Don’t be afraid to break out the sweeter wines this winter! Dessert wines make wonderful cheese, meat, and dessert pairings and are a great gift. This Valentines Day, do something different and plan a romantic night in, while you pair your sweetheart with one of these sensational sweet Sauternes!

What is a Sauternes?– These sweet wines are from the Graves area in Bordeaux, France. Known for their pair-ability with foie gras, blue cheese, and chocolate, these wines are wonderful. Sauternes is produced using Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes, that are affected by noble rot (botrytis). The noble rot causes the grapes to become partially raisined making these wines very concentrated.

Sweet wines, especially Sauternes should not be feared, and in fact should be embraced. This time of year, nothing’s better than curling up on a cold night by a fire with the one you love, and enjoying one of these delicious wines. Below are three Sauternes that are pair-able, approachable, and perfect to sip this Valentines Day!

Chateau Doisy-Védrines 2012Vibrant and sweet with freshness and finesse. This medium bodied wine shows some floral aromas along with honey and stone fruit notes. Pair this with some dark chocolate mousse or chocolate covered strawberries. $44

La Fleur D’Or 2010: Ripe peach and floral notes with hints of honey and caramel that linger in this beautiful sweet wine. The wines sweet notes and dry finish make it pair-able with nutty cheeses and savory plates. $30

Chateau Nairac Barsac 2004: Heavy apricot and ripe pineapple notes followed by a long nectar finish. This wine has some nice complexity to it with a beautiful golden color. On the palate it is sweet but dry with nice body and a lingering finish that pairs well with spicy food and desserts, of course. $45

*Note- if you “dare to pair” with your valentine, try some of these sweet Sauternes with some fried chicken, french fries, or pad thai too! 

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love… please pair responsibly!