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Champagne and chocolate are the worst Valentine’s Day combination – here are five wines to buy instead Wine News

Andrew Quady Essensia Orange Muscat 2018/9, California

(15%, Majestic, £13.99 or £11.99 as part of a six-bottle/half mix)

I’ve long loved this sweet and juicy West Coast dessert wine flavored with citrus and honeysuckle with chocolate, and especially with (surprise!) chocolate and orange desserts. It’s wonderfully intense with a lifted and fresh finish, and a little goes a long way. Serve as fresh.

Samos Anthemis 2015, Samos, Greece

Amber dessert wine from the Greek island, caramel tasting, Seville orange marmalade and caramelized edges of an apricot pie. It needs a rich dessert to go with it – a chocolate fondant would be fabulous. Serve as fresh.

Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2016, Douro, Portugal

(20%, Morrisons, £15 up to £10 until Feb 15)

A splendid offer on a fine port. The LBVs are aged in barrels for 4 to 6 years, so they are ready to drink as soon as they are released. Expect lots of sweet cherry, plum, and fruitcake, as well as a tannic, spicy structure. To be enjoyed with a box or a piece of very dark chocolate.

The Muscat Gardeners of St Jean de Minervois NV, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

A good value dessert wine from the deep south of France, aromatic with fresh peaches and honey. Although entirely sweet, it is a little lighter in flavor and texture than some, so a good choice for white or milk chocolate. Serve as fresh.

Fuzion Malbec 2021, Mendoza, Argentina

(13.5%, Waitrose, £10.49 down to £6.99 until Feb 22)

A medium-bodied Malbec, bursting with ripe black cherries and plums, on an eye-catching offering this month. Clever food pairings would open it up for steaks then drop it to a chocolate cake dessert, but make sure it’s a dark, bitter chocolate, nothing terribly sweet.

What wine will you pour on Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments section below

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