Sorry if this post comes a day late for those of you looking for the perfect wine to accompany your Valentine’s Day dinner of venison heart or other wild game, but I wanted to talk a little bit about wine and wild game pairings. Or more specifically, ask for a little help from Wild Chef readers. You see, when it comes to wine, I’m at a bit of a loss. I know I like it, but haven’t taken the time to really learn everything I can about it.

Frankly, when I shop for wine, I tend to select bottles on one of three criteria: price, recommendations (from friends or bottle-shop employees), and the label. I have purchased plenty of duds just because the label or name caught my eye. I’ve found some true gems this way, too.

Taking a look at my current crop of wine, I seem to be trending towards blends, or as my girlfriend describes them: whatever’s left at the bottom of the barrel. While her description probably has a bit of truth to it, I still enjoy a good blend of California red wines, mostly because they usually aren’t to complex and make for easy drinkability.

But I want to expand my tastes, or at least broaden my knowledge enough that I don’t embarrass myself in front of my oenophile friends. I’ve done some initial research and learned a few rules in articles like this one from a past issue of Field & Stream, but I want to know what Wild Chef readers are drinking with their fish or wild game and why.