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Valentine’s Day 2022: what is the ideal wine if your dinner includes red meat, pasta or cheese

Updated on 02/13/2022 02:01 pm

Select the best wine on a date as important as it is Valentine’s Day It can become quite a challenge when the intention is to surprise the couple with a special candlelight dinner. If your idea for this February 14 is to prepare something delicious at home and share an unforgettable moment, there are some tips from specialists that will help you create a perfect pairing and not fail.

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It is not about doing market research looking for the wines with the highest scores from international critics, nor is it about clinging to a type of variety that is always consumed. The most important thing is to take into account what is going to accompany this drink.

Giovanni Bisso, Professional Sommelier of Cellar Texplains everything you need to know to choose the best wine for a romantic meal at home:

Dinner with red and white meats, pastas and cheeses

A versatile and ideal wine for a formal dinner where these foods are included is a high-end Blend, such as Santa Rita ‘Triple C’. A blend based on Cabernet Franc (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Carmenére (5%) grapes. Powerful, structured whose notes of spices and a unique and fresh touch will surprise your partner and make that night a more memorable date.

Grill and cheese board

If your plan is to light the coal or share some cheeses on a candlelit night, a delicious medium-bodied Cabernet, with good balance and structure like Santa Rita ‘Medalla Real’, Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect wine. Its notes of black fruits, vanilla, tobacco and cloves will be the perfect ingredient for that special evening.

Dinner with Creole dishes

A good Creole dish such as lomo saltado and also based on pork such as a delicious pork on a stick or a cylinder needs a wine with great volume and structure; soft and elegant tannins such as Santa Rita ‘Secret Reserve’, Carmenére. With a beautiful ruby ​​color, intense aromas of black fruits with notes of spices and mocha that will highlight the delicious flavor of this Peruvian dish.

Nikkei or fish dinner

If the idea is to enjoy Valentine’s Day savoring a dish based on fish and shellfish or Nikkei cuisine, ask for a pairing with a fresh, fruity white wine, persistent on the palate and with a balanced acidity such as Santa Rita ‘120 Reserva Especial’ Chardonnay. Bright golden in color with aromas of peach and melon. Ideal to enjoy a romantic date, friendly and easy to drink.

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