Chateau Calon-Segur, from the Medoc region of France is a big and bold type of wine, the kind that will reach maturity after a few decades.
"Calon" meaning little river skiff used in Middle Ages to ferry timber across the Gironde estuary, gave name to the district which was at one point known as Calones or Saint-Estèphe-de-Calon. In early times, Château Calon-Ségur was one of the original three vineyards in Saint-Estèphe, and in 1825 Château Montrose (in 1855 classified as a Second Growth) was a forest-land parcel belonging to the Calon-Ségur estate.
By marriage, the estate came to be owned by Nicolas-Alexandre, marquis de Ségur who also owned Chateau Latour and Chateau Lafite. Despite his ownership of these two First Growths, the Marquis said that his "heart was with Calon" and the wine's label today includes a drawing of a heart around the Chateau's name. (source: Wikipedia) This wine is a keeper and will run you about $75.
This next label hails from the California Quady Winery. Elysium means "heaven" in Greek. This flavorful dessert wine is best served slightly chilled. You can drink instead of dessert, or have it with dessert (even though I'd opt for the first option since this wine is so sweet already). It pairs well with blue cheeses, desserts containing red fruits (such as summer pudding), vanilla, dark chocolate and ice cream desserts.(about $23)
Happy Valentine's Day to all! :)