17 Romantic Food & Wine Pairings

From oysters and steak to chocolate fondue and fudge, we've paired some of our best recipes with a range of affordable and splurge-worthy wines.


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Steak au Poivre
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Steak au Poivre

    Brandy cream sauce adds a special-occasion twist to classic pan-fried steak.

    Pair it with: A rich, full-bodied red; try Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet 2006 ($27.00, www.beringer.com) or Glen Carlou Syrah 2006 ($21.99, www.glencarlou.co.za).

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Chocolate Fondue

    Chopped peanuts and a swirl of marshmallow creme dress up this retro dessert. Serve it with strawberries, orange slices, and angel food cake.

    Pair it with: A rich Shiraz; try Angove's Shiraz McLaren Vale Vineyard Select 2005 ($19.49, www.angoves.com.au) or Pepper Tree Sparkling Shiraz NV ($29.50, www.peppertreewines.com.au).

3/18
Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

    Though it looks fancy, this Italian-marinated chicken smothered in creamy mushroom sauce is ready and on the table in just 30 minutes.

    Pair it with: A crisp, fruity white or rose; try Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 2007 ($8.99, www.eccodomani.com) or Domaine Carneros Brut Rose Sparkling Wine ($36, www.domainecarneros.com).

4/18
Roasted Oysters

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with a natural aphrodisiac -- oysters -- paired with a simple mixed-green salad or shrimp cocktail.

    Pair it with: Bubbly; try the fruity, slightly sweet Domaine Ste. Michelle Frizzante ($12, www.domaine-ste-michelle.com) or the elegant Bouvet Signature Brut ($12, www.kobrand.com).

5/18
Country French Beef Stew

    Make this pot roast stew ahead and reheat it before dinner -- it tastes even richer after it sits overnight.

    Pair it with: A spicy red; try Osborne Solaz Tempranillo-Cabernet 2005 ($9, www.osbornesolaz.com).

6/18
Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna

    Layers of tangy peppers and creamy goat and ricotta cheeses put a festive spin on classic lasagna.

    Pair it with: A classic Chianti; we love the bright cherry notes in both Ruffino Aziano 2006 ($13.59, www.ruffino.com) and the more elegant Ruffino Santedame 2006 ($19.33, www.ruffino.com).

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Almond Biscotti

    Homemade almond biscotti are even more delicious when dunked in a glass of Port.

    Pair it with: De Krans Tawny Port Western Cape NV ($14, www.dekrans.co.za) or Delaforce Ruby Port Fine NV ($8, www.delaforce.com).

8/18
Chicken Curry

    The sweetness in raisins and peanuts balances spicy curry in this mouthwatering dish.

    Pair it with: A sweet, medium-bodied wine to temper the spice of the dish; try Willm Gewurztraminer 2007, ($14.99, www.alsace-willm.com).

9/18
Tuna Steaks with Fresh Tomato Sauce

    For a delicious dish ready in just 18 minutes, top grilled tuna steaks with our zesty homemade salsa.

    Pair it with: A California Pinot Noir; we love the cherry and peppery notes in Meridian California Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2006 ($11, www.meridianvineyards.com).

10/18
Easy Crab Bisque

    Serving rich and creamy bisque is a delightful way to indulge your sweetie -- and this recipe is easy and elegant.

    Pair it with: A rich and buttery California Chardonnay; try Ventana Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay ($18, www.ventanawines.com).

11/18
Tuscan Lamb Chop Skillet

    This quick and easy lamb dish looks impressive, tastes delicious, and is ready and on the table in just 20 minutes.

    Pair it with: A dry red; we love the full-bodied Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese Toscana Castiglioni 2006 (www.frescobaldi.it, $23.99).

12/18
Simple Fudge

    This decadent seven-ingredient fudge is so easy you can even make it in the microwave.

    Pair it with: A rich Shiraz; try Angove's Shiraz McLaren Vale Vineyard Select 2005 ($17, www.angoves.com.au) or Pepper Tree Sparkling Shiraz NV ($29.50, www.peppertreewines.com.au).

13/18
Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

    A horseradish cream sauce flavors tender roast beef; serve it with our simple mushroom tumble.

    Pair it with: A spicy Syrah, such as PlumpJack 2007 Syrah Napa Valley ($42, www.plumpjack.com), or a fruit-forward Zinfandel, such as Ravenswood Zinfandel 2007 ($15, www.ravenswood-wine.com).

14/18
Seeded Pork Roast

    A savory blend of aniseed, fennel, caraway, dillseed, and celery seed creates a crustlike coating for pork roast; apple juice adds a touch of sweetness as the meat simmers in your slow cooker.

    Pair it with: A simple Shiraz with mixed berry flavors; try Santa Rita Reserva Shiraz 2007 ($10.99, www.santarita.com).

15/18
Scallops with Dill Sauce

    These broiled scallops are served with an easy-to-make tartar sauce -- all ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

    Pair it with: An ultra-crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc; try Babich Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008 ($14, www.babichwines.co.nz).

16/18
Coq au Vin

    Nothing says celebration like this French classic; serve it with a simple mixed green salad.

    Pair it with: A medium-bodied red; we love the round Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir 2008 ($9.69, www.donsebastianiandsons.com).

17/18
Crab Cakes

    Roasted red pepper relish adds a special twist to classic crab cakes; complete the meal with our Sharp and Sweet Green Salad.

    Pair it with: An oft-dry Riesling; we love the mineral, pineapple, and tangerine flavors in Wolf Blass Riesling Adelaide Gold Label 2008, ($14, www.wolfblass.com.au).

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