Valentine’s Wine Pairings

I can’t believe it’s February! I’m still recovering from the winter storms, holidays and the trauma from airport travel. Before we know it, it’s Valentine’s day. The day to celebrate our love for our loved ones. This year, I prefer to do it from the comfort of my own home, enjoying local takeout favorites paired with some excellent affordable wine.

These pairings go great for single parties as well.

All beverages can be found at Benicia’s new local shop, Sendsips. I strongly suggest you stop in and explore in person or at

The Cellar Benicia

Cellar Burger – Pickled Onions, Arugula, Garlic Aioli with Gruyere Cheese.

Paired with: La Storia Chardonnay – a beautifully balanced Chardonnay to refresh your palate with ripe apples and tropical fruits with toast aromas. Perfect after a great big bite of this rich burger.

Kaigan Sushi

Fire Bomb Roll – Spicy Tuna, Cucumber, topped with Avocado and Spicy sauces

Sea Steak Roll – Slices of seared Tuna with fish eggs, served with a spicy Ponzu (vinegar).

Paired with: Banshee Pinot Noir  – A great pairing for these savory/spicy rolls. A bright fruit forward pinot to complement the sea’s version of red meat. With a smooth reminiscent finish to cool off the spice.

Got Plate Lunch

BBQ Pork –  Thinly-sliced pork marinated in a special marinade blend (made with a soy sauce and sesame oil base). Cooked with grilled onions and topped with green onions.

Paired with: Mirabelle Brut Rosé Champagne – The best thing next to some great BBQ is a classic bubbly rosé. With light notes of strawberry and a crisp lemon peel finish, you can’t go wrong with this combo.

I hope you enjoy these combos and come up with some of your own with our favorite Benicia classics.