February 02, 2022 by Arden Montgomery
Best Wine for Valentine’s Day
Wine and romance have gone hand-in-hand since the advent of both. Weddings are celebrated with fine Champagnes, partners drink to each other’s health and hearts with deep, dark reds, and pinks and whites serve to symbolize the lightness and deliciousness of newfound love. So it follows that wine in all its delectable forms is the perfect beverage for celebrating that most controversial of holidays: Valentine’s Day.
Let’s be clear, we’re not saying that only couples get to imbibe in the viticultural pleasures during this weird wintertime event. Wine, like love, doesn’t discriminate, and will be there to spice up your v-day date, your anti-valentine’s snack fest alone on the couch, or your friends-only platonic party.
No matter how you’re celebrating the season, the Argaux collection has a wine to help you do it. Here are a few of our favorites.
Best wine for Valentine’s Day
- 2020 Cargaux Syrah – $45
One half of our precious pair – a collaboration between winemaker Chase Carhartt and Argaux, truly a match made in heaven, producing even more heavenly wines.
This Syrah has a supple body, and utterly energetic flavors of berry, coffee, and violet which layer together masterfully to bring you a balanced sipping experience.
This is the wine to pair with your annual v-day filet mignon, your decked-out gourmet cheeseburger, or your braised lamb and root veggies.
- 2020 Cargaux Pinot Noir – $45
The significant other to the above Syrah. These two go together like, well, wine and wine. Who knew you could pair vino with itself?
Great for a party, a casual night in, or as a BYOB at your favorite French restaurant, the Cargaux Pinot Noir is an excellent sip alongside all things red – red tea, red fruit, and red flowers both on the nose and tongue match amazingly with red meats, especially those hot off the grill.
- 2019 Massimago ‘Marchesa MariaBella’ Valpolicella Ripasso DOC – $31
Soft and sweet, just like the lips of your beloved, this accessible but nonetheless mouthwatering wine offers an incredible and imaginative balance between savory, saline, and saccharine flavors that reflect the adventurousness of a really good relationship (with others, or with yourself.)
Another testament to the colors of the season, the Ripasso fronts currants, cherries, and strawberries enlivened by notes of balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs to keep you intrigued, mouthful after mouthful.
Pair with all your savory aphrodisiacs – seafood, chili, and salty chocolates – to put a little extra kick in your Valentine’s night.
- 2020 Chateau Barbebelle Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ‘Fleurie’ Rosé – $22
No need to remember the bouquet – this guy brought them for you! (Phew!)
And it’s not just the label that brings the florals. A bouquet of lavender, sage, and oranges will delight your olfactories, while roses, white peach, and grapefruit tickle the tongue.
Fleurie is a light-hearted and lovely experience perfect for single sisters, newlyweds, first dates, and golden-anniversary celebrants all at once. With this wine in hand, it will always feel like summer in your world.
- 2020 Stolpman Vineyards Carbonic Sangiovese ‘Love You Bunches’ MAGNUM – $50
An abundance of deep red bubbles that says those three little words your partner longs to hear: “Love you bunches!”
The perfect wine for celebrating valentine’s day into the wee hours, this big bottle will keep you company all day (and all night) long. And your love for this vino will never grow stale: classic flavors of cherry and berry are reinvigorated with exotic lychee and passionate pomegranate for an all new experience.
Have alongside caviar and lobster tail, or order in tacos to munch on with a glass of this in your hand.
- 2012 Doyard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut – $135
If Champagne is a must on your Valentine’s day agenda, you must treat yourself and your beloved to a bottle of the real thing. And this one is a really, really good one.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, this delicious effervescent wine offers everything you could want from the genre, with almonds, fresh bread, and citrus fruit and florals to transport you and whoever you happen to be sharing it with to the terrace of a Parisian bakery.
Let this wine dance across your palate and then take it dancing – or drink alongside whatever sweet treat you have lined up for the evening.
Argaux can help
If you prefer curated viticultural experience on Valentine’s Day – whether flying solo, partying at a Galentine’s gathering, or cozying up with your significant other – Argaux has an array of viticultural kits and gifts that promise to inject a little spark into your evening.
If you’re at home longing for a V-Day getaway, take a turn around the globe with one of our oenophilic travel experiences: ‘Gaux to California, the Med, Italy, France, and Champagne, glass by glass from the comfort of your couch.
If you and your partner find learning the most romantic activity of all, get one of our blind tasting kits that gives you a fun and delicious viticultural education.
Or, if you’re anti-valentine’s but want to celebrate your partner anyway, check out our other post: Best Wines for Date Night, for a list of totally-un-holiday-related bottles.