Top 10 Wines for Valentine's Day
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Yes, fellas, it's that time of year again: Valentine's Day. The significant others in our lives are anxiously awaiting the night when we whisk them off their feet and take them out for a romantic evening straight out of the pages of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
But let's face it. Some of us just aren't that guy. We wouldn't know romance if we were Nicholas Sparks. But there's one ingredient that works almost universally to salvage any V-Day gone wrong: wine. Red, white or rose, it doesn't matter.
But you can't just head to the store and pick up a bottle of the garden-variety, under-$10 stuff for such a special occasion. Well, you could, but we don't recommend it. No, for Valentine's Day, you need the good stuff. But where do you start?
Fortunately, we've compiled a list of "The 10 Best Wines for Valentine's Day" to help you earn some serious points on Feb. 14. Each of these wines earned the "Gold Outstanding" award from the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2013 . We've also included average prices for each one to help your wallet.
Fracastoro Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005 - Red Wine, Italy
Valpolicella wines come from the province of Verona. The modern Amarone wines from the region have been produced since the 1950s through the use of yeast strains that ferment the plentiful sugars in the wine into alcohol. Amarone wines are often compared to Port wines and are often paired with heavy, robust meals such as roasted meats.
A bottle of the 2005 Fracastoro Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is relatively light on the wallet as it will run you, on average, $41, according to Wine-Searcher.com.
Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1993 - White Wine, France
Moet & Chandon has been producing champagnes since since 1743 and today produces approximately 26 million bottles a year; the winery even has a Royal Warrant to make champagne for Queen Elizabeth II.
But of those 26 million bottles, the Grand Vintage Collection 1993 makes our list. A bottle averages $126, so you'll have to stretch your wallet a little bit to acquire some of this French delight. But if your significant other is a fan of white wine, you can't go wrong here.
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose 1989 - Rose, France
The Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose is a fruity and light wine that is sure to please anyone who calls himself or herself a fan of blushes. This French wine contains hints of raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry, dried fruits and pastry with a fruity aftertaste.
A bottle of this sweet wine will cost $162 on average.
Bethany GR12 Reserve Shiraz 2008 - Red Wine, Australia
Our brothers and sisters on the Australian island know what they're doing when it comes to wines, and the Bethany GR12 Reserve Shiraz 2008 is no exception. Here's what the IWSC said about this wine in the 2013 competition: