Oysters and Champagne are the perfect start to an amorous meal and one of the classic wine and food unions. For the best results, go for a Blanc de Blanc Champagne (which means that it is made from 100% Chardonnay.) A few good options are the Duval Leroy Blanc de Chardonnay Champagne for approximately $40 or the Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc del Blancs NV for around $30.
What better to satisfy your sweet tooth than a little chocolate. If that is what you are craving Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect pairing. A bold and full-bodied wine, Cabernet goes particularly well with dark chocolate. Better yet, Chateau Calon Segur, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Bordeaux region of France, has a heart right on the label. You should be able to find it (you don’t think the heart label is lost on retailers, do you?) at your local wine shop for around $50.
If chocolate (or dessert in general) is not your thing but you still feel like lingering, head straight for the sweet wines. For something different try a sweet Marsala and, no, it is not what you are thinking. Marsala is confusing at best but, trust us, the artisan Marsala made by De Bartoli is a real indulgence and the Marsala Superiore Riserva is a decadent end to any meal. If you can’t find the De Bartoli (available at Italian Wine Merchants and Vino in New York, then try an Ice Wine from Canada, Austria or Germany.
Happy Valentine’s Day & Cheers.