Discover wines to love at Tesco this Valentine’s Day

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special meal at home this year, add a little touch of luxury with a toast of Tesco Finest fizz, a wine to match your meal or an upgraded G&T to start

Alternatively, for an easy way to elevate your night in, there is also the £15 Tesco Finest Valentine’s Menu for Two, which includes a 75cl bottle of wine or Prosecco from a specially selected range*, or non-alcoholic alternatives.

Here are some Valentine’s Day recommendations

Tesco Finest Prosecco Rosé (vegetarian) 11.5% abv, £8.00
Made from the traditional Prosecco grape Glera, with a splash of Pinot Noir, this Prosecco rosé is crisp, light and deliciously dry. It boasts delicate floral aromas, complemented by notes of bright citrus and fresh, ripe red berries. Serve chilled on its own, alongside crisps and nibbles or fruity puddings.

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne Rosé (vegan) 12.5% abv, £23.00 IWC & IWSC Bronze Medal 2020
This elegant pink Champagne spends up to three years ageing in bottle before release, a process which creates a wonderful depth of flavour and brings a touch of brioche richness to the refreshingly crisp citrus and fresh strawberry notes. Enjoy it on its own or alongside canapés, seafood starters or light desserts.

Côtes de Provence Roseline Prestige Rosé 2019, £15
A blend of classic Provence grapes, this wine hails from the Cru Classé estate of Château Sainte Roseline. In the region’s hallmark pale pink hue, it boasts well-defined aromas of fresh red fruits and bright citrus and is refreshingly crisp and dry. Enjoy chilled on its own or alongside light seafood, grilled fish and salads.

Tesco Finest Passerina (vegan) 13% abv, £7.00 IWC Bronze Medal 2020
This refreshing dry white wine is made from southern Italy’s rare Passerina grape and is named after the sparrows that enjoy eating them. Crisp and delicately floral, with bright flavours of citrus fruit and white peach, it works brilliantly with food. Enjoy alongside light pasta dishes, risotto, fish or grilled vegetables.

Tesco Finest Argentinian Malbec (vegetarian) 13% abv, £8
Made by Argentina’s celebrated Catena Family, from grapes hand-picked on the foothills of the Andes. This is deeply fruity, with aromas of fresh blueberry, blackberry and plum and just a touch of white pepper. Long, rich, fruity and spicy on the palate, it works well with steak, meat stews, smoky grilled aubergine or hearty vegetarian mains.

Tesco Finest ‘The Melodist’ London Dry Gin, 40% abv, £20.00 IWC Silver Medal 2020
Twelve botanicals are carefully layered to create the flavour profile of this gin and, like an orchestra, each one has a key part to play in the composition. From woody base notes of coriander seed, cinnamon bark and liquorice root to the high notes of zesty yuzu, grapefruit and lemongrass, the result is bold, but brilliantly balanced. Serve this with your favourite tonic and make it special with a garnish of rosemary and pink grapefruit.

* The Tesco Finest Valentine’s Day Menu for Two costs £15. Available in the majority of larger Tesco stores, subject to availability while stocks last. Offer starts 8th February in large stores and from 10th February in Tesco Express stores. Also available online. The Tesco Finest Menu for Two serves two people and includes:

  • One starter
  • One main
  • One side
  • One vegetable accompaniment
  • One dessert

Plus one 75cl bottle from a selection or a non-alcoholic alternative; wine choices are:

  • Finest Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG 75Cl
  • Tesco Finest South African Malbec 75Cl
  • Finest Monteforte Pinot Grigio 75Cl
  • Finest Pinot Grigio Blush 75Cl
  • Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling 75Cl

To take a look at the menu go to
https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/zone/valentines-meal-deal?icid=valentines_zone_meal_deal

Peter Morrell, Editor comments, “The Tesco Valentine’s deal menu for two, is great value for money and the wide selection of dishes available caters for every taste. I have sampled one of the suggested wines above and made my own recommendation of a sparkly to start your romantic evening in style.

The first was the Tesco Finest Argentinian Malbec which is produced in the area around the city of Mendoza, widely recognised as the Malbec capital of the world. This red wine poured a dark ruby colour which indicated its depth and character. There was an abundance of bramble fruit and plum aromas on the nose which were carried onto the palate. They were joined by other red fruit and peppery spices. The well-structured tannins created a velvety smoothness in the mouth and the fruity finish was strong and persistent. This wine is a natural pairing for steaks and game casseroles.

My recommendation for the sparkly is the Tesco Finest Cremant De Limoux Rose (currently with £2.00 off at £10.00). LImoux is in south west France, it was there in 1531 that monks started producing the first sparkling wine, so this wine comes with a 500-year-old history. This wine is a blend of three grapes – Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. This combination creates fruit, aroma and colour. The wine was a delicate salmon pink colour and, in the glass, produced streams of bubbles that created a creamy mousse on the surface. In the bouquet strawberry and raspberry aromas abounded and continued in the mouth where the fruity flavours were enhanced by tropical notes. The light acidity makes the finish bright and uplifting. Match this with seafood or charcuterie.”

Whether you choose the Valentine’s Meal Deal or any of the suggested wines you can be assured of a romantic evening with the love of your life.

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