Valentine's Day is that wonderful time of the year when star-crossed lovers hold hands underneath the lunar glow of that PHILIPS sign overlooking the harbour, when married
Let's be honest here. It doesn't really matter if you are a whisky lover or a craft beer geek, because Valentine's Day is that one time of the year where you'll have to set aside your usual uncouth habits and become a suave wine connoisseur. Nothing quite sets the mood like a home cooked candle-lit dinner with a bottle or two of something special—although even if you are going out for the night, starting things off with a few glasses of Champagne will not put you on the wrong foot with your significant other.
If you unsure where to start, let us guide you with some romantic recommendations depending on your plans:
Collinai Serragrilli - Moscato d'Asti 2013
What for? That first date with the promising Tindr match...
Assuming you'll already be on your third drink of the night after a cocktail at the bar and two glasses of that extortionately priced by-the-glass wine at the restaurant, you'll want something refreshing and simple at home (if things go well).
Moscato is lightly sparkling, fruity and sweet, fun at only 5.5% alcohol, and just plain old sexy.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere - Etna Rosso 2012
What for? Date at a restaurant with a reasonable corkage price ($100-$200)
We wouldn't really recommend something intense and powerful on a date, because nobody loves a wine-stained smile. This Etna Rosso has a great back story for your date (it was grown on volcanic soils alongside the active Mt. Etna in Sicily), and it tastes absolutely amazing.
It was on the list of Top 100 Best Wines of 2014 from Wine Spectator Magazine, and is extremely reliable vintage after vintage for being soft, silky, and fragrant like a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, while retaining enough of the herbal complexity and minerality that keeps it unique.