A Guide to Spending Valentine’s Day at Home (and Making it the Best Ever)
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which – if you work a conventional week – gives you the whole day to shower the object of your affections with exceptional gifts, cook a beautiful meal, plan a cosy at-home activity and, of course, toast your love with the finest champagnes and wines.
Personalised Champagne Gifts They Can Keep Forever
Personalised gifts make a lasting impression, especially those that include champagne. With Veuve Clicquot Personalisable Limited Edition Arrow, or Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Personalisable Metal Gift Box you can create a unique message to display on the front of the box, and your valentine can proudly display the declaration at home long after the bottle is finished. Another cute idea if you’re sending love from afar is to make up a hamper with all their favourite treats, including a mini bottle of Moët as the pièce de résistance.
Macarons and Champagne Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat
If you’re considering confectionery to go with your champagne on Valentine’s Day, French macarons make the ideal partner. To avoid overwhelming the delicate flavours of the champagne, you need to match the sweetness of the wine to the macaron. For very sweet macarons such as chocolate or caramel, pick a sweet champagne like Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial. For strawberry or blackberry macarons, a rosé champagne with a slightly sweet edge such as Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé is the way to go.
Brunch and Champagne Pairings for Valentine’s Day
Begin the day with home-cooked brunch and you’re off to a winning start. Pair it with champagne and you’ve hit the jackpot. French toast piled with berries and drizzled with a vanilla sauce is a decadent and easy-to-make recipe that goes exceptionally well with a glass of Ruinart Rosé, while Ruinart Blancs de Blancs with smoked salmon is a marriage made in heaven.
Plan a Special Dinner with Champagne or Wine Pairings
A special day calls for a special dinner, complete with vintage champagne. For serious wow factor, try pairing a bottle of rosé champagne with fine foods. Striking on the palate with enough body to stand up to red meat, a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006 is also a good match for shellfish due to its saline quality. Serve oysters or moules marinière to start, followed by a good-quality steak. If rosé wine is more your style, crab carbonara and Cape Mentelle Rosé is sure to impress.