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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day With Wine: Best Spirits to Sip With Significant Other on Love Holiday

Flowers are rather beautiful, and a card packed with sweet words melts the heart too, but nothing quite says “I love you” like an exquisite bottle of fine wine poured in a fancy crystal glass for the person of your affection (hopefully, it's paired with an equally orgasmic dinner). If wine is on the Valentine’s Day gift list on Wednesday, we’ve got just the selection that will wow the wings off Cupid himself.

Read Newsweek’s rundown on the best wines to celebrate Valentine’s Day with below.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé: Pink bubbles extravagant in taste with a delicately fruity finish, this sparkling rosé may very well be the definition of the classic romance Valentine’s Day is made of.

2018 Santa Cristina Cipresseto: Sangiovese, Cabernet and Syrah make up this soft, fruit-forward rosé. The wine offers a fragrance radiating with scents of fresh picked strawberries and raspberries and features an extended finish that lingers long in the mouth after sipping, making it a perfect pairing for chocolates and holiday candies.

Hampton Water: For starters, this wine was named the best rosé of 2018. Secondly, it's fresh, lively, exuberant and quite lovely, which is likely the mood for Valentine’s Day. Thirdly, it’s produced by Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi and highly acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, who notably makes dozens of celebrated wines across his many estates in France.

JNSQ Rosé Cru: The stunning rose-capped bottle alone may make this rosé worth gifting while the taste—oozing with notes of delicious red apples, honey and peach—certainly makes it all the worth drinking. Not to mention, this newly launched California blend—comprised of Grenache, Pinot Gris, Syrah and Viognier—was created in mind of all the young powerful women defining their own destinies with elegance and grace, making JNSQ Rosé Cru quite the present for the leading lady in your life.

Stella Rosa Imperiale Rosso Lux: The Riboli family has been making wine for over 100 years, so it’s no wonder why the Imperiale Rosso Lux is so exquisite. The gorgeous red bubbles offer a semi-sweet and vibrant taste, loaded with strawberries, raspberries, elderberries, gooseberry—all the berries!

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017: You may be thinking: White wine, in the middle of winter? Friends, when, if not in the thick of Valentine’s Day heat, is the best time for something as delightfully refreshing and vibrant Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon? Aromas of grapefruit and jasmine fill the nose, while the sweet taste of honeysuckle and melon splash across the palate ending with a zesty finish that’s sure to transport your lover’s den to an exotic oasis with just one sip.

Bodgea Numanthia Termes 2015: Lively and bold, this red wine isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the romantics ready to risk it all in the name of love! At first sip it’s rich and intense, punching the palate with deep barky flavors reminiscent of black cherries and spice, but its velvety texture evolves in the mouth, leading the wine to spill down the throat with an enjoyable, subtly red cherry taste.

2013 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva: With a ruby red color enviable of any jewels you could ever gift your Valentine, this Chianti works in a full circle. Bursting with aromas of red fruits—strawberry, cherry, raspberry, pomegranate—it’s rather bold and earthy on the palate, but finishes with notes similar to that of the smell. If a hearty, meat-filled meal is on the menu on Valentine’s Day, this award-winning red makes an impressive counterpart.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 2011: Great for the wine collector in your life, but good enough to pop open right away—that is if you’ve got a few hours to decant. However, once the Sangiovese airs out, the tightly-packed flavors unfold into a beautiful, juicy melody of ripe fruits sprinkled with white pepper and herbs.

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