February 12, 2010 2 Comments
The Valentine’s Day “Secret Weapon” Wine
My favorite wine for “romance” is Brachetto d’Acqui…use any brand you like but the absolute romantic-est is Rosa Regale by Banfi Vintners. Just look at it…the bottle is elegantly shaped, the clear glass means you can see the beautiful clear garnet-red color of the wine, and as if that weren’t enough to make it just sing “Valentine!” the black and gold label has a picture of a red rose!
This is the “everybody loves it” wine of your dreams. From Piedmont, Italy; and grown in the company of some mighty heavy hitters, Brachetto is the wine to bring on a date. Trust me on this one.
This wine has all the ingredients you need in a romantic wine …it’s pinkish-red, bubbly, lightly sweet, a perfect match for chocolate and low in alcohol. Wink, wink, that low in alcohol bit will come in handy in case the date is, shall we say, a “success.” As if that weren’t enough, the slight sweetness in this wine and the raspberry-strawberry flavors make it a perfect match for milk-chocolate dipped strawberries…imagine the possibilities.
The aromas of this wine are easily recognizable and always consistent: The first to hit are raspberry and strawberry, followed immediately (sniff above the rim of the glass) by a strong scent of rose perfume. I have been known to describe this aroma as ’a haunting memory of roses,’ ‘dried roses,’ ‘rose potpourri,’ or ‘wedding bouquet.’
I tell my male students that this wine can be the center of a picture-perfect seduction – the Valentine’s Day Secret Weapon – if they will just do this: First, make some hand-dipped milk-chocolate strawberries. Put them in a pretty box and show up for your date with the strawberries and a bottle of Brachetto. After your gal opens the door, say, “Hey baby, I’ve got the bubbly and the chocolate strawberries … everything you wanted for Valentine’s Day.” If your gal is anything like me, she’ll put her hands on her hips and say, “Where are my roses???” to which you reply, “In the bottle, baby … in the bottle.”
After she lets you proceed to demonstrate the roses in the wine aromas, the rest is up to you!”
Happy Valentine’s Day to All – and hey, if you are “in-between lovers” – a.k.a single – this year…buy yourself a bottle of Brachetto d’Acqui, and repeat after me, “who cares!”