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February 13, 2015

5 Ways To A Vinolicious VDay

Text by Sonal Holland. Sonal is a wine educator, consultant and writer, and is currently head of wine and beverages at ITC Group of Hotels in India

Let’s put it simply: here are 5 roaring ideas for a lip-smacking Valentine’s date

Getting ready for your exclusive date? Let’s see, you’ll get a big bouquet of roses. Make a reservation at a fancy restaurant. Curate an exclusive holiday package. Or splurge on expensive diamond jewellery. (Need innovative ideas for your date? Read this.) But how about toasting your love with wine? Pour your heart out with full-bodied reds, crisp whites and romantic rosés. Here’s how:

1. Pair the wine that matches the mood If the exclusive restaurant is an absolute must, do it with élan. Speak to their sommelier and request for a specially paired wine and food menu, an exquisitely curated four-course dining experience in line with your date’s favourite dishes or wines. What better way to show that you care?

2. Dash off vino poetry Grab a bottle of great wine like rosé Champagne, a Chablis Premier Cru or a fabulous Barossa Shiraz, and wrap it in a love song or a poem. You could be original and try writing it yourself. A tip: look out for wine tasting notes on the Internet and turn them into love notes.

3. Plan a weekend wine getaway It’s a Valentine’s weekend this year; the perfect reason to get away from the city hustle. Beyond Vineyard Resort in Nashik offers the perfect getaway for some quiet and quaintness. Taste some wines and take a tour of the winery while you are there. You can also bicycle on winding roads, soak up peaceful views and begin your day with a vino breakfast in bed. Would you really want to get out of bed?

4. Bring it home A blind tasting party! Get a mix of reds, rosés and whites and cover the labels. Look, sniff, sip and compare notes. You could highlight the senses even further by using a blindfold, taking the blind tasting concept quite literally. You don’t need us to tell you what else you could do with a blindfold…or the wine.

5. Pick the evergreen movie and dinner date Cook a fabulous meal (or order in from a favourite take-out place), uncork a bottle of wine and watch a great wine movie. Sideways (2004) and Bottle Shock (2008) are two of my all-time favourites. The perfect wine pairing for such an evening would be a Burgundian Pinot Noir or a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, as these movies mark the dominance of these two wine styles during the era.

Still thinking of red hearts and roses?

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