Guest post by Barnsley Gardens Resort's wine connoisseur, Wine Snob Greg Teague
As the resident Wine Snob of Barnsley Gardens Resort, I’m responsible for developing the wine culture of the resort. We pride ourselves on having a vast wine list, with plenty to please both aficionados and novices. While pondering wines best suited to kick off the evenings for our upcoming Winter Wine Dinner Series, my thoughts turned to Valentine’s Day. What wines would I personally recommend for the holiday? Instead of trying to pair straightforward flavors and dishes, I chose to act as a playful Cupid to inspire passion and romance.
Fun and romantic to all, conversation hearts, with their simple “I Love You” and “Be Mine,” would be fun to pair with a bottle of delicious Gruet, Demi Sec sparkling wine from New Mexico. Drop the heart in the bottom of the glass for a pretty, fizzy concoction.
Instead of an indoor fireplace, bundle up in blankets and venture outside to a fire pit. Set up a table topped with juicy strawberries dipped in rich chocolate, two glasses, and a bottle of Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne from Italy.
Need an excuse to curl up on the couch? Break out your favorite DVD and pair it with comfort foods for a living room picnic. Try fried lobster tails (said to be an aphrodisiac) with spicy honey mustard paired with Pierre Péters Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blancs, a small production Champagne that has hints of nuts and yeast.
Another love-inspiring food is mushrooms. Pair it with a bottle of Quadrimendo, Tenuta Vitanza, Toscana, Italy IGT, which has an underlying earthy flavor. You can dine on just the mushrooms or add them (or shaved truffles or truffle oil) to your meal to enjoy this unique, delicious flavor.
I hope my suggestions will encourage you and your special someone to try something new this year. Happy Valentine’s Day!
— The Wine Snob
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