Rose petals and Trey tunes might set the mood, but no red-light special is complete without potable pours. Make a romantic call with these French sips guaranteed to please your funny valentine —Mike Dawson
GUY BRETON MORGON CRU BEAUJOLAIS, $28 (PER BOTTLE)
Brewed from tart Gamay grapes, this well-rounded red will perk up your partner’s palate, whether you’re chomping on fi sh, fowl or Fred Flintstonestyle rib eye. It’s pinot noir silky, but with dark raspberry and wood undertones—and even a slight sour hint of grape Jolly Rancher to get you (responsibly) drunk off love.
How to drink it: By the bottle
Roscoe Dash Reacts: “It gives you a dry aftertaste, a cottonmouth. Other than that, it’s cool. And I don’t drink red wine at all. It’s not too bitter, not too sweet. Doesn’t taste bad at all. I’m surprised. I’d do this before the Courvoisier.”
VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ, $65 (PER BOTTLE)
Still swigging hood brand bubbly? Time to step up from the streets. This top-shelf pink juice boasts a tasty medley of Chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, giving it a subtle sweetness usually missing in brut blends. And it’s perfect for pairing with predinner bites. Crank up the Maxwell and drink to your accomplishments.
How to drink it: Straight, or in a classy Kir Royal cocktail (half champagne, half Chambord liqueur)
Roscoe Dash Reacts: “This is my favorite. I probably drink Rosé two or three times a week. It’s kind of bitter, but if you had it on ice and chilled, it’d be better. It’s a celebration drink.”
COURVOISIER VSOP COGNAC, 750 ML, $38
You may want your date for dessert, but true romance requires pacing and proper digestion. To seamlessly transition from dinner into each other’s arms, pour a glass of this faithful brandy before breaking bad. Made from Grande Champagne grapes, it’s a soothing drink that’ll sustain your buzz while mellowing your stuffed stomachs.
How to drink it: Straight, in a snifter—the bigbowled goblet allows your hand to warm the booze, upping its aroma and fl avor Sippin’ solo during cuffi n’ season
Roscoe Dash Reacts: “It’s strong as fuck! This is something you’d drink if you were trying to have a good, good night. I don’t usually drink brown, but if I did I’d drink this. It’s sweet, but has a really strong aftertaste. My whole chest is burning.”