One of the best parts about becoming a blogger has been meeting other bloggers from near and far – from literally round the corner to the other side of the world. Reading their blogs has been interesting in itself, but has also been very helpful in learning how to make my own blog better. Everyone I have met has been polite, pleasant and generous.
For some time now I had been meaning to try collaborating with some of my fellow bloggers – and then I hit on the idea of asking them to contribute a recommendation for a Valentine’s Day wine. A cheesy romantic link to V-Day was optional – it could just be a wine that the writer really liked and so would recommend – and just a couple of lines was requested, though some wrote more.
I was bowled over by the reaction – everyone I asked agreed to join in! Some even gave the background as to why a particular wine was romanic for them.
So sincere thanks to all who contributed!
Judeka Insolia ‘Angelica’ 2013 & Nero d’Avola ‘Orlando’ 2013 by Richie Magnier (@motleycruwine) of the motley cru
The Judeka wines I tasted late last year in the Wine Workshop would be really good Valentine’s Day bottles. Their Angelica & Orlando wines are named after the characters in Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love) by Matteo Maria Boiardo.
The Angelica was a lovely, light, fresh, lemon-and-lime wine with some apricot. It was deliciously refreshing, and I couldn’t get over how light, both in colour and texture, it was, but without feeling insipid.
The Orlando differed so much from Nero d’Avolas I’ve had before which tended to be big, hot and spicy. This was deliciously fresh and light with bright juicy red fruits. It had nice integrated acidity: enough to be noticed, and to go really well with food, but not too much to be a major factor. A touch of dustiness and salinity underneath the juicy fruits added a distant allure to an otherwise delightfully appealing wine.
Here is Richie’s full report.
Both are €14.99 from Sheridans’ Cheesemongers (in store and online)
Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 by Liqueur Plate (@LiqueurPlate) of Liqueur Plate
I have always regarded Amarone as one of the most sensuous wines I’ve ever tasted.
Intense, full bodied wine where rich feminine flavours of red and black cherries are warmed with cocoa and strengthened by the masculine tobacco and coffee character in this extremely seductive wine.
Let it decant for an hour or two before serving.
€39 Available from most off licences and supermarket nationwide.
Philippe Michel Cremant Du Jura NV by SolicitingFlavours (@SolicitingFlavo) of Soliciting Flavours
From the Aldi website: “Made from 100% Chardonnay this wine has a sophisticated subtlety with stimulating fresh citrus notes and a lovely length. Perfect for any occasion, with hints of apple and lemon citrus.”
£7.29 UK / €10.49 Ireland
Kicks most prosecco’s arse!
The full list of 2015 Valentines Wines posts:
- I – The Tasting Panel
- II – Bloggers Of The World Unite (episode 1)
- III – Dolcetto – the Little Sweet One
- IV – Bloggers Of The World Unite (episode 2)
- V – Romantic, Tacky or Kitsch?
- VI – Bloggers Of The World Unite (episode 3)
- VII – Bloggers Of The World Unite (episode 4)