BEAUJOLAIS / OCCASIONS

SWEPT AWAY BY BEAUJOLAIS


Valentine’s Day: an oasis of cheerfulness in the dreary months that separate New Year’s and springtime. But the winter holidays might have taken their toll on your wallet, and a candlelit dinner with your sweetheart at a Michelin starred restaurant might not be on the cards.

Fear not, star-crossed lovers! We’ve got everything you need to woo your beau or belle at home.

Bon Appétit magazine asks, “Are oysters an aphrodisiac? Does it really matter?” Point taken. Either way, you’ll fall for Chef Jésus Hurtado’s Grilled Oysters with Croquant Vegetables recipe. This dish is fun to prepare with your valentine, and spends less than 10 minutes in the oven. Best of all, Beaujolais expert Miss Vicky Wine says it pairs great with Beaujolais.

In case you’re wondering which Cru is most appropriate for the occasion, look no further than Saint-Amour. It might be one of the smallest Crus, but it’s the most romantic. Saint-Amour labels often feature Cupid, and nearly 25 percent of the wine’s sales occur in February.

And for dessert? Saint-Amour pairs beautifully with chocolate, and Bon Appétit columnist Chef Rozanne Gold’s Little Black Dress Chocolate Cake looks very appetizing. By the way, she likes Saint-Amour too!

So bon appétit, santé, and a big Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Beaujolais lovers! And remember, the key to any great meal is great company!