Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you are like me you'll be pining for that enchanting hot air balloon flight over The Hand Jumeirah or, better yet, yearning to be spoiled with flowers and pricey sparkly things. What's more probable (if I'm actually fortunate) is a peaceful evening in, dinner, cuddles on the sofa after tucking in the sobbing child for a couple of hours ...

Keeping that in mind we have laid out our recommendations on what wines to couple with home-cooked man-approved dishes. Look into our ideas listed below.

Steak and also Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is king when it pertains to pairing with a juicy, well marbled steak like sirloin or rib-eye. Cabernet is high in tannins (the grippy, puckering feeling you feel on the inside of your cheeks when you consume alcohol a solid merlot), which essentially cleanse away the fat the steak leaves inside your mouth, helping each mouthful of steak taste like the first bite.

Love on a budget plan: Spend as much as you are happy to spend for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. We suggest our Errazuriz Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon.

Splash Out: Head to the UNITED STATES isle and treat yourself to a passionate Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or Sonoma in The golden state. Try our Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Favor a leaner cut? Given that beef tenderloin (fillet) isn't fatty and lovers of this cut tend to like their meat on the rare side, go with a lighter wine like a Pinot Noir. We suggest our chilean pinot noir from Errazuriz.

Love on a budget: There is no such thing as a cheap Pinot Noir (Or at the very least there shouldn't be). This grape requires a great deal of Tender Loving Care in the vineyard as well as expensive oak barrel aging making it costly to create. 

Splash Out: New Zealand is where it's at! Central Otago and Martinborough locations are where the most revered decreases originate from. 

Spaghetti Bolognaise (or other pasta in red sauce) and Chianti

You're eating Italian food, so stick with their wines as well. Italian wine tends to be a bit sour, and that's because they have actually progressed to match the acid in the food, like tasty tomato-based meals. Hey there Spag-Bol!

Love on a budget:  Get a bottle of Chianti. Generally those identified 'Chianti Classico' are the most effective so get among those if it remains in your spending plan, or else any Chianti will certainly do. Try lamole di lamole Chianti Classico.

Splash Out: Barolo. He ought to be so fortunate to have you, a residence cooked meal and also a Barolo in his arms. Try Domenico Clerico Barolo 2015.

Roast Chicken and Chardonnay

We know what (a few of) you are thinking. 'I don't like Chardonnay'. Well, it's time to try it again. Chardonnay underwent an uncomfortable stage in the 80's and 90's where woodier than Ron Wine red's hunting lodge. Wine makers now aim to strike an equilibrium between spice, timber and fruit flavours in Chardonnay. Roast chicken is a classic combination with the buttery and toasty preference of the wine.

Love on a budget: Avoid straight up cheap Chardonnay, even if you're on a spending plan. Chardonnay costs a lot to make well thanks to the expensive oak barrels it’s aged in. Go for something around the 20 euro mark from Argentina where economic climate aspects enable them to make decent wines that do not cost a fortune. Try Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay. 


Splash Out: You can get wonderful Chardonnay from the majority of  wine producing nations if you more than happy to pay for it. Try an Australian gem.


White wine with fish is the general rule, however wine pairing can be more technical than that. If fish is on your menu here are some quick pointers of what wine to pair with various fish recipes:

Ceviche - Dry Riesling. Try Hugel Riesling. Grilled white fish - Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or Gavi. Try Our Pascal Jolivet Sancerre. Battered white fish - Cava or Champagne! Try our Charles Heidsieck Brut or Rose. 


We believe you can probably generate something terrific to please your Valentines' fancy after dinner without our aid ...