The Best Wines for Valentine's Day
Love is in the air! Wine and dine your sweetheart this month, dazzling them with our selection of the best wines for Valentine’s Day, curated by Tasting Panel Co-Chair and resident master of romance, Adam Walls.
What is the best wine for a romantic night? What wine gets you in the mood? Read on to discover our tips for choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day wine.
Whether you’re planning a romantic sunset picnic, an over-the-top celebration, or a quiet night in with your loved one, you’ll find something to suit every occasion.
What is a good Valentine’s Day Sparkling White?
Pop the cork and celebrate love with the fizz and fanfare of Sparkling White. The perfect choice for a romantic, candlelit dinner with your sweetheart, or a glass of bubbles with the girls. Why choose Champagne when you can choose premium Australian Sparkling!
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘No other style of wine sums up the mood associated with Valentine’s Day like Sparkling White can.’
Adam’s recommendation: Stonier Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016
Tasting Note: Full-bodied and terrifically textural with a rich core of peach and nougat, fine mousse and mouthfeel, and a long, savoury finish. Very complex, deeply-flavoured and drinking well.
What is a good Valentine’s Day Prosecco?
Overtaking Champagne as the world’s favourite bubbles, Prosecco is light, fresh, and food-friendly – ideal to enjoy at your favourite restaurant with antipasto plates or seafood.
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘An outstanding choice for Sparkling wine and food lovers. Make hearts melt with delicious Prosecco.’
Adam’s recommendation: Sam Miranda Prosecco NV
Tasting Note: Fresh and dry with a crisp mix of apple and pear fruit with hints of lemon and a bready, leesy complexity. Really refreshing, persistent and long.
What is a good white wine for Valentine’s Day?
For loved-up couples who are swayed by the heart and stomach, Pinot Gris is our pick, as it’s perfectly suited to enjoy in the company of food. Barbecued or roast pork, mezze plates, and lobster are all a great match for this fantastically food-friendly drop.
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘This wine transforms when paired with food. If it’s a delicious meal you’re treating your sweetheart to, then this is the perfect drop.’
Adam’s recommendation: Sevenhill Inigo Pinot Gris 2021
Tasting Note: Lemony fruit intensity, in a fresh, juicy and textural style with lovely pear, apple, honeydew melon and white pepper, and a deliciously vibrant, fresh and long finish.
A summer celebration calls for a summer drop. If your plans include a romantic alfresco dinner or a picnic by the water, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, the most popular white blend in the country, is the perfect choice.
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘Vibrant, structured, and bursting with tropical fruit flavours, it’s the ideal wine for a balmy Valentine’s night!’
Adam’s recommendation: Willow Bridge Estate Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2021
Tasting Note: Light and lively with real fruit purity throughout, showcasing classic tropical, citrus and capsicum core depth, nervous acidity and a vibrant finish.
What is a good Rosé for Valentine’s Day?
Surprising your Valentine with a poolside grazing table or beach picnic? Or perhaps it’s a fun GALentine’s dinner with the girls you’ve got planned. You can’t go wrong with Rosé! The love-coloured drop is aromatic, refreshing and all things lovely, especially during summer!
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘For picnics, drinks by the pool or dinners out on the deck, chilled Rosé is not only a joy to drink, but also refreshing in the warm February weather. And, as an added bonus, its pink blush hue is the colour of romance.’
Adam’s recommendation: Serafino Goose Island Rosé 2021
Tasting Note: A lovely, dry, modern style, with a bright and refined mix of white and red fruits, subtle spice and herb notes, and a fine, savoury finish. Mouth-watering.
For love birds choosing to stay in and cuddle on the couch this Valentine’s Day, Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal accompaniment. This rich, flavoursome wine is sure to up the romance stakes.
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘Australia’s love for Cabernet runs deep, and rightly so. Its enchanting aromas and mouth-watering flavours make it the perfect third wheel to a cosy night in.’
Adam’s recommendation: Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Tasting Note: Bright, fresh and youthful with punchy varietal fruit and fresh herbaceous undertones, a sweet fruit core and fine-grained tannins leading to a dry, savoury and very long finish.
Sharing a romantic dinner with the one you love is a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day. Pairing well with a wide range of dishes, you can’t go wrong with versatile Grenache. And if pizza is on the menu, look no further. Perfecto!
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘From light fish dishes through to robust game, Grenache is a great pairing choice this Valentine’s Day. Warm, spicy and bursting with flavour, it’s perfect to savour with your sweetheart.’
Adam’s recommendation: Purple Hands Wines Grenache 2020
Tasting Note: Medium-weight with sour cherry, raspberry and blood plum, hints of red apple, exotic spices and graphite, fine tannins, and crunchy acidity on the long, juicy finish.
With perfumed aromas, finesse and complexity, Pinot Noir is romantic and ideally suited to a love-filled date night with your Valentine. When it comes to matters of the heart, this elegant drop is sure to impress.
Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls: ‘Some say Pinot Noir is the most romantic of all red wines. It’s lighter and more elegant than most, it’s alluring to smell and it’s silky and seductive to sip. Simply irresistible!’
Adam’s recommendation: Bell & Gong Pinot Noir 2019
Tasting Note: Sappy dark berry fruit with fine texture and supple tannins, juicy texture, mouth-watering acidity and a long, focussed finish.