On Valentine’s Day, tell me, what’s the difference between, “You shouldn’t have” and “Whoah, Baby!” ?
Consider this: when offered the choice of a bottle of wine or a dozen roses, nine out of ten women (who are exactly like me and are possibly even my biological clones) are going to take the wine. So, why does a bottle of wine say, “I love you and/or think you’re hot” better than some tired, old-fashioned, marked-up flowers from the grocery store?
Wine ………………………………………………………..Meanwhile, roses
- Spent years maturing for this moment – Were hastily grown and cut last week
- Smells delicious, tastes even better – Faintly smell, taste awful
- Sets the mood, sparks conversation – Just sit there
- Attracts the senses – Attract bugs
- Opens with an exciting “pop!” - (…….Zzzzzzzzzz……)
- Has been known to make babies - Have been known to grow fungus
It’s taken dozens of years for America to learn that, sadly, roses don’t bring the party. But that doesn’t mean to say that the bouquet is dead – oh no, it’s about to be poured!
Here’s my new concept: a bouquet of wine (yes, pun intended). If nine out of ten women (i.e., me) love one bottle, imagine how much Valentine’s spirit three bottles could fetch. A true “Valentine’s wine bouquet” would include:
One bottle of sparkling white
One bottle of rosé
One bottle of red
Now, if that isn’t prettier than a bouquet of red vegetation, I don’t know what is. A special, romantic evening such as Valentine’s is worthy of a glass of each to pair with every course. Try an easy-to-find and easy-to-like Yellow Tail Bubbly to pair with your aperitif, like a light salad, ceviche, or a mild cheese. Follow with my highly-recommended Chateau Bonnet Rosé that is elegant and smooth, mildly sweet, deliciously fruity, and dreaming to be tasted with pasta and grilled vegetables. Valentine’s Day in my household wouldn’t be very special without filet mignon, and a sexy piece of steak like that deserves a velvety and seductive Beaujolais (merci, Georges DuBoeuf).
Isn’t it just coincidental that the colors are just right, too? Honestly, what would you rather have on your office desk today: flowers that scream, “I’m here by force” or a bouquet of three promising, budding wines waiting to blossom at your table later tonight? Moreover, which is going to make the passers-by in your office jealous?
That’s what I thought. Happy Valentine’s Day. Times three.