Valentine’s Day is a great day to show how much you love and appreciate someone in your life. What better way to do than with a nice bottle of wine?
Picking wines to enjoy together on Valentine’s can be easy if you follow this simple formula for when and where you might enjoy them. Just follow these simple steps.
Before you go out:
- Pick a wine that is light and not too heavy on alcohol so that you can enjoy the moment without curbing your appetite. Bubbles are always a nice way to liven the mood and get you and your lover into the celebrating frame of mind! Below are two recommended Spanish cava’s, Spain’s version of Champagne, that shine brightly but without the price tag of Champagne.
- Segura Viudas Aria – This reliable and tasty little gem is a great wine all year round but will surely do the trick this upcoming Valentines! Retail: $8.99-$11.99
- Marques de Gelida – Don’t let the bright orange and white bottle wrap fool you into thinking this wine is all looks and no charm, quite the contrary. This is a beautiful, fruity, and lively cava that has been a go-to wine for me for years. Retail: $12.99-$16.99
While at dinner:
- If you go out on Valentine’s then pick a place that fits your wallet and your tastes.
- Always call ahead for a reservation or else you may never even get a seat. Many restaurants make a special menu for Valentine’s Day which includes several courses. If you find yourself seated as such a restaurant then by all means ask for the sommelier (Sohm-muh-YAY) or the most wine knowledgeable person and follow their lead on what to purchase that will pair well with each or most of the courses that are offered.
- If you don’t find that you are seated at such a table then one of the best ways to enjoy your meal is to start by selecting a style of wine that fits your collective tastes. Then turn to the menu and ask for assistance in finding dishes that pair well with that wine. Half Bottles are also a good way to enjoy the evening if you and your date don’t like the same style of wines, as these bottles offer approximately two and half glasses of wine per bottle.
- The general rule of thumb to follow with pairing dessert with wine is to select a wine that is sweeter than the dessert whether it’s some chocolate concoction, key lime pie or even cheesecake. If a restaurant offers dessert and some dessert wines then I would suggest the easiest way to enjoy both together it to choose a Moscato D’Asti (sweet, floral, white wines from northern, Italy’s Asti region) for cream based desserts or a port (fortified wines from Portugal that taste of sweet raisons, cocoa and soft spices) wine to pair with Chocolate oriented desserts.
Remember that it’s your company that matters most on Valentine’s Day and that your choice of wines should be fun and enjoyable for you both.
Taste the wine side of life!