2/11/2013 10:18:00 AM

Anti V-Day Wine: Affordable Picks to Drown Your Sorrows

Wine for one, please
No valentine this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a nice, affordable bottle of wine/lock yourself in your apartment, drink yourself silly and forget all about what day it is. The following are some top affordable wine picks from industry tastemakers, guaranteed to help put you out of your misery for $20 or less. Stay classy, NYC.

Aldo Sohm, Chef Sommelier at Le Bernardin 
Patrick Piuze Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne; $20, Astor Wines & Spirits
“A very good and less expensive alternative to Champagne is Crémant. Patrick Piuze (the new shooting star in Chablis) makes this wine, and it's mineral driven, crisp and fresh.”

David Lombardo, Beverage Director at Ditch Plains and Landmarc 
Lamberti Rosé Spumante; $13, Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits
“This sparkling rosé is coral in color and projects scents of rose petals. It's a beautiful sparkling rosé that hails from the House of Lamberti, which stands on the shores of Lake Garda in the Northern region of Veneto, Italy.”


Joe Campanale, Beverage Director at Anfora, Dell'anima, L'Apicio and L'Artusi
Raventos "De Nit" Rosé; $20, Chambers Street Wines 
“A beautiful pink, dry, sparkling wine. There is no wrong time for this wine, but Valentine’s Day seems even more appropriate.”

John Ragan, Wine Director at Union Square Hospitality Group 
Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour Beaujolais 2010; $20, Flatiron Wines and Spirits 
“Beaujolais has found a renaissance these days. It was once considered a simple wine but it has always been that the “cru” wines really are a whole different animal than the “nouveau” wines which most people associate as Beaujolais. Nonetheless, one of the great compliments you can pay to even the highest level of Beaujolais (the Cru Beaujolais wines) is that they are eminently drinkable – some even say gulpable. The wine is just flat out satisfying! Here is the best part – of the many different crus of Beaujolais, possibly the most well known and regarded is a cru by the name of St. Amour. I can’t imagine a better wine to drink on Valentine’s day.”

Kerrie O’Brien, Sommelier at DBGB Kitchen & Bar 
Medici Ermete Lambrusco Reggiano 'Solo' 2011; $15, Astor Wines & Spirits
“Pick up some nice savory snacks – hard cheeses, cured meats, olives – and treat yourself to a bubbly bottle of Lambrusco. I especially like Medici Ermete Lambrusco Reggiano 'Solo' 2011, a dry Lambrusco with rich blackberry fruit, nice earthiness and a zippy finish. It’s the perfect “Solo” companion on a night that’s typically all about couples.”

Krista Voisin, Wine Director at OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria 
Marenco Pineto Brachetto d'Acqui 2011; $20, Union Square Wines & Spirits 
“Brachetto d'Acqui is a semi-sweet, sparkling bottle of a dozen pink roses that best pairs with a box of chocolates and/or a carton of (insert Ben and Jerry's flavor here).”

Natalie Tapken, Wine Director at Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco 
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Rosso Etna 2011; $17, Millesima 
"For Valentine's Day, I always make sure to drink a wine made with love that can go well with chocolate. The wine should be lush, plush and sexy on the palate, with a beautiful perfumed aroma and a little bit of spicy kick. The Rosso Etna from Tenuta delle Terre Nere does the trick. It is grown on some the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe, on top of the volcano Mt. Etna in Sicily. The wine is fresh, perfumed, peppered and elegant."

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