By Jeff Jamieson
CALGARY — Valentine’s Day can be pretty stressful. As I child in grade school I believed this holiday was about destroying young people’s psyches by forcing them to reveal their crushes publically, thus quelling their burgeoning sexual desires under a mountain of humiliation. Now that I’m older I realize that the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is showing special someone that you love them by taking them to a nice restaurant to watch some other couple have a very loud, very public meltdown. What better way to say, “Thank God we aren’t them!”
The stress of Valentine’s should not cross over into your gift purchase, however. For centuries, smart valentinos and valentinas have known that wine is the ultimate gift for the feast of this saint. It gives the evening everything it requires. Wine helps you to let your guard down as well as ramp your desires up. It also has the agreeable trait of being something that almost everyone loves, so don’t fret, wine is here to make your Valentine’s Day stress free, so you can focus on the romance.
If your valentine is someone new to your life you are going to need a wine that says, “I am not sure if I like you yet. I’ll let you know after I see you drunk.” There are plenty of fantastic wines out there in this price point. Some of my personal favorites are LAN from the Spanish region of Rioja or the Baron Von Nemesis “Zontes Footsteps,” a great Shiraz from Australia. The important thing here is to not put too much pressure on the evening. Just have a casual glass. If you show up a little too plonk, the date is over before it started. And bringing that bottle of Dom Perignon you had kicking around is only going to lead to the expectation that there will be more Dom in the future. Don’t blow your wad right out of the gate. Be smart.
Perhaps your valentine is the love of your life! This means that you must put a little more thought into your purchase. You know this person better than anyone else on the planet so go and spend some money on a bottle they will love. I would recommend finding something that is in that price point that you don’t normally venture into. A great bottle of champagne for around $50 like Montaudon Champagne or a Napa Cab from that vineyard you visited on your honeymoon. Be romantic! If you have succeeded, your valentine will let you know in that very special way that only long term couples can… by having “eyes-closed” missionary sex after a Netfilx marathon. Love is in the air!
This year, if your valentine is yourself, CONGRATULATIONS! You are going to have a stress-free Valentine’s Day! Plus, you are guaranteed to get lucky because no one else quite knows how to do that thing you like. Forget the wine. Wine is a social drink. Grab a four-pack of Evil Twin Brewing “I Love You With My Stout” and crush some dark beer with yourself… you deserve it!!AB, Alberta, beer, food and drink, Valentine's Day, Valentine's gift ideas, wine