Love is in the air and nothing says love like wine. Let Winedom help you wow your date with everything you need to know about romancing with wine.
If you’re planning a special night, get it right with these tips on selecting and serving wine on the most romantic night of the year.
- Get The Temperature Right: You know that wines should be cold and reds should not, but do you know the specifics? Many people serve reds too warm, causing the acidity to overwhelm. By the same token, whites are often served too cold, minimizing some of the complexity of the wine. Wines should be stored at cellar temperature (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Starting from there, whites should be refrigerated until about 45 degrees for serving. The wine will open in the glass to optimum flavor at 50-55 degrees. Reds should be removed from cellar temps 2-3 hours ahead of time (if stored at 50) and taste best when enjoyed at 62-66 degrees.
- Be Prepared: Have a foil cutter and good corkscrew on hand. Practicing is also a good idea if you don’t regularly open bottles of wine.
- Invest in the Right Glasses: While available, variety specific glasses are not necessary. You should have two red or two white glasses depending on what you are serving.
- Roses Are Red But Your Wine Doesn’t Have To Be: If you eat lobster, have a good Chardonnay on hand. Indulging in oysters? The briny touch of a Muscarat is the perfect complement. Muscarat can be tricky to find but good wine shops will have a small selection.
- Be Sexy: Get your hands on a bottle of Deviation by Andrew Quady. This Madera, California wine is enhanced with aphrodisiacs to get everyone in the mood.
- Wow With a Perfect Dessert Pairing: No Valentine’s Day Meal is complete until you’ve shared a dessert. Go for chocolate decadence and order Syrah – this pairing cannot be beat.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day and be sure to comment with your own wine-related tips for February 14th.