Valentine's Day is a short week away and if you have not made it over to your local wine shop do so now. Why you wonder? Well you don't want them to sell out of the best champagne! You can't enjoy the most romantic day of the year without enjoying a little bit of bubbly. I'm planning a romantic dinner for you and your significant other (I'm single so I'll be sipping my sparkly with the gals). I started on Monday by creating a love note invitation and yesterday I planned out a savory seductive meal perfect for snuggling over. Today I'm discussing the drinks for this private little party of 2 and it's all about the bubbly, baby! To see my wine recommendations (and cocktail ideas)
Treat you and your honey to a nice bottle of champagne. If you don't know much about sparkling wine, ask the sommelier at your local wine store for help. Stay clear of large supermarkets where the sales clerks will know little about wine and instead hit up large specialty stores like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or Cost Plus World Market (or any place where they have in store wine specialists). My picks for Napa Valley sparklers are: Roderer Estate Anderson Valley Brut and 1996 Iron Horse LD Green Valley Blanc de Blancs. If you prefer real champagne from France, try 1998 Piper-Hiedsieck Brut Vintage or 1988 Vueve Clicquot Ponsardin Rare Vinatge.
Pink Champagne (commonly referred to as Rosé) is another fun option because it is a pale pink color that will add a touch of Valentine charm to the meal. If you are against serving champagne, pour a French white such as a Pouilly-Fume or Sancerre to pair with the clams. With the main course, pour a red Zinfandel or Pinot Nior (I am really into Pinot Noir's right now).
If you and your man are hard liquor drinkers, make vodka or gin tonics festive by tossing in a few fresh raspberries. Likewise, if your guy is a hardcore beer drinker be sure to have plenty of his favorite beer on ice. For a special treat for yourself, make my favorite champagne cocktail, the fuchsia hued
. Buy a few mini bottles if you don't want to drink an entire bottle of champagne.
What are you planning on drinking at your Valentine's Day dinner? Tell me about it below. Next up on the romantic meal plan: the decor (which is going to be super sexy) so come back tomorrow for more.