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Why not say it with Ros? Liquid News.

Byline: Fiona Ennys

IT'S that time of the year again: you know, for twee sentiments inside the world's most garish cards, massively expensive bunches of 'just for you, darling' flowers and just too many wide-eyed kittens and teddy bears around the place.

It's always struck me as odd that Valentine's Day is symbolised by what looks like a bleeding heart. Wrong in so many ways.

And it's not that I haven't actually got a heart, it's just that I don't wear it dripping on my sleeve.

So come Monday, Valentine's Day chez Ennys will be marked discreetly with a bottle of something - probably pink - to go with an 'of-course-I-love-you-butdo-I-have-to-keep-saying-it-all-thetime' dinner!

I quite fancy the idea of the rather lush Tesco Finest Ryan Ros 2010, a full-of-flavour shiraz (Tesco online, pounds 8.06, abv 12.5%) from south-east Australia. It's a bright-coloured and refreshing drink - lots of cherry and strawberry flavours - put together by an Aussie winemaker with decades of experience in the game, Phil Ryan from McWilliams Wines. So now you now where the name comes from.

Failing that, we might go for a non-pink offering in the shape of the Kiwi Lindauer Brut NV (widely available, around pounds 8.99, abv 12%): it looks like champagne, it pretty much tastes like champagne (and a decent one at that) and it has the same lovely get-in-your-nose bubbles as champagne ... it just doesn't cost as much. It's a wine that says you have style, even if you don't have the budget to go with it. Made predominantly from the champagne grapes of chardonnay and pinot noir, plus a spot of chenin blanc, it has a bit of citrussy zing, a bit of toasty yeastiness and bags of bubbly presence.

Consistently lovely. Bit like my partner-in-wine. See, told you I do have a heart ... somewhere.

. Liverpool's Malmaison hotel is mine host for an evening of wine tasting and fab food on Friday February 25. You can try a selection of wines from the small-but-perfectlyformed Journey's End winery from Stellenbosch, South Africa complimented by a specially-designed menu. Cost is pounds 35pp. Log on to www.malmaison.com/hotels/liverpool/local for more details.

Don't forget: drink responsibly Fiona Ennys
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