NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yes, fellas, it's that time of year again: Valentine's Day. The significant others in our lives are anxiously awaiting the night when we whisk them off their feet and take them out for a romantic evening straight out of the pages of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
But let's face it. Some of us just aren't that guy. We wouldn't know romance if we were Nicholas Sparks. But there's one ingredient that works almost universally to salvage any V-Day gone wrong: wine. Red, white or rose, it doesn't matter.
But you can't just head to the store and pick up a bottle of the garden-variety, under-$10 stuff for such a special occasion. Well, you could, but we don't recommend it. No, for Valentine's Day, you need the good stuff. But where do you start?
Fortunately, we've compiled a list of "The 10 Best Wines for Valentine's Day" to help you earn some serious points on Feb. 14. Each of these wines earned the "Gold Outstanding" award from the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2013. We've also included average prices for each one to help your wallet.
Fracastoro Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005 - Red Wine, Italy
Valpolicella wines come from the province of Verona. The modern Amarone wines from the region have been produced since the 1950s through the use of yeast strains that ferment the plentiful sugars in the wine into alcohol. Amarone wines are often compared to Port wines and are often paired with heavy, robust meals such as roasted meats.
A bottle of the 2005 Fracastoro Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is relatively light on the wallet as it will run you, on average, $41, according to Wine-Searcher.com.
Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1993 - White Wine, France
Moet & Chandon has been producing champagnes since since 1743 and today produces approximately 26 million bottles a year; the winery even has a Royal Warrant to make champagne for Queen Elizabeth II.
But of those 26 million bottles, the Grand Vintage Collection 1993 makes our list. A bottle averages $126, so you'll have to stretch your wallet a little bit to acquire some of this French delight. But if your significant other is a fan of white wine, you can't go wrong here.
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose 1989 - Rose, France
The Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose is a fruity and light wine that is sure to please anyone who calls himself or herself a fan of blushes. This French wine contains hints of raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry, dried fruits and pastry with a fruity aftertaste.
A bottle of this sweet wine will cost $162 on average.
Bethany GR12 Reserve Shiraz 2008 - Red Wine, Australia
Our brothers and sisters on the Australian island know what they're doing when it comes to wines, and the Bethany GR12 Reserve Shiraz 2008 is no exception. Here's what the IWSC said about this wine in the 2013 competition:
"A lovely deep ruby-purple color; blackberry fruit with white pepper and vanilla accents; excellent build-up of flavour in the mouth with silky texture and bracing acidity to balance the powerful alcohol and massive fruit. Black pepper and smoke lift the lingering finish. Awesome wine! Probably needs another two to five years, but so seductive now."
And the good news is you can pick up a bottle of this Australian gem for approximately $42.
McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2004 - White Wine, Australia
The Australians do white wines just as well as reds, and the McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2004 proves it. This is one of three McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon wines and five McGuigan white wines to earn the "Gold Outstanding" award at the 2013 IWSC. Here's what the judges had to say:
"Straw golden color. Beautiful evolution here, wafts of lemon butter, honey, baked pastry and sweet herbs. The mouthfeel has a generous waxy intensity shot through with sparkling acidity. Long and fine minerality on the finish. Entering its prime now but will last for a long time yet."
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rose Millesime 1999 - Rose, France
We've got to hand it to the French, they sure do know their way around a rose. Four of the five "Gold Outstanding" winners at the 2013 IWSC hailed from France (we'll get to the fifth, non-French entry later). This wine has a pungent scent and flavor of strawberry with hints of truffle, orange, gingerbread and fig to add to the flavor. If your loved one enjoys a strawberry treat, then this is the way to go.
A bottle of this rose will cost $102 on average.
Les Belles Collines "Les Sommets" Black Label Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2009 - Red Wine, USA
The good ol' U.S. of A. gets some representation on our list with this Napa Valley deep red. Here's what the IWSC said about the American product:
"Deep to opaque ruby. Raspberry brulee, with roasted nut aromas and hints of baking spice , savory notes of chocolate and dried earth. Medium full bodied, bright red berry fruit, lush but integrated wine. Very nice now."
You can find a bottle of this blended red for $87.
Arele Vino Santo Trentino DOC 2000 - White Wine, Italy
This Italian white wine contains hints of orange and lemon zest, caramel and toffee that balances out the acidity. Raisins, nuts and dried oranges are the predominant flavors, but the wine finishes with a savory note. It comes from Nosiola white grapes, which are native to the Trentino region, and is produced in the Valle dei Laghi, which connects Trento with the north bank of Lake Garda.
This wine will cost you $92 on average.
Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2010 - Rose, South Africa
France may have dominated the rose category in the 2013 IWSC, but this South African standout definitely deserves a spot on the list. This wine is a pale, bright orange and bronze color with flavors of dried apricot and raisins and hints of citrus and marmalade. This wine has a "long, powerful finish" and, while excellent now, should be "tremendous in ten to fifteen years and more," according to the IWSC.
A bottle of this sweet wine will set you back about $90.
Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2010 - Red Wine, USA
The American red wine from Washington state ends our list in style, as it contains a deep. The IWSC describes it as "dark, crimson red. Youthful, dark plum, cassis, green pepper, cocoa, sasparilla, vanilla and dust. Medium bodied, bright, fresh ripe plums and blackberries, vanilla, plush tannins, medium acidity and long finish."
This wine hails from the Columbia Crest Winery, which opened its doors in the Horse Heaven Hills in 1983.
We decided to end on a high note, as a bottle of this beverage only costs $13 on average.Also see: The 10 Best Bottles of Scotch on the Planet and The 15 Drunkest Countries in The World.