So, Valentine’s Day is all about roses and chocolates and sparkling wine, right? Well, that’s a good start, but when it comes time to sit down to a romantic dinner, pour me a sexy red, please.
I want something that’s velvety soft, yet deep and complex. Something that whispers, but says something meaningful. Like about where it’s from. Red wine is my favorite form of armchair travel, transporting my tongue to the rare earth from which the grapes are grown. If it sounds like I’ve been sampling the goods, well, I’m not going to deny it.
Here are five of the seductive reds that are sure to win over your sweetheart:
Andrew Will 2009 Two Blondes
This blend of Cab, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Chris Camarda’s estate vineyard near Zillah is flat-out gorgeous; its color is an inky red that reminded me of blackberries and spice buoyed by a brightness that makes me want to run right out to my grill and throw on a big, fat ribeye.
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