Wine Pairings for Dinner at Home this Valentine's Day

February 14, 2018 | Marcy Stellfox

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I’d much rather spend a night in with my sweetie cooking dinner than fighting the crowds, chaos and rushed feeling of a holiday dining experience. Sipping a glass of red, Labradors crashed at our feet, a little Sinatra on Pandora and the sweet smells of the meal to come swirling tantalizingly about definitely gives me that lovin’ feeling. Cooking with my special guy relaxes me and evokes a warm feeling from the closeness of time spent together and a home-cooked meal.

But just because I’m staying home doesn’t mean I want the quality of my food to suffer. You can easily turn your home into a romantic bistro and create this inspired menu right in your own kitchen.

Cibola for Dessert

Get the Night Started Right

Let’s face it, cooking dinner can seem like a chore. Make it more fun by snacking on a yummy appe-teaser and sipping a glass of something sparkly while preparing the next course.

Start your first course while in the kitchen with a glass of our sparkling Pet Nat Rosé and these light and savory make-ahead smoked salmon crepescourtesy of Sunset magazine. Don’t want to fool with making your own crepes? H-E-B has got you covered.

Rosé the Night Away

Now that you’ve got your appetizer put away, move on to the second course (and your second bottle of wine). Try this beautiful Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios from Food and Wine paired with the newly released William Chris Grenache Rosé. If it’s from Food and Wine, you know it’s gotta be good. If beets ain’t your thang? No problem. But don’t put away the rosé, VinePair put together this simple salad that will have you reaching for the Rosé and your heart palpitating with love in no time.

Assemble the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • Mesclun greens
  • Goat’s cheese sliced from the log (Tip: use unflavored dental floss for a clean slice).
  • Dried cranberries or golden raisins
  • Chopped, toasted almonds

In case you missed it, you can’t go wrong with goat cheese and a William Chris Vineyards Grenache Rosé.

Welcome Romance with Enchanté

Now that you’re warmed up, keep the fires burning with this crispy, hearty, lightly roasted chicken recipe.

Simple to prepare weeknight recipes will feel upscale when paired with the perfect wine. Despite this recipe’s recommendation for a dry rosé, our signature red blend, Enchanté, elevates this chicken dish supporting the lightness of the dish with this vintage’s medium-bodied Merlot foundation while also giving nod to the chicken’s rustic richness thanks to a healthy dose of the Merlot’s fuller-bodied brethren Cabernet Sauvignon. Compliment the chicken with these melt-in-your-mouth Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes from Alyssa at the Recipe Critic. Pair this dish with the 2015 Enchanté or the Rosé (shoot, why not have them both?)

Top the evening off with a little dessert wine, our Cibola makes a great dessert on its own.

We hope you’ll share a piece of our world this Valentine’s Day. Relax, unwind, and dine in with a romantic dinner for two.