She/he broke your heart. Or maybe you broke hers/his. Either way, you’re saying, “Kiss off, Cupid” this year.
Ah, but there’s an upside: Without the expense of Valentine’s Day flowers, candy and fancy restaurant meals, you can splurge on some really nice wine.
So buy yourself a great steak or a pound of stone crab claws and pair it with one of these wines — the finest I’ve tasted recently. You should start, of course, with a nice bubbly to toast your new-found freedom and the infinite possibilities of the future.
You go, girl/guy!
Nonvintage Chandon Etoile Rosé sparkling wine, Napa/Sonoma: (49 percent chardonnay, 45 percent pinot noir, 6 percent pinot meunier): salmon color, lots of long-lasting bubbles, aromas and flavors of red raspberries and spice; $50.
2011 Champ de Reves Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: powerful and crisp, with aromas and flavors of black raspberries, licorice and tobacco, full and creamy; $40.
2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County: aromas and flavors of red raspberries and black pepper, spicy, hearty, smooth; $18.
2011 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley: crisp flavors of ripe lemons and apricots, smooth and full-bodied, hint of minerals; $42.
2012 Wente Vineyards “Riverbank” Riesling, Arroyo Seco, Monterey: hint of sweetness, aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit and minerals, crisp; $15.
2012 Gavilan Chardonnay, by Chalone Vineyard, Sonoma: crisp and lively, with a hint of oak and tropical fruit aromas and flavors; $20.
2011 Wild Horse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast: black cherries and black pepper, firm tannins, full body; $20.
2012 Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast: aromas and flavors of white grapefruit and grass, full body, long finish; $15.
2010 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot, Sonoma County: aromas and flavors of black cherries and dark chocolate, firm tannins; $28.
2011 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir, Central Coast: hint of oak, flavors of black cherries and black coffee, rich and dry, crisp acids; $23.
2012 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc, Somerston Estate, Napa Valley: aromas and flavors of ripe pears and oranges, crisp and light-bodied; $22.
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