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