Valentine’s Day Wine
Welcome to my Beers, Wines and Spirits column for Eastlife magazine, helping you top-up your life with new ideas and suggestions. Having been brought up in flat, fertile landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, I’m looking forward to taking you on a journey, both here in East Anglia and across the globe, in search of that perfect tipple. We’ll be meeting the producers, talking to the people behind the label, and discovering how they are helping to shape the drinks industry of today.
I have to admit there’s something romantic about our region. Whether it’s punting along the River Cam, a day trip to the Norfolk Broads or a meander through the winding streets around Elm Hill in Norwich, there’s always something special to see and do. But what about wine? Surely we can share our romance for the region with our romance for wine?
On the horizon is dear old Valentines Day. Adored by some and detested by others, is that time of year when we attempt to remind our loved ones how special they are to us. So why not combine your love of wine with your partner on the 14th. Here’s a few of my favourites which are simply romance in a glass:
The Hedonist Shiraz
One of my all time favourites from down under. If you love a wine with ripe, juicy fruits then this silky, smooth Shiraz is for you. Perfect for chilly evenings in or cuddling up on the sofa with your favourite book!
Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus Reserve
If it’s a bright, crisp day then you could treat your partner to a tour at your local vineyard and have a wander amongst the vines. The English wine scene is big business in this country with around 2,000 hectares of vines across the country. If you’re a fan of Sauvignon Blanc then you’ll love this offering from Winbirri near Norwich with its aromatic flavours and crisp acidity.
Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Malbec, Luján de Cuyo
During the World Cup most of us adored watching the Argentinian football team but is there anything to love about their wines? Absolutely, with Malbec being the Lionel Messi of their grape varieties. Norton Malbec comes from the renowned Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza with its big, bold mulberry fruit and subtle oak. If you decide to spend the evening in, then pair this with a nice juicy steak for a match made in heaven!
Coquille d’Oc Rosé
An beautiful bunch of roses deserve to be enjoyed with a bottle of rosé itself. Wish you were in sun-kissed St Tropez? Then this fruit-filled delight will transport you in a couple of sips. Carefully produced by a husband and wife team, rosé wine shouldn’t be considered as a summer-only drink. Pair this with some freshly cut Tuna and you’ll see why!