Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is the perfect evening for wine lovers to take the seductive route and add a splash of passion to their after-dark soirees.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is one of the most highly rated non-vintage white champagnes on the shelves, and its blushing sister deserves a dalliance. Try flirting with Charles Heidsieck
Rose Reserve (£56.50, harrods. com). This gorgeous coral pink has a wild strawberry nose, good strength and body, with a deliciously fruity palate and excellent freshness on the finish.
Another top flight producer, Lanson Rose Label Brut Rose (£35.99, Sainsbury’s) holds the title of the best-selling rose in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. A pale salmon colour with a
delicate, red berry floral nose, fine beads of bubbles and good length, it’s a real pleasure to drink.
A bit of a wild card, Pongracz Sparkling Brut Rose, Stellenbosch (£14.99, Morrisons) is a pretty South African sparkler, delicious with smoked salmon and seafood light bites. Fresh berry
flavours, a floral nose and feisty bubbles, what’s not to love about this burst of summer fruits?
After the fizz-fest has settled, why not go vintage with a red for a romantic night in. For Italian warmth, try Appassionata del Antica Bottega ICT 2007 (£12.99, laithwaites. co.uk), an
outstanding ruby red from Verona that lives up to its name. Velvety smooth with dense black cherries, blackberry fruit and soft, silky tannins, the flavours will delight the most discerning