Love it or hate it, ignoring Valentine's Day is almost impossible -- that darn Cupid is everywhere! Romance and wine are a perfect match but even if you don't have a sweetie, go ahead and treat yourself to a fantastic bottle!
Ronco Calino Franciacorta Brut NV ($30)
Celebrate amore Italian style with this elegant bottle of Franciacorta. A Champagne-inspired sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, refreshing flavors of pear, apple, and citrus are balanced by crisp minerality and hints of brioche. And who can resist those tiny bubbles elegantly dancing in the glass?
Bonterra Organic Vineyards Rosé 2016 ($15)
Mendocino County, California
There's something so flirty about a glass of rosé - the color catches your eye and lures you in for a sip. This California beauty is inspired by the pale and dry rosés of Provence but it definitely has West Coast vivaciousness. Mostly Grenache with a bit of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, it is dry yet juicy with vibrant flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and a touch of peach.
Medici Ermete Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC 2015 ($22.99)
Who says you have to choose between sparkling and red - with Lambrusco you get both. The world's first single vineyard vintage Lambrusco, Concerto is a beautiful expression of the varietal. Dry with lively bubbles, this fizzy vino has fresh and juicy red berry flavors with a subtle hint of savory balsamic on the finish.
Loveblock Pinot Noir 2013 ($37)
Central Otago, New Zealand
Love is in the DNA of Loveblock Winery. Founded by the husband and wife team of Erica & Kim Crawford, the grapes for this elegant Pinot Noir are grown in a vineyard with the charming name of "Someone's Darling." This superb sip is juicy with vibrant acidity, earthiness, and beautiful flavors of blueberry, strawberry, hibiscus, blackberry, and a kiss of spice on the finish. Love may or may not be in the air but with Loveblock it is certainly in your wineglass!
Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2014 ($15)
If the object of your affection is clueless about your feelings, this sexy South American vino will help to make things clear! The name Amado Sur means "Southern Love" in Spanish and this rich and velvety blend of mostly Malbec with hints of Bonarda, and Syrah is easy to fall for. Flavors of red berries and black cherries with a hint of black plum and a touch of spice set the mood for a romantic evening.