Marnie: No problem. Classy French Champagne and fancy dessert wines may be unavoidably pricey, but there are plenty of options that sell for less.
Buzz: For me, less is more.
Marnie: I'd recommend looking in the $15-$20 range for this kind of gift - any lower can seem cheesy, but this price category delivers some of the best quality for the dollar in the wine world.
Buzz: OK, where do I start?
Marnie: They always say it's the thought that counts, and it's true. A wine gift will mean more if it's tailored to her tastes.
If your wife prefers dry wines, for instance, I'd recommend a sparkling wine. Premium Spanish cavas and California bubblies in this price tier are made in the opulent Champagne method, while deluxe proseccos from Italy are lighter and brighter, with a whisper of sweetness.
Buzz: Marla doesn't like her wine too dry.
Marnie: Sweet wine for your sweetie it is. There are plenty of options, from lightly sweet pink moscatos to candy-sweet port wines.
Ports are as rich and thick as liqueurs, and those labeled "Late Bottled Vintage" are particularly good with chocolate.
But my personal favorite recommendation for Valentine's Day is Italian brachetto. It hits the romantic trifecta, being a sweet, sparkling red wine that has a vibrant magenta color that matches the occasion. This stuff is so delicious, you may be tempted to bring the ice bucket upstairs.
Buzz: Wow, that really is romantic. I can lie in bed watching the hockey game while sipping chilled wine.
Marnie Old is Philadelphia's highest-profile sommelier. Buzz's musings are interpreted by Daily News Assistant Managing Editor Gar Joseph.