Ask a Sommelier: Valentine's Wine Advice

Ask a Sommelier

We ask top somms across the country for their wine-related advice.

In my house, we have a Valentine's Day tradition: homemade macaroni and cheese and bottle of Champagne. It's an excellent combination, and it spares us the stress of making reservations—and the possible disappointment of a restaurant meal. But some years I wonder: should we mix it up? Try steak and a bottle of red, or go with fondue and Chenin Blanc? And what should we drink with dessert?

We asked 13 top sommeliers from around the country for their Valentine's Day wine advice: what to order, how to choose a wine that will go with a romantic meal, from oyster start to chocolatey finish. Check out the slideshow for their advice, from favorite Champagnes to budget recommendations »

And tell us in the comments: what will you be drinking this Valentine's Day? Do you have a date-night wine tradition?

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks. She lives in San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.