Valentines Day, for a lucky few, will mean getting all gussied up in a new dress for a fancy dinner out, movies or a show! But, sometimes, the thought of a lovely low-key affair at home with your loved one can seem just as appealing- our only question is, who are really the lucky ones?!

Planning a lovely night in with your fella is our number one pick of what to do this Valentine’s Day. Ship the kids off to Nan and Pop’s, grab some luscious takeaway, or, if you have time, get together a yummy feast (check out Manu’s menu for a romantic rendezvous or our 3pm Pick-Up Recipes for inspiration), light the candles and don’t forget a nice drop to toast to your love!

Depending on your preference, we have our recommendations on the best bottles to while the night away:


Sparkling wine:


*Captions are left to right, in order of price per 100mL

1. Hardys Crest Cuvee Rose, 750mL $13
Need budget bubbles? This excellent offering from sparkling veterans, Hardys, will do the trick. Ideal for all occassions. Fresh tropical fruit on the nose with an attractive effervescence. The palate is soft with an intense strawberry flavour. Medium Dry Easy on the palate, refreshing.

2. Jansz Non Vintage Sparkling, 750mL NV $23.05
As the only Tasmanian specialist devoted to the traditional methods from Champagne, this is a unique offering from a great region for sparkling. Lingering flavours of citrus and nougat will make a toast with this an experience that lasts. expect a bright and lifted nose of pretty Pinot fruit where smells of strawberry, red-currant and fresh baked bread make way for a broad and rich.

3. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV, 750mL $66.21

The famous label of Veuve is a standout as is it’s fine Champagne. Take a sip and discover the freshness and forcefulness so typical of Yellow Label. It’s a true member of the Brut family which makes it ideal as an aperitif or the perfect partner for a meal. Let’s celebrate. A true French Champagne.


White wine:


1. Seppelt Jaluka Chardonnay 2011, 750mL $18.84
Part of Seppelt’s regional range, the Jaluka Chardonnay is one of a growing number of classy cool climate Chardonnays, in this case from the Henty region in south west Victoria. Showcasing all that’s great about modern Australian Chardonnay, expect lively stone and citrus fruit, complex nutty oak, and a palate that’s racy, intense, long and savory. Drink it alongside spaghetti with prawns.

2. Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Grigio 2011, 750mL $19
This Over the Shoulder Pinot Grigio might give you some ideas for those flirty glances 😉 From one of the country’s most talented winemaking teams, expect smells of pear, lemon and green apple, while in the mouth it’s crisp, dry and just the thing for lazy Sunday afternoons in the sun.

3. Henry Pelle Menetou Salon Les Bornes, 2010 750mL $24

There is just something about French wine (and a tres chic name!) that gets the romance started. This wine is from one of our favourite Loire producers, the new release is a stunner! Lemon zest, grapefruit and honey aromas precede a creamy palate with floral notes and a hint of talc finishes with a mineral acid lift. A poised and elegant example of Sauvignon Blanc- overall a pure, intense and utterly delicious mouthful of wine.


Red wine:




1. Jacobs Creek Shiraz Rose 2012, 750mL $6.80
Despite the fact that it’s made by the mega-load, quality has not been sidelined in the production of this great dry Rosé. If you haven’t tasted these wines recently, you should definitely give them another look. This is terrific Rosé – perhaps the best all rounder on the market – and packs a bright and bouncy nose full of raspberry, cherry and musk. Drink outdoors it with antipasti.

2. La Boheme Act Two Dry Pinot Rose 2012, 750mL $18.84
Those with a weak spot for good dry rose should make a beeline for the latest pink instalment from La Boheme. Restrained, savoury and dry; smells of red currant, quince paste, dried apple and spice set the pace for subdued fruit, nice acid, and a tidy drying finish. Drink it with spiced and butterflied chicken straight from the barbecue. Delicious drinking made for enjoying in the warmer months of the year.

3. Chapel Hill Abacus McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011, 750mL $20
Hailing from the sun-drenched vineyards of South Australia’s McLaren Vale, Abacus is slick and stylish Shiraz from one of the region’s finest producers. It’s a traditional take on the famous McLaren Vale Shiraz, matured in 100% French oak ethereal, with rich and chunky blueberry, mulberry and licorice barrels. The resulting wine is opulent and characters. Take our word for it – it’s deliciously moreish. Red, afterall, is the colour of pasison!

4. Peregrine Otago Pinot Noir 2010, 750mL $42
We couldn’t help but sneak just one more in for the red division! This has the intensity and depth of flavour the Central Otago region is becoming renowned for. Mocha spice, blood plums and dark cherry characters with a seamless, silky texture and fine tannins that will see this develop for several years yet- or develop your sexy valentines dinner! Either way 🙂





1. Amberley Kiss & Tell Moscato, 750mL $10.42
Amberley makes every day Valentine’s Day with Kiss & Tell. You too can turn any moment into the most romantic day of the year with Kiss & Tell Moscato, a sweet and soft, fruity Italian style of slightly spritzy wine.

2. Grant Burge Moscato Frizzante 2012, 750mL $12.53

This naturally sweet wine comes with a slight fizz making it a uniquely exciting wine. With a lower alcohol level it’s a delicious choice as a dessert wine with an orange panna cotta. Nothing like a bit of bubbles to enjoy at the end of the evening- perhaps in the bubble bath?!

‘This is one of the most delicious moscatos around, and the value is second to none. It has lots of gas, giving a frothy appearance and lifting the floral, muscaty aromas out of the wine. Intense flavour, balanced sweetness and a clean finish make it a winner. Chill well; enjoy it young and fresh. 8 per cent alcohol. 89/100.’

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Nov 2012, by Huon Hooke

3. Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2012, 375mL $10.42
Few wines have the ability to make you smile quite like Moscato. Innocent Bystander is just one of the best local examples of the style that is native to Italy’s North West. Fermented under pressure until it’s just 5% alcohol, expect smells of fresh grape juice, ripe pear and juicy red apples, while in your mouth it’s super-fresh, a little bit sweet, and ever so slightly fizzy. Drink it with gelato.


Have a fantastic Valentine’s in!


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