Wine & Romance: The Perfect Pairing For A Memorable Evening

Amber Dias digs into why a good bottle of wine is a go-to for turning on the romance

Few things rival the allure of a beautifully crafted bottle of wine. For centuries, wine has been intertwined with romance, its complex flavours and aromas enhancing intimate moments and creating unforgettable experiences.

Through The Ages

Wine and romance have shared a deep connection throughout history, dating back to ancient times. In Greek mythology, wine was often associated with Dionysus, the God of wine, fertility and ecstasy. The Romans, too, looked to wine as a symbol of love and pleasure. As wine production spread throughout Europe, particularly in regions like France and Italy, it became a staple at romantic gatherings and celebrations. In the courts of medieval kings and queens, wine was a symbol of luxury and sophistication, often served at elaborate feasts and banquets celebrating love and marriage.

Why Do People Fall In Love With Wine?

Some would say, it isn’t so much the concept of wine that connotes romance as it is the sensuality of the experience it offers. The sensuous shape of the bottle, the alluring hues of deep red, pale gold or dainty rose, the fruity aroma, accompanied by earthy, musky notes and the delightful burst of flavour, all come together to create an experience that enthralls and delights the senses. The very idea of it promises luxury, celebration and the opportunity to indulge – even if just for a few moments – in a fantasy. 

Wines To Fall In Love With…

Champagne Taittinger Nocturne Sec

This distinctively sweet sec champagne is a blend of five different crus. At first whiff it presents delightful aromas of white flowers, yellow peach and dried apricots. The palate is smooth and crisp and is rich in flavours of raisins and fruit syrup. The slow cellar aging produces a round, mellow and smooth champagne, best served with dessert. 

Approximately ₹7,380

Bottega Rosé Gold, Prosecco

This sparkling rosé offers the delightful aroma of flower blossoms, strawberries and raspberries and the distinguished flavour of red berries with a hint of floral notes. The grapes for this wine are handpicked and pressed immediately before being fermented via the Charmat method. It is a fine, well-balanced wine that beautifully accompanies a celebratory mood. 

Approximately ₹3,317

2019 Robert Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir will sweep you off your feet with fruity aroma with notes of cherry, red currants and violets. Its flavour has been described as nothing short of sexy, beginning with bright and intense red fruits that give way to mocha and spice. It is a treat for wine lovers with discerning taste. 

Approximately ₹2,155

Champagne Collet Brut Rosé

A winning selection if you’re in the mood to celebrate, this sparkling wine will enthrall you with aromas of rose and vanilla. Flavour-wise, it speaks of red fruits with a note of sweet pastry at the finish. Perhaps its best description yet is that just a sip will take you to your happy place. 

Approximately ₹5,140

2022 Grosset Springvale Riesling

This Australian specialty begins with an aroma of a freshly cut bouquet of roses. Although its flavors are bright and dominated by citrus, it still offers a soft and silky texture. It is a fun and relatively affordable option to lift your spirits and infuse a note of celebration into memorable moments. 

Approximately ₹4,146

Sullivan Rutherford Estate, 2019 Coeur de Vigne, Cabernet Sauvignon

Claiming to be the ideal wine to celebrate love, this wine presents a deep garnet hue and offers the rich aromas of blackberry and blueberry with notes of lavender and thyme. A dense wine, it is rich in flavours of coffee beans and spice with subtle undertones of oak that suggests it has been crafted to age gracefully. 

Approximately ₹9,618

Make A Toast

Wines offer a rich tapestry of flavours, aromas, and experiences that captivate the senses and stir the soul. From the sun-kissed vineyards of Tuscany to the lush valleys of Napa Valley, each bottle tells a story of passion, tradition and craftsmanship. Whether enjoyed in a cozy bistro with a loved one or savoured under the stars, they have a magical quality that transcends time and place, allowing all of us to enjoy our moments. 

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