Flatiron Staff Picks: Valentine's Day Edition!
Since it’s harder to come into the shop and ask for everyone’s opinions on wines, we decided to gather the crew and give you a few of our top recommendations for Valentine’s Day.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, hop on over to our Valentine’s Gift Guide and see for yourself how to pair and pick the perfect gift for your special someone.
These are, quite literally, the bottles we’re bringing home to celebrate this year! Whether it’s Champagne, or the perfect bit of pink wine, we’re looking to pop some bottles and enjoy the night!
Clara’s Pick: Petra Bredova, Vina Na Slupkach Rysak, 2019
'Vina Na Slupkach' translates to "guilt on the skins". This wine is one part white, one part red, with a dash of kink and perfectly pink.
Sydney’s Pick: Chartogne Taillet “Cuvee St. Anne
Whether you’re sharing with a significant other, a good friend, or your Mom, this vibrant, joyous Champagne is perfect for celebrating a day of love. Cuvee St. Anne, Alexandre’s “village wine” offers notes of lime blossom, succulent yellow plum, buttered brioche and honey with a focusing hint of umami.
After years of experimentation, Chartogne is a dedicated practitioner of fermentation and aging in oak. While toasty around the edges, the wine remains creamy throughout the middle and delightfully drinkable on its own or with a range of foods. We love it with fig, prosciutto and gorgonzola pizza! - Sydney
Daniela’s Pick: Francesco Rinaldi, Barolo, 2016
This is one of my favorite wines in the shop, year-round. It is reminiscent of tobacco, dark cherries, and a touch of dark chocolate. I can already picture opening this wine as I begin to cook a lovely meal of creamy polenta and short-ribs, giving it ample time to open up and unlock its true beauty.
Chris Struck’s Pick: Anne-Sophie Dubois, Fleurie “l’Alchemiste”, 2019
From the ripe 2019 vintage (one we can all look back to as better days), comes the perfect cru Beaujolais to cozy up with this Valentine’s Day. Nothing’s sexier than sipping this velvety, floral Gamay from a woman who has fast become one of the region’s winemaking stars. While it won’t last as long as a bouquet of flowers, your partner will love it (and you) more, especially when paired with anything from easy Chinese delivery-while-you-Netflix-and-chill.
Rachel’s Pick: Domaine Andre et Mireille Tissot (Benedicte et Stephane Tissot), Arbois Savagnin, 2016
I'm spending this Valentine's Day single, so I'm going to drink what I want! And what I want to drink is Tissot's Savagnin. A "baby" vin jaune, it is aged sous voile (akin to flor) for 24 months. This wine is entirely unique and unforgettable. The oxidative notes are reminiscent of walnut skin and roasted almonds. The fruit here is raisinated and lingering. I'm glad that I don't have to spend time worrying about whether or not my partner would like this wine. This year, I only have to consider myself.
Maggie’s Pick: Ameztoi, Txakolina Rosado “Rubentis”, 2019
Pink and twinking, this wine is joy in a bottle. It’s just not right to let it stay locked up in that bottle! You simply have to open, pour, drink, and shine on! Okay, maybe that’s too flowery--what I mean is that this is a classic happy-making wine. So whether you’re binging Flight Attendant or The Office (again), this wine will make your night.
Chris O’Neil’s Pick: Ochota Barrels, From the North, Mourvedre 2020
Taras Ochota embodied love during his time on earth, so I can think of no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with his stellar Mourvedre. Made from grapes from some of the oldest vines on earth (150ish years old), this is fruity and smooth with just a touch of spice— exactly how I’m expecting my Valentine’s Day to turn out. Raise a glass to toast your love, the love of Taras and his wife Amber, and love itself.