Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is not just for Bae

We’ve all been there, thought it was love at first sight instead it turned out to be another dry encounter. Does this mean we have to give up on love completely? Absolutely not.

The media has led us to believe that Valentine’s day is all about being boo’d up. To some extent it is. My theory is simple, if you can’t love the one you’re with, why not love wine instead?

Let me tell you a secret, I love Valentine’s Day. Some may say it’s a money making gimmick, others that “everyday should be Valentine’s Day”. Let’s get real shall we? Realistically we can’t celebrate the day of love daily but sometimes we do need a little reminder to spoil our loved ones.

Valentine’s day isn’t just for couples, it’s for everyone.

Listen up guys, Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to spoil the First Lady (mom and wife), your sister, your best girlfriend, your office Oprah. Ladies obviously this doesn’t exclude you, spoil your old man, you partner or your brother(s).  

It doesn’t have to end there but I hope you get the idea. We are humans who wish to be appreciated. There’s no better feeling than knowing you are loved and appreciated.

I’ve listed 14 wines that will make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Click on image should you wish to purchase any of these wines


Graham Beck Gorgeous

Graham Beck Gorgeous
Retail Price R149.00 at Makro.

This beautiful bottle is perfect for that new-found love or the feminine woman that loves pink. Gorgeous Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay is delicately pink with a beautiful fragrance.



Bloemcool Wine 2017 Groendruif

Bloemcool Wine 2017 Groendruif
Retail price R170.00 , available online at Fairview.

A refreshing white wine is the perfect way to show your surfer/ trail runner or cyclist boyfriend just how cool he is. This 100% Sémillon is perfect for him to enjoy on a hot Summer’s day.


Warwick Wines 2015 Three Cape Ladies
Retail price R189-00 at Cyber Cellar.

The ideal “Best Friends” wine. If you’re planning on having dinner with your girlfriends, this red blend pairing (39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc and 24% Merlot) will satisfy each palate.


Esona Frankly My Dear
Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir 

Esona Frankly My Dear
Retail price R75.00 at Esona Wines

Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir  – We’ve all heard this phrase from an aunt giving us unsolicited advice. A delightful wine with candies on the nose and a fresh palate will lighten up any conversation.


Deux Freres 2012 Liberte

Deux Freres 2012 Liberte
Retail price R150.00 at Deux Frere

Show your brother (s) a little appreciation with Deux Frere Liberte. A complex, big and bold wine that shows similar characteristics of our brothers.


Nederburg 2016 The Beautiful Lady

Nederburg 2016 The Beautiful Lady
Retail price R167.00 at Vinotique

When words fail, compliment Mom with a bottle of Gewurzt. The 100% Gewürztraminer is made from hand harvested grapes and has nuances of rose petals and Turkish delight with alluring sweet litchi.


Groote Post 2015 Old Man’s Blend

Groote Post 2015 Old Man’s Blend
Retail price R75.00 at Marko.

Show love to your Dad and/or Grandpa by getting him this easy drinking red blend. The wine pairs well with braaivleis and potjie. It’s even better for those times when he pretends to watch tv but is actually fast asleep.


Glenelly Lady May 2015

Glenelly Lady May 2015
Retail price R490.00 online at Glenelly

We can’t forget ‘Ouma” who is the matriarch of the family. She deserves nothing but the best and Lady May is the perfect wine for her. A vibrant wine that is complex yet extremely elegant with a great aging capacity.


Marras Swartland 2017 The Los Tros Chenin Blanc
Retail price R80.00 at Cyber Cellar.

This wine reminds me of a person that you don’t see or speak to often but when you reconnect you can pick up exactly where you left off.


Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block
Retail price R235 at Cyber Cellar

Who doesn’t love a block of chocolate? This wine is ideal for a mom with toddlers. You can go the extra mile and take the kids for an hour or two while she rewards herself.


Paul Cluver 2016 Dry Encounter Riesling

Paul Cluver 2016 Dry Encounter Riesling
Retail price R110.00 at Paul Cluver online

If you swiped right on Tindera and you’re looking to get out of a dry encounter, try sipping the Riesling while you think of a reason to tap out of your date. The palate is crisp and clean which is exactly what you’ll need.

Anthonij Rupert 2016 Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rose

Anthonij Rupert 2016 Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rose
Retail price R290 at Rupert Wines

This bottle is for the love of your life. Besides the eye-catching bottle, the Rose has an appealing pale pink blush colour which filters through to alluring aromas of peach blossom and honeydew melon. It perfectly fits the description of “summer in a glass”.


Ken Forrester 2015 Dirty Little Secret

Ken Forrester 2015 Dirty Little Secret
Retail price R1169,00 at Caroline’s Fine Wine

Is the romance new and you’re still wanting to keep it on the down low? Then KF 2015 Dirty Little Secret is the perfect gift. With minimal interference in the winemaking process. This is a natural wine in every sense of the word. Its unfiltered, unrefined and just a Dirty Little Secret – naturally!


Paserene Union 2016

Paserene Union 2016
Retail price R370 at CyberCellar

The perfect wine if you’re recently engaged or married. With red fruit and spice, fresh acidity and subtle tannins, Paserene Union is perfect wine for those milestones. The wine (like any relationship) may be discordant and tight however as time passes it becomes interesting and starts showing character. This bottle is in for the long haul.


Last but not least, Don’t forget the roses

Roodeberg Rose 2017  
Retail price R106 at

This attractive, deep salmon-pink rosé delights with subtle aromas of watermelon, litchi and strawberry, as well as hints of rose petals and Turkish delight

Cape Town Wine Co Rose
Retail price R55 at

The nose shows a delicate synergy between strawberry flavoured candy, ripe peaches, and subtle rose petal, with a playful palate showing elegant tones of vanilla, laced with candy floss and red liquorice.

Lozarn Wines Carmenere Rose
Retail price R110 at

Notes of cherries & strawberries. A wine for the setting of a summer sun; to be enjoyed with prosciutto, brie, tapas, and good company

There you have it, comment on this post if you found something for someone you love and I could pick you as my ValenWine

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  • Beverley Ann Swanepoel
    Posted at 08:14h, 05 February Reply

    Wow these are all such awesome wines ??

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