By Joe Dewhurst, Business Development Manager, Majestic Commercial
Don’t lose sleep! There’s no need to panic this Valentines Day. What to drink? How to impress your loved one? Whether you do or don’t know anything about wine, here at Majestic we have an amazing array of wines, which will complement your evening perfectly.
I will only get chance to mention just a few of them here, but this mixture of personal favourites, must buys and hidden gems will hopefully assist you along your way and will add to your special day!
We all know rose is always a well-liked preference for Valentines Day, it would therefore be daft of me not to recommend a classy, elegant, French rose from the Côtes de Provence. The Château Saint Roch-les-Vignes is a delicious, mouth watering rose, oozing in class. The stylish, curvaceous bottle is pleasing on the eye, and the wine doesn’t disappoint. At just £6.49* per bottle, not only is it a great buy but it is a marvellous match with salads or Mediterranean style foods and would be a fantastic start or finish to your evening!
Sauvignon Blanc has become one of the most fashionable and popular wines in the UK market today, with most people having heard of or tasted the crisp white wines from Marlborough in New Zealand. The next wine I would like to advocate should be on everyone’s dinner table, a Sauvignon Blanc/Verdejo blend called “La Poda” from the Castilla y Leon region, to the North West of the capital Madrid. Not only does this region offer great value for money, but it offers something slightly different. The Sauvignon Blanc is prominent and powers through with its citrus character but the Verdejo adds a further dimension. This local grape variety adds a peachy, apricot and citrus twist to the wine, making it the ideal accompaniment to fish, seafood and even sushi. An absolute bargain at £4.99*!
However, if rose or Sauvignon Blanc isn’t for you or you simply want that added element of style, why not try a red wine from the famous region of Rioja in Northern Spain? The Muriel Rioja Reserva 2005 offers great value for money at just £5.99*. After 24 months of maturation in French oak and a further minimum of 24 months ageing in the bottle before its release, this wine would definitely get you some brownie points! The deep ruby colour, the softness of the vanilla and the hints of chocolate and mildly spicy tannic finish make this wine an ideal complement for tomato based pasta and tapas dishes.
Fill your boots, have the confidence that these wines will not only accompany your dishes and have that element of surprise, but most importantly boast that added dimension to your Valentines Day!
* all prices are based on buying 2 or more bottles of the same wine. Valid until 02/05/2011