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8 Ways to Seduce With Wine This Valentine’s Day


NEW YORK, NY -- Jan. 19, 2005 -- If you aim to make pulses race this Valentine’s Day, head straight for one of these savvy strategies, derived from the award-winning Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin Books):

1) Rose (pink) Champagne: Its color blushes with excitement, its bubbles tickle the palate, and its price -- high because of its scarcity -- says that you care enough to pour the best. Try Veuve Clicquot, Billecart-Salmon, or Laurent-Perrier.

2) Red Burgundy: If chosen carefully, a bottle from the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musginy (especially the perfectly-named “Les Amoureuses”) or Volnay can coat your tongue with more velvet than the walls of Mae West’s bedroom.

3) Chateau Calon-Segur: Tailor-made for seduction, this red Bordeaux features a lover’s heart -- fat and curvy like a child’s drawing -- smack in the center of its label.

4) St. Amour or Fleurie: These well-named Beaujolais wines are also well-priced, at under $15 a bottle, and they are irresistibly light and fruity. Go for Duboeuf, Drouhin, or Jadot.

5) Shellfish with Rich White Wine: Whether it’s lobster with Meursault or crab-stuffed avocado with California Chardonnay, this creamy pairing has a long history of making lovers reach for the “Do Not Disturb” sign.

6) Prozac-co Smoothie: Mix Prosecco (the Italian bubbly, try the Zardetto), vodka, and lemon sorbet together in a blender, serve in a champagne flute, top with fresh mint.

7) Chaucer’s Choice: Gently simmer a light red wine with a small amount of honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon (based on the medieval spiced wine called hippocras).

8) Cleopatra’s Bliss: Drink a cold glass of late-harvest dessert wine in a hot bath of powdered milk.

Winner of the 2004 Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year, Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine may be sampled by visiting

Author Mark Oldman will be hosting “Seduction By Wine: A Pre V-Day Primer” on February 2nd at Evviva! restaurant in Manhattan. For details, please see:


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