Romantic Wines for February

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By: Maureen Rooneywine2

When you think about it, it’s not a coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s day in the cold month of February. The idea of snuggling close to someone on a cold winter evening in front of a fire is much more romantic than swatting mosquitoes on a humid sticky night in August. 

Celebrating romance in February gives us a great excuse to break out all those romantic wines we’ve been saving for a cold winter’s evening. This month we are breaking open two wonderful Cotes du Ventoux: Cuvee 3 Messes Basses Rouge and Cuvee 3 Messes Basses Blanc.

The grapes of 3 Messes Basses are grown on the southern slope of the Mount Ventoux mountain in an ancient, decomposing limestone soil. Wines are aged in cement vats for several months and final blending of the wine is completed just before bottling.

The Rouge is a garnet purple color with a fruity bouquet. It is extremely well balanced with aromas of stewed fruits, cinnamon and cloves with a long finish. Pairs well with hearty dishes and meats.
3 Messes Basses Rouge is made of Grenache Noir 50%, Carrignon 30% and Syrah 20%.

The Blanc has a bright acidity and freshness due to inhibiting malolactic fermentation. Light yellow with green flecks and a complex floral bouquet. Hints of peach and citrus that’s crisp, light and elegant. Very nice as a stand alone wine and pairs well with seafood and white meats.

wine 1For a decadent dessert, I am once again recommending our Chocolate Raspberry Port. Made with Belgian Chocolate and Raspberries it has been our specialty port for the past seven years!  Smooth, silky and sinful. Our customers have shared their favorite serving ideas with us over the years. Poured over vanilla bean ice cream, over cheese cake, in brownies, with whipped cream over berries, reduced for a steak sauce, or by itself in a glass by a fire. How will you serve your bottle of Chocolate Raspberry Port? 

Send us your ideas and recipes for us to share.  Remember, if you’re ever in our area, stop in for a sample at Siesta Key Wines in the Village or email us at


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