A Three-Course Valentine’s Day Menu With Wine Pairings For Lovers

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, many have chosen to celebrate over the weekend. For those of you who haven’t (or forgot to make a reservation), I have compiled a list of my favorite dishes for your sweetheart. These have been chosen because of the ingredients that are known to increase libido {WINK-wink}. Last year, I posted a piece on aphrodisiacs with a first and last course. I always recommend starting out with a sexy champagne toast followed up by some fresh oysters!

If you are intimidated by pairing wine, here is a quick tutorial on how to pair wine with food in this Basic Food and Wine Pairings article. I have added wines to pair with the menu below as a back up for you as well.

Course One: Fresh Oysters and Champagne
Freshly shucked oysters served with champagne vinagarette and fresh lemon wedges. Pair with champagne or sparkling wine of your choice. My favorite? Ariston Aspasie “Carte Blanche” Brut Champagne ($15.99 at K&L)

Pictured on left is our second wine from an alternate menu, a 2008 Michel Delhommeau “Harmonie” Musccadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie ($12.99 at K&L).


Course Two: Seared Thyme Lamb Shanks with Mint Gremolata and Cabernet
Seared Thyme Lamb Shanks with Mint Gremolata. Pair this course with a 2005 Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District ($24.99 at K&L). This will need to be decanted at least two hours ahead of time so open it early and let it breathe.



Course Three: Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Finish the meal with a variety of chocolate covered strawberries. Dark chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac and sure to earn Romeo (or Juliet) a kiss. These can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Designing them with stripes and sprinkles is completely optional. I prefer plain dark chocolate with the red tops and stems still in tact.

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