By Marco Giovanetti
Valentine’s Day in Italy does not resemble anything at all like in Canada. The traditions of Valentine’s Day in Italy have a long history – long before Hallmark existed. I hope that you have a lovely Valentine’s Day with your better half and loved ones
Valentine’s Day is an ancient tradition from the Roman Empire. Taking place on February 14, Valentine’s Day commemorates the Queen of Roman gods and goddesses – Juno, the Goddess of Women and Marriage. In Italy, Valentine’s Day is also nicknamed as La Festa Degli Innamorati.
In Italy, the romantic Festival of St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated by lovers who express their love and affection for each other by exchanging gifts throughout the day. In the early days St. Valentine’s day was simply celebrated by young people who strolled in gardens listening to music and reading poetry.
Bring the romance of Italy into your home by preparing an elegant Italian Style dinner for two. A little dinner, some wine, a great movie and a box of Baci Perugina chocolates will guarantee a successful evening.
Here are some great wine suggestions for Valentine’s Day
Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco. SAQ # 12458828, $15.25
Fruity and flowery with nuances of ripe golden apple mountain flowers.Very fresh and quite tasty with a terrific bubble sensation. Perfect as an aperitivo to start your evening
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese 2016. SAQ # 00907477, $23.85
One of the wines that made the Allegrini family famous. It is a full body wine with an ageing capacity of at least 10 years. It Is excellent, especially for the price it retails. Complex with earthy tobacco notes, dark berry, spice, raisin and cocoa. Pairing well with rich sauce pastas or meat dishes.
Castello di Monsanto Vinsanto del Chianti Classico La Chimera 2006. SAQ # 13426211, $65.75
Lovely bouquet with sultana raisin, salty caramel complemented by almond cream and coffee . Palate is lovely with sweet and sour flavours. A lovely dessert wine. Will pair nicely with chocolate.