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Valentine’s Day: Choosing a Wine for Your Date, Your Friends, and You

by Administrator7. February 2017 12:21

Ah, love is in the air.

Whether February 14 marks a romantic date, a time to exchange gifts with friends, or a relaxing day to yourself, you simply can’t discuss Valentine’s Day without discussing wine. After all, no other drink embodies the spirit of matchmaking better than wine. Moreover, a well-chosen bottle of wine can go a long way in making the highlights of your day even more exceptional.

At Baskets Gourmet/Wine World, we’ve helped hundreds of individuals choose a bottle of wine that offers just the right balance of characteristics that they are looking for. Needless to say, we know a thing or two about choosing the ideal bottle of wine for a variety of Valentine’s Day plans and we can help you make an excellent selection, too.

Here are a few of our recommendations for choosing a wine for your date, your friends, and you for Valentine’s Day.

For Your Date: Choose a Red Wine

Romance is the primary hallmark of Valentine’s Day and no other wine embodies passion like red wine. Whether your romantic evening includes dark chocolates, a chef prepared meal, or just shared company, red wine is a must.

Choose Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, or Merlot to pair with dark chocolates. Wine and chocolate are perhaps one of our favorite pairings but, just like in romance; it takes just the right mix of qualities in order for it to be exceptional. If your idea of a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart is a box of gourmet dark chocolate, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent addition, especially if the chocolate is 60-70% cocoa. Merlot, which is slightly less intense, will pair better with a medium dark chocolate. If you and your date opt the milk chocolate variety or even a full-fledged dessert, a dessert wine is a better choice.

Choose Bordeaux or Zinfandel to pair with your Valentine’s Day dinner. Whether you plan to treat your sweetheart to a gourmet dinner at home or one prepared at a restaurant, Valentine’s Day dinner is about creating intimacy and setting the tone for the evening. If you and your date plan to enjoy a fine steak dinner, Bordeaux has long been the classic choice for cooked steak, particularly one that has been dressed in a rich, buttery sauce. If, however, your entrée features sweet spices or dried pepper, Zinfandel will create a better pairing.

Choose Amarone if you want a wine that will impress your date.

Whether you take the traditional route of chocolates and dinner or not, you will undoubtedly want to make the best impression possible. Amarone is the wine that will do just that and is certain to be one that will leave a lasting impression on your date. With a dark, juicy flavor and a lush, velvety texture, this wine gets straight to the point and makes a powerful statement.

For Your Friends: Choose a Rosé Wine

Valentine’s Day, of course, is not exclusive to couples. Now is a good time to also show your friends and family your appreciation for the value that they add to your life. For a wine that is certain to please a wide variety of personalities in preferences, as well as one that is relatively inexpensive, rosé wines make excellent gifts.

If your recipient prefers a fruity wine, choose a Grenache Rosé or Sangiovese Rosé. While the latter tends to be the drier of the two, both offer a brilliant red color, strawberry and floral notes, and moderate amounts of acidity. These wines are also excellent choices for those who prefer their drinks cold.

If your recipient prefers a sweet wine, choose Zinfandel Rosé. This type of rosé, which is also commonly known as White Zinfandel, is deliberately made to be sweet making it the ideal choice for a friend or family member who enjoys a moderate amount of sweetness along with a fair amount of acidity. Common flavors include strawberry, lemon, and green melon. And, like Granache Rosé or Sangiovese Rosé, it is a good choice for those who prefer their wine cold.

If your recipient prefers a savory wine, choose Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. While other rosé wines emphasize berry, citrus, and floral notes, Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé features notes of green bell pepper, cherry sauce, and pepper spice. Naturally, this makes it a good gift for a recipient who may shy away from a light, pink aesthetic. If you truly want a wine that is notably more “masculine”, Travel Rosé is savory, high in alcohol, low in acid, and much more reminiscent of a red wine.

No matter who is on your valentines list, there is a rosé wine suited for their personality and preference. At Baskets Gourmet/Wine World, we can even include a bottle or rosé, or any other type of wine, as the centerpiece of a gourmet wine gift baskets in order to create a truly unique Valentine’s Day gift.

For Yourself: Choose a White Wine

While our friends, family, and significant other are naturally the first people we think of during Valentine’s Day, don’t overlook the single most important relationship you have – the one you have with yourself! Now is also an excellent time to uncork a bottle of white wine and enjoy some well-deserved indulgence.

Chardonnay is an excellent choice for pampering yourself. It’s wider-bodied, voluptuous and velvety. Oak-aged Chardonnay, in particular, is nothing short of butter in a glass and often carries subtle hints of vanilla or caramelized sugar. Common flavors include lemon, apple, pear, pineapple, passionfruit, and peach.

If you’d enjoy a wine that is lighter-bodied white and one that you can sip and savor slowly, Riesling is also worth considering.

Whether your idea of relaxation is time spent on the coziness of your sofa or in the comfort of a warm, candlelit bath, a glass of white wine is the perfect companion for an evening spent pampering yourself.

Wine World Is Your Personal Wine Matchmaker

Whether your Valentine’s Day plans calls for a wine that is hot, smoky, and firm or one that is mellow, fresh, and delicate, we have what you need at Baskets Gourmet/Wine World. Best of all, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you select the ideal wine for you and your valentine – let’s see Cupid create a better couple!

Visit our full-service retail wine and liquor store in Anderson Township and let us select a wine for you or craft a personalized gift basket. Either way, you’re guaranteed to fall in love.

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