The perfect date wines for every occasion
Looking to impress your date with your wine knowledge? We asked our friends at Virgin Wines to share their expertise on the perfect date wine (and share a very special offer)
The perfect adventure date wine
Adventurous dates can often be some of the best dates. They get you out of your element, it’s often something exciting and new to both of you, and you can learn a lot about each other. Whether you choose to go on a bike ride, visit a theme park, go to the zoo, or even try an extreme skydiving session, you need a wine that’s equally exciting. This date needs a wine that’s big, bold and unapologetically forward.
An Australian Shiraz would be a great adventurous date wine. Shiraz has dark, thick skins so when it’s fully ripe it produces a delicious wine with deep blackberry notes. Australian Shiraz usually comes with a high alcohol content and the warm climate it’s grown in leaves behind a plethora of incredibly satisfying flavours. It’s big, bold and in your face.
The perfect dinner date wine
You can’t go wrong with a dinner date. It’s a classic choice for a reason. There’s something about getting to know someone over a good meal, with even better wine. Of course, the fact that this date is relatively simple means the pressure is on to get the wine choice right. You need a reliable vintage that never fails to impress.
You can’t go wrong with French Pinot Noir. Many of the world’s most expensive wines are made from this grape variety. Unlike Shiraz, Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape, which produces a light to medium-bodied red. The difference here is that, instead of those fruit-forward black fruit flavours, you get more delicate red fruits like strawberry and redcurrant. It’s a classic date wine for a classic date.
The perfect cultural date wine
Cultural dates are a great way to get to know each other. Take a trip to a local monument, museum, art gallery or even a wine tasting. Discovering something new with someone always brings people closer. An unusual date like this calls for an extraordinary wine. You need something that isn’t very common but is worth seeking out.
Gewürztraminer is a great cultural date wine. It’s a difficult grape to grow as it picks up all the pests and diseases in the vineyard – only a truly talented winemaker can get the best out of it. The name translates as spicy or perfumed wine. It’s grown in many regions but is at its best in Alsace, on the border of France and Germany. It’s a fantastic wine to pair with food. It’s sophisticated and intriguing.
As you may be able to tell, there are as many wines out there as there are dates. It’s always exciting to experiment with varieties from places you’ve never heard of. Virgin Wines have made it their mission to discover the regions that offer the best wines at the very best prices – it’s taken them all over the world, investigating everything from Romanian Pinot Noir to Lebanese Cabernet Blend.
That’s why we’re excited to have teamed up with Virgin Wines to offer you an £80 saving on 12 top-rated wines – yours for just £59.88! For only £4.99 a bottle you can enjoy some of their top, medal-winning wines, including a blockbusting Aussie red, stunning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, fruit-filled Argentinean Malbec, and many more. It’s a great way to discover the unique craft wines and great savings you could enjoy as a member of Virgin Wines’ fantastic Discovery Wine Club.
To order, visit www.virginwines.co.uk/VB2638
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UK Delivery only. You must be 18 years of age or over. Strictly one case per customer. Not to be combined with any other promotional discount or offer. P&P is charged at £7.99. Wines are subject to availability and may be swapped for a similar wine of equal or greater value at Virgin Wines’ discretion. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training purposes. By redeeming this offer you agree to try the Virgin Wines Discovery Wine Club. The Discovery Wine Club offers you a new 12 bottle selection of top class wines every quarter, all with a minimum 15% discount. There’s no obligation to buy any more wine and you can skip a case, change the wine or cancel your membership at any time with no penalties. Offer is unavailable to existing Discovery Wine Club members. For full T&C’s visit www.virginwines.co.uk/terms-and-conditions
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