The Best Red Wines For A Perfect Date Night

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It’s date night, and you want to impress that special someone with a perfect bottle of romantic red wine. Choosing the right wine for your dinner date can be a daunting task, especially when the stakes are high.



Do you go with something bold and romantic, like a Cabernet Sauvignon to pair perfectly with a tender roast and or meaty pizza? Or is maybe that is a bit too acidic… How about a Merlot to smooth things over? A great opener for the night, to be sure! But, then again, maybe it won’t be strong enough to compete with the spicy stir fry you had planned. Decisions… decisions…



Well, have no fear! We have put together a list of our top 3 favourite red wines that will be sure to dazzle your date and seal the deal for your next date night.


3. Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo


Origin: Australia

Alcohol: 12%


This wine is an instant classic; from the first sip, you can tell that this is something special. The Jammy Red is made by renowned Australian wine masters at Yellow Tail.


Based in South-East Australia, one of the best locations for superb grape cultivars, this wine is crafted with love and care and fusing variants of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz primarily.


It provides the perfect balance of boldly trusted flavours with adventurous twists that make it both unique and familiar at the same time.

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Colours and Aroma
As the name suggests, this wine boasts a deep ruby-red colour with a tinge of violet from the Shiraz. On the nose, there are vibrant notes of strawberries and vanilla, complemented by a sweetness that can only be described as ‘Jammy’. The fragrance is both comforting and intriguing from the onset.
Tasting Notes

Right away, the initial flavour is fresh strawberries, with a smooth and creamy red berry fruitiness common to younger wines, but with a boldly added complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon fusing on the palate. The aftertaste is that of vanilla and very subtle hints of chocolate.

Where to Find It

One of the best things about this wine is just how accessible it is. Most of the large retailers in the UK carry this – for example, we picked this up at Tesco, but we have also seen it in many other supermarkets and corner shops. If you are outside of the UK, we recommend retailers such as Luekens Liquors or checking with your local wine retailer.

Final Thoughts

While the sweetness in this wine is not overbearing, it is not your typical red flavour, making it an excellent option for those new to red wines. For those looking for a more traditional red flavour, this may not be the wine for you, but if you are looking for something different and exciting, this is definitely a conversation starter to light up your date night.


2. L’Artisan Syrah Grenache Vin De France


Origin: France
Alcohol: 13%

Nothing says ‘love is in the air’ like a glass of French Syrah, or in this case, Syrah with a twist of Grenache.

L’Artisan comes across as modest, with a rustic and charming label featuring images of crafting tools. 


The imagery ties in well with the craftsmanship that went into making this blend so exquisite. But do not be fooled, this wine is an extravagant frontman that absolutely takes centre stage when it comes to its robust flavours, delicious undertones, and rich visuals.

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Colours and Aroma:
The colour is dark and rich purple, but under closer inspection, the Grenache brings out more of a ruby-red hue in the light – the two cultivars dance together beautifully with each swirl of the glass. The aroma initially is on the sharper side, which tends to happen more with screw-tops, but give it a few minutes to breathe, and you will be pleasantly surprised that the aroma has evolved into a beautifully balanced mix in just minutes! 
Tasting Notes

On to the important bit, the taste. Here, there is a lot going on – we have the sweetness and fruitiness of the Syrah, dark red fruits such as blackcurrants, cherries, and redcurrants, balanced with undertones of raspberry and soft tannins and low acidity. The aftertaste is slightly dry but still quite refreshing for a red wine. This type of flavour would lend itself well to meaty and spicy dishes as well as richer flavours like creamy pasta, the perfect sipping companion to share with your significant other on date night.

Where To Find It

L’Artisan is more of a speciality blend and not widely available in all supermarkets, but you can certainly find it on specialist wine retailers such as VivinoVirgin Wines, or Wines Direct.

Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of Syrah reds, this is definitely one you will like. This wine has a lot going on, and honestly, you cannot go wrong with a bottle of this on the dinner table. If, however, you are looking for a French red that is a little spicier with an acidic pop from the grenache variety, I would highly recommend checking out one of our favourites that we covered here.


1. Uggiano Lucere Chianti DOCG


Origin: Italy

Alcohol: 13%


This one is hands-down one of my all-time favourite wines, so much so that I insist on it every time we make a good steak or celebrate a special occasion for date nights at home.


Picture rolling warm Tuscan hills in the heart of Italy on a hot summer’s evening, and the coming together of loved ones to celebrate life, food, and good wine. This is when you need something classic and special: the multi-award-winning Lucere Chianti DOCG by Uggiano.

For date night, I would recommend this one if you’re pulling out all the stops and want to show your partner that you mean business.


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Colours and Aroma:
The dominant grape variety in this blend, Sangiovese, is native to Tuscany, Italy, and provides a bright ruby-red colour throughout. On the nose, the aroma is fruity with dark cherry and wild berries, yet slightly floral with a complexity acquired through steel-barrel aging processes.
Tasting Notes:

The flavour is very bold and slightly dry; it hits hard at first, but not in a bad way. The first sip is smooth and provides notes of black and red cherries, ripe raspberry with a vanilla and floral aftertaste. The wine is slightly on the acidic side, and while there is a dry maturity to the wine, it is not overly dry, but rather packed with flavour and smoothly balanced, making it a brilliant example of Chianti blends.

Where to Find It

This one requires a bit of finesse if you’re outside of the EU, but you can find it via Mail Wine Club if you are in the UK. Keep an eye out for this if you are a lover of Chianti wines and add a few to your cellar if you find a good supplier.

Final Thoughts

This is the go-to classic Chianti you’ve been looking for, a perfect pairing for a romantic steak dinner or paired with authentic pasta for two. I have no criticisms; it is truly one of my all-time favourites, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of classic reds.



Just a jolly fool loving life and writing about it. Growing up in the Cape Winelands, I have acquired a palate for red wines and complex flavours.