All right. You’ve made special plans for Valentine’s Day. Your special someone is cooking a romantic dinner, and you want to show up with a bottle of wine that not only matches the meal she’s so lovingly prepared but has a romantic, pretty label. After all, looks count for something, and you don’t want to look like an idiot when you walk in the door.
Special thanks to Anthony Minne, wine expert at Plum Market in West Bloomfield, for the picks.
This silky blend of California grapes hold hints of dark red fruit, plum, raspberry jam and strawberry jam. Cashmere notes are soft and lush; goes well with beef, salmon or duck.
MICHELE CHIARLO NIVOLE
MOSCATO D’ASTI DESSERT WINE
Moscato grapes from D’Asti in Northwest Italy
Nivole means “cloud” in Italian, and this wine is light and sweetly effervescent but not as sparkly as champagne. It’s very floral and exotic, with mild acidity and hints of gardenia and rose petal. It complements fruit-based desserts, custard or cream, and fruit or cheese.
This wine has an intense aroma, with lots of lemon, lime and white peach notes. It’s very lively, with a saltiness to it because the grapes grow so close to the ocean. It’s great with fish, chicken and strong cheeses.
This medium-bodied wine has hints of bright red fruit, strawberries, cherry and lots of clove and cinnamon spiciness, too. It’s great with chicken, and the bottle shape and label resemble a bottle of Champagne.