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January 25, 2023 | By Cristal Pico

Say “I Love You” This Month with Wine

This month is all about love and showing the ones we care about the most how much they  mean to us. This can be done through acts of gratitude – surprising your sweetheart with breakfast in bed or inviting a sweet friend for a delicious home-cooked meal. Not sure which wine pairs with what? Our list includes 8 pairing ideas to help you choose confidently! From bold reds and refreshing whites to fruit-forward rosé, select a wine based on your loved one’s unique taste and what food you plan on serving.  


Cru Select France Style Merlot: Aromas of farm fresh strawberries, violets, and vanilla with soft silky tannins. This true French classic has powerful notes of ripe raspberries, cherries, and dark fruit on the palate. For food to match, enjoy grilled lamb chops with peppercorn sauce, portobello mushrooms, and roasted squash.  


Cru Select Bella Bianco™: A modern and bold white wine blend that’s extraordinarily rich with buttery aromas and oak character. Pair this tropical fruit-flavoured wine with seafood pasta full of fresh mussels and clams in a light and herbaceous garlic sauce.  


Cru Select Australia Style Cabernet Shiraz Merlot: Three grapes grown in Australia’s warm climate have produced this elegant wine with aromas of leather and black pepper. Enjoy a glass of this intense jammy and blackberry-flavoured red alongside succulent beef with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted carrots with thyme and rosemary.  


Cru International French Rosé Style: Light-bodied and pink in colour with spiced strawberry and citrus aromas. The palate features fresh strawberry flavours with a refreshing fruity finish. For a complimentary pairing, think lighter fare dishes, like Italian paninis with cured meat and cheese or veggie-filled cous cous salad.  


Cru International Italy Verdicchio Style: Herbal aromas in the bouquet with flavours of lemon and pear for a refreshing wine that’s crisp and clean on the finish. Sip it while you savour lemon chicken and a salad of shredded Brussels sprouts, kale, apples, carrots, butternut squash, and pomegranate seeds. Top with goat or feta cheese and a maple Dijon dressing.  


Cru International California Chardonnay Style: Captivating flavours of green apple and tropical fruit enhance an upfront floral bouquet. As you continue to sip, taste deeper layers of flavour revealing ripe fruit and oakiness. Serve with creamy French mustard chicken breasts and steamed green vegetables, like Bok-Choy and asparagus. 


En Primeur Winery Series Chile Malbec: A brilliant bouquet of dark fruits with subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and spices. Strong plum and berry flavours balanced by moderate tannins on the palate, this luscious red wine pairs beautifully with rigatoni pasta smothered in a tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, and spicy sausage.  


En Primeur Winery Series South Africa Sauvignon Blanc: Aromas of apple, lemon, and kiwi on the nose and hints of lemon and herbaceous flavours on the palate. Pair this zesty and elegant wine with classic fish and chips or grilled shrimp with a medley of sauteed seasonal vegetables, including cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms.  


For wines to pair with your special moments and romantic occasions, shop RJS craft winemaking kits. Happy love month! 

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