Isn't It Romantic: Your Complete Menu for the Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner
By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier When you think Valentine's Day you immediately think of chocolates, roses and Champagne. That is a good starting point, but when you're ready for a romantic dinner, you need a voluptuous red wine! Something velvety soft, opulent and complex. Something that transports you to a time and place where you first met. Something that makes you feel that there is no other place you'd rather be than drinking this wine with that person. Here are a few of my seductive selections for your sweetheart. Refresher
: Segura Viu das RosÃ© Cava $8.98 Refreshing and full of cherry fruit with light acidity to clear your palate. Starter:
Louis Latour Marsannay $17.98 A rare Value in Burgundy. Decant this, your patience will be rewarded. Mushroom Crostini SautÃ©Â 1/2Â lbÂ ofÂ slicedÂ creminiÂ mushrooms and 1/2Â tspÂ of mincedÂ garlic in oil.Â Season with salt,Â pepper and a pinch of sage.Â In a bowl, mix 1/2 cupÂ fontina cheeseÂ and 1/4 cup parmesan. Add theÂ mushrooms. Spread on 8 slices of toasted baguette.Â Bake atÂ 400Â° for 10 minutes.Â Drizzle a balsamic glaze overÂ top.Â Appetizer:
J PinotÂ Gris $12.98 Crisp and clean but with more body than Pinot Grigio. Lobster Ravioli Rosa Prepare 6 lobster ravioli according to package instructions. Add 1/4 cupÂ heavy cream and 1/4 cupÂ parmesan to 2 cups of homemade or store-bought marinara. Garnish with 2 large steamed shrimp in a heart-shaped design. EntrÃ©e:
QuintaÂ Cabriz DÃ£o $9.98. Wine Spectator Top 100 Number 46! Double-cut Lamb Chops Marinate 1/2 rack of lamb with 2Â tbspÂ olive oil,Â 2 mincedÂ garlic cloves, salt and pepper, and 1/2Â tspÂ of herbs de Provence in a sealed bag for 1 hour at room temp. Remove lamb and brown in a hot skillet 4 minutes per side. Finish in a 400Â° oven until lambÂ temp reaches 130Â° for med rare. Rest 10 minutes. Cut into 4 double-cut chops (2 bones each). Dessert:
M. Chapoutier BanyulsÂ 19.98 Fortified Granache and dark chocolate - CLASSIC! Cappuccino Mousse In a saucepan, combine 1Â can sweetenedÂ condensed milk, 1/3 cup cocoa, 3Â tbspÂ butter, and 2Â tspÂ instant espresso dissolved in 2Â tspÂ hot water. Stirring constantly, heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool. In a bowl, whipÂ 1 pintÂ heavy cream, 1/2Â tspÂ vanilla and 1/4 cup powdered sugar until thick. Reserve 1/2 cup for garnish. Slowly add chocolate mixture to whipped cream. Spoon into cappuccino cups and chill 2 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Â Wine Guy Fact Â Â Â Â
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."