How to build your valentine vocabulary―and jump-start your evening
Almonds in ancient Arabian baking might have fueled The Thousand and One Nights, but we’ll settle for just one night and just one pastry: an Italian AlmondCake from Pacific Sourdough company on the Oregon coast ($25; almondcake.com).
Pair it with a wine that, as food editor Margo True says, “puts both arms around the cake”―Beringer’s honeyed “Nightingale,” a 2005 late-harvest Semillon–Sauvignon Blanc blend (Napa Valley; $40, 375 ml.). A less expensive alternative: Quady “Essensia” Orange Muscat 2007 (California; $13.75, 375 ml.).