Impress Your Sweetie with Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day

8th Feb 2020 @ 12:25 by Matt

February is the month of love full of possibilities for romantic gestures. Whether you choose to woo your Valentine with chocolates or flowers, we invite you to add another element to impress your sweetie: wine, of course.

The right bottle of wine properly paired with a delicious meal is a sure-fire way to spark passion. Making a romantic dinner for your love at home on Valentine’s Day is a great way to show your affection in a highly personal way. Pick up a bottle for the special night, confident that magic is in store the moment the cork is pulled. Here are two recommendations for home and away that are sure to delight your Valentine.

Wedding Oak Winery Sangiovese 2017

Paired with Duck Cassoulet

Valentine’s Day dinner provides an opportunity for you to break out your culinary skills. If you aren’t exactly Julia Child, try making cassoulet. It’s essentially like making Texas chili, but with different ingredients. Cassoulet is rustic, rich, and heart-warming. This French stew of beans and duck is a classic dish that always tastes better with a glass of red wine. Our Sangiovese has bright, tart red fruit flavors and ample freshness to offset the richness of cassoulet extremely well.

Our 2017 Sangiovese is blended with 23% Montepulciano with grapes harvested from Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains. It is light-bodied, with a beautiful cherry red color. It will excite your partner with delicious scents and elegant flavors of stewed cherries, red currant, leather, vanilla, and a hint of earthiness. It is a beautifully food-friendly wine that will pair well with the cassoulet and desert.

Wedding Oak Winery Tioja, Texas Hill Country, 2017

Paired with Honey Glazed Roast Pork

Simplicity is sexy. Glazing and roasting a pork loin makes a sumptuous meal without a lot of fuss. The sweetness combined with the juiciness makes for a gratifying dish. Even though pork is a white meat, combining it with a crackling sweet glaze adds to its versatility, and lets it pair incredibly well with red wines. In particular, Spanish-style Garnacha (Grenache) or Tempranillo wines are an excellent match for the crispy caramelized crust with their juicy cherry flavors. The good news is that our Tioja, is made with 75% Tempranillo and 25% Garnacha grapes grown in the Mirasol Vineyards in Lampasas, Texas giving it both earthy and fruity qualities which make it a wonderful accompaniment for roast pork. This wine has the dark ruby color of Valentine hearts and complex aromas and flavors of black cherry, candied plum, tobacco, and baking spice. Our Tioja has bright acidity that allows it to play very well with the fattiness of the pork.

If you prefer to go out for a glass of wine, we have two fun events for you and your sweetie.

Valentine's Day Celebration Dinner

Our annual romantic dinner will be held on Friday, February 14 at our gorgeous Burnet tasting room. Enjoy Texas cuisine provided by the award-winning Longhorn Catering of San Antonio, with each course paired with select Wedding Oak wines. The menu includes charcuterie and antipasti, a mixed greens salad with homemade dressing, lobster bisque, prime aged ribeye with lobster tails and scalloped potatoes, and chocolate mousse with fresh berries for dessert. (Sorry, this dinner is now sold out. Check our website for other fun events)

Mardi Gras Road Trip

Laissez les bon temps rouler! For post-Valentine festivities, join us at our Fredericksburg tasting room February 22, for a Mardi Gras celebration! Your ticket will include a traditional Cajun dish, live jazz music and a glass of wine.

Enjoy your wine pairings for Valentine’s dinner and our festive events. We’re sure that they will impress your Valentine.