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Valentine's Day Wines & Spirits

Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? We've rounded up some expert-recommended bottles to share with your special someone...

Available at the LCBO:
Cline Old Vine Zinfandel
LCBO#: 489278  SHOP »»

Medium ruby colour; intense ripe, raspberry and black fruit aromas with hints of earthy, spice and chocolate; dry with generous blackberry fruit flavours and a rich mouthfeel; spicy long finish.
“An interesting mineral aroma lends a distinct profile to this otherwise full-bodied, dry and moderately tannic wine. It has a good palate-cleansing grip, plus raspberry and mineral flavors and a tangy finish. Score: 88 Pts.” - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast


E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
VINTAGES#: 259721  SHOP »»

Wine Enthusiast Best Buy and the #1 premium Côtes du Rhône brand in Ontario.
“Ripe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavors nuanced by hints of earth, smoke and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins. Score: 90 Pts.” - Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast.


Yushan Taiwanese Blended Malt Whisky
LCBO#: 12656  SHOP »»

This 100% malt whisky from Taiwan's Nantou Distillery is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It delivers light and fruity aromas and flavours of sultanas, green apple, malt, creamy vanilla and tangy orange. The finish has subtle floral, coffee bean and orange notes. Enjoy sipping this whisky neat. Pair with sushi rolls.

Muga Rosé
VINTAGES#: 603795  SHOP »»

“A beautiful rosé, as always, with a pink salmon color. It opens with rose petals, pink guava, grapefruit, mandarins and freshly squeezed nectarines. Medium-bodied and very salty on the palate. Lithe and oily texture, but a sharp acid backbone. Macabeo, Grenache and Tempranillo. Drink now. Score: 92 Pts.” - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Château Argadens
VINTAGES#: 681643 SHOP »»

Château Argadens is a thoroughly modern Bordeaux with lots of concentrated fruit and an attractive, supple balance. Always a great value, this popular, classically framed blend of Merlot and Cabernet is a great choice for grilled lamb, and rich dark chocolate desserts.

De Chanceny Crémant De Loire Rosé Brut
LCBO#: 211466  SHOP »»

Pale salmon colour with fine bubbles; supple aromas of pink grapefruit, strawberry and fresh bread dough; dry, light bodied, with zesty flavours of crisp red apple, red berries, mineral and a hint of toast.

Gardet Millésime Extra Brut Champagne 2012
VINTAGES#: 665869  SHOP »»

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Youthful and flowery, with fresh herbs and newly picked citrus fruit. Generous fresh acidity and lovely fresh red apple flavours. Will reward keeping. Score: 90 Pts. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

Togouchi Japanese Blended Whisky
VINTAGES#: 647743  SHOP »»

Grainy and smoky with suggestions of toasty oak, peat and chocolate cake. The long, balanced finish gives impressions of sweetness and mineral. Sip neat or with a splash of water. 

Paul Delane Crémant De Bourgogne Réserve
LCBO#: 214981  SHOP »»

"Crémant de Bourgogne is a traditionally made bubbly based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but this edition also includes Aligoté and Gamay. This has a piquant, nose of hazelnut, apple, straw and vaguely toasty character. It's slender, taut and grippy with a hint of rounding sweetness. The acidity and some flinty minerality lingers with very good length. Score: 89 Pts." - David Lawrason, winealign.com.

Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant de Bourgogne
VINTAGES#: 991562  SHOP »»

“This is a pale gold, fairly mature Crémant with a rather sharp nose of brioche, hazelnut and dried pear-apple fruit. It is mid-weight, fairly tart and quite intense and aggressive on the palate with a subtle rounding sweetness and a touch of caramel. Nutty bitterness and lemon come to the finish. The length is excellent. Score: 90.” - David Lawrason, winealign.com, Nov. 30, 2018.
Produced at the Nantou Distillery, Yushan Taiwanese Blended Malt Whisky has an elegant nose of malts and dried fruits, a lively palate of yellow fruit and spices, and a clean finish of honey and oakwood.

Enjoy the 'Fancy Shan' cocktail, a Yushan Whisky-infused creation, perfect for Valentine's Day pre-dinner drinks. 
Get the recipe »»

 
🍫 🍷Matching wine with chocolate is all about balance. While there are several factors to consider, finding the right pairing needn’t be complicated. Look for the most obvious characters of both the wine and the chocolate – are they rich, light, full-flavoured, bitter, dry, or sweet? Dark and bittersweet chocolates usually call for bolder, denser and fuller-bodied red wines with more concentrated fruit notes, such as Château Argadens from Maison Sichel.
Learn more about chocolate and wine pairings »»
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