Valentine’s Day Gifts | Food, Wine & Drinks

By Sophie Gayot

Since the focus at GAYOT is food, wine and drinks, we have curated gourmet food, wine & drinks Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved one.

> You can also check GAYOT’s Valentine’s Day Guide to Romance.

Show your love with luxurious Heart-Shaped Chocolates from Belgian Maître Chocolatier Erik Goossens. They come in three colors: dark, milk and ruby, with a different filling for each.

Watch GAYOT’s exclusive video interview with Maître Chocolatier Erik Goossens

2. Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois Carafe Gift Box

Bubbles are a must for Valentine’s Day! This limited edition gift box also includes a keepsake: a mouth-blown carafe inspired by the Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s iconic bottle shape.

The Champagne is non-vintage. It is a unique cuvée, entirely vinified in oak and composed of the three champenois grape varietals in equal proportions (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier). Take the time to look at its radiant yellow crystalline appearance before the burst of flavors (notes of grilled brioche, toffee) lingers on your palate.

> ORDER NOW at | $230.00

> Watch Sophie Gayot sabering the bottle of Champagne Billecart-Salmin Brut Sous Bois.

3. Black Truffle Butter

Butter up your evening with truffles… There are many ways to engage with truffle butter. Angel’s Salumi & Truffles, which sells it, has the following suggestions: soft scrambled eggs, pasta, risotto, finishing a steak or wild game, mashed potatoes, any sauces that call for butter, black truffle brioche (on the sweeter side), and even popcorn and cornbread. Black truffle purée from Périgord, France, is integrated in a French-style butter made in America with milk from Californian grass-fed cows. The white truffles of the other butter are harvested in Alba, Italy. Start cooking with your loved one. And don’t forget, truffles are an aphrodisiac — check GAYOT’s Best Aphrodisiac Foods.

Angel’s Salumi & Truffles’ tip: Butter melts at around 95°F, curiously close to the temperature inside our mouths.

> ORDER NOW at Angel’s Salumi & Truffles | Starts at $7.50

For more information, watch our exclusive video with Angel’s Salumi & Truffles’ CEO Pascal Besset.

4. 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Rosé, Limited “Vices Edition”

Like the Champagne Billecart-Salmon gift box above, this painted label wine bottle is a limited edition. The Sauvignon Blanc that makes up 97% of the wine is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. It happened one evening when the wine maker was a tad too happy and accidentally racked a barrel of Diamond Mountain Cabernet into one of the Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc stainless steel tanks.

The nose of this coral pink wine is tropical with notes of passion fruit, gooseberry and pomelo, just perfect for a Valentine’s Day escape.

Most likely you will want to keep the bottle once it is empty; a good way to remember that The Vice wine company offers more options, all from Napa Valley, that can be sent in gift boxes for every occasion.

> ORDER NOW at The Vice official website | $29.00

5. Cheese + Charcuterie Marble LOVE Board

Cheese and charcuterie love board

Travel to Italy (meats), Greece (olives) and The Netherlands (cheese) around the to-keep-forever white marble LOVE board. Use the bamboo-handle cheese blade to slowly carve the artisan cheeses. A complimentary card with your personal message can be included with your gourmet gift.

> ORDER NOW at Gift Tree$149.95

6. Dry Farm Wines subscription box

Since 2015, Dry Farm Wines has been sourcing exclusively from small, family-owned and organic vineyards across Europe, South Africa and South America. The motto of the company is “Natural Wine”:

  • Organically/Biodynamically Grown
  • Lab-Tested for Purity
  • Sugar-Free (less than 1g per liter)
  • Lower Alcohol (less than 12.5% alcohol by volume)
  • Free of Toxic Additives
  • Dry-Farmed (No Irrigation)
  • Grown on Small, Family Farms
  • Lower Sulfites (less than 75 parts per million)
  • Fermented with Wild, Native Yeast
  • Friendly to Keto, Paleo & Low-Carb Diets.

Dry Farm Wines offers a subscription-based service. Choose your preferred wine type (red, white, rosé, sparkling, mixed), box size (6 or 12, $171 and $323, respectively), shipment frequency (monthly, bi-monthly, every 3 months), and leave it to the team to craft your box. Make it a long term gift for that special person in your life.

> ORDER NOW at Dry Farm Wines official website | Starts at $171

7. Is Your Lover a Tea Lover?

Mariage Frères tea Valentine's Day gift

Knowledge of French will help you understand the play on words with the name of this online boutique selling tea from the prestigious Mariage Frères: “été” in French is summer, and tea is “thé.” When reading “La Maison d’Été” it sounds exactly like “La Maison des Thés.” Didn’t already know that French was a complicated language, but the one of love…?

In any case, take advantage of GAYOT’s exclusive 10% discount on Valentine’s Day tea gift baskets. We recommend selecting the Eros black tea crafted specifically for lovers with hibiscus and mallow flowers.

> ORDER NOW at La Maison d’Été with GAYOT’s exclusive promo code MONAMOUR — ENJOY 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER | Starts $33

8. Send Love Nationwide with Chef Daniel Boulud

Chef Daniel Boulud Valentine's Day gift basket
Photo © Daniel Boulud

Share Chef Daniel Boulud’s delicacies with your loved one in the comfort of your home. Options range from his famous red-wine braised beef short ribs to his macarons.

Chef Boulud’s Daniel has been one of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. since 2004.

ORDER NOW at Gold Belly | Starts at $44

9. Mirabeau Rosé Dry Gin

This gin has many attributes that make it perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift. There is its pink color, for starters, and it is produced in the très romantic Provence. Delicate floral flavors of rose, lavender and jasmine are sparingly included in the distillation process done in traditional copper still; it comes to your mouth with a smooth finish. And after a glass, either neat or in a cocktail, you certainly will be feeling happy, especially when you learn that there is no residual or added sugar.

Tip: Inspired by the nearby city of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, the bottle looks like a perfume flacon. Save it and transform it into a candlestick for another evening of romance.

> ORDER NOW at | SRP $49.99

For more information, visit Maison Mirabeau official website

10. Mezcal Campante

The tagline of this small-batch premium artisanal mezcal is “Love hard, drink slow, savor the moment.” We could not agree more. Introduced in April 2021, Mezcal Campante is the creation of a life partners team’s love for mezcal. It is made from a unique blend of the finest selected Espadin and Barril agave — see, another couple here, too. On the rocks, straight up, or in a cocktail, you will certainly appreciate the balance of smooth aromas in your mouth.

We suggest starting your evening with this cocktail bearing an appropriate name for this day dedicated to love: “Passion Campante.”

– Selection of berries. We recommend 5 blueberries, 3 blackberries and 3 raspberries, and few additional ones for the garnish
– 1 ½ oz. Mezcal Campante
– 1 ½ oz. lime juice
– ½ oz. simple or agave syrup
– 1 oz. ginger ale

For garnish: cocktail stick and raspberries.

• Macerate fruits in a shaker.
• Combine the Mezcal Campante, lime juice and syrup.
• Add ice to the shaker and stir.
• Strain over ice into glass.
• Top up with ginger ale.
• Garnish with raspberries on a cocktail stick.
• Preferred glass: rocks glass

> ORDER NOW at Mezcal Campante official website | SRP $64.99