5@5 - Jeff Segal
February 7th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

On Valentine’s Day, also known as next Monday (commence Medusa-like shrieking), Jeff Segal wants you to think outside the box of chocolates and consider the bottle for your lady friend or gentleman caller.

Segal is the owner of Heart wine bar, restaurant and art gallery in San Francisco - a spot perhaps most notably known for its unconventional "Mason Jar Manifesto" of serving wine out of mason jars. In the words of Segal: "Respect the grape, and the human hands behind it, not the stem."

Five Wines for Every Valentine's Day Personality: Jeff Segal

1.The puppy lovers - 2008 Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Kakheti (approx. $18)
"Sure, it’s fun calling each other 'jellybean,' holding hands 24/7 and bumping uglies like it’s the apocalypse. But it’s time to get your relationship a little more serious. Start with this Rkatsiteli (yes, that’s the grape) from Georgia - the country. Its floral and honeyed aromatics will get your heart racing, but it’s the complex, layered flavors of salted walnuts, apricots and fennel that will keep you up talking all night."

2. Ball and chainers - 2009 Domaine de la Pépière "Clos des Briords" Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (approx. $17)
"You need a jumpstart from the mind-blowing excitement of jobs, greasy Chinese takeout (and the resulting weight gain) and soccer practices? This is a good place to start. Its screeching acidity will wake you both the hell up like a cold plunge, while the palate full of spice and melons ought to help you stay awake past 9 p.m. And best of all, like your everlasting love, this wine will only get better for the next decade or so."

3. Alone - 2006 Paolo Bea San Valentino Umbria Rosso (approx. $33)
"Don’t just eat a carton of ice cream and cry yourself to sleep because your last lover bailed after telling you about the two kids in Arizona. Just drink this - it’s basically self-pleasure in a bottle. With a wine that tastes like black cherry pie, bacon fat and mushroom jus, who needs a significant other anyway?"

4. Sex fiend - 2005 Philippe Bornard Les Marnes Savagnin (approx. $44)
"Admit it, you’re pretty damn dirty - but in a (mostly) good way. Well, this is the wine for you. It’s like licking a rock with sea salt, anchovies, almonds and quince paste in your mouth. And like most of your Valentine’s Days, the finish is the best part. But it’s better than sex. No, seriously, it is."

5. Beach bums - 2009 Domaine de la Tournelle Ploussard "L'uva Arboisiana" (approx. $20)
"Yes, we’re all so jealous that you two are escaping the winter doldrums for somewhere warm and undisturbed. Regardless, this is the wine you’ll want to pack next to your sunscreen and Dramamine. Its bright flavors of strawberry and pomegranate are the perfect match for bland, overpriced island cuisine, and it's crisp enough that you can drink it out of the bottle … on a boat."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. Lauries Food

    We would love to see the owner of our Salt "gastropub" on here. Bradley Boyle.....runs an awesome hotspot here in little Byram NJ... http://www.saltgastropub.com

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  2. Queen of Everything

    I really wish we were still playing our game...because I would you know what. I'll also have a jar of #4 please.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  3. MT Miner

    I just ordered 4 cases of number 4, im game....... Hope the wife likes it..............

    February 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Anita Souschef

    Muscadine wine, made properly, is very good. Leave it in a milk jug a little longer and it is like grappa. It will go right to your head. Pear wine, also.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  5. jillmarie

    The notes in some of these wines, especially 3 and 4 are intriguing! I'd take wine over chocolates any day of the week. These wines are not in my budget, but overall, if I saw one on sale, I'd buy one to use on Valentine's Day. Wine #1 sounds awesome- I have tried wine from the country Georgia, and it was really good.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  6. Truth

    You know the key to picking a great wine?
    Smell the cork.

    That should get something started...:)

    February 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Rie

      It's no wonder so many wines are described as "oaky." Are wines with twist-offs maybe "metalic" or "sharp"?

      February 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants


      February 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  7. Tazer

    Very funny article. :)

    February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  8. Rie

    Wine that tastes like bacon fat? Seriously??

    I know all that bouquet stuff is eminantly subjective, but still, someone should call shinanigans on that one.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  9. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Dude looks like me. =o

    February 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • alideva

      really? then i want to meet you, hottie. lol

      February 16, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  10. Truth


    February 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
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