Wine is more than something you put in a glass and drink. It can be the start of a great conversation or other joyful interactions and it’s definitively a fantastic ice breaker. The three wines for the weekend I’m choosing on the run to Valentine’s Day are not just delicious on their own merit, they have amazing love stories behind them, so learn them and perhaps comment on them to make your guest smile.
Without further ado, three wines for the weekend of love…
Canard Duchene Rose Champagne
€36.95 (on offer from €44.95) – Available at O’Briens Wine
This bubbly’s name combine those of its creator: a barrel maker named Victor Canard and winemaker Léonie Duchêne. They fell in love, got married, moved to Champagne and formed the house in 1868. Isn’t that the dream? They had a son, Edmond Canard, whose guidance made the house an international success, served in the court of Tsar Nicholas II.
Delicate, with a fresh raspberries and strawberry shortcake note and a vibrant fizz, it’s the perfect bubbly to treat someone special.
Romeo & Juliet Passimento Red
€12.95 (on offer from €17.95) – Available at O’Briens Wine
This Italian red pays homage to the most famous Shakespearean romance. It comes from the Veneto, not far from Verona, the hometown of the star crossed lovers Giulietta e Romeo. Its label features a photo by Giò Martorana, Unesco Prize for Photography, that shows a fragment of the wall in Juliet’s balcony where thousands of lovers leave messages every day. The play might be a work of fiction, but the passion of the countless messages the image captures is as real as it’s moving.
It has a delicate sweetness (it’s made with lightly dried grapes, which concentrate more sugar), and a pleasant balance between ripe berries and sweet spices with moderate tannins. For more clues on how to seduce with wine the Italian way, check out these fool-proof tips from the team at Little Italy.
Torres Waltraud Riesling
From €32 – Selected restaurants including Montys of Kathmanu and Chapter One in Dublin and Cava Bodega in Galway
Miguel Torres is one of the most respected winemakers in the world. This Spanish wine legend made this very special wine to honour the love of his life, Waltraud Maczassek, a German woman who studied fine arts and put down roots in the Penedés when she married Miguel. They’ve three children, two who currently work in the winery.
Inspired by her heritage, Miguel used Riesling, a traditional German variety, which he planted in privileged land in the Penedés to create a wine of delicate sweetness, floral elegance, high acidity and beautiful balance.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.