— Written by Guest Author: Marlena Hoffman —
With Valentine’s Day looming, the focus of many industries turns to how to persuade amorous consumers to indulge. Will chocolate be the golden ticket? Or do we opt to keep popping bottles? And if so, what kind: Rose, Champagne, Prosecco? Or do we revert to non-sparkly wine?
Since, I’m sure you’re pacing around the liquor store racking your brain over which of these bottles are sure to impress your sweetheart or buddies or galentine day pals, let me help you. Below I’ve highlighted a few pivotal questions to help guide you through the initial phases of your very important wine selecting:
- What kind of mood am I going for? Are you having dinner with a bunch of friends and want a bottle of standard wines to savor with a decent meal or are you going for a more novel bottle of bubbly? Or do you want a bit of a hybrid like a bottle of Rose?
- What does my audience like? In this hypothetical gesture, you’re shopping for your sweetheart and want something other than what’s on tap. So, why not start with their taste: do they like white wines, do they like red wines? Do they like full-bodied wines or lighter, more fruit forward wines?
- How are you going to pair the wine? Will it be an addition to a meal, if yes: seafood or meat? If no, what’s a good standalone wine?
These are just a few questions to consider prior to selecting your Valentine’s Day delight. Now let me help break it down with a simple mix and match chart that pairs some common aphrodisiacs to the type of wine they’d pair best with.
Going to go for the oysters? Try a light, bright, fruit forward wine like a Muscadet. Muscadet tends to be a drier wine with acid that cuts through food like a oysters.
Want to turn up the heat with some chili heat? Try a sweet, fruit forward wine with a bit less alcohol like a Gewurtraminer or Barbera.
Want to go coo-coo for cocoa? Dark chocolate pairs well with heavier bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chianti.
How about some honey with your honey? You’ll want a sweeter, less tannic wine such as a Chenin Blanc, Grenache, or Rose.
Finally, looking for just a classic wine and cheese night? Any acidic wine so that the acid will cut through the fat like a Saugvinon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Regardless of what you choose to sip (or guzzle) on Valentine’s Day, the most important aspect of any imbibing is the company. So surround yourself with a great group of people or your special someone and have a sweet Valentine’s Day.