Perfect Wine for a Sparkling Valentine’s Day Celebration

A Romantic Wine Pairing Weekend
Our Wine Pairing Weekend group has a bunch of great Valentine’s ideas for you! Slide down to the bottom of this post to find ideas for romancing your significant other! My focus this year is on dessert.

Your Romantic Finish to a Valentine’s Celebration
Chocolates and Cabernet Sauvignon? Don’t believe it! On Valentine’s Day you’re much better off with something light and delicate. What could be better than a dessert full of fruit paired with a sparkling wine which elevates the fruit?

choices, choices

Delicious dessert choices for Valentine’s Day

Wine Pairing with Sweets
The best wine pairing advice for sweets is to ensure the wine is sweeter than the food.  That’s why chocolates and Cabernet Sauvignon are such a mystery.  If the food is sweeter, the wine is likely to taste thin and bitter. The real trick with sweet wine is to make sure it has sufficient acidity to balance the sweetness. Sparkling wines always feature high acidity which provides a powerful balance to sweetness.

Sweet & sparkling, but great acidity to balance the sweetness.

Sweet & sparkling, but great acidity to balance the sweetness.

Enter the Brachetto grape. Brachetto is an aromatic red grape with high acidity.  It’s perfect for vinifying into a sweet sparkling wine.  Low in alcohol, it displays bright red fruits with lively acidity. Bonus: at 6.5% alcohol, it won’t leave you woozy. Demarie Birbet fits the bill!

Demarie Birbet, a rare combination of red, sweet, sparkling wine

Demarie Birbet, a rare combination of red, sweet, sparkling wine

Az. Agr. Demarie Giovanni Birbet NV ($20 retail, my sample from the winery)
Eye: Beautiful ruby color with fine bubbles
Nose: Sweet, ripe cherries and strawberries. A touch of fresh herbs in the background.
Mouth: Sweet with high acidity, very lively. Fresh red cherry and ripe strawberry flavors with a hint of a bitter note in the finish. Refreshing!

Demarie Birbet is delightfully sweet and lively.  We tasted it with a sour cream strudel, raspberry mascarpone tart in a chocolate shell, and a raspberry topped white cake.  The wine was plenty sweet for all the dessert choices, perhaps best with the raspberry mascarpone tart. Sweet, fizzy fruit in the wine was very nice with the creamy mouthfeel, the berries and chocolate all at once. (click on any photo to view slide show)

Sponsored post: Thanks to Az. Agr. Demarie Giovanni for providing the wine for this post. The pairing ideas and opinions expressed are my own.

Win a case of Piemonte Wines in a Wine Check
Are you interested in a chance to win a dozen Piemonte wines, including several from Demarie, all delivered in a cool reusable piece of wine luggage? Go to my blogging friend, Mike, at Please Bring Me My Wine Blog and enter! What’s a Wine Check?  See my writeup here.

Great Ideas for Your Valentine’s Day

For more great food and wine pairing ideas please visit my fellow #WinePW weekend friends’ web sites:

Jade from Tasting Pour:

Martin of Enofylz Wine Blog Valentine’s Surf and Turf with a Twist and Champagne Pairing

Nancy from Pull That Cork – Shepherd’s Pie and Burgundy: A Cozy Valentine’s Day Pairing

Kirsten of The Armchair Sommelier – My Squashy Valentine

Jennifer from Vino Travels – Sparkle Your Valentine’s Day with Brachetto from the Roero with Demarie

David of Cooking Chat

Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere – Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs) and Blanquette de Limoux

Cindy from Grape Experiences:

Lori from Draceana WinesNeed a Valentine’s Wine? As You Wish.

Diana from Wine Pass shares – Valentine Risotto and Rich Chocolate Beet Cake with Brachetto d’Acqui

Valerie of Girls Gotta Drink – A Moscato Food Pairing: #Moscato for Breakfast

Wendy from A Day in the Life on A Farm – Asian Tuna and Noodles with Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla :

Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva:

If you read this in time please join our Valentine’s Day food and wine pairing chat at 10CST using #WinePW then print out these recipes and head to your local grocer and wine merchant to craft your own delicious meal!

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Comments
26 Responses to “Perfect Wine for a Sparkling Valentine’s Day Celebration”
  1. Jill Barth says:

    Such a pretty wine! Would look so lovely by a warm fire with these goodies.

  2. Valeriekq says:

    All look so good, Jeff! Yum – I want!

  3. Almost picked up a Brachetto from WF yesterday. Wanted to pair with a Chocolate Truffle Tart. This one also sounds like it would be a great pairing for the Chocolate Truffle Tart. Sadly not enough time this week… Great post Jeff!

  4. Love the variety of desserts and could really use one right now!

  5. Diana says:

    I’ve chosen to use Brachetto too! A fun bubbly:)

  6. So gorgeous! Would love to try this – will need to look for it (however, pairing will be different – chocolate causes migraines :()

  7. Jade Helm says:

    Such a pretty pairing and you are singing my song about pairing wine with desserts. One of my very few wine pairing soap box issues.

  8. culinarycam says:

    I haven’t tried Demarie. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing, Jeff.

  9. Those raspberries look so delicious! This is another reason why I can’t wait to live in Paso 100% of the time. Food markets for that fantastic fruit all year round. The supermarkets just don’t cut it!

  10. This looks superb, as always, Jeff!! I always forget about Brachetto . . . Cheers!

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