Valentine’s Day Tasting – Listen here to Sniff and Spit with  Steph and Dom on TalkRADIO Saturday 10 February, 11am

Last Saturday, I met Steph and Dom at their new radio show with a few bottles of sparkling rosé to set hearts racing in preparation for Valentine’s Day. You probably know Steph and Dom from Gogglebox, critiquing others whilst popping Champagne, or their hotel makeover show (Channel 4), but now they are hosting their own radio show every Saturday and Sunday morning on TalkRADIO. It’s a hilarious take on the week’s news and I’m going to be joining them with a few bottles Saturday mornings at 11am. Hope you can join us! If not, catch up on the blog, find out what we’ve drunk and what we plan to drink over the coming weeks, so you can taste with us.

11am might seem too early for wine tasting, but not for Steph and Dom. Sniffing, swirling, NOT spitting and swiftly allocating one pink for Breakfast, one for Lunch and one for Dinner.

Steph and Dom’s Breakfast fizz

Giotti Spumante Rosé, £5.99, Aldi – Best Value for Valentine’s Day.

Curvacious bottles, glowing pinks and sweet aromas of summer fruits, make hearts flutter and swoon. How does Aldi do it for just £5.99?! Expect the palest of pinks, a kiss of fruit and nubile freshness. Pair with breakfast in bed and make it worth staying in bed for.

  • Grapes – Merlot and Raboso
  • Ageing – unlike top English fizz and Champagne, this wine is made under pressure in a large tank, just like Prosecco. Fresh fruit and drinkability is the goal so there’s no ageing in the bottle required.
  • Vintage – N/A.

Steph and Dom’s Lunch time fizz and TOP PICK for Valentine’s Day

Gusbourne Rosé, 2014, £40 – The Patriotic, ‘off-piste’ choice

There’s nothing like a bit of pink fizz for making people feel amorous and this one certainly shows you’ve gone the extra mile. It’s not available on the High Street and can only be bought direct from the vineyard or from fancy retailers like Adnams, Hedonism, The Oxford Wine Company and Corks Out, Berry Bros and Rudd, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. 2014 was a super sunny year, so no clouds or rain water here, just pure unadulterated fruit, juicy English strawberries, redcurrants wrapped up in creamy bubbles and digestive biscuit richness. Seek a bottle out for your loved one – your effort will be rewarded.

  • Grapes – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a dash of Pinot Meunier (the same grapes as used in Champagne)
  • Ageing – minimum of 28 months on the yeasty lees.
  • Dosage/residual sugar – 8.2g/l
  • Vintage – 2014 – a sunny vintage to look out for.

Dinner Fizz – Steph’s favourite for LUXURY

Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne, £59 (Stockists various – Sainsbury’s, M&S, Waitrose, Tescos, Majestic…)

This is a wine with great pulling-power – just look at the curvy bottle based on a 16th Century design. An iconic pink, that’s the Chanel no.5 in the world of Champagne. The colour pulls you in, an intriguing copper pink, bubbles swirl and ribbon up the glass. Aromas are fresh and sweet like wild strawberries, cherries, crushed and perfumed, interlaced with roasted nuts and fresh croissants. Steph started swooning before she’s even tasted it.

Drink with sweet seafood – plump prawns, scallops, tuna sashimi or butter drenched lobster. If you’re a meat eater, match with pink lamb or rare fillet steak. This Champagne has been aged for 4 years on the lees, giving it power and richness for food. One for tying the knot – ‘I DO!’

  • Grapes – Pinot Noir
  • Ageing – 4 years extended ageing on the yeasty lees.
  • Dosage/residual sugar – approx. 10g/l
  • Vintage – NV, this means different years have been blended giving you a consistent style year from year.