Most of us are familiar with the standard Valentine’s Days drill: wine, chocolate, flowers. But what if the holiday is starting to feel very “been there, done that”? To spice things up, we’ve planned for you the ultimate Valentine’s Day with help from a few must-have products.
Of course, Wine Enthusiast’s version of an over-the-top V-Day involves wine, whiskey and anything else you can sensuously sip. That’s why our how-to guide is packed with everything from the perfect mood-setting serving ware to a plush, wine-themed robe. Snag a couple of the items below for your sweetheart—or, if you’re feeling it, for yourself.
But planning a swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day celebration is about more than buying stuff. It requires considering the objective of a specific goodie. Are you trying to set the mood? Dress up an intimate dinner spread? Bring a party on the road for an al fresco moment? We’re here to help you answer those questions and more.
Step 1: Set the Mood
Hand-Painted Wine Bottle Lanterns
Nothing says romance quite like a little mood lighting. We dig these hand-painted glass lanterns, which each boast a unique mosaic pattern. They’re illuminated with LED fairy lights and are lovely whether hung aloft, arranged on a tabletop or set on the floor.
Step 2: Plan Your Dinnerscape
Marble and Solid Acacia Wood All-In-One Lazy Susan Cheese Board
It’s hard to pluck heartstrings on an empty stomach. This acacia wood lazy Susan-style serving board, which comes with a removable marble insert, is the ideal canvas for a charcuterie board for two.
Personalized Reclaimed Barrel Whiskey Flight Set
Does your beloved love whiskey? Hold onto them—you’ve got a good one! Show your appreciation with a curated whiskey flight, served with this whiskey flight set made with wood from authentic bourbon barrels. For help selecting sips, consult our lists of the best American whiskey and the best bourbon for sipping.
ZENOLOGY SOMM Universal Handblown Wine Glass (Set of 2)
If wine is more your love language, don’t be caught swilling vino from any ordinary cup. Level up with these handblown wine glasses, which feature an exquisite flared design that makes it suitable for any wine style. Still mulling which bottle to snag? Check out our list of the 100 best wines of 2022.
Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven
A person’s attractiveness is multiplied many times over if they can cook. (Hey, we don’t make the rules!) Put your skills on display with this backyard pizza oven, which has both wood-burning or propane-powered modes. From there, all that’s left to figure out is your ‘za recipe—we recommend crispy Detroit-style pepperoni pizza or simple pizza Napoletana—and the just-right pizza-and-wine pairings.
Step 3: Take the Show On the Road
Genuine Buffalo Leather 6-Bottle Weekender Wine Bag
Take your best bottles on your romantic getaway with this luxe Buffalo leather bag, which comfortably holds six wine bottles of various sizes, plus waiter’s corkscrew, aerator and an additional single bottle carrier. The liner is removeable, too, which means you can use this bag for more than wine. For special bottles worthy of taking on a journey, check out our rundown of wine vintages that hit their peak in 2023.
Leather Cigar Travel Case with Flask
Pep up your al fresco picnic set up with this leather-bound cigar travel case, which holds up to five cigars, a humidor sponge and pockets for cigar cutter and lighter. It also comes with a handy 6-ounce hip flask, just waiting to be filled with some top-rated single-malt Scotch.
Step 4: Break Out the Gifts
‘Cheers To The Sweet Life’ Necklace
Don’t go into Valentine’s Day empty-handed. Gift your sweetie this “Cheers to the Sweet Life” necklace, which features an engraved gold charm and comes in gift-ready packaging.
Personalized Reclaimed Wine Barrel Cufflinks
These cufflinks, made from reclaimed wine barrels, come in a set of two and can be personalized with a single initial—perfect for your evening wear-loving sweetheart.
“Time to Wine Down” Plush Robe and Socks Set
At the end of a successful Valentine’s Day, what better way to chill out than with this cozy black robe with a shawl-style collar. Our advice? Order two and “wine down” in style together.