What to Drink This February 14
Find the perfect wine for your Valentine.
Coupled up? Single? Married?
No matter your romantic situation, there’s a (local) wine out there to turn your Tuesday into a celebratory occasion. Here’s a handy jumping-off guide to help you find just the right kind for your Valentine:
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Empire 2012
Whether you’ve been married a quarter century, a decade, or just got hitched earlier this year, you’ve done it: you’ve found “the one,” fallen hard, and taken the plunge. Woohoo! Why not reach for a glass of wine as bold and meaningful as your love? Made in a Bordeaux-style of blending, Empire brings together grapes from the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and the Finger Lake region and ages the ferment in special oak barrels as if it were a Rioja. The result is something luscious, full-bodied, and rich in flavor.
Millbrook Vineyards & Wineries, 2015 Tocai Friulano
A few dates down or going steady, either way, you’re hoping for a nice evening and nicer impressions. So try Millbrook’s 2015 Tocai Friulano. Brisk mineral tones balance a bouncy, citrus-forward flavor on your palate. That means while this sip is definitely full-bodied and aromatic, it’s fun and fresh, too.
Party of One (emphasis on party)
Robibero Family Vineyards, Serendipity
You’re single — that’s okay! Years of feel-good pop rock and Julia Roberts movies have shown that being on your own is not only fine, it’s sometimes preferable. This is basically your opportunity to treat-yo-self, so seize it with Serendipity, a white table wine produced in New Paltz. It’s medium-dry, smooth, and not too lush. Any sweetness is counteracted by a decent tang, and florally apple notes cut through the buttery feeling you’d expect from this part un-oaked Chardonnay. Read: This is extremely drinkable. Go ahead, have a second glass. No one’s there to judge you.
All this love-stuff is nice, but really, it’s Galentine’s Day:
Brotherhood, “B” Sparkling Rose
This memorable sparkler from the oldest continuously operating winery in America will have you saying “uteruses before duderuses” while you laugh the night away with your lady friends. Made in the cuvee style using a combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes that have been harvested early, this wine is not overly sweet, with a crisp acidity that allows a bright, almost fruity flavor to pull through in the aftertaste. Plus, this pour is fermented a second time, producing an extra big, effervescent bubble.