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The classic Valentine's Day dessert.  Prepare in advance to enjoy after the steak dinner.

 

The Dessert

 

The Wine

 

The Dinner Music

  • Ingredients:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well


 

 

 

 

 

Darioush 2004 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Wine Red Wine by Darioush from Napa Valley, California.

Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot The 2004 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley vintage: ripe, lush and profoundly concentrated, yet epitomizing the stylistic profile and poise that is valued so highly by this winery. Naturally smaller yields and a warmer than average season conspired to produce berries with remarkable saturation and richness, while Darioush's more moderate-climate estate vineyards ensured the finished wine's fully-developed complexity and nuance are not lost beneath extravagant ripeness. Alluring floral and licorice aromatics combine with the sweet scent of crushed blackberries to introduce this seriously sexy wine. Finely-knit tannins support a rich, full-bodied mid-palate of creme de cassis, European dark chocolate, espresso, earth and exotic allspice. Though best decanted in its youth, this sophisticated beauty will age gracefully for the next decade.

 

 

 

 

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

Let's Stay Together - Let's Stay Together

 

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker: The Anthology

 

Thank You - Dido

Thank You - No Angel

 

At Last - Etta James

At Last - Etta James: Love Songs

 

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

Unchained Melody - The Very Best of the Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

 

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight - Timepieces - The Best of Eric Clapton

 

Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis

Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis: 30 #1 Hits

 

I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt

I Can't Make You Love Me - Luck of the Draw

 

Wicked Game - Chris Issak

Wicked Game - Heart Shaped World

 

Falling - Ben Kweller

Falling - Sha Sha

 

We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens

We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens

 

Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

Maybe I'm Amazed - Wingspan: Hits and History

 

 

    Preparation

     

    Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

    Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding thestrawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

    Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.



      Recipe adapted from Food Network

       

       

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      This decadent steak is meant for two, and should be shared over a glass of Cabernet.

       

      The Food

       

      The Wine

       

      The Dinner Music

      • Ingredients:

      • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese plus Parmesan cheese shavings
      • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
      • 1 12-ounce rib-eye steak
      • 1 teaspoon olive oil
      • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
      • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
      • 1/2 teaspoon (packed) dark brown sugar
      • 4 cups (lightly packed) arugula
      • 2 large lemon wedges



       

       

       

       

       

      Darioush 2004 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 

      Red Wine Red Wine by Darioush from Napa Valley, California.

      Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot The 2004 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley vintage: ripe, lush and profoundly concentrated, yet epitomizing the stylistic profile and poise that is valued so highly by this winery. Naturally smaller yields and a warmer than average season conspired to produce berries with remarkable saturation and richness, while Darioush's more moderate-climate estate vineyards ensured the finished wine's fully-developed complexity and nuance are not lost beneath extravagant ripeness. Alluring floral and licorice aromatics combine with the sweet scent of crushed blackberries to introduce this seriously sexy wine. Finely-knit tannins support a rich, full-bodied mid-palate of creme de cassis, European dark chocolate, espresso, earth and exotic allspice. Though best decanted in its youth, this sophisticated beauty will age gracefully for the next decade.

       

       

       

       

      Let's Stay Together - Al Green

      Let's Stay Together - Let's Stay Together

       

      You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

      You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker: The Anthology

       

      Thank You - Dido

      Thank You - No Angel

       

      At Last - Etta James

      At Last - Etta James: Love Songs

       

      Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

      Unchained Melody - The Very Best of the Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

       

      Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

      Wonderful Tonight - Timepieces - The Best of Eric Clapton

       

      Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis

      Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis: 30 #1 Hits

       

      I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt

      I Can't Make You Love Me - Luck of the Draw

       

      Wicked Game - Chris Issak

      Wicked Game - Heart Shaped World

       

      Falling - Ben Kweller

      Falling - Sha Sha

       

      We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens

      We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens

       

      Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

      Maybe I'm Amazed - Wingspan: Hits and History

       

       

        Preparation

         

        Mix grated cheese and butter in small bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper; set aside. Sprinkle steak generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak; cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to plate. Add vinegar, shallots, and sugar to skillet; boil until reduced to glaze, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Divide arugula and Parmesan shavings between 2 plates. Squeeze lemon over. Slice steak; place atop arugula. Top steak with Parmesan butter. Drizzle lightly with glaze.



          Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit | October 2008