Need a little inspiration for a romantic Valentine’s day dinner for your special someone? Tried making a reservation at your date's favorite restaurant, but they’re already fully booked? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
We went around the office and asked our employees for their dinner & wine recommendations, and listed them here to help you make this a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Dinner for Two
If you’re in the mood for seafood, this simple & fast recipe for creamy lemon shrimp spaghetti is the perfect dinner choice. This pasta dish only takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook, meaning you’ll have more time to spend with your Valentine. Pair your entree with some heart-shaped breadsticks for the ultimate romantic dinner.
You can’t go wrong with a simple chicken dish! This 5 ingredient recipe for garlic parmesan chicken was an office favorite, recommended by more than one employee! Impress your loved one with adorable, easy to make heart-shaped roasted potatoes on the side.
Cap the Night Off With a Glass (or Two!)
For the red wine lovers, we’ve narrowed our top two choices to a Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon. Our featured Pinot Noir, La Crema’s 2017 Santa Lucia Highlands, runs around $20. This red features notes of black cherry, sweet tobacco, and red currant, and pairs well with lighter foods.
Silverado’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon runs closer to $50, but is definitely worth the price! This wine includes flavors of cherry, clove, and dark chocolate, and pairs well with beef or chicken.
If you’re more in the mood for a white wine, we recommend a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Ramey’s Fort Ross - Seaview Chardonnay, running around $40/bottle, is on the sweeter side. This white has tasting notes of lemon, lime, apple, and pear, and is highly recommended if you’re serving a seafood dish.
If you plan on serving a vegetarian meal or a dinner that has a lot of cheese in it, the Joseph Phelps’ Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect pairing. With hints of honeydew melon, whiteflower, and honeysuckle, this white is definitely worth the $45 price tag!
Last, but certainly not least, the wine matching the color of the holiday, Rose. Jean Max Roger’s Sancerre Rose is priced around $30/bottle and pairs well with cured meats, such as prosciutto or smoked salmon. This ultra-light option is more on the “earthy” side and features hints of red berries and oranges.
Best served cold, the Billecart - Salmon Brut Rose is one of our more expensive recommendations at $70/bottle. This bubbly drink pairs well with lighter seafood dinner options, such as sushi, or with dessert.
We hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day!