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ripe for the picking David Biddlecom of Evoke Restaurant and City Lights Rooftop recommends the J Vineyards 2015 Vin Gris Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) for your special Valentine's celebration.

Paula Casey of Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub highly recommends 20 oz. of Boddingtons Pub Ale to keep you warm this winter. Pint $6.50

Glass $14.00, Bottle $54.00

Golden amber in color, this is a smooth, creamy example of a British pale ale. It’s sweet, malty character is balanced on the nose with a nice floral hoppiness, with bittering hops present on the finish.

The golden-pink hued Vin Gris features aromas of red cherry, strawberry, and a perfumed bouquet of fresh cut flowers. The palate offers tart cherry, wild strawberry, rose petals, and clean, crisp acidity.

Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions enjoys drinking the 2014 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico on colder nights. Bottle $25.99

This is a tangy and fresh red with plum, dried lemon, and berry characters. With a medium body, bright fruit, and a fruity finish, pair with a fine cut of grilled red meat or aged cheeses.

Morgan Leitert of QC Social says the 2015 Tinazzi 'Selezione di Famiglia' Corvina di Verona IGT is the perfect wine for Valentine's Day. Bottle $27.99

This wine boasts a dark glossy ruby color with scents of Amarena cherries, ripe red fruit, plum, some raisins, and a touch of cinnamon, licorice, and anise. Easy-going in the mouth, but quite pleasant with a smooth and velvety texture and a nice balance between warm fruit, fresh acids, soft tannins, and a southern spiciness.

Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro says the 2013 Château Fontanès La Petite Serine is perfect for cold nights and goes well with Duck Confit.

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Glass $9.00, Bottle $36.00

This Central Coast red boasts notes of buttery boysenberry pie, crushed vanilla, and fresh blueberries on the nose. Soft tannins frame flavors of black currant and dark roast coffee with touches of tobacco and a caramelized finish.

Airly sturdy and dense at the current stage, this wine has a concentrated palate of dark fruits, smoke, pepper, and graphite, with slightly coarse tannins on the finish.

Bradley McClain of Good Food on Montford can't get enough of the Horseshoes & Handgrenades red blend.

Matthew Matinata of Old Stone Steakhouse suggests the Ferrari-Carano Siena, 2013.

Bottle $55.00

Bottle $38.00

This fruit-driven, full-bodied complex red blend is sourced from Southern Oregon and Red Mountain Washington. The rich, ripe, voluptuous fruit comes from Oregon Syrah, with just enough Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it complexity and structure. Think cherry pits and leather whips!

This medium-bodied, Sangiovese-blend red wine is a bit of a chameleon, as it changes ever so slightly year-to-year because of Mother Nature and the grapes themselves. With one sip of Siena, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to the hills of Tuscany, which is exactly the intention.

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Nestled inside Le Meridien hotel in Uptown, the contemporary steakhouse Evoke is serving up a concoction just right for the occasion. Indulge in the Red Rose Thorne. Made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon combined with a fresh muddled mixture of apple and raspberries, fresh ginger root, habañero simple syrup, and ginger beer, this cocktail is anything but traditional. Topped off with an apple floret and coconut foam, this blend is unexpected, and it’s lively in color and spicy in taste (thanks to the bite of the ginger notes). Each sip of spice is calmed off with a taste of coolness from the coconut water and milk blend. Don’t worry if this cocktail or holiday isn’t for you, however, as the wine selection is extensive and can accommodate a range of palates. My personal go-to: the J Vineyards Vin Gris Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley—a crowd pleaser for whatever occasion you may be toasting.

Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse recommends the 2014 Unparalleled Cabernet Sauvignon for your Valentine's celebration.

Bottle $48.00


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was on the hunt for an early evening cocktail that would be perfect to kick off the night and get you smelling the roses.

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