Obligatory Valentine’s Day post

When I worked for a publisher a few years ago we decided to have a party on Valentine’s Day because we were all much too cool to take part in such confected nonsense. Guess what? Nobody showed up, they were all at home or out celebrating with their lovers. Everyone pretends to hate Valentine’s day but I think, like me, most people secretly enjoy it. I love buying little gifts for my wife, getting a silly card made with old photos and, most of all, I love having an excuse to open a good bottle of wine. So this Valentine’s Day don’t be grump, buy some nice wine, put some jazzy music on and do some bloody romancing. (Or just ignore the whole thing rather than complaining about it on twitter). Whatever you drink, it’s got to have a frivolity about it. Hence why I’m picking this one:
St. Amour, Cote de Besset, Joseph Burrier 2013 £14.50 from The Wine Society
A good Beaujolais like this is the ultimate Valentine’s Day wine because it combines gaiety with interest. You can appreciate the cherries, the flowers and the touch of earth on the end, or you can just enjoy its straightforward deliciousness. Also it’s called St. Amour which is French for love. Can’t get more romantic than that.

Image from Vivino

About Henry

I’m a drinks writer. My day job is features editor at the Master of Malt blog. I also contribute to BBC Good Food, the Spectator and others. You can read some of my work here. I’ve done a bit of radio, given some talks and written a couple of books (Empire of Booze, The Home Bar and the forthcoming Cocktail Dictionary).
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