The Perfect Wine for That Valentine’s Day Bouquet

romantic dinnerThe average amount spent on Valentine’s Day in 2014, according to the National Retail Federation, was $134.

Two reminders:

  1. Valentine’s Day 2015 is this coming Saturday.
  1. Don’t forget the wine!

If you’re serious about your significant other — really serious — you should have a pretty good idea about their favorite kind of flower.

Anyone can buy a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day and be off the hook, but you can score major romance points by tailoring the floral gift to the recipient on the most romantic of Hallmark holidays.

According to data compiled by the Society of American Florists, the most popular Valentine’s Day floral gift is red roses. The second most popular is a mixed bouquet, followed by other colors of roses.

For a truly stylish Valentine’s Day gift, consider giving not only flowers, but also wine. And to show you’ve really put some thought into it, select complementary flowers and wines.

Many wines include a floral note in their aroma spectrum. To help you with your shopping, here’s a list of popular flower types, along with the wine types that often have a similar aroma:

Rose — Gamay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Gewurztraminer.

Geranium — Gewurztraminer, Moscato, Torrontes, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Citrus — Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

White Flowers (such as Lily) — Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Torrontes.

Violet — Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre.

Lavender — Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.

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