Wine for Valentine’s Day

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.  That’s amore.  When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine.  That’s amore”…

Make your world shine this Valentine’s Day by matching a perfect bottle of wine with romance.  But what wine do you choose?  Here are some suggestions to help get the pulses racing:

Rosé Champagne – Forget giving your other half the box of chocolates that you’ve ineptly rearranged in an attempt to hide the fact you’ve eaten all the toffee ones.  Buy a bottle of pink champagne and show that you care enough to pour the very best.  Try our Champagne Jean-Paul Deville Tradition Rose NV (£30.99) or the seductive Champagne Philipponnat Reserve Rosee Brut NV (£43.99).

Red Burgundy – Tailor-made for seduction.  The Pinot Noir grape is known as the “Romancer” in the wine world – elegant, full flavoured with enthralling earthiness whose aromas and velvetiness seduces you with every sip.  Grab a bottle of our great value J P Robert Pinot Noir 2010 (£9.99) or the Bourgogne-Irancy 2009 from our friends Benoit & Bernard Cantin (£17.99).

Aphrodisiacs and Wine – Match up the right aphrodisiac foods with wine and you will be reaching for the “Do Not Disturb” sign.  Try oysters with our Gerard Fiou Sancerre 2011 (£16.99) or the sweet and sexy Emilio Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez sherry (£23.99) with chocolate.

The Champagne Bath – Why not splash out (sorry about the pun) in a bath of Champagne?  It could be an expensive experience though as it would take 350 bottles to fill the average bath to the brim.

Definition of a Good Wine

ImageDefinition of a Good Wine

Many of my customers ask me what defines a good wine.  After tasting many wines throughout my career in the wine trade, here are a few universal traits all good wine should show:

  • Beauty whether inky or pale, the fading orange of old Bordeaux or the vibrant, buttery yellow of a South African Chardonnay, good wine should have serious visual appeal.
  • Nose – the aromas should jump right out of the glass and seduce you.  If it’s too shy it can lose the sale right there.
  • Fruit – You have to taste it.  I just don’t understand those connoisseurs of musty old Bordeaux.  It doesn’t need a KO punch, although that’s one style.
  • Mid-palate Also known in the wine trade as the dental G-spot.  This is the area you taste after the initial rush of flavours subsides.  Some wines build up but die slowly.  Great wine continues to evolve, in succeeding waves of aromas and sensations.
  • Balance – if one aspect of the wine stands out and you want to beat it with a big stick, the wine is out of balance.  Overpowering vanilla from the oak can do this.  So can alcohol or acid.
  • Finish – What flavours remains after spitting or swallowing.  You shouldn’t feel like you’ve been slapped in the face by a wet fish.  I remember a wine critic describing a good finish like your first kiss from a long-term, unrequited crush.  Not like the slobber of Grandma Edna when she’s been hitting the cream sherry.


Wine Karaoke

We’re looking forward to hosting our unique Wine Karaoke next week! Come and sing a wine related song – maybe Champagne Supernova, I Heard It Through The Grapevine or how about Little Old Wine Drinker Me – and we’ll match up a wine to go with each song! Luckily the shop has reinforced glass which will come in handy when I perform my rendition of Billy Joel’s “Scences from an Italian Restaurant”. People have said that my singing voice sounds like a cow that’s stepped on one of its udders…