Choosing the right wine for your Valentine
Tomorrow is St Valentine's Day and if you plan to dine in or out with that special someone, here is a guide to selecting the best wine for the most romantic day of the year.
If your date is new to the world of wine and a bit timid around the topic if they can't really describe what they like, then I would suggest that you choose an off-dry or sweet wine, red or white for that individual. Most new wine drinkers really like the sweeter types of wine. So look out for a German style Riesling, Moscato from anywhere, although I prefer the Italian style because it's a bit more elegant. A number of producers offer a range of sweet blends like Trivento from Argentina and Lamothe Parrot from France.
If your date is a satisfied sipper who likes wine but is not really too hung up on what they are drinking, then I would offer them the fruitier, everyday styles made by a wide range of producers under brands including Woodbridge, Little Penguin, Hob Nob, Beringer California Collection, Cavit, Sutter Home, Barefoot, Flip Flop and the ubiquitous Yellowtail.
If your date is a seasoned wine lover, passionate and very knowledgeable on all things vino, then I hope you are too, as the choices for this individual will take some consideration. Someone like this typically chooses his or her own wines for all occasions. I would suggest you go very regional, preferably old world: France, Italy, Spain, and select something that would allow your significant other to perhaps discover something new. In France look to Burgundy, try wines Louis Jadot or Louis Latour; in Italy take a peep over to the island of Sardinia and try any of the wines from Sella & Mosca like the delicious Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva. If Spain is your country of choice, look north-east to Priorat for something like the celebrated Clos Mogador. Discovering these regions and wines will certainly add some interesting cultural and historic diversity to the tete-a-tete.
Buying wine by the glass always costs more, so get a bottle - the pour would be five to six glasses.
At the end of the day it's all about celebrating love, with people you love doing something you love - and wine is all about love.
A very happy Valentine's Day to all the wonderful ladies in my life. Yes, you too.
Christopher Reckord - Businessman, Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on twitter: @Reckord