Oh, mi amore! Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and that makes it the perfect time to schedule your Napa Valley vacation with a loved one. Whether you’re coming for a weekend or a week, you just have to squeeze in at least one great bottle of wine. If you’re not particularly proficient in wine-ese, or if you aren’t sure what to try, we want to help you out. Just browse this list of the five perfect wines for Valentine’s Day.
Domaine Carneros’s Sparkling Wines
The Domaine Carneros winery is known throughout the Napa Valley for their sparkling wines. First founded by owners from Champagne, France, this winery’s selection is unparalleled when it comes to providing you with plenty of choice. There’s a wine for just about everyone – the budget-conscious, the luxury traveler, the blush-lover, and just about everything between.
For Valentine’s Day, splurge on a bottle of Brut Rose. At $42 a bottle, it’s moderately priced, but the flavor is absolutely divine. Expect a fruity, floral basis with just a dash of chardonnay for a warm, toasty, and utterly drinkable sparkling bubbly.
Three Palms’ Merlot
Given the sage distinction of producing “Napa Valley’s best merlot” at least once in the past, Three Palms Duckhorn Winery officers up an incredible selection of reds and deep reds. Their 2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot is one of the most reliable – it scored a respectable 92 points on WineSpectator.com. Its bouquet is everything rich and passionate, filled with depth – ripe cherry, plum and black fig come out first. Then, leather, cedar, black cherry, and raspberry add balance. At $54 a bottle, it’s not even that expensive – yet it’s still a treasured local favorite.
Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Georges de Latour Winery, one of the Valley’s most prestigious and well-known wineries. Achieving a record-breaking 97 points on WineSpectator.com, it scores higher than almost all other wines from the area.
What makes Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon so special? It’s a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3 % Merlot, producing an incredible deep garnet shade. But what really makes it shine is the notes hidden within; baked black berries, dried mulberries and preserved plums dance alongside a hint of allspice, with soft floral lavender rounding it out. Just a tiny splash of cigar box fragrance creates a firm wine with plenty of body – perfect for colder winter days.
Sound tempting? Napa Valley Hotel and Suites wants to help you make your Valentine’s Day truly special. Call now for information on accommodations, amenities, and romantic getaways for two!