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Pink Fizz for Valentines with Martin Moran

Thursday, 11 February 2010

It's Valentines this weekend and sometimes we like to go all out and have some pink champagne but is it worth spending a fortune or can the cheap and cheerful do just as good. We will have Martin Moran in to tell us.

Martin Moran, Master of Wine, Evening Herald

Martin has over 24 years experience in the wine trade and writes about wines for the Evening Herald. He has travelled the world sampling wines.

He passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine exam in 1994 and became the first MW to work in Ireland the following year. There are still only three in the Republic of Ireland.

He's poured wine in restaurants and hotels in London, sold wine in Dublin, London, Paris, New York and Sydney; Picked grapes in Alsace, Chateauneuf-du-pape, Buxy, Chablis, Bordeaux and Southern England; grown grapes in England and helped ferment wine in England, Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Adelaide and the Hunter valley;


Cheapest:


Name: Tesco Rosé Cava Brut.
Vintage: NV.
Country & Region: Penedes, Catalonia, Spain.
Grape varieties: Monastrel and Pinot Noir.
Tasting Note: Light cherryish fruit with a slight earthy note while palte has strawberry and cherry notes with a slightly earthy note.
Food Match: As an aperitif.
Price: €8.95.
Buy It: Tesco.

Mid Range:


Name:
Champagne Lavenue Rosé Brut.
Vintage: NV
Country & Region: Champagne, France.
Grape varieties: Mostly Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Tasting Note: Made for M & S by the reliable house of Duval-Leroy. Lightish cherry fruit on nose but the palate has lots of lively cherry and raspberry fruit, a creamy-ish texture and a crisp finish
Food Match: The back label suggests smoked salmon and crème fraiche blinis.
Price: €21, reduced from €42 until 14/2/2010
Buy It: Marks & Spencer

Most expensive:


Name: Champagne Bollinger Rosé Brut.
Vintage: NV.
Country & Region: Champagne, France.
Grape varieties: 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Meunier
Tasting Note: A new wine for Bollinger which is based on their famous 'Special Cuvée to which 5% red wine is added from grand cru vineyards, which gives it a pinkish salmon colour. The nose shows ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit with a note of biscuit or shortbread while the palate has the concentration and length of a fine wine.
Food Match: A beautiful aperitif of course but this has the weight and richness to go well with many shellfish, fish and poultry dishes if required.
Price: €50-80.
Buy It: On special in Oddbins at €49.99, but also at Dunnes at €80 & good wine merchants.
Further Info: http://www.champagne-bollinger.com/uk/pdf/fiche-rose.pdf

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