Valentinea��s treats, right at home – Feb 8, 2014

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There is only six days left to Valentinea��s Day and that means finding a dinner reservation for a romantic dinner in a top restaurant is going to be tough but therea��s always the option of a quiet dinner at home.

The good news about dining in begins with avoiding the almost obligatory minimum restaurant markup that doubles the highly taxed retail price of wine. Government has smashed those pesky beer garden fences but B.C. wine prices remain exactly where they were before the B.C. liquor review, which is among the highest in the world.

There are two ways to look at your savings. You can pocket the markup (usually equivalent to the price of the wine) or you take into account the savings and apply a portion of that to buying a higher quality wine for your sweetheart. Either way you win and you may discover the cooking-at-home part isna��t all that tough as long as you keep the menu simple.

If you stick to comfort dishes with equally comforting wines and keep your menu to one or two courses plus dessert, you should be set for a fun night.
Today we offer some ideas on wine and possible food matches to point you in the right direction.

Pinot noir is at the top of the sensual wine list, given its rich, mouth-filling, supple textures and voluptuous fruit flavours. Ita��s also food-friendly. Braised meats dishes or salmon or Ahi tuna sushi and sashimi are fairly easy to prepare or even more convenient from your favourite takeout restaurant.

Pinot noirs to look for should probably be the richer, softer, slightly riper New World style from the Okanagan, California, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. Some favourites include the Mission Hill Five Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, $19; Las Lomas Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile, $15; Yering Station Little Yering Pinot Noir Yarra Valley, Australia, $16; and The Peoples Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, $18.

Ia��m not a big fan of rosA� in February but if there is one day made for sparkling rosA�, it is likely Valentinea��s Day. The bonus with rosA� bubble is the addition of black grapes to the blend, which tends to give a more full-bodied taste and that means the wine can be paired with a variety of foods including whole roasted chicken, lobster or crab and keeping it simple, you could easily serve a sparkling rosA� with your favourite Asian takeout dish. A pair of flutes, a bottle Nicolas Feuillatte Brut RosA�, $70; Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rosado, $15; and/or Gray Monk Odyssey RosA� Brut, $20, and you are on your way to a memorable night.

Another easy meal is hand-made stuffed pasta. Select some ravioli, agnolotti or tortellini from your favourite delicatessen along with your choice of romantic fillings such as ricotta cheese, mushrooms, lobster or butternut squash. Add your favourite aphrodisiac sauce, tomato, pesto or mushroom based and serve with a sumptuous Italian reds. My picks: Sette Ponti Crognolo 2010, Tuscany, Italy $35; Shardana 2007, Santadi, Sardinia, Italy, $35; Altesino Rosso Toscana 2010, Tuscany, Italy, $23; or Feudo Maccari Nero da��Avola 2011, Sicily, Italy, $20.

If beef is your thing, a pair of T-bone steaks or veal chops, and a Caesar salad will do the job and should you pair them with Argentine malbec, so much the better. Dense round, soft and fleshy malbec is the poster child for sensual wine, as it offers its tannins to be broken down by the proteins in the meat. From Argentina you can look for Pascal Toso Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $13.50; Renacer Punto Final Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $16; Susana Balbo Crios Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $17; Malbec The Show Mendoza, Argentina, $19; and Vina Cobos Felino Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $20.

Be sure to save room for dessert: strawberries and fresh cream, panna cotta, crA?me brA�lA�e, cheesecake. All are easy to find at your go-to dessert outlet. The only rule is to make sure the wine is sweeter than the dessert or consider serving them separately. Some sweet picks to ponder include the Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, $16; (375ml), Gehringer Late-harvest Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $18 (375ml); Chateau Climens Sauternes 2006, Bordeaux France, $50, (375ml).

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