January 18, 2023 by Arden Montgomery

Best Wine for Romantic Dinners and Dates

You’ve got a hot date coming up, and you’re still working out one or two of the evening’s critical details. However you’re spending it, and whatever’s on the menu, no amorous dinner or experience would be complete without something delicious to drink. So if you’re still in the process of putting together your wine list, allow us to make a few lush suggestions. 

What makes a romantic wine?

It could be argued that all wine is romantic in one way or another. Wine is iconically associated with romantic candlelit dinners, completed with lots of eye-gazing and moody ambiance. The depth of sensuality and intrigue offered by really high-quality bottles somehow offers a feeling of amour and passion. 

There’s no one flavor profile among the various wine genres that stands out as more romantic than any other. The best wine for your romantic dinner, then, should be based largely on what you’re eating.

Really truly though, the most romantic wine is going to be the one that makes your tastebuds sing with pleasure; that one wine that just gives you and whomever you’re sharing it with that full-body “yum.”

So think about it: what’s your favorite wine? Or what’s your partner’s favorite wine, the one that’s going to elicit an ear-to-ear grin when you pull it out of the bag?

“You remembered my favorite!”

If you can’t think of one, Argaux’s here to help. In this article, we’ve listed some of our favorites from the collections – those bottles that make our hearts and our bellies say, “mm-mm-mm.” We hope you’ll love them, too.

Most romantic wines from the Argaux collection

  • 2018 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Mes Favorites’– $100

    The most striking thing about this Pinot Noir is how smooth and soft the palate is. This is a very approachable burgundy. It’s ready to drink now, but will continue to age beautifully over the next 10 years. Think notes of cranberry, morello cherries, cherry blossom, blueberry, vanilla, wild strawberries, mulberry, and forest floor.

  • 2019 Domaine Gallety ‘Côtes du Vivarais’ Rouge – $40

    This Southern Rhone stunner comes from Saint-Montan, halfway between Cornas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The wine is smoothe and velvety with just enough weight to warm you up on a cold night. Think notes of plums, black cherries, blueberries, olives, sweet spices, and dark chocolate.

  • NV Delavenne Père & Fils Brut Reserve Grand Cru Champagne (half-bottle) – $38

    What’s more romantic than a personal bottle of Champagne? This Grand Cru Champagne is very complex, deep, and strikes the perfect balance between ripe fruit and toasty, buttered brioche flavors. It is autolytic and well developed with a long, mineral-driven finish. Think white peach, apple, apricot, lemon blossom, and buttered brioche.

  • 2017 Domaine Rougeot Père et Fils Volnay-Santenots Premier Cru – $125
    A strong wine for strong love. Open her up now to enjoy a powerful punch of flavor and body, or tuck away in your cellars to open on your 10th, 20th, or 30th anniversary. It’s never too early to start planning your celebratory dinners. Jammy for all its fortitude, the Premier Cru Pinot will pair deliciously with BBQ, fish, carbs, or vegetables.
  • 2022 Cantine di Marzo Greco di Tufo – $30

    Looking for a unique white wine that can go the limits? Check out this Greco di Tufo from Cantine di Marzo. Produced from volcanic soils in Italy’s Campania region, this complex and textured wine is like drinking southern Italian history—and it’s a no brainer with pizza and antipasti alike. Think lemon rind, bergamot, dried Mediterranean herbs, and smoky minerality.

  • 2022 Rare North Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $28

    This is our new ‘gaux-to’ Pinot Noir that outperforms its price point. It’s bursting with flavor and has a velvety mouthfeel and great structure due to the 9 months spent on neutral oak. Think notes of candied violets, red berry fruit, blood orange, forest, and lightly-roasted espresso beans

  • 2021 Chateau Barbebelle Aix-en-Provence ‘Cuvée Madeleine’ Rosé – $25
    Bashfulness is an underrated emotion, and we hope your blush is well-matched by the color of this absolutely drinkable Rosé. She’s versatile, and can accompany you on a casual picnic date, a romantic lunch, or a take-it-to-the-next-level dinner. Like drinking perfume in all the right ways, this bottle lives up to its bouquet-evocative genre with notes of rose and geranium on the tongue. 

Other romantic wine offerings from Argaux that are perfect for a date night

We’ve got a few kits in our cellars sure to inspire a fun and gamified experience that won’t cut down on the amour. 

Our best selling Blind Tasting Kit challenges wine drinkers to engage all their senses in an educational game of viticultural sleuthing. Containing 2-4 bottles of mystery wine, as well as a comprehensive guide to wine tasting, this kit teaches you how to look at, inhale, and savor your vino like a pro so you can identify variety, region, and even year based on what you observe.

Or perhaps you want to go on a little trip from the comfort of your own home, check out our Destination Collection for a taste of California, France, or Italy! 


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