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Valentine's Day Wines Under $25 (for Self-Seduction)

Valentine's Day Wines Under $25 (for Self-Seduction) Valentine's Day is here, and whether you will be with your loved one or plan to seduce yourself, you've got to have appropriate juice on hand. Your local wine store is sure to have these moderately-priced picks. A visit to Williams-Sonoma's San Francisco headquarters the other week involved the perfect exercise in finding moderately priced yet maximally alluring V-Day-ready bottles. In preparation for a presentation I was giving to WS staff, Williams Sonoma's Director of Culinary Amanda Haas asked me to join her at local supermarket and select seven Valentines Day-worthy wines – all under $25 – in under 20 minutes. We were all pleased with how these Valentine's Day wines turned out, and here they are for you: Roederer Estate Brut NV ($19-$22) - A perennial overachiever, owned by the same parent company that makes Cristal. St. Supéry Oak-Free Chardonnay 2015 ($20-$25) - A stunner with oysters, which are of course known to be a potent aphrodisiac. Medium bodied and lemony bright. Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir 2014 ($20-$25) -  I call Pinot the Juicy Berry Kiss and this version is no exception, with its strawberry-and-flowers perfume, medium body, and crisp acidity. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier White Blend 2015 ($11-$15) - A sexy duality: smells sweet, tastes dry. A secret love of wine pros. Viognier puts you in the mood for romance. Minuty M Rosé Cotes de Provence 2015 ($10-$15) - Gorgeous raspberry fruit with a lemony lift. And its bottle is curved like Sophia Lauren. Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 ($20-$25) - If a smooth, plummy Spanish red weren't sexy enough, the gold fishnet adorning the bottle creates glamour and intrigue. Prieuré d' Arche Sauternes 2008 ($15-$20) - For drizzling on your pancakes, then on your lover. For more on affordable wine alternatives and the best wines to bring to a date or party, check out my latest book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire.  Leave an Amazon review in the month of February (and notify alf@markoldman.com) and we will send you some Oldman schwag!

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