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?
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.
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!
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.
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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:
- Love Letter Pastries and Brandborg Winery Pinot Noir
- Cherry Hazelnut Scones
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 –
- –Cauliflower Kale Soup paired with Pinot
- -Sweet Strawberry Cream with Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere – Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs) and Blanquette de Limoux
Cindy from Grape Experiences:
- – A Valentine’s Gift: Elegant Anaba Wines
- –Cava and Crave Worthy Chocolate Cookies for Valentine’s Day
Lori from Draceana Wines – Need 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 :
- -Cherry-Glazed Chicken with Hahn’s Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
- -Barley Stuffed Acorn Squash & Zesty Crayfish with Landmark Vineyards’ Overlook Chardonnay
- -Wild Boar Mushroom Pot Pies with Landmark Vineyards’ Overlook Pinot Noir
- -Seared Venison Medallions with Justin’s Cabernet Sauvignon
- -Rosé-Cured Salmon with Balletto Vineyards’ Brut Rosé
- -Epoisses, Crackers, & Cremant de Limoux
Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva:
- -Valentine’s Day Steakhouse Dinner at Home
- -50 Oysters a Day & Other Tales of Seduction
- -Pick a Picpoul de Pinet for Your Valentine
- -Smokin’ Duck & Pinot
- -Valentine’s Take-In Dinner
- -Apple of My Eye Pork Chops & Pinot
- -Lobster, Corn Fritters & Balletto
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!