We are not sure if the late Barry White ever said “lurve”, but as the most romantic day of the year approaches we may legitimately ask – what is the language of love? French, Italian and Spanish are just three that spring immediately to mind - but how best should we communicate our true feelings to the object of our desires?
Wine is always a good option, and our Selezione San Valentino should smooth your passage through, what can sometimes be, a potentially tricky evening. The more observant among you will have noticed that we used Italian as our linguaggio dell'amore. This is because Vin Santo is our headline wine and as Barry said “Your sweetness is my Weakness”.
But that is not all. The word Romance is derived from the Latin Romanicus meaning “Roman style”, although some linguists believe that the English word romance derives from a vernacular French dialect – which is why we have included a Champagne so as not to be outsmarted.
Champagne Gobillard, Brut Tradition NV. £25.99 per bottle.
A traditional wine of great character and finesse made metres away from the grave of Dom Perignon – how’s that for terroir. Gobillard et Fils are a family owned house a mere 5k from Epernay with 26 hectares of predominantly premier cru vines. Deliciously full bodied and well-rounded, made from 70% red grapes (Pinots’ Noir and Meunier) together with 30% Chardonnay, it’s just crying out for some oysters (native ones should cost about £1.85 each, Pacific ones £1.20 – at this time of year) – go on treat yourselves.
Prossecco Spago Frizzante, Ruggeri NV. £12.99 per bottle.
The Ruggeri family of Valdobbiadene are regular recipients of Italy’s coveted Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) award. This delicious example of their art is a little less fizzy than most Prosecco, with a fine, soft and gentle bead, coupled with aromas of apples and freshly baked biscuits. Just pull the string to release the cork.
Vin Santo DOC, 2007, Barbi. £17.99 half bottle.
The classic dessert wine of Tuscany is made from late harvested Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese grapes hung over wires in well-ventilated rooms and dried until well into the New Year. Pressed and fermented with natural yeasts around Easter time - hence the name vin santo, literally “holy wine” – it is then aged in small oak barrels of oak or chestnut called caratelli. Barbi’s wonderful viscous, intense, aromatic, nectar should last 15 years or more – if you can keep your hands off it. Try with Cantucci or Cantuccini – traditional, Tuscan, almond biscotti!
The remaining wines in the offer are best sellers from our Kitchen case and should be familiar to all our regular customers.
If you are yet to get acquainted with our Marsanne, Montagne Noire, Primitivo Salento, Boheme and Tinto Roble, Pago de Ariaz, check out their individual tasting notes for more information.