Wine or Roses for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day. While flowers are never a bad option, wine and wine-related gifts can be even more romantic and put a real exclamation point on your affection.
The challenge is finding the right bottle of wine for that special person in your life. With that in mind, here is my list of romantic favorites that should please your Valentine. (And, just because it's "pink" doesn't mean white Zinfandel is the answer!)
White Can Be Right
To choose the right wine for a romantic gift you need to know something about the tastes of your mate. For those who favor white wine, consider a nice Chardonnay or even Sauvignon Blanc.The Chardonnay is a more complex wine with hints of butter and oak. Great Chardonnays are very drinkable but also seem a bit heavy for more social wine drinkers. That said, Chardonnays are a great pick for the more seasoned white wine lover. My tastes take me right to the top of the list and the Far Niente Chardonnay. Probably $45 to $60 at your local wine store, Napa's Far Niente crafts a very smooth yet complex Chardonnay. From the initial taste to the finish on the palate, the buttery nature of this exceptional Chardonnay is very noticeable but not overwhelming. The great characteristic of the Far Niente Chardonnay is its subtleties. While the buttery overtones are clear, they are not intrusive. And, the hint of oak is distinct but not overwhelming like so many of today's less complex Chardonnays. In addition, you get a great label and bottle that tells a story. One of the hallmarks of my wine gifting is including a brief description of the vineyard from which it came. Now, I'm not suggesting touting the Wine Spectator or Parker score of a particular wine (that's a bit snobbish for me) but, rather, a bit of history of the winery or the winemaking process of the gift. Most of the time, it's as easy as finding a winery's Web site.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV