What food are you planning to serve for a Valentine’s meal? I only ask because I was chatting with my colleagues in the wine team about which menu we think would most impress a loved one and these are the dishes we all agreed on, so I’ve partnered the dishes with some gorgeous drinks for maximum romantic impact. Have a lovely evening!
If you’re planning to pop the question on the 14th Lanson Rosé NV Champagne £25 is the perfect rosé to celebrate (well, I hope the answer will be yes!) It’s a favourite of mine for sentimental reasons – it was served at my wedding and we still celebrate anniversaries with a bottle of Lanson pink.
It could be prawns or scallops or even mussels but whatever your fishy favourite there is one wine which I’ve always loved and really deserves a renaissance and that’s Muscadet. From the mouth of the Loire Valley, close to the Atlantic, this bright and breezy, fresh as a daisy white was made to match fish – try our Château Salmonière, Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine, Sur Lie £6.50 and read our customer review with a brilliant 5 out of 5!
Steak with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce
We all voted for steak and that calls for a rich red with some tannin but plenty of bold fruit flavours. I am always bowled over by the quality of Viñalba Malbec Syrah, was £9 now £6, from Patagonia because it is just so smooth and that makes it a match made in heaven with the creamy sauce.
Dipping fresh fruit in chocolate sauce has to be major fun and I noticed the other day that a fondue restaurant has just opened down the road from where I live so I’m thinking there must be some kind of 70’s revival going on. Fancy a retro fizz? Try Martini Asti Moscato Spumante £7.75 – grapey, sweet and frothy fun.