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Ben Carter
Best Wine for Valentines Day 
Cru Beaujolais is great year-round, but one specific subregion is perfect for Valentine's Day: Saint-Amour.  The best I've had is 2011 Jean-Francois Echallier Domaine des Pins Saint-Amour with so many rich strawberry aromas and flavors balanced against a mild finish.  Light enough for seafood and poultry but strong enough for veal and pork.
My indispensable Dessert Wine
Few things are more rewarding than serving a table full of friends Tokaji for the first time.  No need to go into the concept of noble rot and botrytis, just explain that this beverage was traditionally reserved for popes and emperors, and that we who are gathered here today are privileged to enjoy a few sips of this magical nectar.
Ben Carter


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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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