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Richard Jennings
Best Wine for Valentines Day 
Whether one is celebrating a great love or merely love of life, it’s hard to think of a more apt wine for Valentine’s Day than Champagne. Valentine’s Day, with all those greeting card red hearts and pink bows, tends to make me think of rosé. My top current release rosé Champagne is Taittinger’s 2005 Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut: Light peach pink color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; appealing, ripe orange, mandarin orange, golden raspberry nose; delicious, juicy, tart golden raspberry, orange slices, mineral, chalk palate; long finish (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay; 13% red wine; 9 grams dosage; one of the best rosé Champagnes I've ever tasted) 96+ points
My indispensable Dessert Wine 
“Dessert” wine is a controversial category for some. Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces, formerly of Chateau d’Yquem, always fervently insisted that Sauternes was not a dessert wine—that it could be enjoyed at any stage of a meal—and that only fortified wines should be considered dessert wines. In the U.S., dessert wines are legally defined as having at least 14% alcohol, although that’s not a requisite criteria elsewhere in the world. At any rate, my favorite wine for the end of the meal is vintage Madeira. The combination of caramelized flavors with the high acidity found in great Madeiras and the warming quality of their fortified alcohol levels makes them feel like sunshine in a glass to me. I’ve given 100 points to a few of them, which required me to go to 100+ for a memorable 1805 Blandy Madeira Verdelho: Rich, golden brown liquid; huge, sunny, lemony nose; rich, deep, layered flavors including coffee and caramel, laced with invigorating acid. On the two-minute finish, I sometimes picked up a tangy, smoky mélange of ripe oranges and orange rind. Wine hedonism doesn't get much better than this. 100+ pts. Richard jennings
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  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    I have been a fan of dessert wines since the mid 70's and was a bit surprised to not see any Beerenauslese or Australian Tawny listed. Mid to lower Mosel Beerenauslese get my vote. Coming in at a close second are the Tawnies from Morris of Australia. I should mention Wente's Late Harvest Riesling as well, since it is a winner as well.

    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

  • Snooth User: orink3
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    I like @Zuiko's choices, but I would suggest a "4 sips of each" tasting between any of those and a bottle of Hirschbach & Sohne's 2011 bottling of Piesporter Michaelsberg Riesling Auslese @ $ 13.00/ bottle... (or less). That addition won't set you back much more and will provide an interesting "bang for the buck" comparison.

    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
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    C'mon guys. Is everybody afraid being the one who picks the obvious? GDP came close when he suggested Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon as an alternative to one of the Valentine's Day light meals the other day, but how can nobody pick Terra Valentine Amore?

    -- It has "Valentine" in the name.

    -- It has a heart on the label.

    -- It also has "Love" in the name.


    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

  • Snooth User: qutiful
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    Feb 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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