Date Night … The Taste of Romance

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When it comes to “date nights,” we think we’ve got the bases covered. One has the perspective of decades of marital bliss. The other, has had her share of miserable dates. We’ve come to one conclusion: sharing a special beverage contributes mightily to the success of the date.

Several years ago on our radio show we interviewed a Napa winery owner whose first Cabernet Sauvignon had just been released. The name of it was Date Night. When we tasted it back then, we were euphoric. Yes, it was that special.

A few years later we had the special treat to meet Date Night Wines owner, Suzanne Phifer Pavitt, for a wine dinner in Nashville. That evening we got to experience her 2008 Cab and also the new Sauvignon Blanc. Once again, the Cab was ethereal. And the Sauvignon Blanc – reminiscent of a French Sancerre – was an equal match.

Date Night wines are small production wines. The best way to buy them is at the winery’s website

Champagne is the ultimate romance beverage – limited by most people to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. We say, why not splurge a little to put some effervescence into a non-holiday date night! When the two of us tasted Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé for the first time in a New York restaurant, we knew we had discovered a bubbly for the ages. It’s bone dry and has just a hint of pink.

Some relationships are intense and demand an equally intense beverage. (Or sometimes a serious date night discussion deserves a serious nightcap.) Courvoisier fits the bill. This classic cognac brand has a number of different lines – including “Napoleon” whose dramatic love affair with Josephine is part of history.

None of our recommendations for liquid romance is cheap. We just happen to think that their hefty prices are well worth it. What great date night isn’t?



Barbara and Beverly