The best wine for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day occurs every February 14. If you are planning on having a romantic dinner, make sure to pick the best wine for the occasion. Find out which wines are great for Valentine’s.

Rosé champagne Valentine's day

Published January 29th 2021

February 14 is the day of love and of course you should celebrate that with some good wine! Food and wine paring for romantic dishes does not have to be very complicated. Keep it simple and stick to the classics. In this Valentine’s guide you will find the best wine suggestions for your food.

A glass of Champagne to celebrate love

Champagne is the classic choice for celebration. Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine and it is produced in northern France. This wine is made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and can be made in many different styles. A pink rosé Champagne is an excellent choice for Valentine’s day if you want to make it special.

Tips! Did you know that Champagne is also a great paring with chips? Chips go best with fresh and acidic wines and that is why dry and zesty sparkling wine like Champagne is a perfect pairing.

Chianti Classico with pasta

Are you planning a simple, but romantic Italian dinner? Make sure to pick a good Italian wine. A medium-bodied red wine like Chianti Classico is a great choice for pasta with tomato sauce. It is a classic dish which pairs well with Italian red wines with good acidity and moderate tannins.

Tips! If you are planning to eat a creamy pasta dish, you can choose an oaked chardonnay instead. https://www.vinyang.com/pair/pasta-with-cream-sauce

Valpolicella with pizza

Do you love pizza? Pick a bottle of Valpolicella! Pizza and Italian red wine with moderate tannins are a perfect match. A medium-bodied red wine like Valpolicella is the best wine for pizza. It is a dry, light and fresh red wine which pairs well with many different types of pizza.

Tips! You can also check our pizza and wine pairing guide for more suggestions.

Chardonnay for the cheese platter

Wine and cheese are a match made in heaven, and it is also very romantic. The possibilities for wine and cheese pairing are endless. A Chardonnay or Pinot noir could be good wines for your cheese platter, but we recommend you to check our wine and cheese guide about what kind of wine to choose for different types of cheese.

Pinot Noir with Charcuterie

If you are planning to serve charcuterie, pick a light red wines or rosé wines with high acidity. A light red wine like Pinot Noir is often the best wine for charcuterie. A Pinot Noir is also the most popular light red wine in the world. This elegant wine with aromas of red fruit and rose will be an excellent choice for Valentine’s.

Riesling for a hot dinner

Do you love spicy food? Choose a Riesling! Riesling and other slightly sweet aromatic white wines are excellent parings with spicy dishes. If you and your date are going to have Thai, Indian, Mexican or any spicy food you will most likely be well off with a bottle if Riesling. The heat in the food will be tempered by the sweetness and low alcohol in the wine. In our popular guide you can learn more about how to choose the best wine for spicy food and popular pairings.

Cabernet Sauvignon for the steak lover

If you are a steak lover, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is a great choice. Cabernet Sauvignon is the World’s most popular grape variety. When grown in warm climate such as California, it gives a rich, dry, fruity and spicy wine which is excellent with a juicy steak.

Tips! If you are planning a BBQ for Valentine’s day, make sure to check out our guide about wine and food parings for BBQ.

Happy Valentine’s day!