Greetings and happy greeting card industry-generated-remember the chocolate hearts-and-roses day. Hopefully you and your beloved will enjoy an evening of passion in Eros' honor.
The question is, how do you like your lovin'? Are you a squeaky clean, polite kanoodler, or nasty, no-holds-barred kind of Don/Maria Juan?
For those who like it clean..
Pascal Jolivet 'Attitude' Sauvignon Blanc 2005 ($15) - Despite using the cred-enhancing term, "Attitude," Jolivet's Sauvi is the epitome of E. Post politeness (and, as an added bonus, the wine is classified as Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France. Basically this means Mssr. Jolivet can scrawl the grape variety's name on the label, thus making it tres easy for customers to understand what kind of wine they are getting). This Sauvignon Blanc is pale yellow-gold with hints of meadow green hues. It pleasantly presents itself with scents of lime, grassy-field-freshness and a titch of gooseberry. In the mouth, The 'Tude, proves just how even-handed Sauvignon Blanc can be. It tingles with fresh acidity, then turns slightly smooth and citrusy on the finish. Put on your blue blazer/cable knit & pearls, and enjoy this wine with a classic Caesar or Cobb salad. Then close your eyes tightly and smooch your snookums/teddy bear/precious.
For those who like it naughty..
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2000 ($40 [375ml]) - Pull out your whips, chains, ass-chaps, fishnets, etc. before you enjoy this decidedly 'dirty' wine. Classico is a, uh, grape-threesome, of Corvina (75%), Rondinella (20%) and Molinara (5%). The result of some compressed aging in its half-bottle home is a dusty-red wine with scents of ruby Port, dates, violets and cedar-funk (i.e. damp/burned/chopped wood). In the mouth, this Valpolicella from Italy's Northeast is surprisingly agile - with some cripsness, a mix of dried & fresh berry flavor and slightly chewy finish, courtesy softened up tannins. Sample it with some nastyfunk playing in the background and git bizee.
Happy St. V.! Enjoy the convo candy hearts.