You romantic devil, you. You’re going to make dinner at home for your best girl on Valentine’s Day, aren’t you? Good for you. Everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. And, of course, her palate.
Here are some tips:
First impression: As she walks in the door, hand her a glass of bubbly. Let her relax on the sofa while you bustle over final dinner prep.
The setting: Candlelight. Table for two. A single rose in a vase on the table. A pillow for her feet. Barry White on the sound system.
The menu. Here are some ideas. I’m providing wine matches, but you’ll have to source the recipes. I can’t do everything for you.
Through it all, whisper sweet nothings in her ear. I can’t help you with that either.
Highly recommended2009 Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc Nonvintage Barbadillo Pedro Ximinez Sherry
Recommended2011 Karolyi Estate Gruner Veltliner 2010 Wild Horse “Unbridled” Chardonnay 2010 Reata Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2009 Piccini Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 Vietti Moscato d’Asti “Cascinetta Vietti” DOCG Nonvintage Sandeman Ruby Port 2009 Banfi “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’Acqui 2010 Sauvion & Fils Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie
Fred Tasker has retired from The Miami Herald but continues writing about wine for McClatchy News Service.