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Valentine's Day: 4 Courses and 4 Pairings

St. Valentine is creeping up on us. This year Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday, allowing plenty of time over the weekend to prepare an incredible meal to enjoy with your significant other at home. Pick one or two courses, or make a party of it and try all four. We took out some of the guesswork with wine pairing by sharing our favorite wines for each. It all adds up to what will certainly be a memorable holiday.

1. It's hard not to start a meal like this without oysters on the half shell, as they are high in zinc and carry a reputation for love and fertility. Pair these beauties with a 2014 Ostra Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

2. A classic second course, this potato soup with avocado has a Latin touch, with creamy avocado adding a light texture. A clean glass of 2014 Duckhorn Decoy Sonoma Valley Chardonnay will make this soup shine bright.

3. My favorite cut of beef is definitely the rib eye. With a perfect meat-to-fat ratio, this recipe can either be cooked on the grill or in a cast-iron pan, finishing in the oven. Either way, a 2014 Butcher's Hook Mendoza Malbec will easily stand up to this juicy course.

4. It's just not Valentine's Day without red velvet something, and these whoopie pies make for a welcome ending to any meal. With a whoopie pie in one hand and a glass of 2014 Bocelli Veneto Italy Prosecco in the other, there's no better way to round out a homemade Valentine's Day dinner.

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