Wines and gift ideas for Valentine and beyond

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These gorgeous treats from Laithwaite’s allow you to keeping the romantic embers burning indoors this Valentine, whether with a significant other, the whole family or just by yourself! Additionally with this climate, couples who may now work from home no longer need to worry about conflicting schedules, or whether the restaurant is booked on a particular day. So you can romance it your way, at a time and day that suits you.

Tray of Delights Hamper – see featured image

Sink your teeth into a gorgeous selection of chocolates, salty truffles, oat infused biscuits, or toffee – take your pick. Those with a savoury tooth will love crunchy pretzels or cheese bites, washed down with the flavours of passion fruit in the deliciously dry Sauvignon Blanc. This bounty is presented in a glazed willow basket, so this gift has more uses than one! A practical treat that’s reasonably priced. £34.99

Finca la Olma Verdejo 2019, 13.5% abv, Spain

A favourite of the author’s, who will showcase this wine again and again. Easily recognised by the nose of wet grass, the tropical and lime overtones in the palate always delights. A lot of punch from a pale green tipple. Super easy to drink. £10.99 a bottle

Baron de Barbon Rioja  2019 14.0,%  abv, Spain

Made from Tempranillo grapes grown in the old vineyards of Rioja Alavesa, this juicy red packs a palate of red fruit with a whiff of toasted vanilla that it is renowned for. Great to pair with beef or other strongly flavoured red meat dishes. £10.99 per bottle

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut, 12% abv, France

Pinot Noir grapes matured for four years in a cellar has added complexity to this prestigious Champagne from the 1812 family owned house of Laurent Perrier. Once you’ve been seduced by the sherbet nose, the palate explodes with girly red berries. Today’s presentation includes a 17th century style curved bottle and glamorous packaging. At £48.99 per bottle this makes a special gift all year round.  

Il Papavero Rose Prosecco  Brut 2019 11.5 abv%, Italy

This easy to drink rosé is made by winemaker Scipione Giuliani, born in Conegliano, the heart of the Prosecco region. Creamy on the palate, the fizz is deceptively soft. Expect notes of red cherry and peach to tantalise you. Complement this dry tipple with a light fish dish. Made from the Prosecco Glera grape. £14.99 per bottle

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