Preparing for Valentines: drinks to rev up the romance
Valentines Day is days away. Have you, like me, had enough of packing yourself between 50 other lacklustre lovers in an overcrowded ‘bijou’ bistro?
We all know what I am talking about - the twice-the-price menu, the Chateaubriand burnt, the limp lifeless salad – are all enough to deflate the most mega of mojos.
We at The Dinner Set are making a romantic meal at home. And with no exhausting, romance-draining commute home at the end of it, there’s plenty left in the tank for the loved one….
Before reading our romantic drinks, why not watch our top 10 tips to avoid Valentine’s dinner disaster?
Don't stop at Valentines!
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In the meantime, you’d better stock the fridge with some booze to get you in the mood. Here are some drinks ideas from our resident sommelier Nathan to get your evening fizzling…
Valentine's loves bubbles
- If you are on a budget, then head over to Aldi and pick up a bottle of Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura Sparkling Chardonnay (£7).
- If you have a few more quid to spend then Tesco's Finest Blanquette de Limoux 1531 (£10). The 2008 is a good option.
- Budget be damned? Then go to Majestic for the right royal English sparkler Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 (currently on offer – buy 2 for £24 each)
Non alco? A soft drink I would say a sparkling water cooler. Add citrus fruit, or even savoury herbs to sparkling water to create different variations to pair with each course.
The sales of rose champagne usually peak around Valentines day - why not join the crowds by grabbing a bottle of the subtly pink Lindauer Special Reserve NV (buy 2 @ £11 each) or the properly rose L'Extra par Langlois Cremant de Loire (buy 2 @ £11 each) at Majestic. No need to tell your loved one that you got them on special offer…. These sparklers are guaranteed to start your special meal with a bang. If you haven’t gulped it all down by then, they’ll pair with plenty of starters on our site too – from pate to salmon gravlax.
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