Wine has long been linked to romance – it was the aphrodisiac of choice among Ancient Romans, and has been associated with weddings since biblical times. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not carry on the time-honoured tradition by giving the person you love the gift of wine.

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To help you select the right bottle for your special someone, we’ve searched our wine cellars for the best bottles for a Valentine’s gift, accompanying a Valentine’s meal or simply toasting a relationship. Here are 12 of our suggestions as most romantic wines for the 14th February:

 

1. Tanners Brut Extra Réserve Spécial Champagne

To toast your relationship in style, you can’t go wrong with a classic bottle of Champagne – and our Tanners blend combines older reserve wines to create a deliciously complex, mature flavour. Delicious Magazine described it as “special indeed, with bright pineapple and a soft creamy, richer layer beneath”.

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2. Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé 2012

A pale sparkling rosé the same colour as a lover’s blush – what could be more appropriate for Valentine’s Day? This delightful blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes creates wild strawberry aromas, and produces a dangerously easy to drink wine. This English Sparkling Rosé is a fabulous example of fizz that you can enjoy on its own, or alongside a meal of trout, almonds and red peppers perhaps!

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3. Saint-Amour, Domaine des Pierres, Trichard 2014

If you want to impress your amour, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Saint Amour – love’s even in the name. It contains floral violet hints, not to mention a juiciness that, overall, makes for a deliciously light and fruity red.

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4. Gavi DOCG del Comune di Gavi, La Chiara 2014

With the Cortese grape’s fresh, graceful, lemon-zest, apple and almond flavours, this is fine and seamless Gavi di Gavi,” writes The Wine Gang of this crisp, dry white, which is produced by the Bergaglio family on their small Italian estate. Its light flavours make it a particularly fitting accompaniment to seafood dishes, such as fried tench served with lemon peel and spring onion.

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5. Château du Galoupet, cru classé Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2014

This classic Côtes de Provence rosé is at once elegant and fruity, providing the drinker with pure floral notes with hints of lychees, cherries and raspberries. Leading wine expert, Matthew Jukes, described it as “one of the most elegant wines of the year… Delicate, pure and very long – this is sophistication in a glass”. To do this bottle justice, enjoy it alongside a traditional Provincial dish, such as a bouillabaisse laden with fresh fish, vegetables and spices.

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6. Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013

This biodynamic wine was described by The Sunday Express as “a lovely, elegant floral red wine of real class” – and it’s hardly surprising, given it comes straight out of Central Otago, New Zealand’s premier Pinot Noir producing region. Enjoy it as the perfect complement to a romantic, rich meal of duck breast and damsons soaked in port wine.

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7. Susana Sempre Blanco, Vino de la Tierra Majorca 2014

This full-bodied, dry white wine is produced in Mallorca using a Prensal Blanc and Chardonnay blend. The result? A wine that was described in The Daily Mail as “a beautifully haunting, pear blossom scented wine with a silky palate and a refreshing crisp finish… a very elegant creature indeed”. It makes the perfect complement to a delicate Grouper a la Mallorquina dish.

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8. Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2015

The perfect Valentine’s Day wine, this elegant Pinot Noir is a sparkling rosé, with a subtle strawberry aroma. Of course, the ideal romantic venue for quaffing this wine would be on its vineyard in Adelaide, under the Australian summer sun. But, failing that, it’s still a delightful accompaniment to a platter of prawn and chorizo skewers, with delicate parsley and lemon zest.

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9. Juliénas, Domaine du Clos du Fief, Michel Tête 2014

This medium-bodied Juliénas is produced using 100% Gamay grapes, giving it a fruity flavour, spicy finish and great depth. No wonder it was described in The Times as “a beautiful beaujolais… wonderfully aromatic and glossy, with masses of rich, crunchy red berry fruit that works like a daub of cranberry sauce with baked ham”. It makes the ideal accompaniment to meaty meals, such as rillettes.

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10. La Petite Ferme Sauvignon Blanc, Franschhoek 2015

It tastes like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but actually hails from a small winery in South Africa. The Wine Gang describe this bottle as “crisp, tangy… with smoky, apple and herbal flavours and an appetisingly dry finish.” This wine is made to go with meals – to really do it justice, you would ideally enjoy it at La Petite Ferme’s on-site restaurant in Franschhoek. However, a romantic evening in, with a dish of smoked trout soaked in lemon and served alongside dill-dressed new potatoes should do nicely.

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11. Villion Blanc de Blanc, Méthode Cap Classique, Viljoensdrift

This classic dry sparkler, aged for five years and made using 100% Chardonnay grapes, was described by The Observer as “South Africa’s bottle-fermented answer to Champagne”. Combining hints of lemon and apples with creamy, biscuity notes, this bottle can be enjoyed on its own or as an aperitif.

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12. Tanners Cava Brut, Traditional Method

This rich, flavoursome Cava produced using the ‘traditional method’, which makes it such an excellent (and affordable) alternative to Champagne is described as “quaffable sparkler with a very appealing price-tag, which will easily hold its own against Champagne…Rich and biscuity style with a creamy texture and fresh apple characters. Masses of fine bubbles exploding in the glass” in Decanter Magazine

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We hope these bottles have given you some inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Take your pick from the 12 wines above, or browse our full range of wines and Champagnes and sparkling wines today to find your perfect Valentines wine. Buying a bottle of wine as a surprise gift? We can deliver straight to the recipient – and you can even add your own personalised message.