If (like us) you’d rather stay in on Valentine’s Day than sit like sardines two-by-two-by-two at a restaurant then bring the bar home with these tempting suggestions from Borough Wines. The sustainable wine-on-tap experts work with independent winemakers and most of their offering is organic, biodynamic and natural. We asked them to recommend a bottle of fizz, a red and a white – plus a wine-on-tap that would provide just the right tipple this Friday evening:
Sparkling: Cava Brut, Robert de Nola, 2016, Catalunya, Spain (11.5%) c.£13/bottle
Surely the most underrated of Europe’s traditional sparkling wines the spotlight is rightly turning once again to Cava. A delicate string of fine bubbles carries the nose of soft brioche tones with citrus notes. Herbal bay-leaf and lingering flavours of sweet orange. It is rounded and elegant exhibiting velvety fruits with a finish of fresh almond.
White: Maison 54 Terret Blanc, 2017, Languedoc, France (12%) c.£11.50
Zesty and vibrant, with subtle notes of citrus, white peach and a touch of aniseed, the Maison 54 Terret Blanc has excellent aromatic intensity and an almost briny freshness. Long overlooked in favour of the local Picpoul grape, Terret Blanc is an ancient variety indigenous to the Thau lagoon region, with much to endear it to fans of its more famous neighbour. A brilliant aperitif, or else a natural partner to oysters it’s the perfect white for a romantic night.
Red: Merlot, Bouchon Family, 2018, Maule Valley, Chile (13.7%) c.£12.50/bottle
Made by one of our favourite independent wineries in Chile this Merlot is a juicy wine with smooth tannins. Cherry red in colour, the nose is characterised by strawberry and subtle vanilla notes. It pairs perfectly with chicken and pasta.
Wine-on-tap: Organic & Vegan Tempranillo from Casa Berger, Catalunya, Spain (13%) c. £8.50/bottle
We specialise in wine-on-tap (more sustainable) so buy a re-usable bottle and then re-fill it as many times as you like. Who wouldn’t be charmed by someone who did such a thing? Go for the Termpranillo with an attractive deep cherry colour being full bodied and bright. With aromas of red and wild fruits it’s fruity and silky on the palate, well structured with soft tannins and a long finish.
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