February 15th Is Singles Awareness Day!
Yes, that’s really a thing. Ugh. As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t enough to draw attention to our loneliness, now there’s another “holiday” to remind us of our non-coupleness.
For those of us who are romantically challenged, choosing the right wine is an important part of a single person’s life. It’s okay… I’m here to help you. Unfortunately, I can’t help you pick the right date – you’re on your own for that – but I can ease your mind when it comes to pairing wines for the right mood, occasion or maybe even the right person. Now go put on your party dress and let’s celebrate! Okay okay. Don’t. Go put on your pj’s, grab a bottle of wine and let’s watch reruns of The Golden Girls (thanks, Amazon Prime).
It’s Your Party. Go Ahead, Cry if You Want To
Let’s face it. Breakups are never easy, no matter what the situation is or who made the decision. Breaking up is hard to do. Neil Sedaka even wrote a catchy little ditty about it (thanks, Mom). It’s very important to make sure you’re ready for anything as you pick up the pieces and move forward. If I was you (and, well… I am) I would grab a box of tissues, throw on The Notebook, and make some sweet & salty kettle corn popcorn. Now open a magnum of Champagne. My recommendation: Champagne Dumangin Cuvée 17. Unlike you and your last partner, these two belong together.
Think Outside the Box
When it comes to both dating and wine, it’s easy to stick with what you know. Some of you even go back again and again to whatever feels familiar, long after you’ve walked away. You really shouldn’t do that in your dating life, and you sure as h–e–double-hockey-sticks better not do that with wine! There are literally THOUSANDS of options out there for you to try and they are all pleading with you to get out of your comfort zone and take a chance on something new. We tend to go back to the same handful of wines when we browse the shelves while rejecting other fabulous recommendations. Maybe the label isn’t your style. Maybe you’ve never heard of that grape. Maybe it’s from a country you’ve never been to. Try it anyway! You just might fall in love with an unusual – and perfect – addition to your collection. I highly recommend a bold Italian that will make your mouth water. Here’s one: Titolo Aglianico del Vulture 2015.
Time to Celebrate Your Single Status
Picture this: you’re having a party with the people closest to you. Your bestie, your sister, the weird dude who lives in the basement, the clerk at your local liquor store… whoever it is, I’m not gonna judge you. You’re all gathered and the party theme is “Congratulations, you didn’t marry the wrong person!” What’s the best wine for this happy occasion, you ask? Bubbles! There’s always an occasion for good bubbly. Celebrate being single with this KWM exclusive bottle of Andreola Bolle Vino Spumante. This style of sparkling wine is light and lively – which is exactly how you should feel knowing you didn’t settle for someone who wasn’t any good for you.
Single Status Therapy
Besides that fabulous pair of shoes, you recently purchased thanks to retail therapy, what goes with absolutely everything? Rosé! It’s always the right wine for every mood and any food. Feeling cheery? Rosé pairs with happiness. Feeling down? Your tears don’t stand a chance when you drink pink. Having grilled salmon? Pair it with Rosé. Drowning in a sea of McCain Deep & Delicious Chocolate Cake straight out of the pan? No judgement, just do it with Rosé. A pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia while watching re-runs of Sex and the City? Sounds like the perfect date night with yourself! Try my favourite winter Rosé: Averill Creek Joue Rosé from Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island. Show us this article at checkout for 15% off the regular price of any in stock Averill Creek wine!
The Perfect Pairing
Okay, it’s time to get serious. Your new love interest invited you over for dinner. You offer to bring wine because you’ve got a Somm in your pocket (me). Now, don’t go asking me for advice about the date – I can barely put on my own oxygen mask before I try to help you with yours. Rest easy little love bug, Kensington Wine Market wine team will always be here for you to lend a helping hand when it comes to pairing with wine. It doesn’t matter whether you’re being treated to a Tenderloin or Chicken Nuggies, KWM can alleviate the stress of finding the perfect match. If you’re trying to impress, I open a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with that juicy piece of meat. If you’re concerned about your budget, there’s a wine for that, too. Try the Siegel Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile for fast food or a fast talker. It’s perfect when you want quality wine but you just don’t care enough to spend a lot.
Final Words of Wisdom from a Single Somm
This single gal has a few final words of wisdom for you: celebrate your single status! There are so many options for an independent person, you never need to settle for anything other than exactly what you want. Not sure what you want? I hear ya! Grab a bottle of Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon.