Whether you’ll be hanging out with your sweetie pie, friends or family this Valentine’s Day, chances are you’ll raise your glass to love. We have zoned in on 3 ways to organise the ultimate wine date to celebrate the day of love.
Wine Date 1: Picnic
A picnic is a great excuse to crack open a bottle of vino. Packaging your wine date as a picnic gives you and your date the opportunity to explore the surrounds of the location you choose. This takes the pressure off from sitting across from each other at a restaurant table.
A great place for a wine picnic is a botanical garden, like the one in Kirstenbosch. Their lush, versatile gardens provide a variety of backdrops for romantic and platonic relationships to create special moments. Visitors can pitch up with their loot of food and drink and laze the day away in the shade.
Cybercellar’s Picnic Wine Suggestion: Hermanuspietersfontein Bloos 2018
Wine Date 2: Date Night In
A date night in should be all about comfort. So this one is perfect for a long term couple or a bunch of girlfriends who haven’t seen each other in forever.
Make an ‘All Comfort’ rule this Valentine’s Day. Order Chinese food and pair it up with its best friend, Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc loves sweet and sour food, which makes it the perfect pairing for Asian cuisine. A Valentine’s Wine Date In will save you money and allow you to enjoy the company of your date right from the comfort of your couch or kitchen.
Cybercellar’s Date Night In Wine Suggestion: Villiera Chenin Blanc 2017
Wine Date 3: The Classic Dinner Date
Ah, the classic dinner date. A chance to impress your date with your range of interests and your taste in wine shared across the dinner table at a romantic restaurant. Many wine lovers that have been around the proverbial vineyard block may find that restaurants with even the best of intentions sometimes have a lacking wine offering. Or maybe you’re sure that you’ve found the perfect bottle to knock the socks off your date.
If this is you, take that special bottle along! No need to feel bad, the corkage fee will cover the markup that is usually worked into the price of the wine at the restaurant. Being so bold as to take your own bottle of wine to the restaurant will also act as a great conversation starter. So be ready to explain to your accomplice for the evening just why you chose the specific bottle of red.
Cybercellar’s Romantic Red Wine Suggestion: Survivor Wines Off-Spring Red 2015