Wines to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day

shutterstock_93359116Planning a romantic meal this Valentine’s Day?  Matt Dicks, WSET qualified Beers, Wines and Spirits Specialist for Waitrose, shares his expertise on wines perfect for romantic meal for two…

Roses are red, violets are blue, have I got some wooing 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.

The 14 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, it’s not just about purchasing that top notch bottle, crucially; it’s also what food you might pair with it in order to impress. It could make all the difference. I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share memoires, both good and bad, but the day is what you make of it. So here’s a handpicked selection of wines to help charge those love batteries:

Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NVchampagne

Celebrate true romance with this Champagne supernova. The best Blanc de Noirs, such as this one, are made only from Pinot Noir rather than from a mixture of black grapes. This award-winning fizz is produced by Alexandre Bonnet, a small house that grows its own grapes near Les Riceys in the most southerly part of Champagne. Overflowing with ripe fruit flavours, and complimented by biscuit and toast characters, it’s the perfect fizz for Valentines Day.

greyfriarsGreyfriars Rose Reserve Brut

Buzzing with verve, this Surrey sparkler is produced on slopes of the magnificent North Downs. This red fruit-scented fizz with a dusting of spice, is a real triumph of a wine. Made from 100% Pinot Noir and complimented with a delightful touch of vanilla, makes this an enchanting, elegant and delicious bubbly. It’s ready and waiting to satisfy your heart’s desire.

 

Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvée NVlindauer

Spread some Lindauer love with this fresh-fruit scented pick of the pops. A popular choice amongst many, it’s made using the much renowned ‘traditional method’, commonly associated with Champagne. Add an extended period of ageing to bring out the yeasty, toasty notes on the bouquet, and result is the perfect vine romance.

bijouBijou Rose Cabrieres Cuvee Sophie Valrose

Rose shouldn’t just be for summer, as it’s fruit-filled delights can be savoured any time of the year. Bursting with raspberries and cherries, this rather quirky choice is ready to unleash with a bowl of fresh red fruits, particularly of the strawberry kind.

ripassoWaitrose Ripasso di Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Fratelli Recchia

Crack open a bottle of this love potion if you want to a wine to match your amazing culinary skills. Often overlooked for Amarone, Ripasso offers a very drinkable, balanced alternative. The term Ripasso means, to re-pass, which in layman’s terms means the wine has undergone a secondary fermentation with dried grapes. This helps to concentrate the flavours and create a richer wine, resulting in irresistible vibrance and depth. 

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