February 11th, 2010 15:18 EST
Wine,Don't Whine This Valentine's Day! The Medium "IS" The Massage!
The idea of wine is essentially romantic for many of us. Personally when I think of wine and romance, the first thought that comes to mind is that Cleopatra seduced Mark Anthony on the Nile with this ancient wine that can still be found today. There`s no doubt that wine is romantic, it`s the drink of choice at proposals dinners in every chick flick ever created. So for the most romantic day of the year wine should be present, but it`s not just the drink that can spice up your special couples day.
As I`ve late, I`ve become a fan of USA`s White Collar. Aside from the main plot of the series, in the pilot the main character "Neal Caffrey" escapes prison just months before finishing out a four-year sentence. He is searching for his wife that apparently is leaving him. What he finds in her place is an empty bottle of wine.
It is explained that the empty bottle was a symbol of their relationship, it was a fancy bottle refilled with cheaper wine as a sign that they knew things would one day get better. Neal spends the better part of the first few episodes trying to figure out what hidden messages the bottle might hold for him. Being a hopeless romantic, I loved this idea and this story so much it got me thinking.
Valentine`s Day can be an expensive holiday, but you don`t need to spend tons of money to be romantic. Also you don`t need to just be romantic one day a year, but one soapbox at a time. Currently I have an empty bottle of 2008 Monterey Chardonnay and a full bottle of 2006 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.
Both wines are featured at Coastal Vineyards, specifically chosen from the California region and emphasis boutique and special qualities not often found at your local market. This already puts me a step ahead of the game; the wines themselves are special and not found in everyday markets.
The empty bottle can be used to leave a message in a bottle, a clue for your significant other. Taking a book out of Neal`s book, maybe it can be a wine from Santa Barbara region like many of the Coastal Vineyards Wine Club wines tend to be because that`s where you met, or a place you both love to go? Write right on the label or stick a rolled up note into the empty bottle itself. Or use the empty bottle as a vase for a single red rose, no matter how romantic a dozen are a single rose is always somewhat more romantic.
Leave the bottle in an obvious place, the dining room table or the bar? Or put it on a tray with breakfast in bed before you leave for work. Either way the message might be a delightful surprise. Now personally, I would use my full bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with the romantic dinner.
Cabernet is often described as the king of wines and considered to be a great pairing for meats and cheeses. This leaves many options from comfort foods like four cheese macaroni to a grilled steak.
The meal and the personal note would all depend on personal preferences but romance can come in all sorts of packages. This year might be a great year to venture into the realm of classic with a twist, wine and empty wine bottles make a great way to set up a memorable evening.
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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak "Bacon is Meat Candy" Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock