Whether you’re planning a romantic meal or simply looking for an ideal chocolate-wine, there is something just for you. Here is our suggestion of top food and wine pairing ideas for this coming Valentine’s Day.
The Main Meal
If you’re planning on making a hearty red meat dish, like steak or stew, you’re going to want to get yourself a powerful red wine. Try a robust Cabernet Sauvignon or Cab-based blend (like a Bordeaux-style blend.)
With white meats, like roasted chicken or pork, you have the opportunity to use lighter red wines or white wines. Depending on the smokiness of the dish, try a Pinot Noir or Cinsault. However, if the dish’s flavors are subtle, try a Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. These are perfect for a seafood dish too.
Wine and Cheese
Wine and cheese have always been a winning combination, and it is ideal if you’re having a valentine’s cheeseboard. When pairing these, however, you have to consider the texture and intensity of the cheese when choosing a wine. As you would imagine, lighter wines with subtle flavours do best with subtle cheese and vice versa.
Try pairing soft cheese (like Camembert) with Riesling and something more intense (like Brie) with Chardonnay. Alternatively, your cheeseboard can be filled with an assortment of different cheeses, which you can and your partner can use to see which pairs best with the wine you’re having.
Wine and Chocolate
Whatever you’re serving up this year, there is just one rule to try and keep in mind: your wine should always be sweeter than your dish.
This rule will come a long way in having a successful wine and pairing experience always.
So no matter which chocolate you’re opting for, whether milk, dark or white, get yourself a quality sweet wine. Fortified wine (like Cape port or even sherry) is always a winner.
To celebrate the month of love, we have an incredible promotion. Buy five bottles of any of our red wines and get one free! This should help get you started on that perfect Valentine’s Day pairing.