It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is a couple of weeks away. While I love the romance of this holiday, it is definitely not one of my favorite holidays. I always feel pressured to make sure the day is “ultra” romantic and full of hearts and flowers. In reality, I wish that every day was Valentine’s Day! So how do you make Valentine’s Day last?

Making a special Valentine’s Day gift last is key. Unfortunately, when it comes to wine, especially in our house, wine does not last that long – but the memory and the bottles do. So if you are looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift or idea, let me offer a few wine related suggestions.

If you have a special bottle of wine that the two of you like or just a special bottle you have been saving, this would be a great time to open it. Once you have finished it, keep the bottle but, be sure to write on the label that you opened it on Valentine’s Day 2009. After a couple of years you will have a great collection of memories from each year and you won’t have to worry about the wine going bad.

Another great wine gift is a wine journal. My husband gave me a bunch of oversized note cards one year in a 3 ring binder where we could write our own thoughts about each special wine. Then whenever I am looking for a great wine, I can flip through my journal and find a list of my favorite wines. All I have to do then is head to the store and purchase a bottle.

Finally, there is my favorite Valentine’s Day gift – chocolates and wine. Now, I know what you are saying, how do chocolate last? Well, chocolates definitely don’t last in my house, but chocolate molds do. A couple of years ago, I purchase a chocolate mold that make heart shaped cups. So around Valentine’s Day I try to make a few chocolate heart cups and pour my favorite wine or champagne in these little cups. It’s such a treat and a great new way to have some wine.

If you’re looking for a great dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day – we’re still accepting reservation for our dinner on February 14th! Check out our website or call for more details on this romantic evening. Wine, dinner and romance – what else could you ask for!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.