kelly magyarics

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Wines for Valentine's Day

Planning a special Valentine's dinner for you and your sweetheart? Here are some ideas for wines to serve with some common holiday menu choices:

Baby lamb chops: A dark, inky, sensual California Syrah will work perfectly with seared or grilled baby lamb chops. Look for Ferrari-Carano or Kunde Estates.

Lobster: A buttery Chardonnay will fit the bill and pair well with the richness of steamed, broiled or boiled lobster. Hess, Groth and Cakebread Cellars are all good choices.

Oysters: The mineral notes of a French Muscadet work well with the clean taste of oysters on the half shell. Domaine Sauvion is a producer that's consistent and readily available.

Filet Mignon: Nothing goes better with filet than a big Australian Cabernet. Try Peter Lehmann, Penfold's or Rosemount.

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And with dessert...if you are having chocolate, try a demi-sec Champagne or sparkling wine. You also can't go wrong with a tawny port.

Happy Hearts Day!