Whether you are cooking for yourself or a special someone this Valentine’s Day, pairing the right wine with your dish makes a meal go from good to memorable. This year we’ve curated a limited edition box full of our favorite picks so you can make a gourmet breakfast to start the day and a delectable filet dinner to end on a high note.
We put together some of our favorite wine pairings and recipes for each item in this box.
We have a lot of wonderful recipes that include bacon on our blog, but we think the best thing for Valentine’s Day is a good old fashioned breakfast. Eggs however you like them, a side of bacon and some buttered toast. You are probably thinking this doesn’t really pair with red or white wine, and we agree. It does pair well with sparkling wine or bubbles! Check out some of our favorite breakfast champagnes to stock up on before February 14th (with or without juice).
Veuve Clicquot. It’s a little bit of a splurge but the flavor is unbeatable. Filled with ripe fruit notes and a sweet finish - we highly recommend this one without juice.
JCB N°69 Crémant de Bourgogne. If you prefer a sparkling rosé over blanc, this one is perfect for you. Crisp and light fruity notes with a touch of sweetness - plus, they have an amazing tasting room in Yountville, CA.
Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs. Originating from Northern California, this sparkling wine is full of flavors from peach to lemon to vanilla just to name a few and mixes well with your preferred juice.
This item is super versatile so we are keeping it generic in terms of recipe and sharing what we think pairs best with poultry. These wines will work whether you simply use butter and herbs or cook up a sophisticated dish.
Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. With flavors of green apple and peach, this wine is perfect to pair with a buttery herbed chicken dish. A few of our favorites are Duckhorn and Cakebread. And if you ever find yourself exploring Napa, Taylor Family Winery has an amazing Sauvignon Blanc (not found in stores).
Oregon Chardonnay. If you like a traditional oaked Chardonnay this may not be for you. This is for our white wine lovers who aren’t as into the buttery and oaky flavor notes California Chardonnay embodies. A couple or our favorites are Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay and Rose Rock Drouhin Oregon.
California Rosé.If you prefer a darker wine, we recommend a rosé as reds don’t pair as well with poultry (check out our filet section for the best reds!). A couple of our favorites aren’t available in stores but look at their flavor notes to find something comparable: Napa Valley Azur Rosé and Stewart Cellars Sonoma Mountain Rosé. Plus, Stewart has a beautiful tasting room in Yountville not far from JCB.
Center Cut Pork Chops
One of our favorite recipes from our chef is a Smothered Pork Chop. Although the recipe calls for a t-bone pork chop, you can easily do the same with a center cut chop.
Russian Valley California Pinot Noir. A light red wine like a Pinot that has earthy and fruity tones pairs perfectly with a juicy pork chop, allowing you to really savor the pork chop flavor. We prefer Russian River Valley Pinots like Ramey Wine or Walter Hansel.
Northern California Zinfandel. For a more robust red flavor than a Pinot, we recommend a Zinfandel. One of our favorites is Saldo from The Prisoner Wine Company.
Napa Valley Chardonnay. Calling all our traditional oaky Chardonnay lovers, this is for you! The oaky, toasted yet fruitful flavor pairs well with a pork dish. You can’t go wrong with Cakebread and it’s easy to find at the store. If you’re looking to add another winery to your California list, check out Celani Family Vineyards (known for their amazing reds, but they do a wonderful Chardonnay as well).
You can’t go wrong with a filet, but if you are looking for a recipe check out this one from our blog. This section is truly for our bold red wine lovers.
Northern California Cabernet Sauvignon. If you love bold dry wine, a Cab is probably your favorite. With a tender red meat like a filet, you need a full-bodied wine to match the flavor profile. If you are really looking to splurge this Valentine’s Day, Caymus makes an excellent Special Selection Cab.
California Syrah. A good California Syrah can be found in many parts of California and some of our favorites are from the Southern California wine region. This wine is a bit lighter bodied than our Australian Shiraz mentioned below but also pairs well with your steak. One of our favorites is from Spear Winery with a tasting room in Lompoc, CA.
Australian Shiraz. As a node to our Australian friends, we had to mention the bold yet delectable Shiraz. Particularly because Molly Dooker Wines makes an excellent one to pair with any steak you make - Blue Eyed Boy.