Valentine's Cheers: Craft the Perfect Date Night at Home

Creating a special meal for your loved one is a delightful way to connect, and when paired with the perfect wine (and glassware), it becomes an unforgettable experience. As Valentine's Day approaches, we present a curated selection of wine and food pairings to enhance the romantic ambiance of your celebration.

Delving into the world of wine varietals, each with its unique charm can be an enchanting journey. For Valentine's Day, consider these top picks recommended by experts:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Embrace a romantic and rich feel. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon glass is characterized by its large, tall bowl that gently narrows towards the opening, akin to the Bordeaux shape.
Luigi Bormioli ATELIER 23.75oz Cabernet Red Wine Glasses

Atelier 23.75 oz Cabernet Glass

  • Cherry Wine or Port: Ignite sweetness and adventure.

Luigi Bormioli MICHELANGELO MASTERPIECE 8oz Red Wine Glasses

Michelangelo Masterpiece 8 oz Glass

  • Pinot Noir: Infuse playfulness with an elegant touch. The Pinot Noir glass has a wide bowl that enables the wine to come into contact with air, improving the wine's flavor and aroma.

Luigi Bormioli REGENCY 20.75oz Pinot Noir Red Wine Glasses

Regency 20.75 oz Pinot Noir Glass

  • Chardonnay: Keep it light yet indulgent. The below glass artfully mitigates the presence of the alcoholic element, allowing the nuanced and intricate fragrance of the wine to take center stage.

Luigi Bormioli SUPREMO 11.75oz Chardonnay White Wine Glasses

Supremo 11.75 oz Chardonnay Glass

  • Champagne: Embrace versatility and celebration. The champagne flute, known in French as "flûte à champagne," is a distinguished stem glass characterized by its tall, tapered conical shape or an elongated slender bowl (cause we all want to see the beautiful bubbles).

Luigi Bormioli SUBLIME 7oz Champagne Flute

Sublime 7 oz Champagne Flute

Pairing wine with a suitable dish isn't as complicated as it seems. A good rule of thumb is to match flavor intensity and profile while avoiding overly acidic, spicy, or salty pairings. If your menu includes such options, consider complementary tasting notes in your wine pairings to balance and enhance the overall experience.

  • Cabernet: Due to the intense and bold flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon wine, it should be paired with heartier and richer foods that can stand up to its robust characteristics. Opting for heartier dishes ensures a harmonious balance, allowing the food to cut through the wine and vice versa. Pair with Braised Beef Sliders or Glazed Lamb Meatballs for a bold and rich experience.
  • Pinot Noir (or Rosé): Pinot Noir stands out as an exceptionally food friendly wine, versatile enough to complement a variety of dishes. Its adaptable nature makes it an excellent match for grilled steak, roast chicken, and a wide array of cheeses. Jammy Baked Brie or Bruschetta finds a perfect match with the lighter berries and acidic notes.
  • Chardonnay: Chardonnay's versatility makes it a perfect companion for mild, buttery, or creamy dishes. The wine's rich and full-bodied characteristics beautifully complement the smooth textures and flavors of dishes with butter- or cream-based elements. Enjoy alongside Mini Quiche or Hummus Crostini, complementing its creamy and slightly sweet depth.
  • Cherry Wine or Cherry Port: The delightful sweetness of cherry wine and cherry ports makes them an excellent accompaniment to chocolate desserts. Pair with Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese Pastries or Dark Chocolate Mousse for a sweet and flavorful finale.
  • Champagne: glasses of champagne not only serve as a delightful apéritif to whet the palate but also make for an exceptional conclusion to a memorable meal. Conclude with Pistachio Cannoli or Fresh Figs with Honey and Goat Cheese for a sparkling finish.

Experimenting with these wine pairings on Valentine's Day is a delightful way to explore the nuances of the world of wine. Let this culinary adventure become a cherished tradition between you and your partner, creating memorable moments long after the celebration ends.