Have you decided to stay in this Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone. Every year more and more people opt to ditch the crowded restaurant scene and celebrate their sweetheart over a home cooked, heart-felt meal. When it comes to romancing on the most romantic day of the year, we believe a few things are non-negotiable:
- Set the mood. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, just do a little more than you normally would on any given day. Light a few candles or pick up some flowers for a centerpiece.
- Say “no” to disposable anything. Use real plates. And real flatware. And real glasses. Seriously, a few dishes at the end of the night won’t kill you.
- Serve the right wine. It doesn’t matter if you’ve made spaghetti and meatballs or surf and turf, serving wine will make any meal extra special.
That said, we have recently introduced two new wine flights in our online store, specifically with Valentine’s Day in mind. Ponte Wine Love includes three wines that will take you from appetizers through dessert. Our sparkling Moscato is delicious paired with something salty and sweet like prosciutto wrapped melon. Super T is one of our most popular red wines with bold, rich flavors. We love it with pasta, steak, lamb and risottos. Finally, end the night with Late Harvest, a wine on the sweeter side that will compliment anything chocolate, berry cheesecakes and cheese courses. BONUS: Order this flight online and receive free ground shipping!
If you foresee chocolate on your Valentine’s Day (and who doesn’t?), we recommend Sweet Wines for your Sweetheart. This duo includes one Beverino and one Zinfandel Port. Beverino is Ponte’s best-selling red wine reminiscent of berry cobbler. It is a winner with chocolate truffles, red velvet cupcakes and lava cake, to name just a few. Zinfandel Port is a dreamy fortified wine with flavors of dark chocolate, blueberries and a hint of orange zest. Not only is it great with chocolate, but it also pairs well with salty cheeses (English Stilton, farmhouse Cheddar), toasted walnuts and caramel custards.
As always, serve and drink what you love, and have a deliciously romantic Valentine’s Day.
For those of you who love the thrill of going out on Valentine’s Day, there are still tickets available for our annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. Purchase here.
–In your opinion, what dish screams “romance”?