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Dear Natalie, February 5, 2012

With Valentine's Day around the corner it's mandatory that I talk about which wines are best for seduction (easy: those with high alcohol) as well as which wines to pair with chocolate (difficult: sweet food makes wine taste bitter).

Do not despair lonely hearts: I've got tips for both questions in this newsletter. Cupid's arrow has been dipped in wine.  

In addition to my suggestions for the article in the Star Ledger below, I've included a number of terrific bottles to celebrate Valentine's Day that are available in today's wine picks.

Enjoy the weekend!


Wines of the Week
There are plenty of luscious dessert wines among today's picks if you love chocolate, as well as some interesting full-bodied reds from Australia and France that will also work. Follow your wine bliss to my Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines here ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
Here's a death-by-chocolate recipe for Chocolate Baileys Tart from Martin Laprise, the Chef in Stead. Oh my heart be still. Baileys, that luscious Irish cream liqueur, is a natural pairing as well as port and banyuls. Here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
In addition to this article in the Star Ledger, you'll find another nine articles on wine and chocolate pairing in the blog. Here's the story ... More »

In this CTV interview, we chat about terrific wines from Wolf Blass, Goats do Roam and other wineries as well as my chat with Peter Mayle, who wrote one of my favourite books, A Year in Provence.

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