By Emma L. Wells

While wine tasting at a vineyard is an excellent and romantic weekend date idea, it can also be costly and hard to arrange if you don’t live near a winery and don’t have the savings for a trip. You don’t need to head to Napa to enjoy a romantic and fun night with your beau though!

Let the Wine and Conversation Flow on This Weekend Date Idea

Wine tasting can actually be an easy and cheap date idea to help grow your relationship and love. Try visiting different restaurants and bars in your area. At each location, ask for a glass of your server’s favorite wine. If you want to stick within a certain price point or have a preference of red versus white, it’s totally acceptable to share when you order. Just say something like, “We’d really like to try a glass of your favorite white wine, preferably in the 10-20 dollar range.”

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Ask your server why this particular wine is their favorite or where the grapes were grown; that way, you can learn a little bit about each wine you taste. Test your palate and see if you can taste what they’re talking about. You might even consider bringing along a wine tasting guide. A simple Google search will bring up many options to get you started and help you teach yourselves as you go along. Take notes on your phone to help you remember what wines you liked best (either the name of the wine or even just the region of the vineyard).

This date idea can be as flexible or planned as you want. You may prefer to scope out restaurants or bars ahead of time and make an itinerary for the evening. If you want to be a bit more spontaneous, just pick a starting point, enjoy your first glass of wine, and then stroll around the block until you find your next spot.

To make the most of this dating advice, think about heading out earlier in the evening so you snag the happy hour deals. After a few stops, find a good spot for a nice dinner. Consider switching it up by ordering your favorite wine for your partner to try. If they don’t like it, you know it won’t go to waste!

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Making this weekend date idea a success is easy; just be open to trying new things and having fun. As the wine flows, so will the conversation. Location hopping will help you get to know your hometown better, and you may even find a new favorite place to hangout.

Tell us about your favorite wine tasting adventure with your partner!