VDay minus four days

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The stereotypical Valentine’s Day gifts are flowers and chocolates. Scarily, those are also the stereotypical gifts of Mother’s Day. (Try not to think about that too much.)

Chocolates, especially ones made locally like Andre’s, Annedore’s, Elbow Chocolates or Panache, are great and flowers are good too I guess. But if you’re only buying chocolates and flowers you’re missing out on the great opportunity that is champagne.

Yes, it is customary to get a glass of bubbly at dinner — but that isn’t where champagne works best on Valentine’s. Champagne and chocolates work best after dinner, when you’re at home. Not only does champagne taste great with chocolate but it’s the ultimate aphrodisiac. It’s much easier to down a bottle of champagne quickly than it is a regular bottle of wine — and it’s easy to pick a good champagne too.

At New Year’s I wrote about the different types of champagne. Now it’s time to remember them.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink