Valentine’s day is fast approaching and we have put together our Top 5 gifts to put a smile on the face of your loved one this year.
What is Valentine’s Day if not a celebration of love and togetherness? With this in mind, consensus would dictate that nothing quite signifies “celebration” like champagne does. This premier cru offering from Forget-Brimont represents excellent value for money with all the exciting effervescence, creamy mousse and mouth-watering citrus and floral flavours that one could desire. Perfect on its own or as a pairing to decadent canapes, this is guaranteed to kick off your romantic revelry with a bang.
Whether you’re relinquishing yourself to all things saccharine and sentimental or simply conjuring a compromise, rosé can do it all on Valentine’s Day. One partner’s a sole red drinker while the other’s a sole white drinker? No problem – meet in the middle with this fantastic rosé from Château St Jacques d’Albas! With its sleek and seductive bottle this organic wine offers up dreamy aromas of pink flowers and mint alongside flavours of freshly cut watermelon and strawberries & cream. The ideal aperitif or accompaniment to your favourite seafood starter.
For many the idea of booking weeks in advance to pay over the odds at a crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day sounds anything but appealing, with increasing amounts of us preferring to cook a meal in the surrounds of one’s own home with one’s own choice of food and wine. For those to whom this applies, the likelihood is that steak (or other red meat or equally robust vegan/vegetarian option) will feature as part of the celebratory entrée. This calls for an equally robust red wine pair alongside, and it is here where Bordeaux steps into the fore. This delightful Cru Bourgeois wine from Saint-Estèphe – perhaps the most elegant of the Médoc communes – provides the classic Bordeaux aromas of cassis and graphite alongside flavours of ripe plum, cedar and cigar box, backed up by powdery tannins and a bright acidity. Expressive and evocative!
For those of us looking to be less utilitarian in our wine choices this Valentine’s Day, preferring to immerse in the sensuous and hedonistic side of the occasion, one may need look no further than Pinot Noir. Described by world-leading wine writer Jancis Robinson as “a minx of a wine” and by critic Oz Clarke as “sensuous, often erotic”, this is as much a vinous embodiment of the more amorous side of the occasion as any. With a seductive bright ruby colour, a bouquet that bursts with roses, violets and sweet cherry and a palate of intense wild strawberry and silky, vanilla-laden sweet tobacco, the Dierberg Block 5 Pinot Noir from Tyler Winery is a wine to feel rather than to think about.
No Valentine’s meal is complete without a decadent dessert to complete proceedings. Whether you’re thinking of concluding with a rich chocolate torte, a plump red fruit and cream pudding or selection of your shared favourite cheeses, this fortified Black Muscat from Quady Winery in California will compliment them all. With its suitably thematic love heart and arrow label and affordable price tag, consider this wine choice a no-brainer!