There are few things in life which give such great joy as a perfect food and wine pairing. The perfect combination creates a delight for the eyes, the nose and the mouth so it’s no surprise that a wonderful and well thought out meal makes for a fantastically sensual Valentine’s Day treat.
The 14th of February is, after all, a traditional feast day so pick your food and wine carefully to create the perfect romantic meal for the person you love.
The Perfect Romantic Meal
Valentine’s Day is all about the senses so bear this in mind when creating your perfect night. It’s all in the details so add some candles and rose petals to the table to create an intimate atmosphere and have some bubbly on ice to start the evening in a luxurious fashion.
I really love pink fizz on Valentine’s Day. Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne is from one of the best French Champagne houses and makes the day that bit more special. Of course there are many alternatives to Champagne now and you can get plenty of “bang” for your buck with some top quality Cava and Frizzante. The Ibis Rosato Frizzante makes a gorgeous lightly sparkling aperitif and is delicious when added to crushed raspberries (the bottle also looks fitting for the occasion with a heart printed label!).
If a full fizz is more your style the beautifully presented Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Reserva is fit for the most discerning sparkling white wine lover. As Purveyor to the Royal Spanish Household, Codorniu offer the very best of Spain’s most well known wine, their Blanc de Blancs Reserva is no less than the top selling Cava in Spain.
So your romantic evening has started well. Now it’s time to get serious! Oysters have long been thought of as aphrodisiacs and it’s not just a folk tale. Oysters contain high levels of amino acids and Zinc which do actually increase hormone levels.
Oysters can either be served raw with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of fresh parsley or (for the more squeamish) grilled with garlic butter and chilli flakes. Whatever method you use, take your food to the next level by pairing them with Baron de Badasserie Picpoul de Pinet, a wonderful light, fresh, dry white wine from Southern France or a fine Burgundy Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long Depaquit to compliment their salty tang.
The Main Course
The last thing you want in a Valentine’s meal is for it to be too heavy and leave you feeling sluggish afterwards. There should be no dozing off on the couch after this meal! Nor should the meal leave you hungry for anything but love (sorry – corny line I know!).
Try some pan-fried scallops topped with crispy chorizo, bite size tortillas, Patatas Bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) and spicy Spanish meatballs plus anything else that takes your fancy. Most tapas dishes are quick and easy to prepare so you should still have time to glam up before the meal. For more tapas recipes see www.orceserranohams.com/recipes.
Keeping with the Spanish theme, a great wine to pair with tapas (or any meat or cheese based meal) is LAN Rioja Crianza. A smooth red full of juicy red fruit flavours and toasty notes. This versatile wine has been listed in Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 wines in the world. Superb value for money at under £10 from Wine Palate.
Whatever you decide to serve up for your loved one, remember to check out Wine Palate online where you can find suggestions for ideal food and wine pairings and read more about our award winning wines.