6 great wines for Valentine's Day (and what to pair them with)

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Here are six great bottles of wine to help make Valentine’s Day go smoother, along with suggestions on what foods to pair them with.

Since February 14 falls on a Saturday this year, it could be the perfect time to cook a romantic dinner at home, or have a reservation at your favourite restaurant. Single or just boycotting that day on the calendar? Have a w(h)ine and cheese party and a few laughs with friends, instead. Either way, there’s room at the table for lots of good wine.

We talked to Everything Wine Store Manger Rory Conroy to help us put together a list of wines representing a variety of price points and countries. These wines can’t be found in a government liquor store, but are all available at Everything Wine, who stock 3,500 wines, have two locations in Metro Vancouver, and even deliver on weekdays to your door.

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Name: Dos Besos 2009

Spanish translation: Two Kisses
Grapes: 85% Tempranillo & 15% Syrah
Flavour Profile: Well balanced with firm tannins, red berries, plum and vanilla
Cost: $13.99
Food Pairing: Pork, Poultry, Vegetables
Region/Country: La Mancha, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Fontana
Alcohol: 13.5%

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Name: Nine Vines Rose 2013

Know as the red wine drinkers white wine! 
Grapes: Grenache, Shiraz.
Flavour Profile: Crisp, refreshing with lots of zesty fruit flavour, cherries, raspberries and red currant.
Cost: $16.99
Food Pairing: Grilled fish, spicy warm chicken salad or curry.
Region/Country: Southern Australia
Winery: Angove Estate Vineyards
Alcohol: 12.5%

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Name: Ogio Prosecco

Can’t go wrong with bubbles!
Grapes: Prosecco
Flavour Profile: Fruity, Floral, Elegant with notes of Peach and Green Apple. Fresh dry and light!
Cost: $16.99
Food pairing: Great with sushi and most seafood
Region/Country:  Veneto, Italy
Winery: Ogio Wines
Alcohol:  11%

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Name: Burlesque Zinfandel Vintage 2012   

(Exclusive to Everything Wine)
Sexy and fruit packed!
Grapes: Zinfandel
Flavour Profile:  Full bodied, Spicy, Flashes of black pepper and raspberries.
Cost: $24.99  Available at Everything Wine or Buy Online
Food Pairing: Steak, Lamb, Pork, Chicken, Spicy Casserole, Goat Cheese
Region/Country: Lodi, California
Winery:  Boutinot USA
Alcohol:  13.5%

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Name: Secret Affair 2013 White Wine

One sip and you’ll know it’s a very passionate blend! 
Grapes: 33% Gewurztraminer, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Pinot Blanc, %11 Viognier
Flavour Profile: Grassy Aromas of peach and fresh pear and notes of apricot and citrus.
Cost: $24.99
Food Pairing: Halibut, Salmon, Salads, Mushroom Risotto, Light Cheese
Region/Country:  Summerland, British Columbia VQA (Okanagan Valley)
Winery: Dirty Laundry Vineyard
Alcohol: 12.8%

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Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur 2011

Extremely versatile!
Grapes: Blend of Syrah & Grenache
Flavour Profile:  Earthy, Spicy, Black pepper, Cherries, Blackberries
Cost: $33.99
Food Pairing: Big hearty dishes; Steak, Lamp, Poultry, grilled veggies and so much more.
Region/Country: Rhone Valley, France
Winery: J.L. Chave

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Everything Wine

Address: 998 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-929-7277
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays & Holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Address: The Shops at Morgan Crossing, 15735 Croydon Drive, South Surrey
Phone: 604-542-2480
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays & Holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Website: EverythingWine.ca

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