Top Organic Wines For Valentine’s Day

What holiday celebrates Responsible Hedonism better than Valentine’s Day? Here is the perfect selection of organic and biodynamic wines to go along with your evening of seduction and romance.

Sparkling

Fleury Fleur de l’Europe (Champagne, France)

Super-focused aromas of mushroom, red apple, pear, brioche and strawberry seed, conjuring a delicious strawberry-topped brioche concoction absolutely perfect for your loved one. The flavors echo the nose, with more strawberry and green and red apple harmonizing with a pretty floral essence.

Can Vendrell Cava Brut Reserva (Penedes, Spain)

This stylish Cava features flavors of crisp green apple, honey, melon and hay. Nuances of honeysuckle and citrus hover beneath in this crowd-pleasing sparkler.

Rosé

Contini Nieddera Rosato 2005 (Sardinia, Italy)

Start your meal with pure romance. This intensely fruity, spicy, unique wine is as pink as a candy heart that says “be mine.” Enjoy it before dinner, or serve with duck confit or roasted pork.

White

Weingut Hahnmühle 2005 Riesling & Traminer Spätlese Feinherb (Nahe, Germany)

Exotic and energetic with flavors of lychee and roses. Perfect for sautéed foie gras with caramelized figs or a lychee panna cotta with crystallized gingered rose petals.

Brüder Dr. Becker 2004 Scheurebe Sekt Extra Trocken (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Bouquet of pink grapefruit and red currant with a citrus finish. Serve with lobster in a blood-orange butter or a strawberry soup with passion-fruit and mint.

Weingut Hahnmühle 2005 Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (Nahe, Germany)

Glossy, sticky flavors of peach and tangerine, concentrated and chewy. Best drunk in red silky lingerie.

Red

Château Jacques Blanc St.-Émilion 2000 Grand Cru “Cuvée du Maître” (Bordeaux, France)

Aromas of hazelnut, plum, tobacco, sage brush, cocoa and toast tempt before the palate delivers beautiful flavors of raspberry, plum and chocolate alongside more herb and hazelnut. A smooth, elegant and earthy Bordeaux.

Almagre Tempranillo Crianza 2001 (Rioja, Spain)

Notes of sweet herbs, orange zest and raspberry tempt the nose, followed by flavors of dried cherry and raspberry, a hint of cola and vanilla. This medium-bodied red is a versatile choice for your main course of turkey, pork or chicken.

BuenaVentura Carménère 2005 (Lontue Valley, Chile)

Clean bouquets of black pepper, spicy green beans, bell pepper and black fruit character. Big body, but low tannins, this will appeal to your sweetheart who likes jammy New World-style wines.

Dessert

Corte Sant’Alda Recioto della Valpolicella 2003 (Veneto, Italy)

Sweet but not sticky, this blood red dessert wine teases then pleases
with its smoky chocolate and dried fruit aromas. A delicious compliment to chocolate cake.

Tintero Moscato d’Asti 2005 (Piedmont, Italy)

Frothy, peachy and lightly sweet, this Piedmontese specialty can be served before or after dinner. Unlike most Moscatos, which clock in at about 6% alcohol, this is a full 12%; perhaps a strategic choice for your seductive dinner.

Mas Amiel Maury 1990 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Think liquid blackberry preserve. The perfect accompaniment to chocolate.

Casal Dos Jordões Tawny Port (Portugal)

Easy drinking with extended barrel aging, this port displays the classic tawny brown color, rich molasses, brown sugar, and spice cake flavors combined with raisin and dried plum fruit flavors.

Super Splurge

D’Oliveiras Madeira Malvasia 1907 (Portugal)

How about some history in a bottle to add a little romance to the evening? If money is no object then try this Malvasia from the ’07 vintage… 1907, that is. It’s another great match for chocolate, though at $499.99 a bottle it’s also a dessert unto itself.


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