We spoke to the experts at Virgin Wines about their tips on excellent wines to try this season, and how to add that extra bit of magic to your special occasions with the perfect wine pairing. Read on for all this, as well as an exciting competition!
Virgin Wines Guest Feature
Ernest Hemingway once said ‘Wine is the most civilised thing in the world’, and who are we to argue with the legendary writer. We may be rather biased, but when planning any occasion, to not think of the wine would be to do a disservice to the event. Wine may divide opinion, but it certainly brings people together. In celebration, in happiness and even sadness…there is always a wine capable of uniting.
Today, as part of our exciting new partnership with Jacques Vert, we’re focusing on those summer events. Those moments of celebration, because we firmly believe that any memorable moment should have a memorable wine to go with it. We’ve put a case together for Jacques Vert customers with a selection of wines perfect for sipping in the sun. Whether that’s a wedding, or just a Sunday afternoon BBQ…this selection ticks all the boxes.
The wonderful thing about wine is that it’s subjective. Palates are unique to the individual, a wine to one can tantalise the taste-buds and deliver a plethora of flavours guaranteed to knock your socks off…yet fall flat with another. This is why it’s important to provide a mix of styles, flavours and regions. If you simply don’t have the time to put this much thought into your wine selection, don’t worry, we’ve done it for you.
On the red side we’ve opted for a full and fruity Cabernet Merlot from the cool vineyards of the Limestone Coast in South Australia. A soft and juicy Gran Reserva that has mellowed and developed over time, we’re talking 36 months in barrel and 7 years in bottle! Don Latario is a shining example that excellence really does require patience. We finish with two offerings from Chile, a delicious Merlot and a silky smooth Pinot Noir, a wine oozing with fresh strawberry flavours. Serve this chilled on a lazy summer afternoon, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
On the white side we’ve plucked out a classic Pinot Grigio from the renowned Veneto region with fresh apple and pear flavours. A Kiwi style Australian Sauvignon Blanc is next, perfect for those creamy summer pasta dishes. This case also includes a zesty refreshing Chenin Blanc. Designed and created by one of the most talented Winemakers in South Africa. You’ll get all of this and so much more.
No memorable moment would be complete without a little fizz to top off the celebration. There is something so iconic about popping a cork, it’s a show of exuberance that we can all forgive ourselves for partaking in. For generations, the pop of a cork has been the universal language for making a moment. As a wise man once said, life isn’t about how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.
Jacques Vert have teamed up with Virgin Wines this season for our Magic in the Moment summer campaign.