Let’s Google some Wikipedia meanings behind this day of love…..
“Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[ is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world”.
“Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.”
“The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.”
So here is where we come in, because Valentine’s Day for us is all about the wine! After making dinner plans, the next step is to start thinking about an incredible wine for happy hour, apps, dinner and desert. For the month of February, we will share with you our favorite Valentine’s Day selections within our portfolio. We commit to keeping the “love” theme going well after the 14th, with some amazing wines to keep your February full of hearts and roses.
First, let’s have Donald get us in the mood! http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/wine-down-wednesday-valentines-day-edition/652827608
La Marca Prosecco
Here’s a bright, off-dry Prosecco with notions of crunchy apple, pear and lemon zest, and an intriguing saline quality. An almond/marzipan character emerges on the finish.
Sommariva Prosecco –
The colour is a brilliant straw-yellow enlivened by its perlage (strands of tiny bubbles). It is characterized by richer aromas of citrus fruit and fresh vegetation with pleasant hints of bread crust showing through, coming together on the palate with an exquisite gustative energy. Its fine perlage
ensures a persistent taste which is clean on the palate, making this the sparkling wine excellence for the table.
Eden Ice Cider Honeycrisp
This tangy, elegant ice cider is made 100% from Vermont-grown Honeycrisp apples. The Honeycrisp is a prized Northern USA apple variety. As its name suggest, there is a honeyed quality to its sweetness, accompanied by sufficient acidity to keep the flavor fresh and crisp.
70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, and 5% Corvinone from the Sant Urbano vineyard in the Fumane Commune grown at 918-1,148 feet a.s.l. The vineyards have excellent exposure with calcareous, clayey soil of volcanic origins that aid moisture retention. After harvest, the grapes are dried on racks for approximately 100 days then fermented in February with 25-35 days of maceration and daily pump overs. The wine is then aged three years in medium Slovenian oak casks and new Allier 500 l. tonneaux with an additional 12 months in bottle. An important wine of rare elegance.
Groth Chardonnay 2014
Wine Enthusiast: 91 points
“This is a thick, rich and layered white from Oak Knoll District-grown estate fruit. It’s inviting, with lemon chiffon, baked pineapple and anise. Medium bodied and not afraid to be robust, wet-stone minerality brings it together.”
Tommasi Prosecco Tenuta Filodora
100% Glera. Intensely fruity in character (pear, lime blossom, lemon peel, and white peach), this is a medium bodied and unusually full flavored Prosecco that is well balanced and very long on the finish. Exceptional!
Domaine Joncier Cotes du Rhone L’O de Joncier 2015
After pursuing her career in graphic design Marine Roussel decided to return to her family’s vineyards in the southern Rhone commune of Lirac. Marine wanted her family’s wines to clearly express the beautiful region in which they farm so she decided to convert to full organic viticulture and later biodynamics. The Joncier “L’O de Joncier” Cotes du Rhone is one of the most elegant and composed wines coming from the region. L’O is almost entirely all grenache coming from vineyards that can easily be mistaken for those in Chateauneuf du Pape. This is truly one of the hidden gems in the Kermit Lynch portfolio.
Sofia Blanc de Blancs 2015
Sofia Blanc de Blancs is a delicate sparkling wine perfect for any celebration. Made from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat, this wine offers seductive flavors, fresh aromatics and light effervescence.
Laetitia Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir 2014
A seductive nose reminiscent of ripe plum and blackberry, with layered components of earth, violets and Asian spice. The palate reveals supple tannins and lively acids accented with pretty hints of framboise and underlying notes of dark chocolate and rye.
Orin Swift Cellars Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Wine Advocate: 96pts
This spectacular wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Taplin and Morisoli vineyards and several Atlas Peak vineyards, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. The wine is a classic, broad-shouldered, compelling Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful blueberry and creme de cassis fruit, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, white chocolate notes and a hint of graphite and background toast. It is ripe, full-bodied, pure, multidimensional and a mouthful of succulent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Love Noir, Pinot Noir 2015
Rich aromas and flavors of roasted coconut, chocolate strawberries, and cedar with a bright fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length finish with overtones of vanilla cream and exotic spice with fine tannins and a light oak.
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Concentrated aromas of blackberries and black cherries with an inviting hint of cedar. The wine’s silky palate is long and expansive boasting a beautiful balance of black fruit and fine tannin structure. Its finish is lively, lingering and laced with a sweetness of fruit.
Musky, exotic aromas of apricot nectar, orange marmalade, white flowers and spun sugar. Dense, sweet and expansive, with lush pit and tropical fruit flavors lifted by a note of candied citrus fruits. A real fruit cocktail of a wine, with good finishing breadth and lingering sweetness.
#494606 Ontanon Rioja Ecologico 2014
Aromas of orange rind and bing cherry, with notes of bright cherry, raspberry, and a touch of spice on the palate. Ecologico has a well structured mouthfeel with fresh acidity and medium tannins.
#870399 Talbott Vineyards Monterey Pinot Noir Kali-Hart 2014
Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
Youthful and bright, Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir is a layered, fruit-driven wine that emphasizes grapes from older Martini clone plantings, predominantly from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. The fruit for Kali Hart is pressed and fermented hot in the traditional fashion
to enhance richness and mouthfeel. In the cellar it spends nine months in French oak. Crafted in a style for earlier release than Talbott’s other Pinot Noirs, Kali Hart offers lush fruit and lively acidity, with signature oral aromatics and cherry flavors.
As always, let us know if you need help with some pairings or where to find any of these recommendations. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Chaffin | Director of Marketing | Farrell Distributing