To discover the answer, The Voice-Tribune sought the opinion of sommelier and Owner of The Wine Rack John Johnson, who gave us his choice of the Top 5 Most Romantic Wines, according to his expertise.
With more than a decade of experience as a wine steward, Johnson is dedicated to providing top-quality wines from around the world at competitive prices at The Wine Rack. The majority of wines at his store are hand-selected and must carry a high quality/price ratio, whether an attractive selection with high availability or an esoteric gem from off the beaten path.
The Top 5 Most Romantic Wines:
1. Banfi â€œRosa Regaleâ€ Brachetto dâ€™Acqui DOCG, Italy 2011. $24.99 for 750 ml; $12.99 for 375 ml.
â€œMade from 100 percent Brachetto grapes from Italyâ€™s stunning Piemonte region, this lovely and lightly sweet red sparkling wine goes more beautifully with chocolates than any other vino Iâ€™ve found,â€ Johnson explained. â€œAdd to that the legend of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony both presenting Cleopatra with gourds of Brachetto and you get the gist.â€
2. Cristom â€œMt. Jefferson Cuveeâ€ Pinot Noir; Willamette Valley, Ore. 2010. $31.99.
â€œPinot Noir is certainly one of the worldâ€™s most romantic grape varietals with its hauntingly aromatic, seductive and velvety profile,â€ Johnson informed. â€œThis wine from the dedicated team at Cristom in Oregonâ€™s Willamette Valley is a perfect representation of wineâ€™s more feminine side.â€
3.Â Chateau Ste. Michelle â€œEroicaâ€ Riesling; Columbia Valley, OR 2011. $19.99.
â€œTranslating as â€˜heroicâ€™ in Italian, this enchanting Riesling from Chateau Ste. Michelle is named for Beethovenâ€™s breakout Symphony No. 3,â€ said Johnson. â€œCreated as a joint venture from two lovers of Riesling, this fruit forward and intense bottle for under $20 is proof positive that a romantic soul need not be rich to enjoy great wine.â€
4.Â Chateau Trimoulet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru; Bordeaux, France 2009. $35.99.
â€œA decidedly masculine expression of the fruit of the vine, reds from Bordeaux possess a combination of power and grace,â€ Johnson argued. â€œA blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this full bodied claret comes to you from a true family winery with ninth generation winemaker Cecile Jean at the helm, and husband David Dumont at her side.â€
5.Â Veuve Clicquot Brut RosÃ©, Champagne, France NV. $79.99 for 750 ml; special $24.99 for 375 ml.
â€œWhat could be a more romantic and inspiring tale than that of a young French widow taking the reins of a small winery founded by her late husband and turning it into the worldâ€™s most recognized Champagne house?â€ Johnson proposed. â€œThis quintessential Brut RosÃ© highlights the three grapes approved for Champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier in magnificent fashion.”
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