Like candles and soft music, wine has undoubtedly earned its rep for setting the mood.
For the romance-challenged, it may be tempting to present your date with the ever-efficient whiskey -- but really, there is nothing dreamy about a bottle of Wild Turkey.
What is dreamy? A winery. Even more dreamy? A weekend bed-and-breakfast getaway at a winery. Among my most very unromantic friends is Rusty, who put it this simply: "Wine is nothing to write home about, but a winery itself is really pretty -- just like a bar except a much nicer setting."
What would the Bachelor do? Well if it's last season's Jake, it includes laying out in a beautiful California winery, drinking and playing spin the bottle with Gia the swimsuit model.
The Bachelor: Try booking a night in the French Suite of the Lynfred Winery Bed & Breakfast, where $360 (April-July; $385 August-December) buys you fresh flowers, cheese trays, two premium wine tastings, a private winery tour of the oldest and largest winery in the state, and a gourmet breakfast the next morning for you and your boo. All super romantic and just 40 minutes away in west suburban Roselle. Heck, bring the Wild Turkey if you really insist.
The Poor Man: Celebrate (cheaply) at the Chicago Wine Club's next wine and microbrew tasting on Wednesday, April 14 at Blue Star Wine Bar. For just $30 bucks, you'll get unlimited tastings of over 25 wines and 10 microbrews, light appetizers and a tasting diary.