Sandra Spalding, Director of Marketing at Twin Liquors, has created a handy wine and cocktail pairings guide that includes some of Valentine’s Day’s most popular dishes. Sandra expertly chose a variety of wines with palates perfect for bringing out the best in decadent dishes. All featured French wines are available for purchase at Twin Liquors with 20% off when you purchase two or more bottles.
Rib Eye Steak – Left Bank Bordeaux Rouge
Generally Cabernet based, this hearty red has enough tannin to cut through the fat of the beef, while offering a rich, dark, fruity taste.
Truffle Mac and Cheese – Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir
A perfect accompaniment to any dish with earthy flavors, while it still has enough acidity to balance the fattiness of the cheese.
Seared Scallops with a Citrus Reduction – White Burgundy, French Chardonnay
Go for a rich, luscious French Chardonnay like a Côtes du Beaune. These wines will have enough weight to stand up to the richness of the scallops while delivering an acidity to match a citrus sauce.
Caviar & Oysters – Champagne or Martini
Sparkling wine is our favorite for most occasions, but when there are oysters involved, we always go either martini, sparkling or both!
Cheese Fondue/Cheese Board – Côtes du Rhône or Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Wines like these offer big fruit and big tannin that balances the fat and tang in the cheese. This pairing is like cheese and wine holding hands.
Chocolate Pot de Crème – Minervois
Rhone varietals offer great, bright fruit and just enough tannin to cut through the richness of the chocolate without enhancing the bitterness.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake – Rosé Champagne or Cremant D’Alsace Rosé
Need we explain?