PART I :: Think Outside The (Chocolate) Box with These Wild Valentine’s Day Candy Pairings
Story :: Veronica Meewes
It doesn’t get more cliché than surprising your sweetheart with wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day, and the last thing you want to do is seem basic on the biggest Hallmark holiday of the year! This year, ditch that tired box of chocolates and surprise your date with something sweet and unexpected. Curate the tried-and-tested combinations below or play around with your own favorite candies and wines to create a truly customized pairing.
In the Beaujolais region, Gamay is king— take one sip of Maison Joseph Drouhin’s juice and you’ll understand why. The iconic Burgundian producer uses grapes from select villages with unique micro-climates to create this silky smooth wine with vibrant fresh raspberry notes. Factor in Haribo’s chewy, punchy gummy berries (you know the ones— with a crunchy nonpareil coating) and the fruitiness grows tenfold, while still remaining exquisitely light and drinkable.
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to pop open some bubbly — but which one to choose? Do as the Spanish do and pick up a bottle of cava, made in the same Traditional Method as champagne. Anna de Cordoníu was the first to blend Chardonnary with the Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo grapes traditionally used in cava, making for an exceptionally fresh and fragrant sparkling wine. Try it with marshmallows (bonus points if you can find heart-shaped ones): they introduce welcome vanilla notes and round off the wine’s citrus finish with a remarkable creaminess.
Perhaps you live in a place where the sun is shining on Valentine's Day— or maybe you’re dating an all weather white wine drinker or jelly bean fanatic. Whatever the case, this pairing is calling your name. The sunny slopes of the Yakima Valley foothills yield this fruity, balanced Chardonnay characterized by pineapple and pear notes with just a touch of oak. The buttery beans lend a creamy, salty effect and soften the mouthfeel; add freshly popped corn to the table for the ultimate triumvirate!