Deborah Zbinden of Wine Confidence gives us a few tips on Valentines Wines to try this February
With the festive season but a mere memory it’s time to turn your attention to more romantic times. Forget flowers and perfume, nothing says romance like a well thought out wine choice for sharing
A blushing English rose – Exton Vineyards Rosé NV Sparkling
Step away from the Champagne this February and keep it a little more local with one of the newest kids on the block. This delightful Sparkling English Rosé from Hampshire has only been made since 2014 and is already an established medal winner. Hinting at the summer to come with classic strawberry and cream aromas followed by a refreshing hit of raspberries and peach with a delicious, lingering finish. The perfect way to toast the start of a beautiful new friendship.
(£29.95 Borough Market, D’vine Cellars, Clapham, Hannibal Brown, Epsom or direct at www.extonparkvineyard.com)
So much nicer than petrol station carnations
Ditch those wilted last minute flowers and bring home a different kind of floral treat. A zesty, refreshing white wine from North West Spain which enjoys the ripeness of apricot flavours and the lift of crunchy pears. A great match for racier dishes and spicy moments.
The Flower and the Bee – (£15.50 www.cellarwines.co.uk).
Satin sheets or a velvety red? – Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère
Showcasing the intense cassis, plum and blueberry fruit characters and dark chocolate and coffee characteristics of Chile’s signature grape variety of Carmenère. Smooth vanilla flavours from 10 months’ ageing in oak barrels make it a silky smooth pairing for dark chocolate such as Brix Chocolate for Wine Medium Dark (60% Cocoa) available from www.winegiftcentre.co.uk
(£11.99 Majestic Wines)
For your Valentine’s sweetheart – Wine Society Blind Spot Rutherglen Muscat
If you can’t go full on sweet for Valentine’s Day when can you? The perfect end to a date to remember, this lush Australian dessert wine is a well-priced treat bursting with dark toffee, coffee and fudge flavours. Share it with Sticky Toffee Pudding or Salted Caramel ice cream.
(£7.50 for 37.5cl Wine Society)
More wine tips at www.wineconfidence.co.uk
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