We’re firm believers that the combination of food and wine is the easiest way to your significant other’s heart. Let’s be honest, you can’t drink flowers, and Hallmark cards are far too cliché.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, here are a few simple, yet special, wine and dine date ideas to make this year memorable. Most can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home with your special someone, whether that be your partner, your bestie or even just yourself!
Takeout Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc
Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc are a classic pairing fit for your V-Day celebrations! Enjoy this meal at home with a few candles or chase a sunset view. Either way, the ambiance will scream “special occasion.”
Italian Night In with Zinfandel
Since restaurant reservations this year are few and far between, why not chef up a fancy dinner at home? You can go all in on the decadence with a delicious bottle of Zinfandel and a hearty bowl of homemade pasta. Putting on a nice outfit and lighting some candles could also elevate the ambiance and add an extra element of romance to the evening.
Movie Night with Pinot Grigio
Picture this: buttery popcorn, your favorite candy, a glass of pinot grigio, fuzzy socks and a romantic movie marathon. You get to skip the fancy-schmancy dinner and cozy up on the couch with your special someone. It’s simple, yet celebratory and sweet.
Charcuterie Picnic with Cabernet Franc
Who doesn’t love a picnic date? You get to feel like the main characters in a romance movie while also indulging on snacks and sunshine. When it comes to selecting a wine, light- to medium-bodied red wines with firm structure, like Cabernet Franc, are always a safe choice for pairing with charcuterie boards.
If you want to take the date up a notch, you could also plan to check out the stars once the sun goes down. Admiring the night sky together is sure to bring out deep conversations and romance.
Baking with Bubbly
There’s nothing sweeter than celebrating Valentine’s Day with a delicious dose of dessert. It’s the perfect occasion to bust out the bubbly and do some festive baking. Sharing the kitchen is an easy way to bring you closer to your valentine and give you a sense of satisfaction once your creations are ready to eat.
Looking for some baking inspiration? An episode of The Great British Baking Show is sure to get you in the mood.
Yes, go ahead! You should definitely steal these ideas. Having a plan will make the night feel special, and you can bond with your partner over a glass of wine. Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds!