Best wines to try this Valentine’s Day
If there’s ever a good time for wine, it’s Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re having a romantic meal for two or you’re home alone with your cat, a delicious wine is the perfect way to celebrate.
To ensure you only choose the best for you and your loved one, we’ve put together a few recommendations for English wines and wine brands you might want to try on the night.
Amie Organic Rosé
Drink Amie wines are not only stylish and Instagrammable with their distinctive label design, they’re also delicious. Created during the Covid-19 lockdown, founders Will Sandbach and Abbie Roden saw an opportunity for door-to-door delivery for those wine lovers looking for a cool and affordable tipple (because who doesn’t want wine direct to their doorstep?).
The Drink Amie brand is founded on the idea of friends coming together, inspired by the group of friends who worked together to bring the brand to life. The rosé wine itself is produced in Languedoc in the south of France, in collaboration with partners, and is made from a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, offering a light and crisp wine with notes of citrus and peach. Definitely worth a try this Valentine’s day - your cat may not love it, but you certainly will.
Bolney Estate Pinot Gris
You can’t go wrong with a Pinot Gris wine for Valentine’s day - the perfect wine to pair with smoked salmon or shellfish dishes (oysters anyone?). Founded in 1972, owners Janet and Rodney Pratt began their vineyard journey in Sussex, on the edge of the South Downs 14 miles from the South Coast.
The Bolney Estate Pinot Gris is “refreshing and soft with medium body. Delicate but with lots of concentrated stone fruit character, with pear and apricot and a touch of orange blossom and honey.” Be sure to enjoy this elegant wine with your loved one and savour the floral and fruity aromas.
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Denbies Estate Redlands
Denbies Wine Estate is based in Dorking, Surrey, and is one of the largest estate vineyards in England. Making use of the chalky soil found on the North Downs, the Denbies Estate is situated in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty on a valley of south-facing slopes. Denbies are very well-known within the wine community and are famed for producing some of the finest UK sparkling wines throughout Europe, winning countless awards.
Their Redlands wine is part of their premium offering. A medium-bodied red wine with a velvety texture, it has notes of ripe berry fruits including strawberry and raspberry. Perfect for pairing with roasted red meats, grilled vegetables and hard English cheeses – definitely one to try this Valentine’s day if you’re cooking up something special.
Roebuck Estates Rosé de Noirs 2016
Sparkling wine is undoubtedly a Valentine’s Day classic, ideal for either giving as a gift or served as a romantic pre-dinner drink. If you’re looking for something pink and sparkling this Valentine’s day (very on-brand for the occasion), look no further than Roebuck Estates Rosé de Noirs.
The Roebuck Estate spans across the county of Sussex in England and produces exceptional quality English sparkling wines. Their Rosé de Noirs is a vibrant English sparkling rosé and contains notes of wild strawberries, ripe raspberries and a touch of white blossom, layered with honeysuckle – truly “bursting with ripe red fruit”. Pair this sparkling wine with smoked salmon, lobster or crayfish to really bring out the flavours.
Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé
Launched in 2011, Maison Mirabeu was founded by Stephen and Jeany Cronk who in 2008 relocated from South West London for new beginnings in Provence, France. Helped along by UK Master of Wine Angela Muir, they blended their first cuveé, Mirabeau Classic, and scored a listing in Waitrose. Since then the wine brand has built a loyal following in the UK, growing their range over the last 11 years to include new and interesting styles. Mirabeau has very successfully leveraged their use of digital communications and social media to spread word about their wines, bringing the sunshine of Provence and inspirational lifestyle to a wide network of wine drinkers.
The Pure Provence Rosé is a vibrant pink and uses Grenache and Syrah grapes, with aromas of peach, lychee, passion fruit and flint with a crisp, dry finish.
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