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A Valentine's Day Ménage à Trios

Now before you start emailing I mean the wine, not the other thing.

While most thoughts will turn to hearts, flowers and chocolates on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, my mind is on a ménage à trios. Now before you start emailing I mean the wine, not the other thing.

Made in California by the Folie à Deux Winery, the idea behind the cheeky name is that each of the Ménage à Trios wines is created from a trio of grape varieties or, in the case of the chardonnay, the same grape from three different regions in The Golden State.

The 2009 Ménage à Trois Red ($17.95 - $19.99) is made with a triple blend of zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Rich and ripe with just a kiss of residual sugar; it makes for a great all-purpose dinner wine as well as a mouth-filling on-its-own sipper perfect for a candle lit tête à tête.

Planning on surprising your Valentine with breakfast in bed this Sunday? Enhance the romance with a bottle of sparkling wine. Freixenet's Cordon Rosado Brut ($12.95 - $16.50) from Spain is a sexy, non-vintage bubbly rosé made in the traditional method. Serving-up a bright mix of dry red berries massaged by crisp acidity it's an ideal match for fresh fruit, lighter cheeses and, well, you know.

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Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.

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