I love Valentine’s Day.
I don’t care if some think it’s cheesy or commercial – I just love love and love any excuse to celebrate it.
In our house, Valentine’s Day tends to be a very low key affair. We usually put some music on (and leave the TV off), cook dinner together and open up a nice bottle of wine. It’s one of my favourite days of the year because we are 100% in the moment. Sitting opposite one another at our dining table, enjoying engaged conversation with no distractions, remembering all the good times and all the reasons we love each other.
Little things that are often forgotten about in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Those who know us well know that we enjoy a good drop, especially on a special occasion, so I thought I’d share with you some of the wines we’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks and one we are saving for Valentine’s Day itself.
Take a look…
1. Borgo SanLeo Pinot Grigio ($8.99)
We spent 10 days in Italy while on our honeymoon and fell head over heels in love with Italian white wine. This particular Pinot Grigio – grown and made in the vineyards of the Veneto region – is very easy drinking indeed. It’s crisp, citrus-y and refreshing. It can be enjoyed on its own or with light, delicate food such as prawns or canapes.
2. Borgo SanLeo Prosecco ($11.99)
Another Italian favourite of ours – Prosecco. This variety is a light sparkling wine which can be enjoyed as the solo superstar or as part of a deliciously refreshing Aperol Spritz. It’s fresh, slightly fruity and just a tiny bit sweet. Bubbles that will please just about anyone.
3. Charles Orban Blanc de Blanc ($48.30)
What is Blanc de Blanc? Well, it’s a French term that means “white from whites” and is a name given to Champagnes made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. This little beauty won two awards at the recent Sydney International Wine Competition and was a firm favourite in our household. It’s described as having a “discrete nose of butter and nuttiness, rounded by a palate with hints of brioche” – so basically, France in a bottle. Oui!
4. Champagne Duperrey Vintage Brut ($54.99)
Now, this is the bottle we are saving for Valentine’s Day, so I haven’t tasted it – yet. However, knowing my French Champagne as I do, I have no doubt it will be a winner, especially considering it is a vintage (2011). Another honeymoon story for you… we took a day trip from Paris to visit the town of Reims – the home of Champagne. We took part in a tour of the G.H. Mumm Champagne caves and were absolutely blown away by the care and attention to detail it takes to create Champagne. A real eye opener that increased our appreciation of the wine and our understanding of the price tag. Definitely worth popping that cork on a special occasion!
5. Ciao Bella Sangiovese ($15.99)
Hello, beautiful! This approachable Sangiovese is rich and vibrant, and has lovely cherry flavours. It’s definitely a wine to be enjoyed with Italian food, as we did one Saturday evening. We ordered in from our favourite local pizza joint, cracked open this bottle and immersed ourselves in several back-to-back episodes of ‘House of Cards’. Bellissimo!
6. Marqués De Riscal 1860 Tempranillo ($15.99)
Tempranillo is a Spanish grape variety – and one we became firm fans of after our trip to Spain. This particular wine is one to sip and savour. It’s medium bodied with soft tannins, and a good balance of oak and fruit. Definitely recommended to be enjoyed with a meal. Paella, anyone?
For more “liquid love”, be sure to check out this Valentine’s Day post over on Mr & Mrs Romance.
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Which bottle will you be cracking open?
Wines kindly gifted by Dan Murphy’s.