Valentine’s Day is here and if were hoping for a scented rose on your pillow and it’s not there – hold on. The real surprise could be in your glass tonight. While not all of us are expecting to find a diamond at the bottom of our Champagne flute on a white-clothed, silver-wared table on the beach, the true measure of a romantic evening together will be what you drink to celebrate. It’s not just the luscious, sensual feelings evoked by a red wine or the thrill of ice cold bubbly on your tongue. There’s something about the act of sharing a bottle of wine with someone that makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day. You could share a beer or you can have the same cocktails before the meal, but during a meal or even long after dinner and dessert have concluded, a bottle of wine unites two people in a special way. Because of this, you want a wine that matches the situation and this can be an anxiety-ridden choice if you don’t want February 15 to be rotten day, When choosing the right wine for the occasion, remember it’s not all about you. If you are a lover of big Shiraz from the hottest vineyard in the world, it’s possible whoever you are trying to impress is not similarly inclined. If this is not your first date, then can you remember what they were drinking when you first met them? . If it’s a first date or they were sitting in Psyche class with you at 10am, you will have to make an intuitive guess. Yes – intuition. It’s going to be your friend from this day forward and not just when making wine choices. Be considerate and try the middle of the road. Champagne or sparkling wine never fails to impress. Younger women prefer sweeter styles of sparkling wines, like a good quality Italian Moscato d’ Asti. Australian sparkling wines, made in the Champagne style, are not as expensive and just as impressive. Pinot noir is a perfectly romantic choice so long as it is quite fruity. And whatever you do, don’t go for high alcohol wines in the belief it will make the evening better. Neither of you want to regret this special date the next morning. .