers instead! This 2018 Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast got rave reviews for its balanced flavor. Plus, the label is simple and beautiful, and makes a great gift for that person who needs warmer weather ASAP.
Okay so maybe you and your significant other are going all-out for the Super Bowl and want something ultra-light and refreshing for Valentine’s Day (maybe even a little healthy). Try Avaline, a wine by Cameron Diaz made with organic grapes and free from added sugar.
If there’s a wine that pairs with almost any meal, it’s a Pinot Gris, and lucky for us Eyrie Vineyards makes a Pinot Gris that tastes elegant and works with any Valentine’s Day dish (even if your plans include takeout).
BEST SPARKLING WINES
Some of the best wines come from the Alsace region in France, and this sparkling wine by Pierre Sparr is no exception. Its minerality and dry finish make it a great way to kick off the evening. Serve alongside appetizers or with a dish that features fish or chicken.
Also from Alsace, this sparkling Brut Rosé by Albrecht Tradition is made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes and is a great value for the $25 price. It is a full-bodied wine which makes it more substantial than a Prosecco or a Cava, and is a great choice for Valentine’s Day dinner.
Popping the question? Pop a fancy bottle! When it comes it Champagne, it can be hard to know what to buy — especially when the price tag is often over $100. Luckily, this Brut Premier wine by Louis Roederer can be found around the $50 price point, and is perfect for popping during a special occasion.
Okay we know rosé is thought of as more of a “summertime” thing, but no wine works better for Valentine’s Day. It’s pink, it’s refreshing, and there are an abundance of romantic-looking labels perfect for a gift or to display on your Valentine’s Day dinner table. A prime example is Channing Daughters Cabernet Franc Rosato. It’s a beautiful bottle filled with quality wine.
This bottle of Clos Beylesse is basically an art piece by itself — packaged in cobalt blue and complete with a flower on the label, you’ll want to save this as a vase once you’re done with the wine. The best part? It’s under $30 and ranked as one of the best bottles of rosé on the market today.And once again, if you want an award-winning sparkling rosé, order the Rosé with Bubbles 8-Pack of canned wine. Covered in sweethearts and packaged in perfect individual servings, there’s no better way to cheers to love!
Erin Hooker is a writer with experience creating wine, food, and interior design content. She began contributing to Graham + Fisk’s blog in 2021.