Wine merchants could hold the key to romance

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With Valentine's Day just a week away, wine merchants could have an important role to play in helping many couples to celebrate the 'most romantic day of the year' with a quiet night in.

Figures from OnePoll reveal that 28% of couples plan to stay in for their Valentine's Day meal this year, making it the most popular planned activity for February 14th 2014.

With a further 42% having no particular plans, that equates to seven out of ten people who are likely to be staying in on Friday night.

Local wine merchants could help these couples to inject a bit of luxury into their night at home, whether with a fine wine to enjoy over a romantic meal, or simply a bottle to crack open in front of the TV.

And it seems likely that, if a bottle of fine wine is going to be given as a gift, it will be men doing the giving.

More than a third (37%) of women surveyed admitted that they do not intend to give their partner a gift at all this February 14th.