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Wines to fall in love with

In this photograph, seven wines that can appeal to the heart are displayed.

In this photograph, seven wines that can appeal to the heart are displayed.

Wine, like love, comes in many permutations and flavors, from sweetly silly to transcendently heady to, well, rough and ready. Put the two together and you can really set Cupid's arrow a-quiver.
There are dozens of wines particularly well-suited for giving to a spouse or lover because their names or labels speak to the occasion at hand. You can go for the straightforward presentation of a Saint-Amour from France where the name says it all, to something considerably more conceptual, like The Watcher from Australia's Fetish Wines. As you would expect from the land of Yellow Tail and other critter wines, the Aussies are particularly playful when it comes to wine labeling and packaging that can appeal to the heart.
Here are seven wines you can have a great time with. The wines are listed in the order sampled, ranging from lighter and drier to richer and sweeter.
2005 First Drop Wines First Love: From Australia's Barossa Valley comes this white blend of 60 percent semillon and 30 percent riesling. The clever label features two people holding hands. It has a citrusy and washed stone aroma reminiscent of sauvignon blanc. The flavor offers notes of pear and lemon; nice acidity keeps it lively. Serve with crab-stuffed sole, roast chicken with lemon thyme. US$12
2005 Clos de la Brosse Saint-Amour: This cru Beaujolais is perennially popular because of its name. The lively, fruity red is made with gamay grapes. The aroma is jammy and rich, the flavor is softly austere, with touches of black pepper and plum. Serve with braised beef, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb. $15
2005 Fetish Wines Shiraz The Watcher: This Australian winery promises a watchful attitude at every step of the winemaking process, and delivers. This red is a beautifully deep wine with a rich berry flavor underscored with notes of mushrooms, cherry and smoke. Good balance of fruit and tannins. The aroma is heady, ripe with chocolate and cherry. Serve with roast beef, duck with cherry sauce, raspberry-chocolate truffles. US$16
2004 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon: From Napa Valley's Spring Mountain District, this smooth but meaty red is ripe with cooked fruit flavor seasoned with clove and tobacco. The aroma is enchanting; look for touches of clove, mint and tobacco on the nose. Serve with beef tenderloin in port sauce, sirloin steak, loin of lamb with morels. US$35
2005 Red Heads Studio Cabernet Sauvignon Whip-Hand: OK, so there's a cute cowboy on the front label and a witty "bio" on the back, but this is one very serious, engaging wine from Australia's McLaren Vale region. Look for a complex weave of blackberries, spice and earth with a black pepper snap on the finish. Serve with aged Cheddar, grapes, lasagna. US$42
2005 Quady Black Muscat Elysium: This California red dessert wine is sweet, yes, but there's plenty of acidity to give the wine structure. The flavor is lively with plenty of berry, cherry and strawberry notes. Serve with chocolate cake, blueberry or other fruit tarts. US$26
2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Eroica: This wine, named for a Beethoven symphony, is a collaboration of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany's famed Dr. Loosen winery. Plush and syrupy, this Washington dessert wine is loaded with voluptuously ripe fruit flavors and an appealing peach fragrance. Serve with pineapple upside-down cake, bread pudding, pecan pie, honey ice cream. US$23 (350 millimeters)


Updated : 2021-02-27 02:04 GMT+08:00