Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Celebrate Valentine's Day With DrinkUpNY!

Whether you're having a romantic dinner with your better half, or boycotting the holiday with your friends, Valentine's Day is an excellent excuse to indulge in lavish drinks. To help you out, we've composed an interesting selection of wines and spirits that will add the finishing touch to your perfect evening.

Light, semi-sweet sparkling wines are always a popular choice, especially if they happen to suit the holiday. Try a sparkling rose - not only will it pair well with a variety of foods, but its vibrant pink color will match your decor! We recommend:

De Montoux Rose
Composed of 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, this light pink Champagne is smooth, dry and balanced. Soft floral notes on the nose follow through to the palate, where they merge with subtle flavors of red berries, vanilla and buttered toast.

Le Vigne di Alice "Ose" Vino Spumante Rose Brut
Alice Ose Vino Spumante is produced from 100% Marzemino, an unusual grape that has also found a home in southern Trentino. The nose abounds with fresh rose petal, while the palate boasts ample red berry fruit supported by zesty acidity.

Patrick Bottex Vin du Bugey-Cerdon "La Cueille" Methode Ancestral Sparkling Wine
This obscure sparkling wine, blended from Gamay and Poulsard, is hard not to love. Loaded with ripe red berry aromas and flavors, this fresh, slightly sweet, low-alcohol red is a fun wine for all seasons.

Many of our other wines are also a great choice for the holiday, so visit our Valentine's Day Selection for more ideas! However, if wine just isn't for you, we also have many excellent spirits that will fit the mood as well. The following items are perfect for mixing light, elegant cocktails that both you and your date will enjoy:

Combier "Roi Rene Rouge" Cherry Liqueur
Combier Rouge is composed of a blend of Guignes and Morello cherries for their aroma and spiciness, and black cherries for their deep, ruby color. The result is a light, sweet, fruity liqueur with hints of pepper and licorice. Made entirely of natural ingredients, Rouge contains no added sugar and is sweetened entirely from the fruits themselves.

Esprit de June Liqueur
This unique liqueur is crafted from the vine-flowers of Ugni Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other grape varietals. The blossoms used in this liqueur are carefully chosen for their specific flavor characteristics. The Ugni Blanc provides pear, peach, and white flower notes, the Merlot lends wild strawberry and cherry-blossom aromas, and the Cabernet Sauvignon contribute strawberry, raspberry and violet notes. Beautifully balanced and exceptionally smooth, this liqueur mixes will in numerous cocktails.

Averell Damson Gin Liqueur
Created by infusing Damson plums with small-batch American gin, Averell displays sweet aromas of berry, plum and spice that lead to a tart, full flavored palate.

Medea Vodka
This high quality, flawless spirit is not only an excellent cocktail base, but a gift in itself! The distinctive packaging of Medea offers programmable LED technology on the front of the bottle, which is definitely a unique way to say "I Love You"!

If you're looking for something a bit different, you could always try pairing saké with your Valentine's dinner! Kamoizumi "Happy Bride" KomeKome-Shu is mildly sweet, pleasantly tart, and shows enough acidity to keep it balanced. It is a delectable companion to Thai food, spicy curries, and an array of dessert tarts and custards.

So matter what plans you have this year, have some fun on February 14th and raise your glass to the good times ahead! Visit our Valentine's Day Selection for even more great ideas!

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

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