Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be, especially if you roll up your sleeves and cook dinner for your Valentine. We think this is such a great idea that we hunted down some tasty, easy to prepare recipes and paired 'em with wines we know you'll love. If you've never had a great food and wine pairing, then please try at least one of these!
Recipe 1: Grilled Steak with herbed butter
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, esp. California. Check out Caymus, but make sure to decant it for around two hours.
White: California Chardonnay. Try Cakebread Chardonnay Reserve. You’ll be shocked how well a full-bodied oaky California Chardonnay works with butter sauces, even when there's red meat involved.
Recipe 3: Chicken Scallopini
White: White Burgundy or Sauvignon Blanc. For the Burgundy, try Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Champs Gain . For the Sauvignon Blanc, try Thomas La Crele Sancerre. The Burgundy will work with the sauce's richness, while the Sauvignon Blanc will contrast it.
Recipe 4 Garlic Basil Shrimp with Tomatoes
Red: Not recommended.
White: Sauvignon Blanc or Sparkling Wine. For the Sauvignon Blanc, try Thomas La Crele Sancerre. The Sancerre will work some zesty magic with the tomatoes and the basil. For the Sparkling wine, try Henriot Brut Souverain. The Champagne will work beautifully with the shrimp’s delicate flavor and will tie it in with the basil and tomatoes.
White: White Burgundy or Sauvignon Blanc. For the Burg, try Manciat Petite Bruyeres Pouilly Fuisse. For the Sauvignon Blanc, check out the Paul Thomas Sancerre Les Comtesses. The Sancerre will be magnificent with the relish.
If you need help with other food and wine pairings, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help. Just tell me what you’re cooking and whether you want white or red.