St. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil that special person in your life: maybe you're planning a romantic dinner at home? Or perhaps just curling up together on the coach in front of a roaring fire. To help Cupid's arrow find its mark, why not set the romantic tone by picking up one of these beautiful bottles of pink fizz online or in your local O'Briens?
And don't forget, your local O'Briens team will happily gift wrap your present free of charge.
First up is a rosé Cava: Valhondo Rosado Brut NV offers unbeatable value this week with €5 off (€12.95 down from €17.95). Cava is Spain's answer to Champagne and is seeing a surge in popularity as people explore beyond Prosecco but don't want to pay the hefty price tag of Champagne. All Cava is made in the Traditional Method (Champagne Method), whereby the second fermentation happens in the bottle, which gives the characteristic bubbles.
The similarities with champagne don't end with the production , as this Cava uses one of the champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, in the blend. It offering delicious bright strawberry and crisp cherry fruit flavours. The refreshing bubbles linger on the tongue on the long persistent finish.
Enjoy With: This Cava is very dry and crisp with delicious red berry fruit flavours. Pair with a brambly apple and berry tart with cream (ice cream would make this too sweet and may clash with the Cava). The acidity in the wine will cut through the fat of the dessert.
Australia is not the first place we tend to think of for world-class sparkling wine, but the Croser winery was established with the firm belief that the right location in Australia could produce sparkling wine to rival the Grandes Marques of Champagne.
Produced with Pinot Noir grapes grown in the cool climate Adeliade Hills, Croser Rosé is made in the Traditional Method with some of the wine fermented in barrique to add richness and complexity. The result...
"...is a sparkling wine with fresh lively flavours of just-ripe strawberries and peach, with a touch of ripe orange peel and a creamy shortbread note on the finish." -Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent, 08/02/2020
A wonderfully affordable alternative to the big Champagne brands' rosé.
If you want a real treat for you Valentine this year, then a bottle of true rosé Champagne makes the most luxurious of gifts. And this year we have plenty of Champagne on special offer.
Lanson Rosé (€42.95 down from €57.95), has a beautiful pale pink hue, is dry in style with hints of summer fruits and crisp refreshing acidity that would pair wonderfully with fresh oysters for a Valentine's aphrodisiac. Alternatively, Lanson are the Champagne sponsors at Wimbledon, so would certainly advocate drinking it with strawberries.
If you really want to push the boat out, then Bollinger Special Cuvée Rosé (€63.00 down from €83.00) is one of the best Champagnes produced by any of the Houses. With its extended lees ageing, it is complex and multi-layered with red berry fruit complemented perfectly by the underlying toasty and nutty characters. The finish is crisp and fresh and slightly spicy.
Food Match: With all that complexity and texture, this wine is crying out to be served alongside a seared duck breast.
-Lorcan O'Brien, Wine Communications and Content Manager.
*Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing. Please check our website or in-store for the most up-to-date pricing.