February 8, 2021
by Ken Ross
“I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.
Sure, it’s a fun excuse to have a great meal and a terrific bottle of wine.
But there’s often so much pressure when it comes to this holiday.
If you’re dating someone, especially early on, it can be daunting trying to figure out what to get or what to do on this day.
Spend a fortune on a fancy dinner at a restaurant?
Buy flowers? Or chocolate? Or something more unique?
And what if you just started dating?
Is it too much too soon?
And what if you’re married? You can’t ignore the holiday. But do you really need a day to show off about how much you love the person you love? Shouldn’t you be saying that and expressing that every day already?
And if you’re single, you can definitely feel left out.
So what does all of this have to do with wine, you might be wondering?
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to open the greatest wine in the world on Valentine’s Day.
If you want to open something really special, that’s great. And I have a few, really special wines recommended below.
But you’re under enough pressure already.
Opening a bottle of wine should be a fun part of Valentine’s Day, not another chore.
And if you’re not with someone, don’t worry. You can always finish the rest of the bottle the next night, especially this year
That’s because Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday on a long weekend this year. The next day is President’s Day (or Family Day if you’re from Canada’s Ontario province like my wife).
This week, I decided to recommend five wines for Valentine’s Day weekend – 2 reds, 2 whites and 1 Champagne. I really love all these wines. And best of all, many of them are not that expensive.
Just please don’t think of these special wines recommended this week as Valentine’s Day trophies to be paraded out in celebration of the love of your life.
Think of them as really great wines you just happened to open on February 14th with someone you love, with family members or maybe simply on your own.
Just don’t forget to tell the person you’re with you love them.
Hope you enjoy.”
2016 MacRostie Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley
“You’ll probably have to order this wine directly from the winery located in California’s Russian River Valley. That’s the case often with many, smaller wineries in this magical part of California but it’s worth the hassle. That’s because there are so many small producers making outstanding wines (especially Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs) in the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma County. This particular winery is one I visited two years ago. Recently, I opened this particular bottle and was immediately transported back to the winery’s spectacular, outdoor tasting area. This Chardonnay’s flavors range from hints of lemon, melted butter and chestnuts. A truly wonderful wine and great expression of the region’s incredible wine making climate and culture.”