RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- It's Valentine's Day on Saturday, Ridgefield. What are you drinking?
Aris DiGiulio, owner of Ridgefield's Village Wine and Spirits, offers the following suggestions:
- Villa Jolanda Prosecco Valentine’s Day Bottle ($10.49): "This is a fresh, easy drinking, dry sparkling wine that comes in a fun bottle designed for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy this on its own as an aperitif or pair with appetizers."
- Castiglion Del Bosco 2011 Rosso di Montalcino ($19.99): "A well-balanced, nicely structured, truly special Italian red wine from Tuscany, it earned a score of 91 points from 'Wine Spectator' but is very reasonably priced for a wine of this quality."
- Loveblock 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20.99): "For those who enjoy the grapefruity flavor of a fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Loveblock from Kim Crawford is a great choice. Loveblock has nothing to do with love itself, rather it refers the Loveblock farm where the wine is made."
- Chateau d'Esclans Cotes de Provence 2013 Whispering Angel Rose ($21.99): "Rose’s are gaining popularity and are great as an aperitif or paired with appetizers, salads and seafood."
- Bodegas Alto Moncayo 2011 Veraton ($27.99): "This Spanish red wine has the distinction of earning a 92 point score from both 'Wine Spectator' and 'Wine Advocate.' Made from the Garnacha grape using very old vines, it is rich and full bodied, having been aged for 16 months in oak."
- Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Brut Blue Top ($34.99): "A quality French champagne is always a good choice on Valentine’s Day, though you don’t need to spend a fortune to get one. The Monopole Blue Top Brut earned 91 points from 'Wine Spectator' but is under $35."
- Henri Bourgeois 2011 Sancere Jadis ($47.99): "If you are serving a special seafood, fish or a white meat entrée this Feb. 14, the Henri Bourgeois Sancere Jadis is the ultimate accompaniment. The wine is made from is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes and is fermented in both oak and steel containers, which is unusual for a Sancere. The resulting wine is rich and luxurious, ripe and fresh -- a very special white wine."
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