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Pairing wine with your Valentines Day plans

Janice JonesSpecial to the Sierra Sun
Courtesy Ron ManfrediWhats not romantic about Champagne and strawberries?
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Valentines Day is a celebration of romance by many people, and many of you are planning a special dinner to celebrate. Area restaurants are all offering special dinners and wines to help you celebrate, and the local wine shops have Valentine wine suggestions for those romantic dinners.

Bacchus andamp; Venus in downtown Truckee is offering chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolates, champagne, and chocolate port specials to sweeten up your day, call (530) 550-9800 for all the details. The Pour House next to the Post Office on Jibboom St. in Truckee, will have roses from Flower Power, Chocolove chocolates along with great wine suggestions for an easy one-stop shopping experience. Florians Fine Wines, located next to Safeway in Truckee,has a great selection of cheeses, olives, chocolates and specially selected wines to choose from for your special celebration.Uncorked at Squaw Valley is hosting a special wine tasting of reds, whites and Champagne from 4-7 Saturday, Feb. 14, call (530) 584-6090 for more information.For those of you at the Lake, check out Spirits of Tahoe in Kings Beach for that bottle of Champagne, or the sweet deal they have on Nevada City Winerys Late Harvest Zinfandel. Tahoe Citys Lakeview Wine andamp; Spirits, next to Fat Cat Deli, has the always delicious and mysterious Prisoner red blend for your fireside sipping pleasure, along with a great selection of Champagnes and ports to choose from.

We generally celebrate this day with sweet things. We send sweet cards to those we care for, an estimated one billion Valentines are sent worldwide! We give sweet gifts to those we love, and we like to enjoy sweet treats as part of our celebrations. One classical sweet treat is the pairing of a crisp Champagne or sparkling wine with strawberries. This is an easy pairing to create, and depending on the Champagne you choose, this can be quite a reasonable special treat for you to prepare. Chill the bubbly, wash and de-stem the berries, place a lush, ripe, red strawberry in a Champagne flute, and pour the chilled sparkling wine over the strawberry. While you sip the Champagne enjoy the remaining berries, dipping them in the Champagne as you nibble on them.Port and chocolate is another classic. Prepare a special chocolate dessert, purchase a fine chocolate bar, or stop by Sweets in downtown Truckee for some hand made truffles, and select a nice ruby port to enjoy with any of these chocolate treats. Ruby style ports work well with the flavors and textures of chocolate, especially a dark chocolate, the cherry, blackberry, dark plum flavors of most ruby ports will meld well with the similar flavors of your chocolate dessert. Tawny ports present slightly less berry flavors than ruby ports, with hints of baking spices, try them with spicier chocolates. Dont like sweet fortified wines, try another varietal like a big Napa Cabernet, or a dark lush Syrah, or enjoy the refreshing, palate cleansing affects of a nice Champagne or sparkling wine. These sparklers are delicious wines to enjoy when paired with chocolate dipped strawberries as a lighter- refreshing dessert.Your favorite local wine merchant will have plenty of fantastic ideas on what wines will pair well with those decadent chocolates, desserts, or for sipping in front of a roaring fire on a snowy evening with those you love.

Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. You may reach her at sierrafinewines@yahoo.com.


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