Monday, February 8, 2021

Here Are Four Romantic Red Wines To Spark Your Valentine’s Day Celebration

Romantic Reds 2Looking for a perfect bottle to celebrate with your sweetie? Here are four top picks.

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The stage is set. Candles. Soft music. Delicious meal. What’s missing? That’s right, the perfect wine.

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At Vino-Sphere world headquarters we taste hundreds of wines a year with one goal: to identify the best of the best for you, our readers! Today we are pleased to present our picks for Valentine’s day. Here are four reds (the color of romance!) just perfect for your enjoyment.

Cameron Hughes 2018 Lot 744 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Yes, we have waxed poetic about the great value and taste of wines from Cameron Hughes. Why not? It’s hard to find wines from prestigious boutique wineries at less than half price. Priced at $17, this wine comes from one of our favorite regions – and one of the world’s best for Zin: Dry Creek Valley.

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Dry Creek Vineyard 2018 MeritageYou can expect an explosion of jammy flavors flowing into complex flavors of leather and pepper wrapped in silky textures. Decant this for 30 minutes to let the wine open up and display it’s full range of layers. It comes from one of the region’s top family wineries that’s been crafting top-rated Zinfandel for decades. Available through Cameron Hughes website.

Dry Creek Vineyard 2018 Meritage, Dry Creek Valley

This wine is a sure winner and one of our top choices for our own dining and entertaining. Meritage (pronounced like Heritage) is America’s Bordeaux-style wine. Dry Creek Vineyard was the first in California to produce a wine with Meritage on the label, so it knows how to produce it beautifully.

This is an assemblage of 63% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot. It seamlessly blends ripe black cherry, caramel, and herb flavors. A complex wine, it pleases from first sip to last. DCV is widely distributed and this bottle has an SRP of $35.

Windsor Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Alexander Valley is the most inland part of Sonoma County and the summer heat and the cooling influence of the Russian River combine to make it a perfect spot for robust reds. Wine grapes have been grown in this special corner of Sonoma County since 1846.

Woodward Canyon 2018 WWV Merlot 2If you are planning a steak dinner for your romantic dinner, this is the ideal pick. Black currant, plum and cocoa flavors highlight this wine which has soft tannins and touches of dark cherry and vanilla on the finish. Part of Windsor’s Platinum Series, it is $30 and available from the Windsor Vineyards website.

Woodward Canyon 2018 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

We have a hunch that Merlot might be the biggest-seller for Valentine’s Day. The Merlot grape is known as being soft and, well, romantic. Woodward Canyon was the second winery in Washington’s famed Walla Walla Valley and produces premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends.

This is a sophisticated 100% Merlot from the westernmost vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. It includes an "old vines" block that is now 23 years old. It has a nose of plum and cooked fruit that gives way to tastes of spice and black cherry with leather and oak. A sensational wine priced at $52.

Full disclaimer: These wines were received as marketing samples.

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