Nothing says romance like a good glass of wine. Here’s six of the best to enjoy on Valentine’s Day…
Roses are red, violets are blue, have I got some amazing wine choices for you! Ok, it’s not Shakespeare’s finest, but with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, there’s no better time to hit the bullseye with your wine choices. However, this begs the question, what exactly is a romantic wine?
For me, it’s a tipple that hits the sweet spot that fills the moment with quality and magic. However, you don’t need to splash the cash as fine wine isn’t the answer to everything.
Love it or loath it, the 14th February can be rather predictable: Champagne, chocolates, flowers and a battle to get a table in your favourite restaurant. Whether you rule the roost in the kitchen or pull out all the stops on a night out, there’s a tipple to suit everyone. However, if you’ve thought about your lover’s tastes, attentively chosen a tipple to woo them or considered matching the wine to a romantic dinner that you’ve made, you can triple your brownie points in a heartbeat. Plus, we know that points win prizes on Valentine’s Day! It could make all the difference.
So here’s a handpicked selection of drinks to help charge those love batteries, ready to sip and impress:
If your other half enjoys a classy glass of rosé but also likes a cheeky glass of fizz then pour them a glass of this sparkling masterpiece. Hailing from Luberon in central Provence, Mirabeau La Folie Rosé is the perfect aperitif and pairs beautifully with salads, seafood tapas and summer fruit desserts.
Sweet at first taste, before the irresistibly sharp after-kick, British Cassis is the perfect aperitif served straight, over ice, twists beautifully into fizzing champagne or prosecco and is decadent in cocktails.
Green apple, pear and almond aromas abound here, backed by succulent fruit on the palate and a lifted mineral finish. An authentic taste of southern Italy that will excel with chicken and roasted vegetable dishes.
If you decide to stay in and rule the kitchen then why not try this great alternative to world renowned Rioja. Heralding from sunny southern Spain, the cooler climate high up in the mountains of Andalucía, hidden away behind the beaches and holidaymakers, helps create a medium bodied wine of real freshness, complex yet easy drinking, with crisp acidity, soft tannins and plenty of juicy fruit.
Go big for Valentine’s Day and splash out on a magnum, it makes for an iconic table piece. A delightful blend of Madeleine Angevine and Rondo grapes results in a delicate yet concentrated nose, with a wild strawberry aroma, hints of white flowers and peaches. The palate is fresh, with distinct red berry flavours and a touch of pink grapefruit.
51 million bottles of gin were purchased by UK consumer’s year and I’m sure your loved one contributed towards that statistic! Distilled in historic Norwich but inspired by the four corners of the earth – lemongrass and rose petals are just two exotic botanicals in this smooth, fruity gin. St.Giles is smooth enough to impress in a glass over ice.
Matt Dicks has been a Wines, Beers and Spirits Specialist for Waitrose since 2006. He holds a variety of Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certiﬁcates. He is also a judge for the International Wine Challenge and International Wine and Spirit Competition.