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Drink Pink - Romantic Valentine Tipples

Friday, 8 February 2008

Valentines is less than a week away Martin Moran  is here with his most romantic tipple's and will discuss the best pink wines from rose to pink champagne.

Wine 1
Name: La Source de Vignalaure
Producer: O'Briens
Vintage: 2006
Country Region: Southern France
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Tasting Notes: to include appearance, smell, taste,
This rosé, made 100% from the Syrah grape, displays incredible purity of red berry fruit, is concentrated, balanced and really sets the world standard for premium rosé for the world.

What Food to Match it with: Salads and White meats

Any Interesting Stories on the Specific Wine:  Château Vignelaure, owned by David and Catherine O'Brien of Irish Horse racing fame, consistently produces incredible rosés. Wining all the major awards in its category, this estate is rated as one of the greatest in Southern France.
Price: €12.49
Buy It: O' Briens Off licenses Nationwide

Wine 2
Name: Nepenthe Tryst Rose
Vintage: 2007
Country: South Australia
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes:  Fragrant and fresh with ripe strawberries and a hint of rose petal.  A generous palate of succulent summer berries beautifully framed by natural acidity.  Lively yet delicate with a fresh crisp finish.

Food Match: Antipasto and Mediterranean dishes
Buy It:

Wine 3

Name: Prosecco Raboso Rosé
Producer: Loris Bonotto, La Contesse
Vintage: None Vintage
Country Region: Treviso area of the Veneto, north-eastern Italy, on the hills of the Conegliano Veneto
Grape Variety: 70% Prosecco and 30% Raboso
Tasting Notes: A delightfully fresh and frothy Italian sparkling wine, with an appealing elegant pink colour, and fruity character of pears and cherry drops.  The finish is mouthwatering, dry and crisp

What Food to Match it with: Serve lightly chilled, as a perfect party or celebration fizz! This wine would also go well with light canapes or seafood starters
Price: €12.49
But It:  Marks & Spencer stores nationwide

Wine 4

Name: Rose Champagne
Producer: Billecart - Salmon
Vintage: None Vintage
Country Region: Champagne, France
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: A delicate pink color is accompanied by gorgeous sweet cherry, strawberry, and mineral-like scents, assertive medium-bodied flavors, a delicate, crisp personality, and surprising depth as well as persistence. A beautiful berry character in the finish adds to this impeccable rose's captivating style.

What a Food to Match it With: Aperitif or salmon

Interesting Stories: Champagne house founded in 1818
Price: € 65
But It: Selected Off Licenses and Wine Shops Nationwide