Wines for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re looking to pop a big question over a bottle of bubbles or cosy up with a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal; Valentine’s day is a special occasion that calls for a bottle of something special. A romantic evening in needs everything to go right, and the last thing you want is to uncork a bottle with a nasty surprise in it.

 

We have spoken with local experts from independent wine specialists to bring you takeaway wine options that will have you and your armour swooning. You can also check out Valentine’s Day 2020 menus from Brighton and Sussex venues.

‘I’ve chosen these wines for 2 reasons- Firstly, everyone knows the most romantic tipple is Rosé. Secondly, these wines are made by producers that are essentially Husband & Wife teams, which I believe is a sign of true love and respect as a couple’

Fox & Fox is a boutique grower based in Mayfield, East Sussex. Last year, their Blanc de Noirs was awarded a Platinum medal from Decanter Magazine. Their Mosaic Rosé is fresh and vibrant with a high percentage of Pinot noir. Luscious ripe strawberry and cranberry, balanced by a mildly citrusy finish. And it’s a beautiful pink salmon colour. Try it with a young, gooey brie.

Nicolo & Paradis is owned by husband and wife team David and Agnes Nicolo, a third generation grape grower in Champagne. Essentially a grower/producer, their wines are great value and more importantly, delicious. Delicate cherry notes, with strawberry and raspberry on the nose, complex and rounded body. Bronze in the Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016. The Blanc de Blancs is equally suitable. Rich, notes of buttered pastry with concentrated citrus flavours. Basically, liquid Lemon Meringue pie.

Immersed in the heart of the Langhe of Barolo stands Cascina Meriame, where Luisella and Gian Paolo produce outstanding quality wines from the noble variety, Nebbiolo. Barolo is in Piedmont, Northern Italy. Nothing more conjures an image of romanticism then sitting on a woolly rug in front of a fire in the Piemontese hills, sipping a beguiling, aromatic vino Rosso with your love. Ripe, fresh red berry fruit, floral and delicately spicy notes, a hint of coffee and tobacco with orange undertones. Full, rich and demanding, this is a wine to be enjoyed slowly.

‘I have chosen this selection of wines for a few different reasons. One being they are my favourite on the list at Plateau, and are all easy drinking, fun and playful wines perfectly enjoyed with a loved one.  The other reason being they are all natural wines, therefore different to what you may find elsewhere’

This 100% Cabernet Franc wine is crunchy, youthful and fruity. The versatility of this wine makes it a perfect choice for a stay at home date night, pairing well with almost any dish. The wine is Biodynamic and at just 12%, a glugable delight sparing you a heavy head the following morning.

This 100% Chenin Blanc wine brings rich honey, elegant flavours to anyone enjoying this wintery white on Valentine’s Day. Hailing from Anjou in the Loire region, the wine is full bodied but not oaky and drinks well once warmed a little in the glass.

Not tried orange wine before? This wine is the ideal entry for first timers, and great for those seeking something a little more interesting this Valentine’s Day. Made by husband and wife team Katja and Matjaz, this Solvenian wine boasts a Pinot Blanc and Rebula blend brings a full bodied, slightly complex flavour with pear and apricot. Enjoy with a cheese board.

This organic cava is a perfect pre meal tipple, bringing a deliciously dry and elegant taste. Verging towards the slightly more mainstream sparkling style, this one’s for you if you’ve already stepped outside the box this Valentine’s Day.

Have some fun with this exciting take on a sparkling wine to toast to everlasting love with. A Garganega and Durella blend makes for a zesty, crispy mouthful of apple and lime, which at just 12% goes down a treat before moving onto another bottle recommended above.

Although not a wine suggestion per say, a Bootleggers membership with prohibition bar L’atelier Du Vin is worth a mention here. Each month, experts will pick out their wine suggestions for that month at very competitive prices. The membership also provides personal help from Dimitri Mesnard MS with wine cellar suggestions, and a bottle of premium champagne on your birthday. Whether this is a gift, or a pre Valentine’s Day present to yourself to ensure your rack is stocked with the best wines for the special day, we recommend checking out the only membership we are interested in this January.