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The only plans worth keeping on Feb. 14 are with yourself and a great wine.

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 10:00am ET

By Emma Balter

Feb. 14 is a great day. It's still chilly, but nearing the end of winter. It's just before Presidents' Day, a long weekend for many. This year it's on a Wednesday, which means you'll be more than halfway through the week! Feb. 14 is just an all-around great day, when nothing much important is happening, and you can enjoy some quiet time on your own, with yourself, at home. If you think you might want some wine with that, I have recommendations for you.

Low-alcohol wines. Sometimes you want to open a great bottle of wine, but there's no one around to enjoy it with you. That's OK! There are plenty of wines that clock in around or below 10 percent alcohol by volume, so you can happily indulge without the consequences that can come from being tipsy and having no one around to give you a second opinion. Kabinett Riesling from Germany is my go-to, as the alcohol levels can sometimes be as low as 8 percent. For some pick-me-up bubbles, try a Moscato d'Asti, the lightly sweet and effervescent wine from Piedmont in Italy, which hovers around 5 to 6 percent alcohol.

Canned wines. If what you really need this Feb. 14 is portion control, try wine in a can. The category has been gaining in popularity and quality, with red, white, rosé and sparkling alike being canned in a solo-friendly receptacle. No need to wait for anyone to come home, just grab a can from the fridge and pop one open!

Single-vineyard wines. If you prefer the optics of a traditional full bottle, consider single-vineyard cuvées. These wines are made from grapes sourced from just one specific vineyard. The single vineyard is special and unique, and shines on its own without help from other vineyards, thank you very much. One to try: Domaine du Closel Savennières Clos du Papillon 2015, from the Loire Valley.

Splurge wines. This Feb. 14, treat yourself. It's not like you need to, say, buy a gift for anyone, or pay for a nice meal. It's just Feb. 14. Take advantage of the saved dollars and buy yourself a really nice wine to celebrate this lovely day—no reason needed. Pick up a bottle of blue-chip California Cabernet, a top-notch Burgundy or Bordeaux, or anything that'll make you happy. You deserve it.

Pick-a-theme wines. It's fun to make wine choices around a specific theme, whatever it may be. Is there something that you particularly associate with Feb. 14? Anything at all? Make a wine theme of it! Off the top of my head, you could drink Beaujolais reds from the cru St.-Amour. Or you could go for something Australian: Mollydooker's Carnival of Love, a charming Shiraz from Mclaren Vale, or the Two Hands Sexy Beast, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the same appellation. And since you're staying at home this Feb. 14, stick to home with your wine selection too, maybe with a domestic red, say, from Washington's No Girls winery. No reason.

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Adam Lee
Sonoma County, CA —  February 19, 2018 8:51am ET
I personally love twist-off wines when drinking alone. I feel like I am able to seal them off and I can drink as little (or as much) as I want and still have very good wine to finish off the next day.

Adam Lee
Clarice Wine Company & Siduri Wines

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