Sipping Romance: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

With one month of 2024 already in the books and the calendar flipped to February, Valentine’s Day–the celebration of love and affection–is just around the corner. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or a cozy evening at home, there’s no denying that wine can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the occasion. Let’s explore a few fun and creative ideas for incorporating wine into your Valentine’s Day festivities, and how to make the most of this special day with your loved one. 

  1. Perfect Pairings:
    • Sparkling Romance: Start the evening with a bottle of sparkling wine. This effervescent delight adds a sense of celebration to any occasion. Tip: Try pairing the Sparkling Viognier from October One Vineyard with oysters, strawberries, or soft cheeses—an instant classic and a decadent combination.
  • Red Passion: Red wine is often associated with romance, and rightfully so. A rich and full-bodied red, like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or even a Cabernet Franc, will pair well with heartier dishes such as steak, lamb or pasta in a rich tomato sauce. Tip: Be sure to check out all three of these varietals brand new vintages when visiting the October One Vineyard Tasting Shop.
  • White Elegance: If you’re planning a seafood or poultry-based meal, consider a crisp and refreshing white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Tip: Try either the steel or barrel-aged Viognier from October One Vineyard as other amazing options. These wines compliment lighter fare and add a touch of elegance to the table. 
  1. Wine and Dine at Home:
  • DIY Wine Tasting: Create a mini wine tasting experience at home. Tip: Select a variety of wines from October One Vineyard: reds, whites, and maybe a Rosé (the saignee style has been a crowd pleaser)—and taste with your special someone. Share your thoughts on each wine with each other and discover new favorites.
  • Wine and Chocolate Pairing: Combine two of life’s greatest pleasures by pairing different chocolates with various wines. Dark chocolate with a robust red wine or a sweet dessert wine can be a match made in heaven! Tip: Be sure to visit the October One Vineyard Tasting Shop February 14-17 to enjoy wine flights paired with a beautiful variety of local bon bons from “The Conche” in Leesburg.
  • Cooking Together: Plan a romantic evening of cooking together. Choose a recipe that incorporates wine into the dish, like a red wine reduction sauce for steak, or white wine-infused seafood pasta. It’s a fun and interactive way to bond over shared culinary experiences. Tip: Be sure to pick up your copy of the Food and Wine Pairing Cookbook, available exclusively at the October One Vineyard Tasting Shop. A collaboration between local author Harry Price, a sommelier, and a chef, the recipes beautifully compliment October One varietals. Look for these recipes on O1V’s social media, shared by Marketing Manager Jorden Humphreys.
  1. Personalized Wine Gifts:
  • Customized labels: Surprise your loved one with a bottle of their favorite wine featuring a personalized label. It could be a special message, a significant date, or even a picture that holds sentimental value.
  • Wine Subscription: Consider gifting a wine subscription that delivers handpicked bottles to your doorstep. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, allowing you and your loved one to explore new and exciting wines together throughout the year.
  • Wine and Dine Experience: Plan a future wine and dine experience at a local vineyard or winery. Tip: In addition to the amazing flights offered at October One Vineyard, many establishments in Loudoun offer tours and gourmet meals, providing a unique and memorable way to celebrate your love.

This Valentine’s Day, let the sweet (or dry!) notes of wine enhance the romantic symphony you share with your special someone. Whether you’re indulging in a candlelit dinner at home or exploring new wines together, the magic of Valentine’s Day combined with the allure of wine creates an unforgettable experience. Cheers to love, romance and the perfect pour!