<p>Chocolates and a heart-shape card may have sufficed back in grade school, but as adults, you've graduated to something a little more sultry and sophisticated for Valentine's Day. Wine is the ideal way to toast to your loved one this holiday, plus it makes the perfect last-minute gift. Any one of these 10 contenders on our list of the best wines will have them thanking their lucky stars that they have you for a valentine.</p>
The Bogle Chardonnay is a great option for anyone who doesn't know the first thing about wine pairings. The light, fresh aroma of apples and pears in this wine goes with just about any dish you serve alongside it, so you don't have to stress about your Valentine's Day menu pairing.
The Catena Malbec may just be one of the best options money can buy -- although you'll need a lot of it for the vineyards' top-of-the-line bottle, which retails for close to $200. This Catena Malbec, however, is a nice mid-range bottle that sports hints of fruity, floral notes, plus a pleasing aftertaste of mocha and vanilla.
The blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes in the Beaumont Pinotage wine gives it a unique edge and an irresistible medium-body flavor. One other cool note? This winery ferments its wine in concrete, which doesn't affect the flavor but is more sustainable than using oak barrels. How's that for responsible drinking?
Thinking of serving up your famous homemade pasta this Valentine's Day? Then consider setting the table with a bottle of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio. This light white wine pairs beautifully with your go-to pasta, poultry, or fish dishes thanks to its forward fruity flavors. The pretty label also makes it the crowning feature in a holiday gift basket!
Vanilla, ripe plum, and violet all come to mind while sipping on a glass of this budget-friendly Cigar Box Malbec wine. For about $10 a bottle, you can serve it at home guilt-free alongside your honey's favorite pricey grilled salmon or steak.
Dry white wines -- like the Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc -- tend to hold their flavor long after opening, meaning you can open on Valentine's Day, enjoy a glass or two, and then put the bottle back in the fridge to sip on post-holiday. You can't always do that with dry red wine, so this bottle is a worthy investment!
Menage a Trois Red is another low-cost wine with high-impact flavor. The silky, easy-on-the-taste-buds flavor is a natural complement to grilled chicken or beef, but the jammy nature of the grape makes it perfect for a simple cheese board, too. It's a versatile answer to the question, "What should we have with this?"
Offer your valentine a moment of pure luxury with the Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc. This citrus-tinted white wine is dry -- an easy palette-pleaser no matter their preference. It's a simple way to encourage your loved one to try a little spontaneity, if only just for a moment.
If decadence is what you're after this holiday, then tip back a glass of MARINUS Rosso Piceno Superiore D.O.C. It features a deep, velvety texture that lingers and is a smooth finish to any roast or a slice of Valentine's Day chocolate cake. If you have trouble finding this somewhat-elusive brand, just about any Pinot Noir will pair well with a roast.
An inexpensive bottle of Cupcake Moscato D'Asti from the grocery store is a light, fresh drink to accompany Valentine's Day. The sweet, bubbly texture feels light on your tongue and pairs well with all of those warm, fuzzy feelings you have for your valentine.