Valentine’s Day is nearly right here, and whether or not we’re feeling the love or defiantly sporting all black, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day with out a drink in our palms.
Whereas a few of us are going with a conventional glass of bubbly or are sipping one thing pink, others might be searching for out extra out-of-the-box choices to pair with their vacation meals.
Whether or not you’re already within the vacation spirit, are a Valentine’s Day hater, or are keen on Galentine’s Day, the VinePair staff is right here to supply inspo for all of your Valentine’s consuming wants. From romantic classics, to intriguing dessert pairings, right here’s what we’ll be consuming this Feb. 14.
“This Valentine’s Day, I’m going to proceed the custom of cooking a stunning meal and opening a bottle of wine Naomi and I bought on one in every of our adventures. I by no means know which bottle we’re going to open till that night time, but it surely’s at all times a fantastic excuse to remind ourselves how a lot we love touring collectively.” —Adam Teeter, co-founder & CEO
“My associate and I used to get steak frites and a bottle of home pink from our favourite French restaurant each Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t essentially the most subtle pairing — or place — but it surely was excellent. The restaurant closed a couple of years in the past, so we attempt to recreate the expertise at dwelling with bistro steaks, a pleasant Bordeaux, and fries from McDonalds.” —Joanna Sciarrino, govt editor
“If I could possibly be anyplace, consuming and consuming something, it might be at La Fleur en Papier Doré in Brussels, Belgium. On the plate are meatballs and potatoes, and in my hand is the tallest tulip glass of Hopus Ale, a Belgian blonde from Brasserie Lefebvre in Wallonia. Hopus is a stunner within the glass and on the palate. It pours a glowing gold and crowns itself with a couple of spectacular inches of froth. It’s hoppy, in fact, and robust, with ester-y spiced fruit notes on the nostril and snappy end. And, because the story goes, Paul Lefebvre developed the recipe in secret for his marriage ceremony — it was initially referred to as Cuvée des Mariés, or mix of bride and groom.” —Cat Wolinski, senior editor
“This Valentine’s Day, I’ll be cooking up my boyfriend’s favourite dinner, linguine with clams. Because the sauce calls for a splash of Pinot Grigio, we’ll eat some and drink the remainder. And for dessert, a dry Lambrusco paired with bitter sweet (don’t knock it ‘til you strive it!).” —Katie Brown, affiliate editor
“Romance is subjective, proper? The important thing to my coronary heart is scrumptious, crispy fried hen and a bottle of Champagne. Taittinger is my go-to for such events, however a bottle (or two) of Crémant will simply suffice in a pinch.” —Jeff Licciardello, director of selling
“I’m an enormous sushi individual. Although it’s normally chilly and also you need to be all romantic and comfy, I simply really feel like sushi is a superb factor to eat for any date night time, whether or not it’s a primary date (on Valentines Day — good for these folks!), or your fifth Valentine’s Day together with your long-term important different. I like to pair it with any fruity and lightweight sake-based cocktail. It’s the right complement to any sort of sushi.” —Danielle Grinberg, artwork director
“On Valentine’s Day, I want a higher-ABV cocktail. Feminine-owned-and-operated Harridan makes a clean vodka for the right Dirty Martini. This February, I hope to pair it with an enormous, fats, diamond necklace.” —Emma Cranston, editorial intern
“I spent the night of final yr’s Valentine’s Day consuming notably dangerous airport Martinis at JFK [airport] earlier than boarding a flight to Italy. I’ll honor that mixture this yr by making (higher) Martinis, and pairing them with do-it-yourself white pizza.” —Tim McKirdy, workers author
“I like a comfortable Italian pasta dish within the winter, so my perfect Valentine’s Day dinner pairing could be a flavorful pasta and scrumptious pink wine. A pappardelle with mushrooms and truffle sauce paired with a bottle of Barolo is on the high of my listing. Hailing from Piedmont, Italy, the Ciabot Berton Barolo ‘La Morra’ will rise up properly to the truffle-centric dish!” —Jenny Riddell, director of name partnerships & occasions
“This Valentine‘s Day, I might be consuming some sushi and consuming Bartenura Moscato. I like this pairing, since they’re each fairly mild and also you don’t need to be too bloated after dinner. Bartenura’s Moscato is basically candy, so it’s not one thing that I might drink ceaselessly. I get pleasure from it every so often and consuming one thing candy throughout Valentine’s Day looks as if an acceptable factor to do.” —Gerry Selian, junior designer