Celebrate Love With Perfect Valentine’s Wine Pairings

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Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love and affection, calls for special moments shared between couples. At the heart of such a celebration lies the choice of the perfect wine.

Picture a candlelit dinner, soft music playing in the background, and a bottle of exquisite wine, waiting to be uncorked. The right wine not only complements the romantic atmosphere but also enhances the flavours of a meticulously planned dinner.

Whether it’s a first Valentine’s together or one of many, selecting the ideal wine speaks volumes about the care and thought put into making the evening memorable.

The Art of Choosing Romantic Wines

The essence of romance in a glass ‚Äď this is the magic that the right wine brings to your Valentine’s Day celebration. Choosing a wine that kindles romance involves carefully balancing taste, setting the mood, and creating an ambience of intimacy.

Romantic Red Wines

Red wines, with their rich hues and robust flavours, are often associated with romance and passion. A glass of red wine, like a velvety Pinot Noir, can create a warm, intimate setting perfect for a Valentine’s evening. Pinot Noir, known for its lighter body and complex flavours ranging from ripe red berries to earthy notes, pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, from grilled salmon to mushroom risotto.


For those who prefer a more full-bodied wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent choice. Its bold flavours and hints of dark fruits, such as blackcurrants, along with nuances of oak and spice, make it an ideal match for red meat dishes, adding depth and intensity to the dining experience.

Romantic White Wines

On the other hand, white wines offer a diverse palette of flavours, from bright and zesty to rich and creamy, making them a versatile choice for Valentine’s Day. A crisp Chardonnay, with its notes of apple, citrus, and a hint of oak, can lighten the mood and add a refreshing touch to your romantic dinner. Its full body and rich texture make it an excellent companion for creamy pasta dishes or seafood.


Riesling, with its aromatic profile and balance of sweetness and acidity, offers a delightful contrast to spicy cuisines, making it a versatile choice for an adventurous Valentine‚Äôs meal. Whether it’s a bottle of dry or sweet Riesling, its vibrant and floral character is sure to add a touch of elegance to your evening.

Sparkling Wines for a Sparkling Night

No celebration is complete without the pop of a sparkling wine, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Any sparkling wine made in the traditional method will equal Champagne, a name synonymous with luxury and celebration. English sparkling wines, crafted using the traditional method, rival the esteemed Champagne in quality and sophistication.


These exquisite wines, with their fine bubbles and diverse flavour profiles, ranging from crisp orchard fruits to rich brioche and nutty undertones, are ideal for toasting to love and affection.


English sparkling wines, such as those from Bolney Wine Estate, offer an exceptional balance of complexity and finesse. Lighter and fruitier options, akin to the style of Prosecco, provide a refreshing and lively start to your romantic evening. Meanwhile, alternatives like English Cava-style wines present an elegance and depth that make them both approachable and exquisite.


No matter which English sparkling wine graces your glass, its effervescence and charm are guaranteed to add sparkling joy to your Valentine’s celebration.

Valentine’s Food and Wine Pairings Guide

Red Wine Pairings for a Romantic Ambience

  • For Hearty Meat Dishes: A robust red wine is ideal for rich meat dishes. The deep, complex flavours of a medium-bodied red, like our Lychgate Red, pairs beautifully with slow-cooked beef or a tender lamb stew. Its earthy tones complement the richness of the meat, enhancing the overall dining experience.
  • A Touch of Elegance with Game: Game meats require a wine that balances their distinct flavour. A wine like our Pinot Noir, with its notes of blackcurrant and ripe fig, offers a silky texture and subtle spice that perfectly complements game dishes, adding a touch of sophistication to your meal.

White Wine Pairings for a Light and Elegant Touch

  • Seafood Delights: For dishes like seared scallops or grilled prawns, a crisp white wine is a must. Consider a wine with a good balance of fruit and acidity, such as our Bolney Bubbly. Its zesty citrus notes and hint of sweetness elevate the delicate flavours of seafood, making each bite a delight.
  • Vegetarian Cuisine: White wines are also a great match for vegetarian dishes. A floral and crisp wine like the Lychgate Bacchus enhances the fresh flavours of vegetable-based dishes, from a creamy risotto to a vibrant salad.

Sparkling Wines for a Celebratory Flair

  • Toast to Love: Begin your evening with the pop of a sparkling wine. The Bolney Bubbly, with its delightful floral notes, is perfect for toasting to your love. Its light sweetness sets a joyful and festive tone for the night.
  • Pairing with Desserts: For those with a sweet tooth, end your meal with a sparkling ros√© like the Cuv√©e Ros√©. Its fresh aromas of ripe red berries pair wonderfully with fruit desserts or a decadent chocolate treat, adding a romantic flair to the end of your meal.

Explore More Wines You’ll Love From Bolney Wine Estate

Remember, the best wine is one that resonates with you and your loved one, creating memories that you can cherish for years to come.

If any of our Bolney Wine Estate selections have piqued your interest, we invite you to explore further. Whether it’s a bottle of our elegant Pinot Noir, the crisp notes of Bolney Bubbly, or the celebratory sparkle of Cuv√©e Ros√©, our wines are crafted to enhance your special moments.