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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