Wines of the week: Taittinger Prestige Rose NV; Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2010; Oudinot Rosé Champagne NV
Terry Kirby selects the best Valentine's bottles
Sunday 12 February 2012
Taittinger Prestige Rose NV
Valentine's Day may be over-hyped, but it is still a good excuse to brighten mid-February by sharing some great "pinks" with your loved one. This is from one of the fine old names of champagne, a house still in family ownership: classically refined, with lots of creamy raspberry and cherry fruit flavours, given extra complexity by a high proportion of Pinot Noir grapes. Perfect with smoked salmon or other canapés. £42.99, Waitrose; Wine Rack £30.99 (until 4 March); Majestic £37 (when buying two as part of minimum six bottle purchase; normally £42)
Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2010
Once solely a summer drink, rosé now finds favour even in winter with a few producers such as this setting new standards way above the "fun and fruity" idea. This is an appropriately sophisticated bottle for a cosy supper à deux at any time and has a real depth of flavour that makes it ideal with lobster or other fine shellfish and crustacea. £13.50, goedhuis.com (minimum purchase 12 bottles); £15.65, slurp.co.uk
The best of the high street
Oudinot Rosé Champagne NV
Even if you are not planning a special evening this week, this time (and Mother's Day next month) is a brilliant period to hunt down sparkling bargains for when you do want to celebrate. M&S has one of the most dependable ranges of fizz on the high street and this excellent rosé version of its own-label champagne is wonderfully crisp and dry, with lots of crunchy berry fruits and a satisfyingly long finish. £15, Marks & Spencer (until 4 March; normally £25)
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
newsThat most ancient of crimes is on the rise, threatening farmers' livelihoods, community trust – and human health
food + drink
sportIf you thought the London Olympics and Wiggins' Tour glory made last year best, don't forget Murray's Wimbledon win and Farah's double
Life & Style blogs
The 10 Best Scotch Whiskies
America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
GTA 5: Rockstar bans gamers stealing in-game money worth millions
Microsoft announces first exclusive Xbox One content: a documentary on the worst video game ever
Potential revolution in cancer treatment voted breakthrough of the year by scientists
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 27 animals died during filming of Hollywood blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, says report
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Food & Drink
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Round The World Experts: D...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: FCm Travel Solutions: FCm ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K base & uncapped commission & benefits: Flight...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: We would very much like to hear from applicant...