Valentines Day is coming up and like many others I will be celebrating my favorite day of love with a nice dinner – and by celebrating I mean avoiding the restaurant chaos at all costs and opting for a nice meal at home – and by nice meal at home I mean grabbing take out from my favorite restaurant, snagging my favorite torte from the local bakery and picking up a bottle of wine to accompany a low key dinner at home. Sound familiar? If so – this article is totally written for you.
As we approach Valentines Day and I start thinking about all that is good, lovely and sweet – I have to admit that waiting several hours and fighting to get a table at a fancy restaurant doesn’t really appeal to me. Maybe I’m getting old and tired, but if you were to ask me what I really want to do for Valentines Day I would tell you to grab my favorite take out, a nice bottle of wine and a totally yummy chocolate dessert and meet me at home.
For sure, there are many times when getting dressed up and attending fancy events or dinners is fun – but every once in awhile being alone is perfect! Who’s with me? So today I thought it would be fun to talk about wine pairing for those relaxed dinners at home that still need a little dressing up to make them special.
Ok – full disclosure: I don’t know everything there is to know about wine and wine pairing – but I do know what I like and I know the basics. So basically – here is what you need to know when looking for what wine to buy for your special dinner at home:
By using this chart I know is that when I order that extra creamy gourmet Macaroni & Cheese from the Vinsetta Garage in Berkley, Michigan I will want to pair that with a sparkling wine – or when I order the fish taco’s from Fish Lips in Port Canaveral, Florida, I will want to pair that with a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. For the pork waffle at Granite City, go with the rose wine.
There are also wines that don’t really fit into the “basics” but are totally worth getting to know- especially if you want to add something special to your evening (like we all want to do with Valentines Day coming up. hint. hint). These two wines I recently had the pleasure of taste testing and wanted to share them with you as you are planning for your special Valentines dinner. They are different – but if you haven’t realized, I like to do things different (and retro).
Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
We’re going old school here – but with a new fling! This sherry is an elegant white wine that is golden in color – plus it has almond notes. It is crisp and very dry but is fun to compliment with foods such as fresh sushi or Spanish tapas – even when you’re at home sometimes you’ve got to travel in taste.
The Brew Master 2011
This wine is special because it is a limited edition Bordeaux – style blend. This wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. What I like most about this wine is that it pairs well with red meat, casseroles and stews – favorites of the 1950’s menu.
When you’re looking for a place to grab take out from remember that not all restaurants do this – and I understand that. There is a lot of art and pride that goes into creating a gorgeous meal that many places don’t want to compromise. But check around – there are still amazing, freshly made restaurants out there that do offer this service that aren’t chains. If you have a favorite place that you like to grab a great meal to go at – let us know in the comments. We might be in your town someday and need a place to call. 🙂
Now tell us – what are your plans for Valentines Day? Dine out or sparkle up a take out meal with a bottle of wine (and chocolate) and Dine In?
Disclosure: The two new wines shared in this post were provided to us for free for review purposes upon our request to help facilitate this article.