To discover the answer, The Voice-Tribune sought the opinion of sommelier and Owner of The Wine Rack John Johnson, who gave us his choice of the Top 5 Most Romantic Wines, according to his expertise.
With more than a decade of experience as a wine steward, Johnson is dedicated to providing top-quality wines from around the world at competitive prices at The Wine Rack. The majority of wines at his store are hand-selected and must carry a high quality/price ratio, whether an attractive selection with high availability or an esoteric gem from off the beaten path.
The Top 5 Most Romantic Wines:
1. Banfi “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG, Italy 2011. $24.99 for 750 ml; $12.99 for 375 ml.
“Made from 100 percent Brachetto grapes from Italy’s stunning Piemonte region, this lovely and lightly sweet red sparkling wine goes more beautifully with chocolates than any other vino I’ve found,” Johnson explained. “Add to that the legend of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony both presenting Cleopatra with gourds of Brachetto and you get the gist.”
2. Cristom “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee” Pinot Noir; Willamette Valley, Ore. 2010. $31.99.
“Pinot Noir is certainly one of the world’s most romantic grape varietals with its hauntingly aromatic, seductive and velvety profile,” Johnson informed. “This wine from the dedicated team at Cristom in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a perfect representation of wine’s more feminine side.”
3. Chateau Ste. Michelle “Eroica” Riesling; Columbia Valley, OR 2011. $19.99.
“Translating as ‘heroic’ in Italian, this enchanting Riesling from Chateau Ste. Michelle is named for Beethoven’s breakout Symphony No. 3,” said Johnson. “Created as a joint venture from two lovers of Riesling, this fruit forward and intense bottle for under $20 is proof positive that a romantic soul need not be rich to enjoy great wine.”
4. Chateau Trimoulet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru; Bordeaux, France 2009. $35.99.
“A decidedly masculine expression of the fruit of the vine, reds from Bordeaux possess a combination of power and grace,” Johnson argued. “A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this full bodied claret comes to you from a true family winery with ninth generation winemaker Cecile Jean at the helm, and husband David Dumont at her side.”
5. Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, Champagne, France NV. $79.99 for 750 ml; special $24.99 for 375 ml.
“What could be a more romantic and inspiring tale than that of a young French widow taking the reins of a small winery founded by her late husband and turning it into the world’s most recognized Champagne house?” Johnson proposed. “This quintessential Brut Rosé highlights the three grapes approved for Champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier in magnificent fashion.”
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