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Valentine's Day wines for every kind of date: Date night, girls' night and more

Looking for the perfect wine for Valentine's Day? Ray Isle, Food & Wine's executive wine editor, has a pick for every type of date, whether you're having a girlfriends' get-together, you're in a new relationship or you're looking to spice things up in your years-long relationship.

The best wines for Galentine's Day

Have a special dinner with just the girls? Try one of these two tasty picks.

2016 Vivanco Rosado ($14): Who cares if it's February — rosé is good all year long! This is a juicy but dry version from Spain.

2013 Raventos I Blanc L'Hereu ($20): Or go for bubbles, which always enliven a get-together. This is a Cava from Spain, which is made the same way as Champagne just with Spanish grape varieties.

The best Valentine's Day wines for a new relationship

Here are two great picks that are widely appealing, impressive and won't break your budget.

2015 Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis ($20): Here's a crisp French white from a classic region. It's fancy (hey, it's French) but it's also not crazily expensive. You want to make a good impression but not go crazy.

2014 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28): If you're the gal and ordering for the guy, Cabernet is always a safe bet — there's rarely a guy who won't love a good Napa Cabernet. Mondavi is a classic, and it's still not too crazy expensive, which is getting tough in Napa.

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Revive your passions with a trip down wine-memory lane, or spice things up with something new.

2015 Regaleali Nero d'Avola ($15): It's always nice to pour something at home with some memories to it for Valentine's Day. This is a juicy Sicilian red that's a steal, which my wife and I had on our honeymoon and still buy, for instance.

2015 Cambria Viognier ($20): Sometimes you need to spice up your marriage and get a little adventurous. That could mean a LOT of things, but in this case if you normally drink Chardonnay, why not branch out to Viognier? It's rich and full-bodied in the same way, but it has a different flavor profile, and this one from Cambria is great.

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The best wines for popping the question

Planning to propose on Valentine's Day? Try one of these special bottles.

NV Moet Hennessy Brut Rosé ($45): If you're going to propose, you have to splurge a little bit, right? Who wants to be cheap when they're proposing? I don't think there's anything better than Champagne for that, and Moet has released this fun pink package covered with romantic emojis for Valentine's this year.

2013 Chateau Coutet Sauternes ($25/half bottle): The other thing is that people usually propose during dessert at the end of the meal (I know I did!). So why not a gorgeous dessert wine? Sweets for my sweet — will you marry me?

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