Wine is the perfect gift for your sweetheart. The Gourmet Grape
, 3530 N. Halsted, has a lot of wines that are small and boutique wines some of which are really hard to find or get. These wines make a perfect Valentines Day gift. Something save for that next special occasion or anniversary. Here are a few wines that are perfect for Valentines Day as selected by Jeff Durbin at The Gourmet Grape
:1. 2002 / Chardonnay / IL Cuore / California
A small component of Viognier enhances the floral-citrus aromas and fresh apple-pear flavors of our Chardonnay. The fresh, smooth style results from stainless steel fermentation combined with barrel fermentation in small French oak cooperage. This gentle use of oak offers versatillity with a wide range of foods including fish, shellfish, light pasta and spicy Asian dishes. ONLY 3600 cases produced
Retail $ 11.99
2. 2001 / Cabernet Sauvignon / IL Cuore / California
We blend Cabernet Sauvignon for depth and structure and a touch of Merlot for finesse and charm. This wine is rich yet soft with layers of black cherry, currant and chocolate. Cooperage was in small French and American oak barrels. Enjoy with pastas, chicken, grilled steaks and game.
Retail $ 15.99
IL CUORE (eel-quarry) means "The Heart" in Italian. The name is a tribute to the Italian immigrants who first planted the North Coast of California to vine in the late nineteenth century. Our wines are produced from choice grapes grown in Mendocino County. The success of wine grapes here has long been attributed to complex soils, warm daytime temperatures and cool nights. A hallmark of the IL CUORE style is the gentle use of oak to allow the natural fruit qualities of our grapes to become the focal point of the wines. Our main goal is to produce wines of quality and character at a price suitable for daily consumption. Our hope is that IL CUORE wines will be consumed with good food as part of a healthy and passionate lifestyle.
3. 2000 / Cabernet Sauvignon / Terra Valentine / Napa, California
A nose of dark boysenberry and cassis fruit. In the mouth an explosion of round dark fruit with balanced acidity.
93 points - Wine Spirits, August 2003
90 points - Wine Enthusiast, August 2003
Retail $ 35.99
Sale for February $24.99